Which Is the Best Hotel Loyalty Program?

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This month I've been updating my comparison tables of hotel loyalty programs, and a big thanks is due to everyone who has helped point out corrections. (A few more than usual this year....) I started creating these tables for airlines and hotels in 2013 as a sort of "cheat sheet" to help … [Read more...]

Free Club Carlson Gold Elite Status from American Express

Amex Club Carlson Gold

American Express has a targeted promotion for its European cardholders that includes free Club Carlson Gold Elite status through February 28, 2015, but it appears that anyone can register as long as they have a European address. Be sure to use your real name. (HT Points, Miles, & … [Read more...]

Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014

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I've finally found time to finish creating my comparison tables of hotel elite status in 2014. These things always get ripped to shreds in the first draft, so I won't do much analysis in this post; I'll wait until later this week. But do feel free to comment. I will try to get a corrected … [Read more...]

United Airlines Will Match Your US Airways Elite Status

United match requirements

Yesterday I listed a couple of opportunities to buy or match elite status within the Star Alliance after the departure of US Airways and TAM, including some offers from various Star Alliance carriers to match TAM elite status. Unfortunately Air Canada seemed to be the only carrier with a … [Read more...]

Buy or Match to Receive Star Alliance Gold Status

Avianca LifeMiles buy status

I probably gain more on a regular basis from elite status with my preferred carrier due to complimentary upgrades and waived fees on award tickets. However, the commensurate status with that carrier's alliance is in some ways more valuable for the times I really need it. Things like … [Read more...]

Delta and Alaska Cut Reciprocal Elite Benefits

Elite updates

Several readers messaged me this morning that Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines have agreed to limit the reciprocal benefits they provide to elite customers traveling on the other's flights (HT to Paul). These changes are effective on May 1 and indicate a continuing deterioration in the … [Read more...]