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What I Do and Why I’m Here




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Redeeming Airline Miles




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Airline Elite Status Basics
• Miles typically earned by actually flying, though
  some can be purchased or earned via promotions
  and/or credit cards.
• Can qualify on miles or segments.
• Many US programs start elite benefits at 25,000
  miles per year and have tiers. Highest level often
  comes in at 100,000 miles annually.
• Get benefits with airline and also with alliance, if
  applicable.
• Re-qualify annually


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Airline Elite Status




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Airline Elite Status




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Airline Elite Status




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Star Alliance Airline Status
 Matches and Challenges




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Star Alliance Airlines




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Star Gold Benefits
• Airport Lounge Access - available worldwide for
  you and a friend when traveling on Star Alliance
• Priority Airport Check-in - allows you to check-in
  at the Business and/or First Class counter.
• Priority Boarding
• Extra Baggage Allowance - an additional 44
  pounds or one piece of luggage
• Priority Baggage Handling
• Priority Reservations Waitlisting
• Priority Airport Standby


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Star Gold Silver



• Free checked bag on US Airways and United
• Priority Reservations Waitlisting
• Priority Airport Standby




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United Elite Status Benefits
• 25,000 PQM = Silver; 50,000 PQM = Gold; 75,000
  PQM = Platinum; 100,000 PQM = 1K
• One free checked bag for Silvers, three for higher
  elites. All get complimentary upgrades.
• Platinum gets two regional upgrades annually.
• 1K gets 4 regionals + 6 Global Premier Upgrades
• Gold and higher no change same-day change fee
• No award change fees for Platinum and 1K
• Elite benefits transfer to award tickets for others
• Complimentary E+ for up to 8 at reservation for
  Platinum and 1K


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United Status Challenge
•   Send a request to premiermatch@united.com
•   Account upgraded for 90 days during challenge
•   To keep status for rest of year meet challenge
•   If after July 1st, good through 1/31/14
•   Once every 5 years




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US Airways Elite Status Benefits
• 25,000 Silver; 50,000 Gold; 75,000 Platinum; 100,000
  Chairman’s Preferred
• Complimentary space available upgrades for traveler
  plus companion (N. America, Caribbean, L. America)
• Bonus miles based on level 25%/50%/75%/100%
• First checked bag free Silver, 3 free for other levels
• Reserve preferred seats and Preferred Access
• MoveUp to earlier flight within 6 hours free
• Chairman's 4 one-way e-Certificates for travel to/from
  Europe, Hawaii, South America and the Middle East



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US Airways Buy Up to Preferred
• Purchase top tier status for $2999 with one mile




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US Airways Elite Status Benefits
• Silver: 7,500 miles or 10 segments ($200)
• Gold: 15,000 miles or 20 segments ($400)
• Platinum: 22,500 miles or 30 segments ($600)
• Over 90 days, fly a minimum amount of miles on
  flights operated by US Airways to keep your
  Preferred status through February 28, 2014.
• Valid once every 12 months
• Only current non-Preferred members can
  participate


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Turkish Airlines
• Offering status matches to those with status in
  other programs (good for two years)
• Register for Miles & Smiles account first
• Email customermiles@thy.com requesting a
  match and include a PDF of your latest account
  statement and a picture of your card.
• Allows you to access Star Alliance lounges when
  traveling domestically on *A (matching *Gold)
• To renew, credit 25K annually or 37.5K in two
  years

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Aegean
• Short cut to Star Gold or Star Silver Status
• You get 2000 (status!) miles for signing up, 4000
  miles gets you Star Alliance silver status (so a free
  checked bag in the U.S.), and 20,000 total miles
  gets you Star Alliance Gold.
• One year to get to 4,000 then earn 16K more in a
  rolling year to get *A Gold
• Once you earn it, just credit a flight every 3 years
  to keep it active
• US Airways flights earn at 100%

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One World Airline Status
Matches and Challenges




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One World Alliance Airlines




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One World Status Benefits




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American Elite Status Benefits
• 25,000 Gold; 50,000 Platinum; 100,000 Exec Platinum
• Complimentary upgrades on all fares (others just Y
  and B) and 8 eVIPs for Executive Platinum.
• Valuable SWUs because can be used on any fare class
  as opposed to United that requires certain higher fare
  classes
• All elites get access to preferred seating and two bags
  for all on their reservation
• Earn four 500-mile upgrades for every 10,000
  qualifying miles flown.


