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What Is Southwest Airlines Elite Status Worth? January 2017

The Southwest Rapid Rewards program offers two formal elite tiers: A-List and A-List Preferred. While not technically a tier, you can also think of A-List Preferred + Companion Pass as the third and highest tier in the program. You quality for elite status based on achieving the requisite number of (a) one-way flights (EQDs) or (b) tier qualifying points (TQPs). Continue reading

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Prime Members Now Get 5% Cashback on Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Effective January 12, 2017, current Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card members with Chase, who are also Amazon Prime members, have been automatically upgraded to the new Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, also from Chase. Prime members will now get 5% cashback on all of their Amazon.com purchases made using their Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. Continue reading

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What Is Hilton Honors Elite Status Worth? January 2017

Started in 1987, the HHilton Honors program has evolved to its current incarnation with four elite status tiers and a number of benefits for frequent travelers. Hilton brands include: Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria, DoubleTree, Canopy, Curio Collection, Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, Tru (coming soon), Hilton Grand Vacations, and Hampton. Continue reading

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What Is JetBlue Elite Status Worth? January 2017

Unlike most other U.S. airlines, the JetBlue TrueBlue program has only one elite status level: Mosaic. There are also no complimentary seat upgrades for elite members.
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What Is Best Western Elite Status Worth? January 2017

Elite status within the Best Western Rewards program is straightforward, if not all that exciting. Generally speaking, the only major difference between the elite levels are increased bonus point rates. Continue reading

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What Is Choice Privileges Elite Status Worth? January 2017

Elite status within the Choice Privileges program is pretty mundane and not very valuable. The points you earn, even as a non-elite member, are by far the best feature of the Choice Privileges program since you can redeem them for free nights. Continue reading

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What Is American Airlines Elite Status Worth? January 2017

American Airlines’s AAdvantage program changed drastically in 2016 and 2017 and added a new elite status level, Platinum Pro, between the top-level Executive Platinum status and the mid-level Platinum status. American also started awarding AAdvantage miles based on airfare spending (versus air miles traveled) in 2016. Continue reading

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Value of One Point or Mile and Average Rebate for Airlines, Hotels, Rail, and Rental Cars | 2017

Valuations include both the value of one point in a given rewards program and the rebate percentage, in points, for spending with over 20 airline, hotel, rail, and car rental rewards and frequent flyer programs. Continue reading

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What Is Amtrak Elite Status Worth? January 2017

Last year, Amtrak revamped its Guest Rewards program and switched to a revenue-based redemption system for points from the previous fixed-points-per-zone redemption model. Sleeper car accommodations now cost a lot more points (to the tune of 20,000+ more points in some cases), but travelers on relatively short routes may find that they can now spend less points on redemptions. Continue reading

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