The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Marriott Choice Benefits

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Marriott has been under some intense pressure since closing its acquisition of SPG and launching the new Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, and from shoddy IT to indifferent and dysfunctional customer service, there are a lot of valid complaints out there. Despite these problems, many travelers are happy to stay loyal to Marriott and continue to …

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See If You’re Targeted for a United Elite Status Shortcut

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

From time to time, airlines and hotel chains offer opportunities to earn elite status with lighter requirements — it’s what we refer to as a “status challenge.” Some are more challenging than others, of course, but rarely are they as specific as what United’s just dropped on a number of MileagePlus members. First, the good …

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InterContinental Launches Status Extension for Ambassadors Experiencing a Life Event

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

From welcoming a new baby to dealing with a family emergency, sometimes life can get in the way of travel. Airlines and hotels are starting to recognize that some of their most valuable and loyal members can be sidelined from travel for a time period, but they don’t want to have to start over from …

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The Critical Points: Is Hotel Elite Breakfast What It Used to Be?

Written by Richard Kerr @ The Points Guy

Each week in his column “The Critical Points,” TPG Loyalty and Engagement Editor Richard Kerr presents his opinion on a loyalty program, card product or recent news that he believes is overlooked, unsung or the result of groupthink taking mass opinion in a direction with which he doesn’t agree. His goal is not necessarily to …

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American brings priority handling, NDC booking to corporate customers

Written by Seth Miller @ Wandering Aramean

How can an airline boost its corporate travel share? American Airlines trotted out a set of benefits this week that is comparable to some elite status or co-brand credit card perks, hoping to convert more potential customers into real elites with those…

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American brings priority handling, NDC booking to corporate customers

Written by Seth Miller @ PaxEx.Aero

How can an airline boost its corporate travel share? American Airlines trotted out a set of benefits this week that is comparable to some elite status or co-brand credit card perks, hoping to convert more potential customers into real elites with those…

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Is It Possible to Opt out of Delta Comfort+ Upgrades?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Frequent travelers tend to spend a lot of time chasing complimentary upgrades, so it’s hard to imagine why someone would want to turn one down — or even opt out of the upgrade process entirely. However, many Delta elites …

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Marriott Has a Secret “Cobalt Elite” Program — TPG Has the Details

Written by Richard Kerr @ The Points Guy

You may think Ambassador Elite is the highest tier status in the Marriott Bonvoy program — but there is another, higher, secret level. The Cobalt Program is an unpublished level of elite status that is only available through invitation from Marriott International’s President and CEO. Like American’s invitation-only Concierge Key, Delta’s 360 or United Global …

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Upgraded on United Airlines

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

It’s becoming harder to score upgrades on flights and at hotels, thanks to growing numbers of elite members and new options for casual travelers to bump to a better class of service. As a result, here at TPG, we strongly recommend booking the seat or hotel room you actually want in order to avoid being …

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FoundersCard Offers New United Gold Status Challenge

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

FoundersCard offers many benefits for entrepreneurs and business owners, from car rental benefits to hotel elite status. Now, the company is offering a new promotion of three months of United Premier Gold status with the option to challenge to keep that status through January 2021. The news was first reported by Miles to Memories. Here’s what you …

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PaxEx Update: 2 August 2019

Written by Seth Miller @ Wandering Aramean

A new A321LR enters service for Aer Lingus, faster security screening for United and promises of faster infilght WiFi. Plus Hulu takes flight on Delta and more! Get all the details in this week’s PaxEx Update.
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PaxEx Update: 2 August 2019

Written by Seth Miller @ PaxEx.Aero

A new A321LR enters service for Aer Lingus, faster security screening for United and promises of faster infilght WiFi. Plus Hulu takes flight on Delta and more! Get all the details in this week’s PaxEx Update.
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Get Top-Tier Elite Status, Double Rewards From Just One Stay at Cambria Hotels

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Choice Hotels in making a big push to attract more business travelers to its upscale brands. This is especially true at Cambria Hotels — a brand which Choice says it designed specifically with the business traveler in mind. The small but growing hotel brand recently announced how it’s “redefining the nightcap.” Instead of a bonus …

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Can Million Miler Elites Status Match to Another Airline?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Earning lifetime elite status with a major airline requires flying a million miles, which is no small feat, even for the most serious of road warriors. After decades of commitment, you’d expect people to stay loyal to that airline …

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Ultimate Guide to Choosing National Emerald Executive Aisle or Hertz Ultimate Choice President’s Circle

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

When it’s time to rent a set of wheels, we all want a nice (ideally fancy) ride that doesn’t cost a fortune. Two major car rental programs have launched choose-your-own-vehicle programs in recent years. The programs, National Emerald Executive Aisle and Hertz Ultimate Choice President’s Circle, give elite members the freedom to select a car, …

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How I Got An American Airlines Gate Agent to Reverse a Wrong Upgrade Decision

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Upgrades: the magical benefit of getting to fly in first class even though you booked economy. Unfortunately, upgrades don’t seem to be as easy to get as they used to be, with airlines reducing prices for first class seats and offering cheap cash or mileage upgrades. After all, airlines would rather make money filling those …

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Why Hyatt Elite Status Is So Valuable in Las Vegas

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

The World of Hyatt is a favorite among award travelers. Despite its small geographic footprint, it’s taking steps to expand with the addition of Two Roads Hospitality (including brands like Thompson, Joie de Vivre and Alila) and the rapidly-expanding partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World. These terrific luxury properties allow the program to …

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