Just like credit cards, charge cards also give their users plenty of benefits and rewards. This OP was granted top-tier elite status with a hotel chain thanks to his card. Although he downgraded it after some time, his status remained the same. The card company’s oversight eventually ended up working to his advantage.
When the hotel chain went through a merger, the OP was granted a lifetime top status because he had retained his status for over ten years. We mean, talk about good luck! We can only hope he’s an avid traveler who put this to good use all over the world.