Easy Status Match Merry-Go-Round Is Ending

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  1. A classic example of everyone touting a loophole sooooo much that the sponsors get wind and close the loophole. Now, no one benefits from it. Back in December, there was a rash of commenters who accused bloggers of not sharing opportunities — which was incorrect. Bemoaning that they couldn’t get in on deals. I warned that over-promotion would shut opportunities down. And, here we go.

    In the past, I had been more than happy to share. But, having seen what’s happened, I’m not inclined to do so any longer. Truly sad.

  2. As someone that earns my Diamond Plus or Diamond Elite status with Caesars from gambling I am really glad this got shut down. Always seemed like a weak, back door way to get Diamond (I mean at least match with top level of major chains – not Wyndham) and increased the number of Diamond members. If nothing else Caesars (with former Eldorado management) will save money by not paying the $100 dinner credit (about only benefit base Diamond gets outside of certain priority lines) for all the matched statuses. Maybe they will now do something for those of us that earn our status.

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