Elite Status Posts

The True Value of Elite Status - A Chance at Redemption

Being Stuck in a Bad Situation
If you have followed the previous posts (start at the beginning) about the mishaps and mistakes I made during a recent trip to Peru, you will know that I was stuck in a bad position.  My wife was very upset, I had friends that would be waiting for us at the ...

Free Delta Silver Status + 5000 Bonus Miles (Targeted)


Delta Airlines is giving away free Silver Medallion elite status to targeted customers for two months to allow customers to sample the wonderful horrible world of Skymiles. The promotional offers customers two months of Silver Elite status for free. During the two months of promotional ...
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URGENT! Chairman's Upgrade Certificates Premature Expiration!

Chairman's Preferred status holder with US Airways (there are many from the challenges offered last year) receive two one-way upgrades and matching companion upgrades every year.  American Airlines indicated that these would need to be spent prior to their loyalty program mergers anticipated in ...
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UPDATE: Merged Already? Did American Airlines Match My US Airways Status?

I have a quick update regarding my previous question on whether or not American and US Airways had already essentially merged in regards to frequent flyer program status.  To recap, on American Airlines specifically I only earned 28k EQMs and just 38k PQMs on US Airways (though it was through a ...
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Merged Already? Did American Airlines Match My US Airways Status?


The most dreaded day of the year for most status chasing frequent flyers has to be March 1st.  Most programs allow you to earn from January 1st of a given year until December 31st of the same, but they will let you keep your status another two months following until the end of February. ...
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Elites Can Skip the Upgrade Queue on US Airways - Secure a First Class Seat

It comes to nobody’s surprise that frequent flyers enjoy elite upgrades more than any other benefit the airline offers. As frequent flyers move up the food chain, upgrades typically become move abundant as upgrade priority increases and the upgrade window expands. However, would you be ...
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Targeted: Fast Track to Southwest A-List

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 22 ...
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My 2014 in travel - 1 Million Miles and Beyond

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

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 to ...
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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. Those guys do such an excellent job ...
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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 as ...
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Getting A Status Match to Alaska Airlines Elite Status

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 not a huge money maker for ...
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United Airlines Premier Gold Status


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" flying, I finally reached United Airlines ...
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Buying Elite Status from US Airways and American Airlines

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

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 ...