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Great Fares On AA Across The US, Possibility To Restore Your United Elite Status, Suspension Of Hyatt Diamond Challenge, and More

Good afternoon, everyone! I have not really been near internet much over the last day so just catching up a bit. I was going to do individual posts on many of these items but since these other bloggers covered them so well, I thought it would be more simple to just do one big roundup.

Great Fares On AA Across The US

Like many cheap fares, do not think about these for long. I am sure availability is already drying up so check and see what you want to book and do it – right away! If you have to cancel, booking through an online agency like Orbitz will give you 24 hours to cancel it.

Some of the amazing fares include East Coast to LA for $150 roundtrip, NY/Boston to Dallas for $80 roundtrip and others. Check out the posts over at TheFlightDeal (and make sure you are following them because they are great!).

Possibility To Restore Your United Elite Status

Stefan at Rapid Travel Chai shared a targeted United promotion where you can earn back your previous United status. To do so, you have to have been targeted and you need to fly a certain amount (decreased from the normal amount for that status) within 90 days. Read about it here.

An interesting thing about this that I am wondering about (and feel free to let me know in the comments) – do the EQMs that were earned with the old Continental Presidential Plus card count? I still have 10,000 of them in my account (they do not expire) and would love to put them to use!

Suspension Of The Hyatt Diamond Challenge

The Hyatt Diamond Challenge of old (no longer available) used to be the most lucrative of top-tier elite challenges. Not only were the night requirements very decent, but you got the 4 Suite Upgrades with just the temporary status (as well as the Diamond amenity, the free breakfast).

The current challenge is different as it does not give you Diamond status during the challenge. Still, if you want top tier status without staying the required 50 nights/ 25 stays, this is the way to go. Except Hyatt is pulling it July 31. They say it is just a suspension for some technical reasons. Read about it here.

Getting IHG Spire Status And The 25K Point Payout

IHG had recently published the new name of their top tier status – Spire. Ok. But, it comes with a nice option to choose as your bonus 25,000 IHG points. For Pointbreak hotels, that is 5 free nights! Pretty nice!

Frequent Miler has a nice writeup about how to get that 25K payout without even staying in hotels! Read about it here.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.