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Huge Delta Changes: More Difficult To Earn Medallion Status, Lounge Access Cuts

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Delta Air Lines was going to massively overhaul its Medallion (Delta's elite status) program, with an expected announcement on September 14. The airline accidentally leaked the changes a day early. And the rumors were true: Delta is making sweeping changes to its Medallion program, lounge access, upgrade priority, Million Miler perks, and more. Here's what you need to know.

Now’s an Ideal Time To Match Status to Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines has offered several elite status promotions so far in 2023 — from targeted promotions for travelers in California to a fast-track for Mileage Plan members who failed to re-qualify for elite status in 2022. At this time, only one offer is left: Alaska Airlines' standard status match. If you're looking for a new home for your airline allegiance, the last half of the year is the ideal time to match your status to Alaska Airlines.

The Ultimate Guide to Delta SkyMiles

With a strong elite program, great industry reputation, and excellent global network of partner airlines, Delta SkyMiles is a popular U.S. airline loyalty program. Here, we provide a complete guide to Delta SkyMiles, including how to earn and redeem miles, the ins and outs of Medallion status, and the best redemption opportunities.

Why I’m No Longer Crediting Flights to the American Airlines AAdvantage Program

I've earned AAdvantage elite status each year since 2015 — including Executive Platinum elite status in all but one year. However, I'm giving up on it. After recent changes to American Airlines' elite status qualification, I'm going to switch, earning Oneworld elite status through another program. Here's what's finally causing me to "break up" with American Airlines and my new strategy going forward.

The Complete Guide to Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status

Interested in earning elite status with Marriott's Bonvoy rewards program? It includes five elite tiers and a basic membership level. The program has a huge footprint around the world and offers varying perks, depending on your status level and hotel brand you're staying at. In this article, we take a deep dive into Marriott's elite status tiers, what they offer, and how to attain these perks.

How To Receive Elite Hotel Benefits Without Elite Status

If you want the benefits of elite status within a hotel program but don't happen to have that status, leveraging luxury hotel programs could deliver just what you're looking for. Upgrades, complimentary breakfast, and late checkout are just a few of the perks you'll be eligible for with the right program.

How to Get Rental Car Elite Status for Free

One of the feel-good milestones of travel is achieving elite status within a loyalty program. What feels even better? Getting elite status for free, thanks to holding the right credit card, through your existing elite status, or by status matching from another program. Here are all the shortcuts to rental car elite status.

Turns Out We Can’t Have Nice Things: Hyatt and MGM to End Partnership

MGM and Hyatt just announced that they'll be ending their partnership on September 30, 2023. While this isn't especially surprising, it is bad news for those who've relied on the partnership to earn cheap Hyatt elite status or get their resort fees waived on Vegas stays. Thankfully, you have a few more days to take advantage of status matches and a couple of months to enjoy reciprocal earnings. Here are the details of this breakup.

What Is a Medallion Qualification Dollar and How Do You Earn It?

To achieve elite status with Delta Air Lines, you must meet both a flight qualifier and a spend qualifier. The flight qualifier requires members to earn a specified number of either Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs). In comparison, the spend qualifier requires members to earn a certain number of Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) in a calendar year. Here's what an MQD is and how to get it.

Now’s a Great Time to Status Match to Choice Privileges Elite Status

Choice Hotels is massively expanding its portfolio with the acquisition of Radisson Hotels in the Americas. Now it's better than ever to status match to Gold or Platinum in the Choice Privileges rewards program. This is just one of many status matches between hotel rewards programs. While status matches between January and June are only valid until the end of the current calendar year, status matches completed between July and December grant elite status until the end of the following calendar year. Thus, it's best to status match to Choice Privileges after July 1. Here's a guide to how to submit a match and the perks of Choice Privileges elite status.

(Most) IHG One Rewards Benefits Now Available at (Many) Iberostar Beachfront Resorts

Starting today, June 29, 2023, IHG One Rewards members now receive elite benefits at participating Iberostar Beachfront Resorts. Platinum Elite and Diamond Elite members receive a host of different benefits, including late and early check-out and check-in, welcome amenities, and complimentary upgrades. Here's the full list of participating properties and the perks that IHG One Rewards elites get as part of this new integration.

All Hotel Elite Status Match & Fast Track Opportunities

The only thing better than award travel is award travel with elite status. When you hold elite status with a brand, you can enjoy huge money-saving perks, ranging from free room upgrades to bonus earnings on every dollar you spend. Here are all the status match and elite status fast track opportunities currently available with hotel programs.

Wyndham’s Generous Status Match Offer Is Back!

Wyndham Rewards has brought back its status match challenge, and the conditions are more generous than before. You can match your status up to top-tier Wyndham Diamond from a host of other programs, including IHG One Rewards, Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy, and more.

Everything You Need to Know About Marriott Lifetime Status

One of several chains that offers lifetime status, Marriott Bonvoy rewards its loyal members after years of faithfully staying at its hotels. Lifetime elite members enjoy various benefits depending on which lifetime status level they have achieved. In this guide, we also highlight a way you can slowly progress toward Marriott lifetime status even if you don't stay with the chain frequently.

Playing the American Airlines Loyalty Points Game

Playing the AA Loyalty Points game makes it possible to earn top tier American Airlines status without stepping foot on a plane. Using the right strategies, like taking advantage of super stack opportunities, allows game players earn elevated amounts of Loyalty Points on purchases they would otherwise make, potentially while scoring discounts, too.

The Winners and Losers of American Airlines First Class Upgrade Changes

Effective June 9, 2023, American Airlines is making some big changes to how complimentary upgrades work for AAdvantage elites. Starting then, all elite members will be eligible for complimentary upgrades on American Airlines award tickets. However, anytime there are changes to who gets a limited supply, there are going to be winners and losers. Let's dig into the details of what's changing and review who this benefits and who's losing out.

A Guide to JetBlue’s Newly Revamped TrueBlue Loyalty Program

Effective today, JetBlue revamped its Mosaic elite status earning requirements and Mosaic elite perks. That makes now a great time to dig into the TrueBlue program. From earning and redeeming TrueBlue points to scoring Mint upgrades and complimentary BLADE helicopter transfers to the airport, here's our full guide to JetBlue's TrueBlue loyalty program.