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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…]

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Considering that the Marriott purchase of Starwood is about to close (expected before the end of this month), I thought that it would be time to revisit the Silver, Gold and Platinum lifetime status requirements.

Marriott Rewards Silver Gold Platinum Lifetime Status 2016 Update

Marriott Rewards has had published lifetime program for a long time that they tweaked couple of years ago. Hilton recently introduced theirs (read more here). SPG (read more here) and Hyatt (read more here) also have theirs. Only IHG of the big five currently doesn’t have lifetime status program. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email about recent development with Hilton hotels in the UK where it appeared that the Diamond benefits had been watered down.

Hilton HHonors Amenity UK & Ireland

Remember that you can always email me, sent a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. I’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week. [click to continue…]

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Club Carlson has offered Silver and Gold status matches from competing programs already for a while but this is the first time I have seen them emailing about it and having a dedicated web page up.

Club Carlson Status Match

Club Carlson is the loyalty program for Carlson-Rezidor Hotel Group that include brands such as Radisson, Radisson Blu, Country Inns & Suites and Park Plaza. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards launched some new benefits last month (copied from SPG) and one of them was 4Pm check out for Gold and Platinum members.

Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Guaranteed 4PM Check Out

Marriott Rewards had worded the benefit in a way that could give leeway for the properties to deny it and thus making it something else than “guaranteed”. After online backlash, Marriott Rewards changed the wording to guaranteed and the benefit begun on 16th. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has been offering Gold status for members in Asia after just one paid stay now for several years and this offer has now been extended by a year (for the very last time) until July 14, 2017.

SPG Gold

This offer is targeted to World or World Elite MasterCard holders in Asia-Pacific (Japan excluded) and they have launched new verification process to authenticate that you have a correct card. There is no need to contact your bank to request special enrollment code, however, as was previously the case. [click to continue…]