I've written before about the M life loyalty program at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. What I think helps it stand out against other casino loyalty programs are the many ways in which you can acquire elite status, leading to shorter taxi queues, better tables, event line passes, and more. Given the huge numbers of people you can find in Las Vegas when it's busy, these benefits have really made my … [Read more...]
Here are all the posts I've ever written on the topic of Elite Status.
Airberlin is offering a very open-ended status match offer to its Topbonus Gold tier, as I first learned from Head for Points. This includes Sapphire status with the oneworld Alliance, of which American Airlines is a member. And among the many benefits of Sapphire status are access to preferred seating, extra baggage allowance, and access to business class airport clubs (basically any lounge that … [Read more...]
As I did earlier this week for the best hotel loyalty programs, it's now time for the third annual comparison of airline loyalty programs! A lot has changed since last year's edition, and I put off this project for many reasons. It's intimidating. I'm sure I got something wrong. And not all the changes I mention have been implemented yet; this information is current as of March 1. United's new … [Read more...]
It's time for the third annual comparison of hotel loyalty programs! Not much has changed since last year, though I have made some tweaks to the information I included as well as the presentation. Comments are always welcome as these tend to be works in progress. (Last updated February 21, 2015.) A separate post comparing airline loyalty programs has also been published. Information is … [Read more...]
Southwest Airlines is attempting to grow quickly in the Atlanta area after completing its integration of AirTran Airways. AirTran had -- and Delta still has -- a large hub in Atlanta, so Southwest is making it clear that it intends to capture a larger share of that business. Customers with an Atlanta-area ZIP code who register at Southwest.com/Atlanta and complete three round-trip flights by … [Read more...]
Hyatt announced two improvements to its Gold Passport program today that make me glad I continue to be a top-tier Diamond member. I recognize that some people are more interested in using miles or points to travel on a budget, but if you can balance that with paying out-of-pocket, elite status can still be a valuable way to extend those points' value. Your Family Will Be Hyatt's Guests of … [Read more...]
UPDATE: False alarm! The typo is being corrected. Flyertalk member KIR@GCM has a good eye, noticing that American Airlines has updated its website to list a new, higher qualification requirement for its top-tier Executive Platinum status. Previously, Amol wrote that as a result of the merger with US Airways, American would be increasing the the number of elite-qualifying segments from 100 to … [Read more...]