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American Status Challenge
Gold Challenge:
• Earn 5,000 Elite Qualifying Points* in a three month
   period
• Cost: $120 (varies)
Platinum Challenge:
• Earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Points* in a three month
   period
• Cost: $240 (varies)
   Call 1-800-882-8880 to enroll
   There were Executive Plat matches from DL ad UA earlier
   in the year – can’t hurt to ask


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Sky Team Airline Status
Matches and Challenges




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Sky Team Status Benefits




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Delta Status Challenge




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Delta Elite Status Benefits
• 25,000 Silver; 50,000 Gold; 75,000 Platinum 125,000
  Diamond
• Complimentary for all levels on North
  America/Caribbean flights.
• 25%/100%/100%/125% mileage bonus
• All elites get access to preferred seating and free
  checked bag for up to 9 on their reservation
• Mileage rollover
• Priority security access for Gold and up
• Choice benefits for Plat and Diamond


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Delta MQMs from Credit Card
• Delta Platinum Card gives 5,000 MQM 1st
  purchase, 10,000 after spending $25K in calendar
  year, and additional 10,000 if you spend $50K
• Delta Reserve Amex gives 10,000 MQM after 1st
  purchase, 15,000 MQMs if you hit $30,000, and an
  additional 15,000 if you hit $60,000.




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Delta Status Challenge
• Receive status for 90 days – must complete challenge
  during that time
• Don’t have all the benefits of the status during
  challenge
• No way to challenge to top tier status as it must be
  earned.
• Status good through 2/28/14 at that time (starting in
  July)
• Email MSCEliteFaxes.Delta@delta.com


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Southwest Airlines Companion Pass
• 50,000 point sign-up bonuses are available, sign-up
  for a personal and business Chase Southwest Card.
  Then get up to two years of free travel!
• Spend $6K on credit cards
• Fly Southwest to earn points
• You will have 104,000 of the 110,000 points needed
• Transfer 13,000 UR points to Hyatt, then 12,500 Hyatt
  to 6,000 SW
• Shop through the Southwest Shopping Portal
• $1,826 worth of points x 2 people = $3,652!


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Alaska Airlines
• Upgrades on Delta Air Lines or Alaska Airlines. 4 Gold
  Guest Upgrades for MVP Gold.
• Priority Boarding on Alaska Airlines, American
  Airlines, and Delta Air Lines.
• Checked Baggage Fee Waiver for first two bags on
  Alaska Airlines and American Airlines, and for the 1st
  bag on Delta for MVP® member companions.
• Priority AAccess™ Check-In and Security Lines at
  select airports when traveling on American Airlines.
• Preferred Seating on Alaska Airlines, American
  Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM, or LAN.


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Alaska Airlines
• Status match up to mid-tier MVP Gold
• Normally takes 40,000 on Alaska miles for that level
  or 50,000 on partner airlines
• Match after 11/1 good for all of the following year
• “Once in a lifetime” status match
• Send an email to: elite.flyer@alaskaair.com

• mileage.plan@alaskaair.com



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Other Routes to Status
•   AA BusinessExtAAs program low level award of gifting
    Gold status
•   US Airways and Delta allows top tier elites to gift status
•   UA Million Miler spouses get the same status that the
    MMer has
•   Some promotions award EQMs (Delta and US Airways
    often do this)
•   Come to MegaDOs!




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Hotel Elite Status Basics
• Elite status usually based on nights or stays with
  that hotel chain in a calendar year.
• Varies with each chain, but top tier at some hotels
  starts at 25 stays per year.
• Lower tier can start around 5 stays.
• Some chains allow award nights to count toward
  status.
• Often best to try and qualify on stays rather than
  nights (ie, hotel hop).



