I was just looking at the latest offer that came in the mail and I just realized that when it comes to getting automatic elite status hotel and premium cards could do a lot better. While the Chase Sapphire Reserve matches or beats the Platinum in most areas, it has nothing to offer in terms of granting hotel or any type of status. My 2 go-to hotel chains offer the equivalent of silver at best. For instance, with the Platinum, one gets Marriott gold status through a SPG gold match. Hyatt, on the other hand, used to give mid-level status, but now with its new loyalty program, card holders get something similar to silver. My gold status with Marriott, Hilton and SPG has been a lot more rewarding than I could have anticipated. Maybe I’ve been lucky? The truth is that I have gotten pretty nice upgrades almost every time I’ve traveled.

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