Another week has gone by and its time for me to summarize this week’s posts for those who have missed out. Links are provided to each one for curiosity.
This week’s theme was hotels as four of the five posts were related to them. I wrote about the status levels for three of the major hotel chains, explaining the differences and similarities. I plan to write about Marriott Bonfire status soon.
I started the week by looking at the World of Hyatt and how nice their status ladder is. Despite not having more than 1,000 hotels globally, Hyatt focuses on quality over quantity. They offer a lot of nice perks at each level that rival those from Hilton and Marriott.
Globalist Status is especially noteworthy given the sheer number of perks you receive if you can get there. Free nights, suite upgrade awards, Club Lounge access, and lots of bonus points are highlights. But even if you don’t spend or stay enough to get to Globalist, the lower levels will still provide you with lots of value.
On Wednesday, I investigated a new benefit from the Chase Sapphire Reserve. SBE and Chase have partnered up to provide Reserve cardholders some nice luxury hotel benefits. These benefits rival those of the Citi Prestige, but neither card comes close to the American Express Platinum Card.
My only complaint is that SBE is limited to 19 properties. When SBE and Chase get more properties to participate, this perk will become more valuable.
This post from Thursday was purely an accident. I was looking at Reddit that morning and I figured that I can write a post about a sub-reddit that I saw. The rumor was debunked two hours after I wrote it prompting me to change it around to a speculation post. Much to my surprise, the post became Travel Update’s most popular for Thursday and Friday.
The Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited are two of my favorite Ultimate Rewards (UR) point-earning cards. Neither has an annual fee and points earned from both can be transferred to either Sapphire card or the Ink Preferred.
Hilton provides a nice suite of benefits for each level of status. Having status can be a huge opportunity to get value from the world’s second-largest hotel chain.
Gold Status is highlighted by room upgrades, lots of points, milestone bonuses, and complimentary breakfast. And higher Diamond Status has all of that plus status extension, status gifting, Executive Lounge Access, and suite upgrades.
Luckily, each level of status can be obtained by applying for a Hilton credit card. Status of some capacity if offered as a perk on all Hilton cards. Silver Status can be obtained with the Hilton Honors card. Furthermore, Gold Status can be obtained with the Hilton Ascend card or the Hilton Honors Business card. And finally, Diamond Status can be obtained with the Hilton Aspire card.
IHG is oftentimes the hotel chain of choice for budget travelers. It’s also a frequent choice for business managers to send their employees so they can save money. While IHG status doesn’t provide as much as competitors, its comparatively spartan by nature. However, Platinum and Spire Statuses have a few unique benefits that can be worth going for if you frequent IHG hotels.
I hope that everyone has a great Sunday! Stay posted for more content next week!