Elite Status

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Is the AA status match from Hyatt worth a ride on the status-match-go-round?

Greg manufactures Delta Diamond status every year and loves it. I do like elite status in general — I’ve written quite a bit lately about matching around and around to keep elite status in a number of programs. But personally, I’ve never valued airline elite status much at all. Internationally, I’m usually flying business class on an award ticket (which means I get benefits like lounge access, priority check-in, a good seat, etc). Domestically, I…

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My InterContinental Ambassador experience in Austin

Earlier this week I published a guide to the InterContinental Ambassador program.  Unlike elite status at most other hotels where status is earned, Ambassador status is bought.  Pay either $200 or 40K IHG points for 12 months of status.  A couple of months ago, IHG changed the Ambassador program in various ways, some good and some bad.  I had an opportunity last week to try out the new program at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin.  My…

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Can MGM free nights be Hyatt qualifying nights?

World of Hyatt and MGM have a partnership that allows some reciprocal benefits. One key benefit for World of Hyatt members is that nights spent at MGM resorts count towards Hyatt status, which means that they qualify for promotions and for earning Hyatt points. That can be great since some MGM properties can be really cheap — sometimes under $30 per night (plus a ~$35 resort fee), so it can be a cheap way to…

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Marriott double elite nights being offered again [Targeted]

Marriott Bonvoy is once again offering a faster path to elite status for some members: emails are being sent out offering double elite night credits on paid stays. This offer is targeted. I would assume that to mean that only those with little / no stay activity to be eligible, but Stephen Pepper was targeted despite being on the verge of Platinum status already this year, so it’s worth checking to see if you’re eligible.…

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New InterContinental Ambassador: status you can buy

Intro InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is a single brand within the much larger International Hotel Group (IHG), the latter of which also includes brands such as Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and Kimpton Hotels.  IHG has a rewards and recognition program that spans all of these brands: IHG Rewards Club.  Confusingly, while InterContinental hotels are part of the IHG Rewards Club program, they are also part of their own program: InterContinental Ambassador.  In this post you’ll…

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Caesars Diamond benefit: 2 free show tickets every month

Over the past few days, I’ve published a few posts on benefits during my recent trip to Las Vegas thanks to some status matching shenanigans. The other night, I posted about using the Caesars Diamond “Celebration Dinner” benefit (a free $100 dining credit). A few readers inquired about the other key benefit of matching to Caesars Diamond: 2 free show tickets every month. I made the lamest possible use of this benefit, but it’s worth…

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Caesars Diamond Celebration dinner: easy to use and worth the match

This morning, I published a post about some Las Vegas Easy Wins. In that post and in my recent post about status matching to Wyndham and then Caesars Diamond, I noted that you can enjoy a $100 “Diamond Celebration Dinner”. I know some readers were curious about how it worked (as was I) and it turned out to be a simple and smooth process. If you’re going to visit any location with a Caesars property…

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Las Vegas easy wins

This past weekend, I was in Las Vegas. While Las Vegas is a love-it-or-leave-it destination for many, the undeniable fact is that it draws millions of visitors each year. When I took my first trip to Vegas almost 20 years ago, I had $258 to my name. I needed to find the various hacks to enjoy Vegas on a budget — and so I did the research to know where to get a 3/4lb hot…

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Match status through March 2021 at Hilton

Last week, I wrote about hopping on a couple of status matches currently available for those with some sort of hotel status (See: From zero to hero on the status-match-go-round). In that post, the final step I mentioned was matching to Hilton Diamond. Hilton has had a status match program (actually a status match challenge of sorts) going for quite some time, but until yesterday, it had been advertising a match through March of 2020.…

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