Elite Status

2022 Airline Status Recap & 2023 Status Goals

I’m finally getting a moment to breathe and look back on my 2022 year in travel.  Let’s start with airline status.  If you want to hear more about my airline status goals we had a detailed discussion this week on the pod.  At a high level, 2022 was a year where I continued to choose whatever airline offered me the best itinerary to maximize my time.  A nod was paid to cheap first class fares since it’s virtually impossible to be at peak productivity.  It was also about trying to […]

Back To The Future: United Finally Implementing Higher Status Requirements, With Some New Twists

Back in 2019 the airlines were gearing up to thin their elite ranks.  Travel was booming, though not the unbelievable demand we’re seeing this year.  Late in 2019 United announced a pretty significant revamp of how customers would earn elite status.  Just a few months later, the reality of COVID-19 caused the airlines to rapidly change direction.  In essence, the tougher qualification requirements wouldn’t see the light of day in 2020.  Nor 2021 or 2022.  As we head into 2023, United has announced that they will be adopting the increased […]

Elite Status: 2021 Recap And A Look Forward To 2022

Just when I thought 2020 was the weirdest travel year I’d ever see, 2021 did everything it could to rival it.  Our family took a sharp left-hand turn during the pandemic and bought an RV.  We spent a fair amount of 2020 camping, a completely different way to travel.  That bled into 2021, though as the year turned to spring and summer I got back on the road for work again. 2021 had moments of “normal” but they were mostly defined as the “new normal“.  Airline schedules were geared towards […]

Air Canada Launches Cool New Feature: Status Pass!

If you live in the United States and haven’t been paying attention to Air Canada, continue to do so at your own risk.  Since the middle of last year, Air Canada has been announcing new components of a completely reimagined loyalty program under a familiar name, Aeroplan.  While it’s certainly good news for Canadian residents, it’s also good news for US residents. When Air Canada announced the new program last year, there was plenty to be excited about. New status perks and new credit cards were really enticing. In two […]

I’m Actually Pretty Excited About My Frontier Status Match

How Is He Balancing That Credit Card On His Nose???

After almost 9 months of no air travel and no plans to get on a plane anytime soon, the moments where I’m truly excited about travel have been few and far between.  In fact, most this year have involved renting RVs and ultimately buying an RV and a pickup truck (more on that in future stories).  You might find it odd for me to be talking about a Frontier Airlines status match, especially since I’m normally on one of the big 3 domestic carriers. Frontier Airlines is actually an airline […]

Hilton Goes First, Dropping Elite Status Requirements For 2021

Travel brands across the world have been struggling with how to get customers to travel since the start of the pandemic.  Many of those offers were patchwork in the beginning to solve a problem that seemed to be measured in weeks, maybe months.  Six months later it’s clear that travel is on a very slow path to recovery and major travel companies need a long-term plan.  Hilton recently made clear how much they value increasing/retaining their loyalty ranks in 2021. Hilton Reduces Elite Status Requirements Early on, Hilton was the […]

Marriott Rolls Out A Summer Promo. Is It Worth It For You?

Hotel Danieli, a member of Marriott Bonvoy

As things start to thaw slowly from the absolute freeze on travel during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, travel brands are trying to figure out what it will take to motivate us to spend our money on travel again.  Hyatt was the first into the market with a triple points earning promotion across their entire portfolio of properties.  They traditionally focus their summer promotion on rebating points to folks who hold their co-branded credit card.  This summer, they’ve chosen so far to incentivize paid travel (though they did offer […]