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Which is the best Amex Platinum card in 2020?

Over the past few years Amex has made huge changes to their Platinum card line up.  They’ve changed perks, increased annual fees, and eliminated a few co-branded options. Given all of this, it’s time to take a new look at which Platinum card is best.  This post has been updated for the year 2020. American Express has several varieties of their premium Platinum cards.  And, while they’re expensive, they’re loaded with great perks.  Which is…

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United offering 2020 status match challenge for elite status until 2021 or 2022

United Mileage Plus is currently offering a new status match challenge for 2020. The wording on the promo page indicates that this challenge opportunity is expected to stick around throughout 2020, so whether to do it now or later will depend on when you need to have United status. Those who match now and meet the criteria to maintain status will keep it through January 2021 and those who complete the match after July 1,…

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Manufacturing Delta status: spend big now or later?

On January 30th 2020, Delta credit cards issued by Amex will change drastically.  As a result, we have a small window of time to make the most of our cards under the old rules.  If you have the  Delta SkyMiles Blue Amex, the Delta SkyMiles Gold consumer Amex, or the Gold Business Amex then you’ll find that most of the changes are positive.  For example, the Gold cards gain a $100 Delta Flight Credit after…

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Update 1/20: Get National Executive Elite status through Feb 2022 (YMMV) w/ Amex

Update 1/2/20: This deal is back again for all American Express cardholders. It is well worth doing this now and potentially matching to Hertz President’s Circle (though I personally prefer renting through National). Note two awesome things about this deal: First, while the landing page suggests that status would be active until February of 2021, some people are reporting that their National accounts are showing Executive Elite status valid through February 28, 2022. That’s awesome and…

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[Time to hop on board] From zero to hero on the status-match-go-round

If you followed this post last year and matched from some other hotel status to Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Diamond, it’s time to match back from Caesars Diamond to Wyndham Diamond. While I matched to Wyndham Diamond last year, it was a temporary challenge. I did not complete the necessary nights and thus my status dropped to “Blue” (general member) in late summer. My Caesars status stuck as was expected (that status expires at the…

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Searching for cheap status with oneworld airlines

American Airlines Planes

Yesterday, Greg wrote about manufacturing Hyatt Globalist status. Later in the day, I saw a fare sale with a super cheap domestic fare: just $59 round trip from Baltimore to Charlotte on American Airlines. That led me to find a few other routes with the same pricing (including Philadelphia to Charlotte and Phoenix to Las Vegas). When I checked it out via Google Flights, I found that same-day turns (where you fly a complete round…

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Manufacturing Hyatt Globalist Status

In my opinion, Hyatt offers the best top-tier elite perks of any hotel chain.  Hyatt also arguably offers the best redemption options of any major chain thanks to having a reasonably priced award chart and the ability to book upgrades such as as club access, suites, and premium suites with points.  The only area where other chains have a big advantage is with the number of hotels available: Hyatt is tiny compared to Marriott, Hilton,…

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(EXPIRED) Match Hyatt status to MGM Mlife before year end

Reminder: It is now time to match your Hyatt elite status back to MGM Gold status if you have not already done so. If you had previously matched to MGM Gold before September 30th, that status ended on October 1st. You’ll want to match now to have MGM status through September 2020. Status match basics As a reminder, those with Hyatt Explorist or Hyatt Globalist status can match to MGM Mlife Gold status.  Link your…

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Some Hyatt elites getting AA Executive Platinum

American Airlines Planes

Earlier today, One Mile at a Time reported on the fact that some Flyertalk members with Hyatt Globalist status have been reporting being targeted to receive American Airlines Executive Platinum status. That’s awesome for those targeted. However, if you haven’t yet received a phone call from Hyatt, it might be worth proactively reaching out to your Hyatt Concierge as we’ve received one report of a member being targeted this way. A targeted offer, but reaching…

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