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Marriott Rewards has launched the Elite Buy Back Offer for 2017 membership year that allows Silver, Gold or Platinum member to buy back using points status they had in 2016 (in case they didn’t qualify)

Marriott Rewards Elite Buy Back Offer 2017

Marriott Rewards is the only hotel loyalty program that allows you to buy back the status that you had the previous year for a set number of points (and has allowed this as far as I can remember). [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has had a promotion for Gold status requiring one stays and paying using World Elite MasterCard for several years and I would expect this promotion to be on its last leg.

SPG Gold World Elite MasterCard

Marriott purchase Starwood last year and soon offered status matching between the programs. SPG Gold members (not much benefits) will receive Marriott Rewards Gold (good benefits) for merely linking the accounts. [click to continue…]

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Sebastian recently wrote about (read more here) the latest status match campaign that Etihad Airways this time offered for readers of on English newspaper.


A LoyaltyLobby reader alerted me that Etihad Airways had significantly adjusted the terms and conditions attached to this promotion. Seems that readers taking advantage of this offer may have to go through the same “hell” as one reader last year (read more here) who had great difficult getting Etihad to honor their offer. [click to continue…]

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Marriott’s purchase of Starwood closed yesterday and the merging of the loyalty programs begun. I covered the deal on three separate pieces that you can access here, here, and here.


Starwood could have been clearer on the email they sent to members that also hold Gold or Platinum lifetime status on their programs and how this will map to Marriott’s one. [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors launched a straight status match offer from competing programs earlier his year that have become unprecedented over the past few years (they used to be prevalent).

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match (September 2016 Update)

The programs usually give you a status up front for certain period of time and you then need to complete number of stays or nights to extend the status. Hilton HHonors has now changed their match program to follow this format as well. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines has been sending out targeted offers to instant Gold or Platinum status in their program for 3 month period + fast track offer to keep the status through January 2018.

American Airlines Complementary Gold or Platinum Status

American Airlines has previously had similar targeted offers throughout the years and they are very good way to lure fliers from other airlines (Delta, United and Southwest). [click to continue…]