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Hotel Elite Status Basics
•   Suite upgrades and better rooms
•   Free breakfast
•   Lounge access
•   Free internet
•   More points!
•   Guaranteed availability, better service, elite phone
    numbers, etc.




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Elite Status for Families




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Elite Status for Families




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Hyatt Platinum Status
•   5 stays or 15 nights in calendar year
•   Or via the Hyatt Credit Card, United Club card, or
    via MilePoint Premium Membership
•   15% point bonus, free internet, 2PM late check-
    out, “preferred rooms”
•   Special awards every 3rd stay such as 1,000 bonus
    points, Regency Club upgrade, 2,500 bonus points




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Hyatt Diamond Status
•   25 stays or 50 nights in calendar year
•   30% point bonus + 500/1,000 bonus points or food
    & beverage amenity each stay
•   Four confirmed suite upgrades annually
•   Free breakfast and internet
•   Guaranteed availability
•   Lounge access and 4PM checkout




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Hyatt Diamond Challenge
•   60 days to stay 12 nights
•   Receive Diamond status (and four confirmed suite
    upgrades) during the challenge
•   Perfect time to apply for Hyatt Credit Card
•   Must have at least Hilton Gold, Marriott Gold, SPG
    Platinum, or Priority Club Platinum
•   They may require a statement showing stays with
    those chains to get the challenge
•   Beginning in June, status is valid for 1.5 years




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SPG Gold Status
•   10 stays or 25 nights annually
•   Or via Platinum Amex, $30,000 on SPG Amex, or
    Clear
•   50% point bonus
•   4PM late check-out
•   “Preferred” rooms – occasional club access
•   250 bonus points, internet, or beverage each stay
•   Award stays count!




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SPG Platinum Status
•   25 stays or 50 nights annually
•   4PM late check-out
•   50% point bonus
•   Free internet
•   Club access
•   Upgrade to best room, including suites
•   500 bonus points, cont. breakfast, or amenity




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SPG Super Platinum

•   50 Nights annually gets you 10 “suite nights” that
    can be confirmed 5 days in advance.

•   75 Nights annually gets you 100% bonus points and
    a flexible 24 hours in your room.




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Easy Route to SPG Status

•   Get the SPG Amex that awards 25,000 points with
    $5K in spending.
•   End up with 30,000 points.
•   Have 25 one night stays on cash and points at a
    Category 1 hotel.
•   It would cost 30,000 points + $625 for Platinum
    status.
•   Do it early in the year to get maximum value.
•   Not a plan I would personally do.



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SPG Platinum Challenge

•   Complete 18 paid nights in a 3 month period.
•   The challenge starts on the 1st of the month.
•   You do not receive Platinum benefits during the
    challenge.
•   Email platinum.liaison@starwoodhotels.com
•   Some report getting retroactive credit for the
    challenge, but YMMV.
•   Should get status for 1.5 years if doing after July 1st.




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SPG Platinum Challenge




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Taste of Marriott Challenge
•   Three months plus the month of sign-up (don’t sign
    up on the 1st).
•   Silver = 3 stays; Gold = 6 stays; Platinum = 9 stays
•   Receive status during the challenge.
•   Helps to have some stays on your record or at least
    booked in some cases.
•   Stays with credit card may count.
•   If told no, then try again.
•   Can do every 12 months after challenge ends.
•   Best luck by calling 1-801-468-4000.
•   Upgrades, arrival gift, free internet, club access or
    free breakfast (M-F), 50% points bonus.

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Hilton Gold
•   Sign up for the Hilton Reserve Credit Card – get two
    free weekend nights plus Gold Status
•   $95 annual fee
•    Fast Track to Gold with Four Stays in 90 Days
•   https://hiltonhhonors.com/mvp/Home/Index
•   Free Gold status – Google “Australia Visa Infinite
    Hilton Hhonors Gold”
•   Gold status gets you 25% bonus points, continental
    breakfast for two, internet possible club access,
    preferred rooms, bonus points, bottled water, etc.



