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Update to AA/US Merger

By on Mar 29, 2015 in American Airlines, FFP update, US Airways | 0 comments

Two days ago I posted that as part of the merger, status was updating across both programs.  As of today, the mileage balances have combined.  You should also see your current progress towards elite status. There may still be some kinks to be worked out but overall the transition should be smooth.  According to the email that American sent out today, it seems that...

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AAdvantage and Dividend Miles Merger Underway

By on Mar 27, 2015 in American Airlines, FFP update, US Airways | 0 comments

  American Airlines sent an email out on March 24 saying the programs would combine loyalty programs on March 28, 2015.  As of right now, statuses have already started updating.  My US Airways Chairman’s Preferred status has already started to update on AAdvantage as Executive Platinum.  If you have status on one of the airlines you should check to see if...

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SPG Best Rate Guarantee Changes

By on Jan 12, 2015 in FFP update, Starwood | 0 comments

Most major hotel chains have some sort of Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) policy which says that if you find a better rate elsewhere, they will match the rate and give you a discount. Currently one of the best policies is at Hyatt which offers a 25% discount on the lowest rate. In this case, you do not have to book the hotel before requesting the BRG. Starwood, up until...

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Hilton HHonors Hotel Category Adjustments

By on Jan 2, 2015 in FFP update, Hilton | 0 comments

Hilton now changes their hotel categories on a quarterly basis.  The latest changes can always be found here. There are 12 hotels increasing in category, 7 of which are in the US. There are 5 decreasing in category, 4 of which are in the US. The website also lists 62 new hotels that were opened or branded as of 9/17/14.  Overall, considering the number of hotels...

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2016 Delta elite status qualification changes

By on Oct 29, 2014 in Delta, FFP update | 0 comments

Currently Delta has a Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM) and Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQD) requirement for elite status.  The MQD requirement can be waived at all elite tiers with $25,000 in  spend on a co-branded credit card.  Below are the current MQD requirements. Starting January 1, 2015 the MQDs will be raised from the current levels to the following: Silver...

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New Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner

By on Aug 27, 2014 in Citi, FFP update | 0 comments

Last month I noted that Citi Thankyou points now transfer to a host of new airline partners.  These partners are: Asia Miles EVA Air Infinity MileageLands Ethihad Guest Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flier Qatar Airways Privilege Club Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Now there is a new transfer partner for ThankYou points: Flying Blue.  Flying...

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