Elite Status Posts

Targeted: Fast Track to Southwest A-List

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I just received a targeted email from Southwest Airlines offering me A-list status for through 2015 for flying just 3 round trips (6 one-way flights) or by earning 8,750 tier qualifying points through either flying Southwest or by earning them via the Chase Southwest Credit card between January ...

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My 2014 in travel - 1 Million Miles and Beyond

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2014 was a year where the only constant was change, thankfully for me, most of them have been positive.  Most importantly, I became a father in August.  I'm the proud father of a beautiful healthy daughter.  It is amazing how it changes your life.  Of course this blog is about ...

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Is the Sky Blue-er on the other side: Testing US and DeltAA

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I'd love to say "its not me, its you" and fully break up with United, but I don't feel like any US domestic airline is that much better than any other.  Although clearly United is at or very near the bottom.  With that in mind, I used a recent business trip to Los Angeles as a trial run ...

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BREAKING - No more Hyatt Diamond Challenges

I have been able to confirm with Hyatt that as of 10/31/14 they no longer offer Diamond Status challenges or status matches. That's not to say that they absolutely won't match again in the future or re-introduce a challenge, but in it's current format, the Diamond Challenge is no more.   ...

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Things change in a year

For those of you who have been following my posts on Upgrd, you may have noticed that I typically do not write about the same content as Matt, Rocky, James, Sriram and Brad pertaining to in-flight experiences, recommendations/tips, mileage runs, deals and offers. ...

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Looking Beyond Hilton and Marriott – Comparing Hotel Elite Benefits

Over the last couple of years work has kept me loyal to Marriott and Hilton and I must say I’ve been mostly happy with Marriott and less happy with Hilton. For two years I have enjoyed Platinum status at Marriott and Gold status with Hilton and have primarily stayed at the two hotel brands ...

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Getting A Status Match to Alaska Airlines Elite Status

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I have been a United Airlines fan for about three years now and I currently have Premier Gold status with them.  It's not much but I only do about 60,000 miles of flying a year. That's nothing compared to the other frequent fliers out there and truth be told, I'm ...

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United Airlines Premier Gold Status

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I'm still pretty new to the whole points and miles game so I still get excited about the little things. One of those little things that got me excited last year was reaching my first mid-tier status with an airline. After 50,000 miles of "butt in seat" ...

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Buying Elite Status from US Airways and American Airlines

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As February draws to a close, today is the last day to buy elite status from US Airways at a preferential rate--the rate and even ability to do so changes substantially tomorrow. Meanwhile, American Airlines is enticing current elites who face status expiration or reduction tomorrow to buy back ...

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Pay to Boost your American Airline Elite Status for 2014

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As the year comes to an end, AA is letting people pay to boost their status to the next level for a fee depending on the number of elite miles currently earned in their AA account. If you are within 5,000- 9,999 miles of Elite status you can Boost your status for a fee. The costs increases from a ...

Hyatt Regency Sha Tin (Hong Kong) - Life is Much Better as a Diamond Member

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My previous post reviewed the Radisson Martinique Manhattan in New York which was nice, and a suite that was more than adequate, but falls short of expectations for the price paid.  When planning our trip around the world, I came across Mike's post about requesting a Diamond Challenge for ...

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Free Platinum Status On American Airlines

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This morning I woke up to a lovely email from American Airlines telling me that I deserved FREE Platinum status! This year I have flown about 25,000 EQM since January and have already attained Gold status through 2014. Yet now, with this promotion I am ...

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New Star Alliance Gold Commercial

Star Alliance's marketing department is savvy and I don't just say that because I know the folks in it...

Take a look at the latest Star Alliance Gold advertisement--

What I love about this commercial is that it simply yet accurately and convincingly shows the ...

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American Airlines Elite Status Soft Landing

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Last year I was fortunate enough to receive an Elite Status Match from American Airlines where AA matched my status from Delta and then American attempted to woo me and win my business travel. Although I enjoyed flying American, I had a hard time moving my travel completely to them because they ...

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Delta's new Skymile Program includes Medallion Qualifying Dollars

If you have not heard the rumors on FlyerTalk and Milepoint, then don’t worry, you didn’t miss much. Yet, some of those rumors came true today, when Delta officially announced their new requirements for Elite Status for the Skymiles 2015 program year. Delta is NOT moving to a ...

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When Spending $1200 Seems To Save You $700

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Speaking to the Sherpstress, and justifying a future trip, I made a statement that only a travel nut could make with a straight face, but before I get to that statement, here is how the conversation came up.

Our next trip is to Bali, and coming back we are using some RGN one-ways that ...