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Other Hotel Matches and Status
•   Best Western “No Hassle Status Match.”
•   Club Carlson very easy to status match.
•   Omni Select Guest gives you bottled water,
    morning beverages, two items pressed, shoe shine,
    and free internet just for joining.
•   Priority Club purchased points count toward status
    – 60,000 for Platinum.
•   Platinum via PC Credit Card
•   Can also purchase Intercontinental Ambassador
    Status for $200 or 32,000 points or stay three
    promo. This also translates to Priority Club Gold.


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  • 1. Introduction to Hotel and Airline Elite Status: Matches, Challenges, and Fast Tracks http://www.lypht.com/Chicago_Seminars.pptx © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 2. What I Do and Why I’m Here © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 3.
  • 4. Redeeming Airline Miles © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 5.
  • 6. Airline Elite Status Basics • Miles typically earned by actually flying, though some can be purchased or earned via promotions and/or credit cards. • Can qualify on miles or segments. • Many US programs start elite benefits at 25,000 miles per year and have tiers. Highest level often comes in at 100,000 miles annually. • Get benefits with airline and also with alliance, if applicable. • Re-qualify annually © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 7. Airline Elite Status © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 8. Airline Elite Status © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 9. Airline Elite Status © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 10. Star Alliance Airline Status Matches and Challenges © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 11. Star Alliance Airlines © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 12. Star Gold Benefits • Airport Lounge Access - available worldwide for you and a friend when traveling on Star Alliance • Priority Airport Check-in - allows you to check-in at the Business and/or First Class counter. • Priority Boarding • Extra Baggage Allowance - an additional 44 pounds or one piece of luggage • Priority Baggage Handling • Priority Reservations Waitlisting • Priority Airport Standby © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 13. Star Gold Silver • Free checked bag on US Airways and United • Priority Reservations Waitlisting • Priority Airport Standby © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 14. United Elite Status Benefits • 25,000 PQM = Silver; 50,000 PQM = Gold; 75,000 PQM = Platinum; 100,000 PQM = 1K • One free checked bag for Silvers, three for higher elites. All get complimentary upgrades. • Platinum gets two regional upgrades annually. • 1K gets 4 regionals + 6 Global Premier Upgrades • Gold and higher no change same-day change fee • No award change fees for Platinum and 1K • Elite benefits transfer to award tickets for others • Complimentary E+ for up to 8 at reservation for Platinum and 1K © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 15. United Status Challenge • Send a request to premiermatch@united.com • Account upgraded for 90 days during challenge • To keep status for rest of year meet challenge • If after July 1st, good through 1/31/14 • Once every 5 years © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 16. US Airways Elite Status Benefits • 25,000 Silver; 50,000 Gold; 75,000 Platinum; 100,000 Chairman’s Preferred • Complimentary space available upgrades for traveler plus companion (N. America, Caribbean, L. America) • Bonus miles based on level 25%/50%/75%/100% • First checked bag free Silver, 3 free for other levels • Reserve preferred seats and Preferred Access • MoveUp to earlier flight within 6 hours free • Chairman's 4 one-way e-Certificates for travel to/from Europe, Hawaii, South America and the Middle East © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 17. US Airways Buy Up to Preferred • Purchase top tier status for $2999 with one mile © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 18. US Airways Elite Status Benefits • Silver: 7,500 miles or 10 segments ($200) • Gold: 15,000 miles or 20 segments ($400) • Platinum: 22,500 miles or 30 segments ($600) • Over 90 days, fly a minimum amount of miles on flights operated by US Airways to keep your Preferred status through February 28, 2014. • Valid once every 12 months • Only current non-Preferred members can participate © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 19. Turkish Airlines • Offering status matches to those with status in other programs (good for two years) • Register for Miles & Smiles account first • Email customermiles@thy.com requesting a match and include a PDF of your latest account statement and a picture of your card. • Allows you to access Star Alliance lounges when traveling domestically on *A (matching *Gold) • To renew, credit 25K annually or 37.5K in two years © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 20. Aegean • Short cut to Star Gold or Star Silver Status • You get 2000 (status!) miles for signing up, 4000 miles gets you Star Alliance silver status (so a free checked bag in the U.S.), and 20,000 total miles gets you Star Alliance Gold. • One year to get to 4,000 then earn 16K more in a rolling year to get *A Gold • Once you earn it, just credit a flight every 3 years to keep it active • US Airways flights earn at 100% © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 21. One World Airline Status Matches and Challenges © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 22. One World Alliance Airlines © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 23. One World Status Benefits © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 24. American Elite Status Benefits • 25,000 Gold; 50,000 Platinum; 100,000 Exec Platinum • Complimentary upgrades on all fares (others just Y and B) and 8 eVIPs for Executive Platinum. • Valuable SWUs because can be used on any fare class as opposed to United that requires certain higher fare classes • All elites get access to preferred seating and two bags for all on their reservation • Earn four 500-mile upgrades for every 10,000 qualifying miles flown. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 25. American Status Challenge Gold Challenge: • Earn 5,000 Elite Qualifying Points* in a three month period • Cost: $120 (varies) Platinum Challenge: • Earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Points* in a three month period • Cost: $240 (varies) Call 1-800-882-8880 to enroll There were Executive Plat matches from DL ad UA earlier in the year – can’t hurt to ask © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 26. Sky Team Airline Status Matches and Challenges © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 27. Sky Team Status Benefits © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 28. Delta Status Challenge © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 29. Delta Elite Status Benefits • 25,000 Silver; 50,000 Gold; 75,000 Platinum 125,000 Diamond • Complimentary for all levels on North America/Caribbean flights. • 25%/100%/100%/125% mileage bonus • All elites get access to preferred seating and free checked bag for up to 9 on their reservation • Mileage rollover • Priority security access for Gold and up • Choice benefits for Plat and Diamond © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 30. Delta MQMs from Credit Card • Delta Platinum Card gives 5,000 MQM 1st purchase, 10,000 after spending $25K in calendar year, and additional 10,000 if you spend $50K • Delta Reserve Amex gives 10,000 MQM after 1st purchase, 15,000 MQMs if you hit $30,000, and an additional 15,000 if you hit $60,000. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 31. Delta Status Challenge • Receive status for 90 days – must complete challenge during that time • Don’t have all the benefits of the status during challenge • No way to challenge to top tier status as it must be earned. • Status good through 2/28/14 at that time (starting in July) • Email MSCEliteFaxes.Delta@delta.com © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 32. Southwest Airlines Companion Pass • 50,000 point sign-up bonuses are available, sign-up for a personal and business Chase Southwest Card. Then get up to two years of free travel! • Spend $6K on credit cards • Fly Southwest to earn points • You will have 104,000 of the 110,000 points needed • Transfer 13,000 UR points to Hyatt, then 12,500 Hyatt to 6,000 SW • Shop through the Southwest Shopping Portal • $1,826 worth of points x 2 people = $3,652! © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 33. Alaska Airlines • Upgrades on Delta Air Lines or Alaska Airlines. 4 Gold Guest Upgrades for MVP Gold. • Priority Boarding on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. • Checked Baggage Fee Waiver for first two bags on Alaska Airlines and American Airlines, and for the 1st bag on Delta for MVP® member companions. • Priority AAccess™ Check-In and Security Lines at select airports when traveling on American Airlines. • Preferred Seating on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM, or LAN. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 34. Alaska Airlines • Status match up to mid-tier MVP Gold • Normally takes 40,000 on Alaska miles for that level or 50,000 on partner airlines • Match after 11/1 good for all of the following year • “Once in a lifetime” status match • Send an email to: elite.flyer@alaskaair.com • mileage.plan@alaskaair.com © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 35. Other Routes to Status • AA BusinessExtAAs program low level award of gifting Gold status • US Airways and Delta allows top tier elites to gift status • UA Million Miler spouses get the same status that the MMer has • Some promotions award EQMs (Delta and US Airways often do this) • Come to MegaDOs! © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 36. Hotel Elite Status Basics • Elite status usually based on nights or stays with that hotel chain in a calendar year. • Varies with each chain, but top tier at some hotels starts at 25 stays per year. • Lower tier can start around 5 stays. • Some chains allow award nights to count toward status. • Often best to try and qualify on stays rather than nights (ie, hotel hop). © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 37. Hotel Elite Status Basics • Suite upgrades and better rooms • Free breakfast • Lounge access • Free internet • More points! • Guaranteed availability, better service, elite phone numbers, etc. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 38. Elite Status for Families © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
