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I currently hold a number of loyalty programme elite statuses and I thought I would make a post about which elite status I hold, how I got it, and why it is important to me. Keep in mind these are only the programmes that I have elite status with… I am a member of much, much more loyalty programmes where I do not have status (and just use it for the occasional searching or booking a flight).
Lufthansa Miles & More Senator (Star Alliance Gold)
Miles & More is my primary frequent flyer programme and I simply love it, and the fact that I fly a lot with the Lufthansa Group makes the status very valuable. I also almost exclusively fly with the Star Alliance and my Miles & More Gold status gets me lounge access, priority boarding, check-in, extra baggage allowance, etc. when flying every Star Alliance Airline.
The Senator status requires 100k Status Miles in one calendar year (the status is then valid for two years and you can re-qualify in either one to extend the status). I consider the Senator status to be more prestigious above other Star Alliance Gold statuses since it requires 100k miles whereas most Star Alliance Gold qualifications start at 50k status miles.
AirBerlin topbonus Gold (oneworld Sapphire)
I status-matched to AirBerlin earlier this year from my Star Alliance Gold membership and they provided me with a oneworld Sapphire card valid for one year. This is perfect just in time for my oneworld flights around Europe this summer (on British Airways and AirBerlin). The flights operated by AirBerlin on my particular routes only have Economy class – so the gold card will be perfect for lounge access, and priority services on the ground. It will be a little less useful on the BA flights since those are already in Club Europe (Business Class). I booked the AirBerlin Economy flights for 10k AA miles (one-way).
Starwood Preferred Guest Gold
I think out of all of my hotel stays, I’ve stayed with Starwood Hotels the least since it’s sort of hard to acquire starpoints quickly. The Gold status is somewhat useful since you will get the occasional upgrade and sometimes other benefits like late check-out, etc. The status is practically useless to me since I rarely stay at hotels anyway. I got it for free from my American Express Platinum Card.
Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum
Probably the most used hotel status that I have, I stay with Hyatt the most since I gain Ultimate Rewards quickly and I transfer them to Hyatt Gold Passport for booking hotels. I got the status when I applied for the Hyatt Credit Card which came with two free nights, which I redeemed at the Park Hyatt New York. Also, they gave me an upgrade because of the Platinum status.
IHG Rewards Club Platinum
Also acquired through the Chase IHG Credit Card which gave me 80k IHG points which I will be using this summer to stay at a few hotels around Europe where there weren’t any Club Carlson properties. I’ve never stayed with IHG before so we will see how they treat a platinum member on points.
Club Carlson Gold
I used to LOVE Club Carlson but after their recent announcements, I’m burning my Club Carlson points very quickly because they will be practically less than half useful after June 1st. I love Club Carlson hotels since some of them are actually really nice and the Gold status gets me upgrades and also early check-in and late check-out. Once again, the status was acquired through the US Bank Credit Card.. which I will be cancelling after I complete my stays this year since the free last night benefit will be going away.
As you can see, I hold more hotel elite statuses even though I rarely stay at hotels due to the fact that I’m under 21 and most hotels don’t make exceptions to allow me to stay… in the United States and therefore I constantly would use Club Carlson throughout Europe since they have the most European properties out of the other ones and even in some of the most interesting places… like Iceland.
My only earned airline status is my Lufthansa one and I take great pride for that status considering the amount of flying I had to put into it to gain the status. As far as another Star Alliance Gold status – I was thinking about also getting a second Star Gold card with another carrier but then I quickly realised that it would be a waste of time since I mostly fly with Lufthansa and the fact that all the benefits carry over anyway. I won’t be re-qualifying for the AirBerlin status since there is no point to it as I don’t fly with oneworld at all.
Hopefully this provides you some insight on my travel patterns and on my loyalty programme elite statuses.
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