We’re halfway through the year and I’m happy to report I’m right on target for top-tier status on one airline and one hotel chain. How about you?
This year, I’m focusing on 1K status on United and Globalist status with World of Hyatt. Let’s start with United.
After holding 1K status from 2008 to 2015, I let it go…coasting on my lifetime MillionMiler Premier Gold status and becoming more of a free agent. But as travel has picked up with my new business venture, I’ve found myself once again the “road warrior”. My travel on United is no longer to commute between Philadelphia and LA for law school…now it it is to close deals and build relationships across Europe and Asia.
Last year I ended the year with 97,010 United elite qualifying miles…and only Premier Gold status to show for it. Why? I did not spend the $12,000 necessary to re-qaulify for 1K status nor did I even meet the $25K spend requirement on my United Explorer Visa card from Chase in order to get Platinum without spending $9,000 on United Airlines tickets.
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I won’t make that mistake this year…I’m sure I’ll close at least Premier Platinum status thanks to credit card spend, but what about 1K? You can see that I’ve earned over 53K elite qualifying miles this year on United and spent less than $3K. There’s no way I am going to reach the $12K spend requirement. By principle I’d use miles before I spent that much money on United travel.
But I’m always tempted to re-reigster to my German address. It’s legit and that would totally exempt me from the minimum spend requirement. What’s stopping me? I’m not sure…
World of Hyatt
I’m already at 35 Hyatt nights for the year, with only 20 left to go. Once I get my new World of Hyatt Visa Credit Card from Chase, I’ll be able to meet the remaining nights by spending alone. Even without the card, though, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble earning the extra 20 nights.
People often ask me why I’m so loyal to Hyatt. I know the hotel has a limited global footprint, but I love the pampering treatment I get at as a Globalist member at properties around the world. There’s nothing special about a Hyatt Place or Hyatt House, but Hyatt has so many aspirational properties around the world that I have enjoyed so much over the years.
I’m more than halfway toward lifetime Globalist status. Hopefully in the next few years I can finish that and earn Globalist status for the rest of my life.
I have Gold status with Hilton and Marriott as well, but have not stayed at a Hilton or Marriott property once this year. I do not have status with any other airlines. At least for now, I’m very happy with United and Hyatt and well on my way toward re-qualifying for top-tier status for 2019.
How about you? How is your status re-qualifcation going?