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  • 44. Hyatt Platinum Status • 5 stays or 15 nights in calendar year • Or via the Hyatt Credit Card, United Club card, or via MilePoint Premium Membership • 15% point bonus, free internet, 2PM late check- out, “preferred rooms” • Special awards every 3rd stay such as 1,000 bonus points, Regency Club upgrade, 2,500 bonus points © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 45. Hyatt Diamond Status • 25 stays or 50 nights in calendar year • 30% point bonus + 500/1,000 bonus points or food & beverage amenity each stay • Four confirmed suite upgrades annually • Free breakfast and internet • Guaranteed availability • Lounge access and 4PM checkout © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 46. Hyatt Diamond Challenge • 60 days to stay 12 nights • Receive Diamond status (and four confirmed suite upgrades) during the challenge • Perfect time to apply for Hyatt Credit Card • Must have at least Hilton Gold, Marriott Gold, SPG Platinum, or Priority Club Platinum • They may require a statement showing stays with those chains to get the challenge • Beginning in June, status is valid for 1.5 years © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 47. SPG Gold Status • 10 stays or 25 nights annually • Or via Platinum Amex, $30,000 on SPG Amex, or Clear • 50% point bonus • 4PM late check-out • “Preferred” rooms – occasional club access • 250 bonus points, internet, or beverage each stay • Award stays count! © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 48. SPG Platinum Status • 25 stays or 50 nights annually • 4PM late check-out • 50% point bonus • Free internet • Club access • Upgrade to best room, including suites • 500 bonus points, cont. breakfast, or amenity © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 49. SPG Super Platinum • 50 Nights annually gets you 10 “suite nights” that can be confirmed 5 days in advance. • 75 Nights annually gets you 100% bonus points and a flexible 24 hours in your room. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 50. Easy Route to SPG Status • Get the SPG Amex that awards 25,000 points with $5K in spending. • End up with 30,000 points. • Have 25 one night stays on cash and points at a Category 1 hotel. • It would cost 30,000 points + $625 for Platinum status. • Do it early in the year to get maximum value. • Not a plan I would personally do. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 51. SPG Platinum Challenge • Complete 18 paid nights in a 3 month period. • The challenge starts on the 1st of the month. • You do not receive Platinum benefits during the challenge. • Email platinum.liaison@starwoodhotels.com • Some report getting retroactive credit for the challenge, but YMMV. • Should get status for 1.5 years if doing after July 1st. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
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  • 53. Taste of Marriott Challenge • Three months plus the month of sign-up (don’t sign up on the 1st). • Silver = 3 stays; Gold = 6 stays; Platinum = 9 stays • Receive status during the challenge. • Helps to have some stays on your record or at least booked in some cases. • Stays with credit card may count. • If told no, then try again. • Can do every 12 months after challenge ends. • Best luck by calling 1-801-468-4000. • Upgrades, arrival gift, free internet, club access or free breakfast (M-F), 50% points bonus. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 54. Hilton Gold • Sign up for the Hilton Reserve Credit Card – get two free weekend nights plus Gold Status • $95 annual fee • Fast Track to Gold with Four Stays in 90 Days • https://hiltonhhonors.com/mvp/Home/Index • Free Gold status – Google “Australia Visa Infinite Hilton Hhonors Gold” • Gold status gets you 25% bonus points, continental breakfast for two, internet possible club access, preferred rooms, bonus points, bottled water, etc. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 55. Other Hotel Matches and Status • Best Western “No Hassle Status Match.” • Club Carlson very easy to status match. • Omni Select Guest gives you bottled water, morning beverages, two items pressed, shoe shine, and free internet just for joining. • Priority Club purchased points count toward status – 60,000 for Platinum. • Platinum via PC Credit Card • Can also purchase Intercontinental Ambassador Status for $200 or 32,000 points or stay three promo. This also translates to Priority Club Gold. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved