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Radisson Gold: A super fast status match success

Last week, my wife was about to fly to London on one of her many business trips when we realized that we hadn’t prepared her hotel experience.  She had booked the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury via the third party booking site Agoda, but we hadn’t set up her reservation to be recognized as elite. We’ve stayed at this particular hotel a number of times in the past.  It’s very nice and in an awesome location. …

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Delta matching to higher status from Alaska Mileage Plan

If you are an Alaska Mileage Plan Elite member, you may be interested in leveraging that status into Delta SkyMiles Medallion status. While status matches between airlines are often possible, Delta is currently offering a better match than usual. The timing on this one isn’t exactly right (more on that below), but the choice benefit could make it worthwhile for some. The Deal Match Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan elite status to Delta Medallion status for 3 months (and…

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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

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 learn…

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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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