Business class to Spain under $2K RT nonstop on oneworld / SkyTeam

Written by Nick Reyes @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

Premium Flights and View from the Wing are reporting some very good business class fares between New York and Spain. While basic economy can be less than $300 round trip if you catch a sale fare, this is a good price if you’re looking for paid business class. It’s also a potentially decent use of points. For example, rather than transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards to a partner to book business class to Europe (most charge…

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Aloha to Free — Where the Marriott Platinum Breakfast Perk Is Done Right

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Some travelers couldn’t care less about hotel breakfast, preferring instead to head out and start their day with local coffee and a $2 pastry sold by a street vendor. That’s awesome and I love when that happens, but it also isn’t always practical — especially with little kids involved. So, these days, I find myself …

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TPG Readers on the Worst Elite Status Gifts Received From Airlines, Hotels

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Elite status is often the zenith for any frequent traveler. Whether it’s with an airline or hotel chain, elite status, even entry-tier status, comes with valuable benefits, and top-tier elite status has special value. TPG’s latest valuations have American Airlines Executive Platinum status worth upwards of $7,000 while Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador status is worth around …

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Do Elite-Qualifying Miles via Credit Cards Help With Status Challenges?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. There are a number of different requirements to earn elite status with an airline, including some combination of elite-qualifying miles (which we’ll generally call EQMs), elite-qualifying segments (EQSs) and elite-qualifying dollars (EQDs). However, savvy travelers know that they can …

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Star Alliance Won’t Be Adding New Elite Tiers After All

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Star Alliance is backtracking on plans to introduce up to two new higher elite tiers for members of participating frequent flyer programs. The airline alliance, whose members include Lufthansa, United, and Singapore Airlines among others, announced plans to introduce new elite tiers nearly a year ago at the annual International Air Transport Association (IATA) summit. …

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Do Change Fee Waivers From Airline Elite Status Extend to Others?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Because travelers with airline elite status are the ones flying the most frequently, it goes without saying that they will be the ones most likely to have to change or cancel their plans at some point throughout the year. …

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Delta matching to higher status from Alaska Mileage Plan

Written by Nick Reyes @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

If you are an Alaska Mileage Plan Elite member, you may be interested in leveraging that status into Delta SkyMiles Medallion status. While status matches between airlines are often possible, Delta is currently offering a better match than usual. The timing on this one isn’t exactly right (more on that below), but the choice benefit could make it worthwhile for some. The Deal Match Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan elite status to Delta Medallion status for 3 months (and…

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Delta Offering Enhanced Status Match Challenge to Alaska Air Frequent Flyers

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Delta Air Lines is offering Alaska Airlines elite frequent flyers the opportunity to match their status with Delta. Five years after starting a hub at Seattle-Tacoma (SEA), Delta is continuing to take on Alaska Air, the largest carrier at the airport, head on. This latest status match challenge promotion encourages loyal Alaska Airlines flyers to …

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Delta Silver Medallions Have New Benefits on Virgin Atlantic

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

As part of Delta’s joint venture with UK-based Virgin Atlantic, the two airlines offer reciprocal benefits to one another’s frequent flyers. These benefits have been offered to elite frequent flyers since the two airlines announced their partnership. However, Delta’s entry-level elite frequent flyers, Silver Medallions, were, for the most part, excluded from receiving those reciprocal …

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Hilton Honors Offering Diamond Status Match Through March 2021

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

Hilton, like many hotel brands, offers the opportunity for elites in other hotel loyalty programs to status match to earn elite status in its loyalty program. Until recently, you could get Hilton Honors elite status through March 2020 if you successfully completed a status match and challenge. But, now Hilton Honors has extended its status …

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Marriott double elite nights being offered again [Targeted]

Written by Nick Reyes @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

Marriott Bonvoy is once again offering a faster path to elite status for some members: emails are being sent out offering double elite night credits on paid stays. This offer is targeted. I would assume that to mean that only those with little / no stay activity to be eligible, but Stephen Pepper was targeted despite being on the verge of Platinum status already this year, so it’s worth checking to see if you’re eligible.…

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How and When to Use Hyatt Upgrade Certificates

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Hyatt is a fan favorite among award travelers thanks to its well-priced award chart, but the World of Hyatt loyalty program also offers some very valuable elite status benefits. One area where Hyatt is significantly more generous than its competition is with upgrade certificates, both to posh suites and club-level rooms. Today we’ll take a …

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