Goodbye Marriott, The Arrogant & Condescending, American Shut Downs & Why The Amex Platinum Is A Pass

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December Top 5 2019

Most Popular Posts of December 2019

Here are our 5 most viewed posts from the previous month.  This only includes articles written and posted in the month of December.  Any expired deals or promos will not be included either.

December Top 5 2019

Why The American Express Platinum is Absolutely Not Worth The Annual Fee

Ian kicks off the list with his contrarian take on the American Express Platinum card.  It is a good reminder that what works for you depends entirely on your situation.  There is really no one card that works for everyone.

December Top 5 2019

The One Thing I Hate About This Hobby – The Condescending & Arrogant 

I wish I could say this article changed some things, and maybe it did for a few people out there. But it is a few weeks later and I still see a lot of the same stuff.  It is a sad reality we face in this online world we live in these days.  I encourage you all to call people out when you see it, do not sit idly by.

December Top 5 2019

How I’m Going To Qualify for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite For Free(ish)

Ryan gave everyone a great breakdown on how he planned to go for Marriott elite status one last time.  Things changed a few days later that pretty much blew this plan up which leads us to the next article on the list.

December Top 5 2019

Goodbye Marriott Platinum Elite After Negative Change – Here’s My New Plan

After Ryan had his game plan lined up for earning elite status in 2020 Marriott changed the terms of their meeting program.  This game a few years after the severely reduced how many elite nights you could earn from the program to 10 per year.  They then reduced it to 0. The one constant in this game is that you have to make adjustments on the fly as program terms change. This was the last straw for Ryan, with all of the other Marriott issues he decided to end his quest for status a year earlier than originally intended.

December Top 5 2019

American Airlines Sending Out Shut Down Emails – First Wave

The biggest story of December was American Airlines shutting down frequent flyer accounts without any notice or real explanation.  They appear to still be closing down accounts a few at a time to this day.  Some people even had their flights canceled in the middle of their trip or their holiday plans vanish at the very last minute. Is it a foreshadowing of things to come with loyalty programs?  Let’s hope not!

That’s A Wrap!

Well that does it for December 2019. Let me know in the comments which article you liked best.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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