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Hilton extended my Diamond status thru March 2018
At the end of the 2015 there was an all out free for all for top tier status. Hilton was amongst those matching status and ran an “honor your status” program – as a result, I was able to match to Hilton Diamond status with my Hyatt Diamond status until March of 2017. THEN, midway through 2016 ( around April if memory serves) Hilton ran a follow up “honor your status” program that would grant status through 2018. There were many data points that showed current Hilton Diamonds were getting rematched. I thought what the heck and I requested that Hilton extend my status. I never heard back. I had hoped that Hilton extended my Diamond status thru March 2018 and never informed me. This never happens, but one must dream!!!
Let’s be honest…It’s great getting access to buffet breakfasts and club levels like I did at the Hanoi Hilton where I just stayed.
I was very surprised today
I wanted to see if my Hilton Hanoi points had credited and logged into my account. I saw something intriguing…it listed what I needed to do to maintain status for 2018… I figured my status ran out March 2017, but was confused over it saying to “maintain diamond status in 2018.”
I couldn’t quickly find the date when my status would expire so I chatted with an online rep named Mart…
Hilton extended my diamond status thru March 2018! BYAH!
This just goes to show that it never hurts to try, attempt, and ask – you never know what you may get. Looking forward to another year of Hilton Diamond =) BYAH!
Hilton is also running a current status match but it’s only for 90 days and requires activity to maintain it.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.