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Hyatt & American Airlines Offering Reciprocal Fast Tracks To Elite Status

American Airlines Hyatt Status Match Challenge Fast Track Elite Status

Last year, Hyatt and American Airlines announced that they’d be launching a partnership that would allow reciprocal earning, status challenges and more. That partnership went live a couple of months later in May, while late last year some World of Hyatt members with Globalist status gained Executive Platinum status with American Airlines without any kind of flying requirements. Hyatt and American Airlines have now launched a new opportunity to fast track to elite status if…

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5 paths to extreme luxury with Hyatt

Hyatt is a tiny hotel chain when compared to the giants like Wyndham, Choice, Marriott, IHG, and Hilton.  But for those seeking luxury accommodations, Hyatt seems to have more than its fair share, especially considering their partnership with SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World).  This is awesome because, more than any other rewards program, Hyatt makes it relatively easy and affordable to secure a stay in amazing luxury suites. The Basics Hyatt’s award prices…

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Alaska status fast track for Amazon companies

Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

Alaska Mileage Plan is offering a status fast track for employees of Amazon and Amazon-owned companies. The timing on this is poor since many companies are banning employee travel at the moment, but if you work for Amazon or a qualifying company and you have travel plans on Alaska, it might be worth taking them up on the fast track. The Deal Alaska Airlines is offering a status fast track for employees of Amazon and companies that…

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A limited time opportunity to buy Delta Platinum elite status

Amex and Delta are offering unprecedented welcome bonuses for their ultra-premium Delta Reserve cards.  In the past it has frequently been possible to get 10,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) when signing up for the Delta Reserve card.  Today, though, the Delta Reserve welcome bonuses include 20,000 MQMs.  MQMs are the primary currency you need to achieve Delta Medallion elite status.  With the welcome bonus offers available at the time of this writing, getting meaningful Delta…

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Delta Status Boosts now posting mid-cycle

Delta Platinum and Delta Reserve Status Boosts are now being granted mid-cycle.  As a reminder, Delta Reserve cardholders earn 15,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) towards elite status with each $30K of spend, up to $120K of spend per year.  And Delta Platinum cardholders earn 10,000 MQMs at $25K spend and again at $50K spend.  These big spend bonuses are called “Status Boosts”. In the past, Status Boosts didn’t take effect until the credit card statement…

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10 Shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite status (2020 edition)

Marriott Bonvoy is Marriott’s loyalty program.  One of the cool things about Marriott Bonvoy, besides its delightful name, is that elite perks are pretty good for a hotel chain of its size. Unfortunately, Marriott doesn’t apply the same benefits uniformly across their brands, and even within brands some properties are allowed exceptions.  Still, I find that Platinum perks at Marriott hotels are often very good.  You can find everything you need to know about Marriott…

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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 changed drastically.  As a result, we had 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 $10K/year…

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