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Altitude Program Ties Earning Elite Level Status to Spend with Altitude Qualifying Dollars Starting in 2016

Earning elite level status in the Altitude frequent flier loyalty program starting in 2017 will be tied to how much you spend annually on eligible Air Canada flights with the introduction on Friday, January 1, 2016 of Altitude Qualifying Dollars — which will represent the monetary value associated with an eligible ticket — and they will be combined with the number of either Altitude Qualifying Miles or Altitude Qualifying Segments you earn over the course of a year to determine which level of elite status you earned.

The introduction of Altitude Qualifying Dollars also…

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Cruise Line Offers a Loyalty Status Match Program

If you are a member of a loyalty program of other travel brands — such as lodging companies, tour companies or other cruising companies — one cruise line offers a loyalty status match program which you might want to consider if a cruise is in your future.

Join the MSC Voyagers Club loyalty program by MSC Cruises and receive the matching elite level status card, which will guarantee you a discount of five percent on any booking in addition to similar or higher benefit elite level status.

There are three easy steps to requesting and receiving your elite level status match…

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Enter For a Chance to Win Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum Elite Status in the Milepoint 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway

On the sixth day of the Milepoint 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway, you could be one of five lucky people to win Platinum elite level status in the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program through 2016.

Normally earned after five qualifying stays or 15 eligible nights in a calendar year, Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum elite level status provides to you…

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Hilton HHonors to Offer Lifetime Diamond VIP Elite Level Status in 2015

If you have been wanting to achieve lifetime Diamond VIP elite level status in the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program, it appears that 2015 will be the year in which you will finally have a chance to achieve that status, according to this comment posted by HHonorsRepresentative on FlyerTalk — also known as Erin, who is an official company representative and ambassador to FlyerTalk…

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Enter For a Chance to Win a Year of Executive Emerald Club Elite Status in the Milepoint 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway

On the second day of the Milepoint 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway, you could be one of ten lucky people to win Executive elite level status in the National Car Rental Emerald Club frequent renter loyalty program.

Normally, you are required to earn twelve paid rentals or 40 paid rental days in a calendar year; but if you are one of the ten winners, Emerald Club Executive status is yours where you will enjoy a higher level of privileges, including…

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Should Airlines Offer Refunds if They Implement a Change in Policy in Elite Status With Little or No Advance Notice?

“So should those who have been duped by Delta get a refund if you purchased MQMs?” asked René in this article posted at Delta Points, arguing that “You see so many day in and day out Delta flyers have been, for the past 11 months, dutifully working to retain or EARN their GOLD medallion status for the 2015 medallion flying year” and then having a major change in policy — the ability to reserve a seat in the Comfort+ section within 72 hours of your flight instead of at any time for domestic flights — be announced in December to be effective as of January.

If you a SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program member who earned Gold Medallion elite level status in 2014 to enjoy throughout 2015 and are unhappy with the new policy change, you could…

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Should Pregnant Women Be Allowed “Maternity Leave” on Elite Level Status?

Consider this one of those topics about which I would never think. After all, I am a guy.

This article written by Morra Aarons — who is expecting her third baby and cannot travel as of November 13 — of Yahoo! Travel discusses how pregnant women will lose status in many frequent flier loyalty programs simply because they are pregnant.

“Knowing that many frequent flier programs have year-end deadlines for collection and rollover, I decided to call the programs in which I have status and see if I could put the deadlines on hold until I have the baby and am able to start flying again”, Aarons wrote. After some research, she found that…

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United Airlines and Hertz Now Exclusive Partners

An exclusive partnership between The Hertz Corporation and United Airlines — which includes Thrifty Car Rental and Dollar Rent A Car, both of which are owned by The Hertz Corporation — was launched as of yesterday, November 1, 2014. This means that if you are a member of the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program, you can only earn award miles with those three rental car partners.

Advance notice of this exclusive partnership was given through this press release on October 21, 2014 — only eleven days before the exclusive partnership was to take effect.

Meanwhile, notice from other car rental companies who are now former partners with the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program — such as from National Car Rental, which I received only two days ago — was sent via e-mail message in as little as hours in advance prior to the time the exclusive partnership became effective, catching some frequent travelers by surprise.

The MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles you earn when renting vehicles from Hertz varies with the current elite level status which you have earned as follows…

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WestJet Offers Status Match or Fast Track to Elite Status

WestJet is offering the flight benefits of Gold elite level status through February of 2016 by either a status match or through a fast track.

Flight benefits enjoyed by WestJet Rewards frequent flier loyalty program members who earned Gold elite level status include the following…

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