Apparently the recent update to the Gold Passport systems has already had one consequence: Diamond Suite Upgrades can no longer be applied to reservations past their expiration date. Existing suite … [Read more...] about Rumor: Hyatt Will Limit Expiration of Diamond Suite Upgrades in 2016
Hilton has formalized its status match offer with an online website where you can submit your current elite credentials. This offer runs only through January 11, 2016, but a successful status match … [Read more...] about Match to Hilton Diamond Status by January 11
For as long as I've been an MVP Gold member with Alaska Airlines -- this is my third year -- they've provided a year-end gift to their Gold and Gold 75K elites. My first year I actually missed out! I … [Read more...] about Alaska MVP Gold Members Can Get Two Extra Upgrades
Each year for the last three years I've created a chart summarizing the main features of the biggest airline and hotel loyalty programs that operate in the United States. My goal is to provide a quick … [Read more...] about What Matters When Comparing Hotel or Airline Loyalty Programs?
United Airlines just announced changes to how it rewards customers who buy first and business class fares in 2016. They'll soon earn up to twice as many elite qualifying miles (EQM). This should make … [Read more...] about United Increases Elite Qualifying Miles for Premium Fares in 2016
One of my favorite features of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program are its generous upgrades. MVP Gold members who fly 40,000 miles each year with Alaska (or 50,000 miles with Alaska and its … [Read more...] about Get Alaska Airlines to Return Unused MVP Gold Guest Upgrades
InterContinental Hotels Group announced plans to acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants almost exactly one year ago. Although a few hotels decided to leave the larger entity, IHG has generally left … [Read more...] about Kimpton Has Plans to Integrate Its Loyalty Program with IHG Rewards
Many people requested status matches to Alaska Airlines this year, and I think that's great. It's a good airline and probably the only domestic airline I am excited to fly with. However, requalifying … [Read more...] about Buy Up to Alaska MVP Status
Earning one million miles doesn't mean what it used to. I personally have a few million miles spread across multiple accounts. Gary at View from the Wing claims to have a few million miles just with … [Read more...] about Is United Planning to Devalue Its Million Miler Status?
Given the abundant status match offers in recent weeks -- brought on, I think, by the changes at Starwood and American -- several readers have asked me if they should take advantage of this or that … [Read more...] about Should You Request a Status Match?