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Loyalty Program

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An airline, hotel chain, or retailer may have a loyalty program that gives members discounts and/or other benefits.
The loyalty program may or may not have tiers, where each higher tier provides greater benefits.
A consumer can advance through the tiers by meeting the spending requirements of each tier.
For a given airline or hotel chain a cobranded or premium credit card may or may not exist that provides a shortcut to a given tier.
If you use a credit product to receive a given status, to advance beyond the tier which the credit card provides, in some cases you may need to meet spending requirements from the bottom status tier through the status tier you desire.