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Marriott Mobile Check In: Does it help or hurt upgrade chances?

During a recent trip to Austin, I had the chance to try out Marriott’s new mobile app.  My family of three had booked a four night stay in a single room at the JW Marriott using a conference rate.  Since we would be there a reasonably long time, an upgrade was important to us. Previously, I’ve always avoided using Marriott’s mobile check-in since I worried that it might mean losing out on upgrades that are…

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Hyatt Diamonds: (maybe) extend your expiring upgrade certificates through Feb 2017. Act now!

If you have Hyatt Diamond upgrade certificates set to expire at the end of day today, you may be able to extend the life of your expiring Hyatt upgrade certificates!  To find the current status of your certificates, log into your account, go to Account Details, then click on My Awards.  As of this morning I had 4 unused certificates that were set to expire. Last night, ThePointsOfLife reported that upgrades booked with these expiring…

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How to upgrade AA coach to business class, in advance

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One of the best features of the American Airlines AAdvantage program, in my opinion, is that they allow upgrades from coach to business class, or business class to first class on all fares.  This means that it’s possible to book the cheapest fare available and still upgrade to the next level of service.  Many other airlines exclude their lowest fare classes from upgrade eligibility. Now that AA will be introducing Premium Economy as a distinct…

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How to find Amex upgrade offers online

Update: This post includes offers that were valid at the time of publication, but have since expired. Please click here to see the best offers currently available. This is my third round of publishing easy ways to find credit card upgrade offers from American Express online.  Over time, Amex has repeatedly changed the way upgrade offers appear on their website.  Shown below are updated instructions for finding consumer upgrade offers.  This approach has worked at least since June…

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A great combination: American Airlines status plus Citi Prestige

Last week, as the clock ticked down towards the last chance to use US Airways Chairman Preferred upgrade certificates, I finally found a reasonably good use for them. My wife and I had been planning a short trip to London where she has a business meeting in May.  Our plan was to buy economy seats and use my wife’s Delta Diamond global upgrade certificates to fly business class.  We were going to leave our son…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Access the US Airways upgrade list by app and web

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   If you’re like me, when you’re preparing to fly back and forth across the United States of America for absolutely no reason, the #1 question on your mind is “am I going to be doing this while drinking free alcohol?” Most Frequent Miler readers know I’m referring to the #30kToNowhere challenge, in which Greg, myself, and a number of others are attempting to get US Airways Chairman’s status (and…

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It never hurts to ask

I’ll keep this post short since I’m writing on my iPad’s touch screen. I love my iPad, but writing more than a sentence or two is a bit tortuous. I’m writing from my room at the Hotel Intercontinental in London. I booked three nights at this fabulous hotel using 80,000 points I “earned” by signing up for the Chase Priority Club visa, plus 10,000 points I had earlier accrued, plus $60 per day. The same…

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