It is the time of the year when it makes sense to check the airline and hotel loyalty programs you have status or collect points and miles to see if they are still relevant.
2020 was a blast for me in earning Hilton nights (100) and getting revenue towards the lifetime Globalist with Hyatt (70K base points).
Hilton runs Honors promotion back to back for bonus points. Their lifetime status is not based on spending, so it makes sense to credit inexpensive stays to Hilton.
World of Hyatt
I’m roughly halfway through the $200K spend requirement towards lifetime Globalist (remember that none of those stays that you credit towards airlines count).
All the expensive stays or stays with significant F&B components go to Hyatt during the promotional periods. Hyatt point earnings are really negligible unless there is an on-going promo.
I never merged my legacy Marriott and SPG accounts because they both turned to a lifetime Titanium. I continue staying with Marriott brands when they make sense from the hotel quality and point earnings perspective.
I do like select luxury Accor properties and have a long-lasting status with the chain. I may get the Diamond status in 2021 due to lessened requirements and rollover from 2020.
I don’t plan to give any meaningful business to IHG affiliated hotels due to a lack of elite benefits. meaning practically none.
There are a couple of InterContinental properties that I like (Sao Paulo and Singapore), and I continue to frequent them (I keep receiving excellent upgrades due to extensive stay history).
If I stay in markets where none of the chains have any presence, I prefer throwing Shangri-La, Nordic Choice, etc., into the mix every once in a while.
Most readers should know that I have been living out of the hotels for the past 17+ years and through this global pandemic.
Lifetime status with World of Hyatt is easy if you have the cash. You need to burn $200K with the chain. Hilton requires 10 years of Diamond status + 1,000 consumed nights. I am currently 300 or so short.
If I could turn back time to the early 2000s, I would probably make some other life choices… but don’t we all.
Hotel loyalty programs were very lucrative back then with their back-to-back and never-ending Faster Free Night-promotions from Hyatt (booked through Priceline) and very lucrative promotions from Hilton. Also, can anyone forget those Elite Executive Offers for weekend stays with Marriott and Premium Pound-certificates?
Those were the times!