Elite Status

Here are all the posts I've ever written on the topic of Elite Status.

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...]

A Revenue Model for Alaska’s Mileage Plan Could Be Good

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I first heard rumors from One Mile at a Time that Alaska Airlines is sending out a survey with questions that suggest it plans to implement a new revenue-based loyalty program instead of the traditional model that awards miles and status based on distance flown. The Points Guy took this … [Read more...]

How Credit Cards Affect the Cost of a Free Night

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During an on-going analysis of hotel loyalty programs, I decided to take a look at the credit card bonuses each offered. There is an opportunity cost when you use a co-branded card rather than some other credit card. For example, you may give up 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points you could have … [Read more...]

Free Club Carlson Gold Elite Status from American Express

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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...]

Do the American AAdvantage Changes Really Matter?

Tahsir was one of the first to report the recent changes to the American Airlines AAdvantage program. I've merely sat back, amused, and read others' commentary for the last two days. But I haven't seen many happy faces. Dan's Deals called it a "mAAsacre." (Hey, it's AA's fault for … [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...]