No, I am not giving up on airline status (for now, but one day maybe yes). I have my Delta Diamond status for this year, all of next year, and if Delta does not do as I expect them to, that is, to dump MQMs for REV based elite status then I will even have at least Platinum or Diamond status until 1FEB2019! And clearly after May this year I will have
lifetime annual Delta Silver Medallion status due to crossing the 1 Million Mile mark in MQMs (yeah, just a little bit excited about this one). Now I need to think about what airline I try next? 🙂
But what I am giving up on is hotel status after this year even though I tend to stay 30-40 nights each year in hotel rooms (not a ton, but more than most). Let me explain and much of it has to do with where the hotel industry is going as a whole and what I have seen over the past few years.
Just like the airlines that, let’s face it, mostly have a tri-monopoly (and even more so with hubs) have a lock on air travel and prices. The hotels want to consolidate the same way so that they also will have a similar lock on where you stay and spend. We have seen the detrimental and crushing effect this has had on the airline loyalty programs and the exact same thing has slowly begun in the hotel space. It is now just a matter of time.
Elite status on airlines means less and less. Look at Delta. Upgrades for Diamonds used to be all but guaranteed. Delta even PROMISED we would get MORE, not less like Mr. Ham “President” Sandwich Glen tells us today. The same thing goes for hotels.
I have been testing Hyatt Diamond status since they matched me this year. I have liked some bits as they tend to have more “fast” rules than SPG. But this last trip to Ft. Myers I stayed at a Hyatt Place and asked for a possible late checkout of 2PM and was told they were too busy and full – check back in the morning. Really? An entire hotel and a Diamond cannot stay a few extra hours in a hotel nowhere near the beach? This really motivates me to reach out for Diamond again next year (said no one ever)!
With SPG I have mostly been pleased but I hate to have to beg for a full breakfast when the club lounge offerings are “Meh” (not always, but if not good I will go and request it). Same goes for upgrades. I really hate it when I am offered an “upgraded” deluxe room that is the same room as the floor below, but since this is higher up, it is an upgrade? That just reminds me of Delta’s C+ seats. They “say” it is an amazing upgrade, when it really is the same seat as the rest of coach. Sigh.
The point is, if I am going to have to beg, borrow or cajole my way to get something as a top elite, why not just make due with mid status that means I will have to do that exact same thing?
After all, with my Chase IHG card I get Platinum status. With my non-Delta AMEX Platinum card I get SPG Gold status. With my Club Carlson card I get Gold status. I have a bunch of IHG points now to burn from the IHG postcard promo. I can make SPG points cheap whenever I want and Gold status worked and I got almost as many upgrades. I tend to stay at Sheratons so with the SPG biz card I get free club access anyway. Club Carlson I am conflicted about but again it is free status just from the card.
So after this year I will give up my Hyatt Diamond, my Hilton Diamond, my SPG Platinum status and go free agent with credit card status perks. Am I making the right call? – René
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