Delta Points describes how to get instant Delta Diamond status by prepaying $50,000 for travel which you’ll have three years in which to spend.
Incidentally, in my experience with United and their “Pass Plus” program you can pre-pay $50,000 and get Global Services up front. It’s not mentioned online, but you can contact United and they’ll negotiate benefits with you in exchange for your payment.
Live from a Lounge says that Air India — whose invitation to join Star Alliance was suspending because it’s such a basket case — is apparently in talks again to join Star. Kingfisher joins oneworld next month, Jet Airways plays footsie with everyone (and has a partnership with American even) but is getting pushback from the government over possibly joining Star. So it could be Air India after all.
Just Another Points Traveler notes that Amazon Local will let you prepay $50 for a $100 Travelocity credit, valid on a $250 or greater hotel purchase of two nights or longer. After June 30 the value drops down to $50. Useful for some, but I’m not jumping on it.