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    New Restriction at Some Priority Pass Lounges

    A new restriction has been added to all “The Club” airport lounges in the Priority Pass network. Beginning September 1, 2019, access is permitted 3 hours prior to scheduled flight departure. A similar restriction was recently implemented by American Express at its Centurion Lounges. This was done in an effort to reduce over-crowding. It would appear the reason is the same for “The Club”. The Club has locations at the following U.S. airports: ATL – Atlanta BOS – Boston BWI – Baltimore CHS – Charleston CVG – Cincinnati DFW – Dallas JAX – Jacksonville LAS – Las Vegas MCO – Orlando PIT – Pittsburgh SEA – Seattle SJC – San…

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    Priority Pass Adds New Restaurant at LAX

    Priority Pass continues to add restaurants to it’s airport locations. The newest addition is Point the Way Cafe at LAX International Airport. Point the Way Cafe is located in Terminal 6 between Gates 65A and 65B. Cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement to receive US$28 per person off the bill. The cafe features flatbreads, sandwiches, and craft beers. You can see a complete list of Priority Pass restaurant locations here. If you like the information in this article, please consider supporting this blog by shopping with my Amazon Referral link.

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    Amex Removing Priority Pass Restaurant Credit Benefit

    Effective August 1, 2019, American Express is removing access to non-lounge airport experiences from its credit cards that offer the Priority Pass benefit. “Non-lounge” airport experiences refer to certain restaurants/bars/cafes that participate in the Priority Pass program. So far, no other bank that offers credit cards with the Priority Pass benefit has followed suit. Hopefully, Amex is taking this leap alone. This is clearly a cost-cutting move by American Express. I don’t think each “non-lounge” visit costs Amex any more than a traditional lounge visit, but it’s more easily abused. For instance, restaurant staff may be less likely to check boarding passes, making it easy for a Priority Pass membership…

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    Chase Offers: $40 Back on DirecTV

    I found a Chase Offer in my Chase mobile app for $40 back after spending $20 on DirecTV with my Sapphire Reserve card . This offer is intended for new subscribers. I’ve been with DirecTV for years, but I gave it a shot anyway. Here’s how it went. What are Chase Offers? According to Chase’s FAQ, “Chase Offers brings you great deals from the places you love. No coupons, codes or vouchers to remember, and no registration is required. You just click on an offer to activate it for your card, and then use your card to pay in stores, online or via mobile apps and wallets. You’ll see your…

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    New Access Restrictions for Amex Centurion Lounges

    In an effort to reduce overcrowding at its popular Centurion Lounges, American Express has been piloting various access restrictions in certain airports at certain times. Some of those will now be made permanent. Beginning March 22, 2019, Platinum and Centurion Card Members will only be permitted to access a Centurion Lounge within 3 hours of their scheduled flight departure time or between connecting flights. Card Members will not be permitted access upon arrival at their destination. I’ve seen enough complaints about overcrowding at Centurion Lounges, even while the temporary restrictions have been in place that I’m skeptical that making these permanent will have any noticeable effect. The arrival restriction seems…

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    Priority Pass Loses Another LAX Restaurant

    In an effort to increase its offerings, Priority Pass has been adding restaurants to its list of airport lounges. When dining at these participating venues, you simply order off the menu as you normally would and your Priority Pass membership will provide you and your guests with a credit toward your meal. Unfortunately, these restaurant additions are beginning to mysteriously disappear. Another LAX airport restaurant will no longer be accepting Priority Pass soon. After November 30, 2018, Barney’s Beanery is leaving the network of airport lounges. The restaurant was added to Priority Pass only a few short months ago. This comes on the heels of Campanile’s Restaurant in LAX Terminal…

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    TSA Adds 3 Additional Airlines to Pre Check

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓ to 3 additional domestic and international airlines, bringing the total number of airlines participating in TSA Pre✓ to 56. A full list of airlines can be found here. Eligible passengers traveling on Norwegian Air, Icelandair and Via Airlines will now have the opportunity to experience expedited screening. What is TSA Pre✓ TSA Pre✓ is an expedited security screening program for known and trusted travelers departing from airports within the United States. On dedicated TSA Pre✓ lines, there is no need to remove your shoes, belts, or light jackets. In addition, laptops and 3-1-1 liquids can remain packed in your carry on bags.…

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    Status Match: MLife Rewards Gold to Caesars Total Rewards Diamond

    In this series of posts on Status Matching, I show you how to leverage your elite tier status in one loyalty program to obtain a similar tier in another. This particular match requires some effort, but the benefits are worth it. You can match MLife Gold to Total Rewards Diamond at any of Caesar’s Atlantic City resort locations. And if that’s not enough, you can then head over to the new Hard Rock and Ocean Resort Casinos for even more status matches. Getting Total Rewards Diamond In my last post of this series, I showed you how you can get MLife Gold from your Hyatt Explorist, Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club Select…

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    Status Match: World of Hyatt and MLife Rewards

    In this series of posts on Status Matching, I show you how to leverage your elite tier status in one loyalty program to obtain a similar tier in another. This article covers World of Hyatt and MLife Rewards. I actually didn’t have status in either program until a couple weeks ago. I’ll show you a back door that worked for me. MLife Rewards members earn valuable benefits and rewards at MLife Rewards Destinations. These include Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano, and The Mirage in Las Vegas, and The Borgata in Atlantic City. Higher tier status can earn you resort comps quicker than you normally would otherwise. Similarly, with higher status at Hyatt, you…

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    Status Match: Marriott Gold to National Exec Elite and Hertz PC

    This is the first in a series of posts on Status Matches. If you’ve earned elite status at a hotel chain, car rental company, or cruise line, competing chains might upgrade your status in their loyalty programs as well. Over the next few days, I’ll go over a few of these for you. First up, a timely one: Status Match your Marriott Gold Elite or Platinum Elite tier to National Car Rental (Emerald Club) Executive Elite. You can then match your new Emerald Club status to Hertz President’s Circle. That will give you top tier status in both car rental loyalty programs. Why is this timely? On August 18, 2018,…