Airline and Hotel Elite Status Soft Landing Reports?

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So yesterday was judgement day for most loyalty programs – March 1, when those who didn’t retain elite status either get dropped to non-status all together or sometimes you get lucky and only get bumped down a level, which is otherwise known as a soft landing.

Soft landing programs are usually informal and not publicized. So I’m curious to find out – did any loyalty programs offer soft landings this year? Was anyone granted status even though they didn’t technically earn it?

I dropped from Delta Diamond to Platinum yesterday, but retained my American Airlines Executive Platinum, Hyatt Diamond, Intercontinental Royal Ambassador (which doesn’t run on the calendar year) and Starwood Platinum. The difference between Diamond and Platinum isn’t all that great, so I didn’t think much about it. Curious to hear everyone else’s experience! Have a great weekend, wherever your travels may take you. I’ll see many of you Sunday at the New York Times Travel Show!

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