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Reminder: Hilton Honors Extension of Diamond VIP Elite Level Status For 2018 is Still Live

Eligible Hilton Honors members who currently have Diamond VIP elite level status can choose to extend their status for a year — one-time — for any reason when a light travel period does not allow them to qualify again for the next year. Examples include a new job, a new addition to the family, or for any other situation.

The feature of extending Diamond VIP elite level status for one year was first launched last year — and this year, you have until Wednesday, March 28, 2018 to request an extension through Sunday, March 31, 2019 if you qualify.

“Eligible” means…

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American Express SkyMiles Card Diamond Waiver Increased to 250,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars by Delta Air Lines

Ever since earning miles in the SkyMiles program became based on revenue instead of distance flown back in 2015, an exemption has been offered to customers who hold an eligible variation of the American Express card from Delta Air Lines in the form of a waiver with a minimum spend of $25,000.00 — but for members of the SkyMiles program who want to earn Diamond Medallion elite level status, the minimum spend waiver increases by ten times the amount starting in 2019.

Effective as of…

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Rapid Rewards A-List Status Match — If You Reside in California

You can receive a match to Rapid Rewards A-List elite status if you register for this promotion and fly as a passenger on airplanes operated by Southwest Airlines for either three round-trip qualifying flights or six one-way qualifying flights by Friday, December 15, 2017 — but you must…

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One Example of How Lifetime Elite Status Can Be a Disadvantage

When I saw Delta status match as the title of this discussion on FlyerTalk, I figured it was yet another request on how to get Delta Air Lines to match the elite level status of another frequent flier loyalty program…

…but FlyerTalk member Dk511 appears to be in a rather unique situation…

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New Elite Recognition Program at Choice Hotel Properties

Effective as of tomorrow, Thursday, June 1, 2017, all members of the Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program who have earned Gold, Platinum and Diamond elite level status will be offered either a complimentary welcome gift or bonus points when checking in to a hotel or resort property across all eleven brands as part of a new recognition program.

According to this official press release…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Hotel Hopping to Elite Level Status — But…

Benefits such as bonus points, executive lounge access and room upgrades are only some of the reasons why frequent travelers strive to achieve elite level status in frequent guest loyalty programs.

Sometimes you can qualify for elite level status for the following year based on the number of nights which you stay; sometimes you can earn a certain amount of base points per dollar spent; and sometimes you can qualify based on the number of stays…

…but if…

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New Elite Status Level Benefits For Best Western Rewards Members

Four new elite level status benefits for Best Western Rewards members were recently announced and are in effect.

Qualified activity is required per calendar year to achieve or maintain elite level status; and only points earned on eligible stays will count towards elite level status qualification.

Before detailing the list of those benefits, the order of elite status levels of the Best Western Rewards frequent guest loyalty program — in which points never expire — are as follows, from the lowest tier to the highest tier…

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Short-Term Cash Versus Long-Term Loyalty

“Short-term cash versus long-term loyalty is very much the MO currently at American” is what Edward Pizzarello of Pizza in Motion wrote in this article pertaining to American Airlines offering Platinum Pro — its new elite level status — for sale.

Let us think about that statement for a moment.

There was a time when loyalty was considered very important while supposedly cost effective. Building and maintaining relationships was the mantra of business: “The customer is always right” — right?!?

“There is no definitive answer to this question, but…

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SkyMiles Medallion Elite Status Level Match Challenge: Now From More Airlines

If you have earned elite level status with an airline other than Delta Air Lines, you can request to participate in the SkyMiles Medallion Status Match Challenge and qualify for comparable elite level status with the Medallion program — and if you submit your information and meet the criteria to participate, you will receive Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion elite level status based on your current elite level status with the frequent flier loyalty program of another airline.

Your elite level status will remain valid for 90 days once your request has been processed.

Once you complete the flight requirements…

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