Elite Status

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Re-link Hyatt to MGM Gold now

Back in late February, many readers may have matched their MGM Gold status to Hyatt Explorist status. MGM status runs through September 30th, so your Gold status likely dropped to Sapphire this week. If you have Hyatt Explorist or higher status, you can now match to MGM M Life Gold, which will be valid through September 30, 2019 — which will likely give you a chance to stay on the status merry-go-round by hopping back on with…

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Free National Executive Elite status for Amex cardholders + free day after 1 rental

National is offering free Executive Elite status to American Express card members. That’s the level above the Executive status that comes as a benefit of the Platinum Card (and Business Platinum card), so this is a pretty awesome upgrade. Furthermore, if you rent one time and pay with your Amex, you’ll earn 5 rental credits — enough for 1 free day. With Executive Elite status, that’s a great deal, too. The Deal Get National Executive Elite status, either enrolling as…

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Marriott / SPG elite benefits guarantee

My general view of Marriott & SPG’s combined elite program (assuming they ever get it to work as promised) is that Marriott elites now have better benefits than before, while SPG elites have slightly worse benefits than before.  That said, there’s one significant way in which SPG elites are better off than before: Marriott’s elite benefits guarantee. One of the most interesting aspects of the Marriott Rewards (and now SPG) program is that they guarantee…

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Marriott Platinum Elite: What to expect when checking in

Marriott and SPG’s combined program offers quite a few perks for those with Platinum elite status or better.  Some of the headline benefits of Platinum status include: Lounge access Room upgrade to standard suite Guaranteed 4PM late checkout Welcome choice gift (with daily breakfast as one option) Those are excellent perks, but did you know that you might not get them?  All of the perks have exceptions: Lounge access: Certain resorts are excluded. Room upgrade…

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[Targeted] Double elite qualifying credits with Radisson

Radisson Rewards has sent out a targeted offer to earn double elite qualidying credits for stays through December 28, 2018. This makes it possible to qualify for top-tier status with as few as 15 single-night stays. That’s probably not worthwhile for most, but if you have a handful of Radisson stays on the books this year, it may be worth it to you. The Deal Earn double elite qualifying nights and stays at Radisson properties worldwide through December 28, 2018 Direct…

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Biding my Marriott time before returning to Hyatt

Over the past few years, I’ve become a bit of a Hyatt fanboy.  In my opinion, Hyatt is the sweet-spot brand for those in the points & miles game for many reasons: Reasonable award chart Best top-tier elite benefits (free parking, no resort fees, suite upgrades at time of booking, etc.) Points easy to earn indirectly thanks to Chase credit cards that earn 5X, 3X, and 1.5X Ultimate Rewards points per dollar (see: Amassing Ultimate…

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Delta mileage running: flying vs. spending

A few days ago a friend mentioned that he was a few thousand MQMs short of reaching Platinum status this year.  MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) can be thought of as miles flown with the airline.  Platinum status (which is near top level) requires 75,000 MQMs per year.  My friend would be short that amount by just a little bit. Another friend jumped in to say that he was about to do a mileage run that…

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Return of the Marriott Platinum status challenge

Last night, Greg wrote about the updated program terms for Marriott Rewards (See: Marriott publishes the new rules re: point transfers, suite upgrades, etc.. (finally!)), and there were some positives for Platinum elites: from reservation guarantees to suite upgrades when available (and benefits we already knew about like breakfast at resorts and 4pm late checkout), Platinum status is looking great. There had long been a Marriott Platinum status challenge available, but it got shut down…

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Marriott publishes the new rules re: point transfers, suite upgrades, etc.. (finally!)

The Marriott SPG merger continues to be a disaster.  Many promised capabilities of the new program simply don’t work.  Want to apply a travel certificate to a Starwood property?  Good luck.  Want to book an all-suites property at the promised 60K per night rate for standard rooms?  You might want to wait another month or two.  Want correct information about your elite membership? …. You get the idea. Yes, merging two giant programs is a…

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