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Back in January, we kicked off the year by highlighting some of our readers’ travel goals for 2018, with the intention of keeping tabs on their progress. Well, we’ve checked in with the readers we’re following, and have updates to report from three of them below. Note that some reader quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.
Fern M.: Earning Delta Lifetime Gold Status
Fern’s hope for 2018 was toby crossing the 2 million mile mark. And luckily, that’s looking very attainable based on upcoming travel plans:
A vacation in Southeast Asia sounds like a great way to celebrate Delta Gold status for life! And Fern’s situation is the rare example of frequent flyer program updates actually working in your favor. Thanks to Delta’s recent, Fern’s flights on Korean metal will earn MQMs toward the necessary 2 million mile target. While Fern won’t have lifetime Gold till September, all the requisite flights are already booked, so it’s safe to say this goal is likely in the bag!
Heather P.: Opening a First Travel Rewards Card
TPG reader Heather was hoping tothis year, and things look to be off to a good start:
In our story introducing Heather’s goal, we suggested starting with a card that earns transferable points to provide the most options for redemptions, such as the, which earns Ultimate Rewards points that can be transferred to . However, we later learned that Heather works for Marriott and needs a Marriott co-branded credit card to earn points on Marriott stays, so this decision makes sense for her personal situation. Plus, she can use an employee discount to get lower rates.
Knowing your travel patterns and priorities is key to creating the best rewards strategy for you, and Heather clearly thought through the decision to start with a Marriott-branded card. While it may not be the right option for everyone who might be getting started with award travel, it looks like it will work well for her, and now is an optimal time to sign up since the new.
Steven L.: Getting Airline Status for the First Time
Finally, Steven L.’s goal was to, in this case with Delta. When we checked in, he had this to report:
Award travel requires plenty of adapting — your loyalty should be based on which airlines service your hometown and which hotels are located in your favorite destinations, among other things. In the same vein, when your situation changes, most likely so should. So it makes perfect sense that Steven would reconsider earning status if he isn’t able to travel as much now. After all, or any other airline requires significant spending — and there’s no sense in paying for flights to earn status if you won’t even be traveling frequently enough to put the benefits of status to use.
We’ll check in with Steven a bit closer to the end of the year to see if anything has changed, but we fully endorse his decision to put a hold on chasing status.