Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014


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...]

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...]

How Much Does It Cost to Earn a Free Night?

Hyatt SPG Weighted Average

I'm in the process of updating my hotel elite status comparison chart, and as part of that process I need to collect information on the different award tiers and the points earned with each stay. That allows me to do what I consider a very useful analysis of the relative cost of earning an … [Read more...]

RewardsPlus Offers Reciprocal Benefits between Marriott and United

RewardsPlus Match

United Airlines sent me a reminder this week that I qualify for Marriott Rewards Gold status due to my Premier 1K status with MileagePlus. And while I still have yet to stay at a Marriott hotel -- ever -- the RewardsPlus program may be of interest to some of you. (FAQs and Terms and … [Read more...]

How to Get a Starwood Platinum Challenge


I discussed how to get a Hyatt Diamond trial on Monday, a status that I've held for a few years. But in 2013 I decided to go for Platinum status with Starwood Preferred Guest, as well. Both programs have good benefits but relatively few properties (Hyatt especially so). It had started to … [Read more...]