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Airberlin Topbonus has launched an interesting promotion for getting Gold status with the program that maps to Oneworld Sapphire status.

Airberlin Topbonus Gold Status (Oneworld Sapphire) 100,000 Amex Transfer

All you need to do is to transfer 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points during the promotional period of June 6, 2017 – June 5, 2018 (can be several transfers during the promotional period). [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader and I had an interesting chat of Facebook regarding purchased SPG Gold status off of eBay. The reader had an impression that someone at the SPG was upgrading accounts and collecting some serious $$$ in the process.

SPG Gold eBay

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Over the past couple of years, I have written yearly about my quest getting the lifetime SPG Platinum status. I had had the required nights in already for the past three years but was short in the number of years required for the status.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Lifetime Platinum Status Email 1Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Lifetime Platinum Status Email 2

So, the other Thursday I had a 25th stay for the year at the Plaza Athenee in Bangkok that qualified me for the Platinum status for the 10th year. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has lifetime Gold and Platinum programs as long as the program stays around (something should happen in 2018).

SPG Lifetime Platinum Five More Stays

When I started with SPG 10 years ago (later than with Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott & IHG), I had no idea that one day I would make lifetime Platinum with the program. As a matter of fact, SPG didn’t even have formalized lifetime program back in 2007. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has offered Gold & Platinum status challenges for the past few years (status matched previously) and has for the first time launched a dedicated webpage explaining the process and rules

SPG Gold & Platinum Status Match 2017

Now that the hotel company is part of Marriott it is a good time to take advantage of this challenge for the last time. You can request the “Gold Challenge” or “Platinum Challenge” (never hurts to try registering for both) that require 9 or 18 paid nights during a 90-day window. This challenge doesn’t require you to have any status with other hotel chains. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards launched the Elite Buy Back Offer for 2017 membership year back in January that allows Silver, Gold or Platinum member to buy back using points status they had in 2016 (in case they didn’t qualify). This offer ends on March 31, 2017.

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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My British Airways Executive Club Tier Points (TPs) collection year ended yesterday on March 8, 2017, and ended up standing at 4,460 TPs for the past 12 months.

BA Tier Points

British Airways requires 1,500 TPs for Gold status (Oneworld Emerald), but offers additional benefits such as upgrade certificates, Gold Guest List status and Concorde Room Card (CRC) for reaching a higher number. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) used to offer straight status matches from competitors’ programs but discontinued this a couple of years ago. Now that the hotel company is part of Marriott it is a good time to take advantage of this match/challenge opportunity for the last time.

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You can request the “Gold Challenge” or “Platinum Challenge” (preferably both) that require 9 or 18 paid nights during a 90-day window. This challenge doesn’t require you to have any status with other hotel chains. [click to continue…]

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Hilton Honors has generous Gold & Diamond status match program that grants status first for 90 days during which the member must complete set number of stays to extend the status through March 2019.

Hilton Honors Gold & Diamond Status Match 2017

Some members did the match earlier and had their status until March 2018. Seems that Hilton Honors may be willing to extend that status to March 2019 per the new expiry date (perhaps not for all). [click to continue…]

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Hilton Honors has continued to offer the Gold and Diamond status match program in 2017 and now has also moved the status expiry date to March 2019 (and now updated the website to reflect this).

Hilton Honors Gold & Diamond Status Match 2017

The status match program requires a successful applicant to have 4 stays in 90 days to retain Gold or 8 stays to retain Diamond. Hilton Honors briefly offered status matches without stay requirements back in 2016. [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors has continued to offer their Gold and Diamond status match program in 2017 and now has also moved the status expiry date to March 2019 (still stands at March 2018 on their website).

UPDATE Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match 2017 (Status Now Valid Through March 2019)

The status match program requires a successful applicant to have 4 stays in 90 days to retain Gold or 8 stays to retain Diamond. Hilton HHonors briefly offered status matches without stay requirements back in 2016. [click to continue…]