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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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How to get into Delta Sky Club lounges

Delta renovated their lounge at Reagan National Airport (DCA), and it’s gorgeous.  I visited recently and was impressed with the design, the food (menu crafted by former Top Chef finalist Marjorie Meek-Bradley), and the functionality (tons of AC and USB power ports, for example).  It’s simply a terrific lounge. Rather than write a boring lounge review, though, I decided to write up some of the best ways to get into Delta Sky Cubs, for less…

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Virgin Atlantic transfers to IHG no longer count towards status

IHG status credit card bonus

Transfers of points from one loyalty hotel or airline loyalty program to another are usually a bad deal — indeed what makes SPG points or Marriott Travel Packages standout values is the fact that they are the exception rather than the rule. One further oddball exception to the rule — and one that was a very niche play — was the ability to move points from Virgin Atlantic to IHG. What made this deal palatable…

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Easy status with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (Hyatt partner)

Hyatt announced this week that they will have a partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World that will enable you to earn and use Hyatt Points at these properties, though there will be no reciprocal recognition of status. However, American Express cardholders can get free mid-tier status with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which Doctor of Credit reports might even get you a free night for your birthday. The Deal Get free “Inspired” (mid-tier) status with Small…

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