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Continental Onepass and Elite Maximizer: A Good Deal?

December 19, 2010

UPDATE: The Presidential Plus Continental card is no longer available. This fall, Continental introduced their Onepass/Elite Maximizer program, which allows flyers to purchase extra Onepass miles and Elite Qualifying Miles with paid itineraries. If you purchase the extra Onepass miles (for roughly 3.5 cents each), you can then also purchase Elite Qualifying Miles, which are […]

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My Starwood Holiday Gift- 30 Page Hardcover Personalized Image Book

December 18, 2010

Starwood is known for giving year-end gifts to their Platinum guests. Several years ago, it was a 50% off award coupon, which was an incredible points-saving value. Last year it was luggage tags, which I thought were cheap, but better than nothing. This year, they are giving out hardcover image books. You can choose a […]

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Starwood Teases “Guess What’s Next” and My Guess is…

December 8, 2010

A new tier higher than Platinum. The official Starwood rep on Flyertalk, Starwood Lurker a.k.a William, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Frequent Traveler Awards in Houston, has the current tagline “Guess whats next” in his signature. There’s been tons of rampant speculation, but nothing confirmed yet. I think its a new […]

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Traveling Without Elite Status (Rude Awakening)

November 28, 2010

Sorry if I’ve been remiss on blog posts this weekend, but I’ve been enjoying a sunny weekend in Miami, courtesy of Starwood Hotels (I won 2 free weekend nights this summer through a Twitter promotion they ran). I’ll have a full report about that, including South Beach recommendations, but in the meantime I’m currently sitting […]

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Airline Elite Status Match 101

November 15, 2010

As an elite qualifying year comes to an end (December 31, 2010), it’s a great time to decide whether to go for elite status if you haven’t already achieved the level that you desire. I’m currently 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles short of Delta’s top tier (Diamond Medallion, 125,000 MQMs), so I planned a weekend trip […]

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United/ Continental Merger Update: Reciprocal Key Elite Benefits Now Live

October 14, 2010

While United and Continental are officially on the way to become a hopefully united new United, there’s a lot to be done to implement one unified airline to the outside world. Some major changes to come: 1) Repainting planes to match one standard new United logo 2) Getting rid of continental.com 3) Merging the OnePass program […]

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Complimentary US Airways Silver Elite Status

July 22, 2010

If you: 1) Don’t currently have elite status with USair (and haven’t participated in any of their recent elite status promotions) 2) Plan to purchase a ticket on usair.com and fly on US by Sept 15 You can get free Silver status for 90 days. Fly 7,500 miles in that 90 day period, and keep […]

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