My first days of 2014 consisted of, a raging case of the flu with 104* fever, other things I will not share, snow outside my window rather than the warm sand of Grand Cayman and seeing all my loyalty programs go to ZEROs! Talk about a depressing day – oh my.
We all hate this and any who are new to the game freak out and e-mail and tweet away about where all our MQMs went and such. The rest of us who are seasoned are already plotting and planning for 2014 and how to achieve whatever level with whatever program we want to keep and what ones we are willing to let go (it’s ok, really, it will be, maybe).
But that brings us to today’s SWAG Saturday quandary and questions. Let me get out of the way the standard stuff like the rules. The T&C do not change from week to week and can be seen HERE. Then, you must answer the question to qualify. If you just say “pick me”, even if Random.org does “pick you”, you don’t win as you did not follow the rules and someone else will get the prize you could have got. Clear?
So what do I want to know for a chance at a $75 Amazon Gift code and a set of iGo Noise canceling headphones? Delta was the first with Crossover Rewards and SPG. Now I liked SPG before Delta & SPG teamed up so it was a simple thing for me to go all-in and have Diamond Status with Delta and then go for Platinum with SPG. I don’t normally stay “that many” nights in hotels each year but I can tell you I will go out of my way all year long to be at SPG hotels while I have the Platinum status this year. Will I go for it for 2015? Right now I say maybe and here’s why. I have both a Personal and Business SPG AMEX card that each give me 2 stay credits so I only need 21 stays to re-qualify not 25 like those with no cards. I have 5 nights booked already so I “only” need 16 more to make it. I have a feeling I will do what it takes as I think I am really going to like being SPG Platinum. So the Airline – Hotel linkup has worked on me. But has it for you? I am not just saying Delta, but here is the question:
Would your airline of choice linking with a hotel motivate you to stay more at that hotel chain and would it make you more likely to go for status with that hotel chain? Lastly are you more likely to HOLD the hotel and airlines credit cards year after year?
So there you are. You must give us your answer and we can see if these partnerships are having an impact on how you travel and the choices you make! Have fun – René
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