One tactic I don’t think I paid enough attention to in the past was status matching - the fact that companies will give you higher status in their points and rewards programs just because you have status with another company. Obviously - their intention is to pull your business from the other company.
There are some crazy merry-go-round tactics people have used over the last few years to jump up their status between multiple programs - something like Wyndham status getting you Caesar’s status getting MGM getting you Hyatt getting you free random foot massages while waiting for your coffee at Starbucks.
(One of those things might be wrong. Wait, come to think of it I don’t think that guy even worked at Starbucks.)
A great site to see what status match opportunities arise is (wait for it) StatusMatcher.com. You can browse or search for the usual travel company types using the menu at top, then see how people’s attempts fared over time and what sort of match you might be able to try for.
I’ve talked about having National Executive status from my Amex Platinum card - pretty nice program, but Exec is not the highest tier. Recently I realized there was a very easy path to jump that one more tier to Executive Elite at National.
Exec Elite status gets you all of the Exec perks, plus a few others - only one of which really means anything to me but is a good one: it takes 1 less rental credit (5) to earn a free rental day.
The Elite Guaranteed Vehicle perk sounds nice, but according to some Flyertalk threads is kind of a Seinfeld situation where they say “guaranteed vehicle” but they mean “guaranteed vehicle if we have a vehicle”, so I wouldn’t count on that too much. But, you never know.
Also, I don’t know about you, but I don’t fly into many private airports, at least on purpose, so rental car delivery in those locations is in reality more bougie than boogie.
How to check for status match methods
On the Status Matcher site, find the company whose program is one where you think juicing up your status would be helpful when traveling.
You can see at the top right it mentions which status levels in this program you might be able to match and also has a link to where to start the process. Even more useful, you can click on any of the reports at bottom to see any successes or failures and people’s reports on how they requested and how long it took to happen.
In my case: One of the other perks of my Amex Platinum is at Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status.
(Which got me a nicer view room and a terrific late 4PM checkout in August - and a surprising amount of bottled water.)
Using the National status match request form I entered the basic info it requested and attached a screen capture of my Marriott Gold Elite status card from my online Bonvoy account.
I immediately received an email confirming they received my match request - 3 days later another email arrived congratulating me on matching to Executive Elite. About 5 days later my National account reflected the new status.
No fuss, no muss, took all of 10 minutes to grab the card capture and send the request.
Worth the faster free day car rentals I should earn.