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Marriott Platinum Premier 75. Should I go for it?

Given Marriott’s announced new program, I’ve been thinking a lot about different options for earning high level elite status (see this post for ideas: Marriott SPG Windows of Opportunity).  The new program has three levels of meaningful elite status: Platinum 50* (requires 50 nights per year), Platinum Premier 75 (requires 75 nights per year), and Platinum Premier 100 (requires 100 nights per year, plus $20K spend).  It has occurred to me that if one was…

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Free night(s) at Hard Rock Atlantic City with status match

The Hard Rock Atlantic City, set to open this summer, is offering discounts or free nights depending on your status with other casinos. A couple of the statuses they match are likely easy for readers to produce: M Life Gold (matched from Hyatt Explorist) will get you 1 free night as will Total Rewards Diamond, available via match from Wyndham Rewards Diamond. The Deal Get a discount or 1 free night or 2 free nights at the Hard…

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Do the negatives outweigh positives in the new Marriott program?

After reading some of the rumors in advance of Monday’s Marriott announcement, I commented to Greg that I was excited about going to the Marriott event in New York to find out how they would put a positive spin on it if all of the rumors were true (going revenue based, eliminating transfers to airlines, etc). I think I went into the event with a healthy bit of skepticism. I found myself pleasantly surprised by…

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New Hyatt fast track [Targeted]

Hyatt is once again offering a fast track to Globalist status “lite” for employees of select corportations. I’m not aware of a list of qualifying companies, but it’s worth checking with your travel department or perhaps trying your company email to see if your company is included if you have upcoming Hyatt stays planned and can take advantage of the offer. The Deal Complimentary Explorist status trial offer for employees of certain corporations with an excelerated path…

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Plans are progressing towards our married million miler mileage run

My wife and I will both hit Delta Million Miler status this year.  As I reported in January (see: My married million miler mileage run) I decided to turn this into a challenge.  I wrote: My goal is for the two of us to reach Million Miler status together, on the same international flight, and on Delta’s new Airbus A350. We’ve made progress towards this goal.  Here’s where things are at… Current Million Miler MQMs I currently have…

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How to get top-tier Hyatt elite benefits without status

Among the major hotel chains, Hyatt’s top tier elite status (Globalist) is arguably the best… if you can get it.  Unfortunately, Hyatt also makes it prohibitively difficult to reach that status level.  Fortunately, there are ways to get the same Hyatt elite benefits without jumping through those hoops.  Read on for full details. Hyatt Globalist requirements To earn Hyatt Globalist status, you must complete 60 qualifying nights (or earn 100,000 base points, or organize 20…

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(EXPIRED) Match M life to Hyatt Explorist NOW, skip extension and get club upgrades!

Greg recently wrote a post about the misfortune of Hyatt extending his wife’s Explorist status (See: Hyatt extends wife’s elite status by 3 months but I’m not thrilled). Good news: both she and Greg just matched to Explorist, complete with 4 club upgrades – skipping the hassle of the status extension. This is awesome news. If you currently have Explorist status but didn’t re-qualify, you’ll want to make your move on this right now. The Deal Match M…

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Top 4 Ways to Manufacture Marriott Platinum status

Last week, my Marriott Rewards Gold Elite membership kit arrived in the mail.  You’d think I’d be happy to see it, but not at all.  For the past six years or so I’ve had Marriott Platinum status.  I originally got the status through a challenge that required 9 stays.  Since then, I’ve bought back my status every year with 40,000 Marriott points.  But this year Marriott has stopped allowing status buy backs.  I’m stuck with…

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Hyatt extends wife’s elite status by 3 months but I’m not thrilled

Earlier today my wife received an email from Hyatt stating that they were going to extend her Explorist elite status for 3 months beyond its set expiry.  Plus, if she completes 10 nights between March 1 and May 31, they’ll extend her status again through February 2019.  I don’t think she came anywhere near re-qualifying for Explorist with her 2017 stays, so on the surface this seems like a really nice offer.  Unfortunately, it mucks…

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