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Product change for a couple of free Marriott nights, watch your IHG account, a Disney trick and more

Welcome to this week’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, where we recap some great reads from around the ‘net. This week, we’ve got a nice hack to potentially stack an extra Marriott free night 2 Product Change / Conversion Options for JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card If you’re no longer interested in keeping a card, it’s always a good idea to consider a product change. Many card issuers will allow you…

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$100 ignites an unpredictable controversy, FM’s newest addition, cheap business class to Africa, and more

As we welcomed 2018 this week at Frequent Miler, Greg laid out some predictions: among them was not how animated the discussion would become over Wednesday morning’s post. In other news this week, there’s a new name and face on the Frequent Miler team and an amazing award ticket that has newly reappeared. All that and more in this Frequent Miler Week in Review. Frequent Miler’s 2018 miles & points predictions   The past two years,…

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5 years, 50 states. Welcome aboard Stephen!

Stephen Pepper has just joined the Frequent Miler team as a part time Quick Deal author.  Given that Nick is about to become a father, there was no doubt that we could use the help.  And, hopefully the additional revenue from this part time position will help Stephen and his wife (and their adorable dog) with their incredible road trip.  They plan to spend the next 5 years visiting all 50 US states. 5 years…

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Was it wrong for me to ask for $100? (Open in browser for reader poll)

This morning I posted a summary of Marriott’s elite benefits that are guaranteed through the promise of cash payouts if they fail to deliver.  In that post I mentioned that I had recently received $100 when the hotel I stayed at had failed to offer me a Platinum Arrival Gift.  It never occurred to me that this would be controversial.  Marriott publicly displays their guaranteed payouts on their website (here), but a few readers thought…

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Awards wide open: JW Marriott Phu Quoc, Cat 5 Marriott

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Marriott Rewards Sweet Spot

  About a year ago, I enjoyed a stay at one of the most unique properties I’ve seen in a chain (and an absolute gem of a Category 5 sweet spot): The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa. I reviewed my stay (see: Marriott Cat 5 Sweet Spot: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa). Unfortunately, in the time since, award availability has been nearly nil (as noted by Greg in…

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Chase Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection vs Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts

Delano Las Vegas Fine Hotels & Resorts

When a friend asked me for advice last month about which credit card to get, I explained that you get a premium card for the benefits and another card on which to spend (See: Super credit card duos. What’s in your wallet? for some great pairs). One of my favorite benefits of premium cards are hotel booking programs, where you can get a ton of valuable benefits without any status beyond “cardholder”.  Recently, a reader asked…

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(EXPIRED) New Chase Offers & why you might want to wait on activation

Chase Offers has a few new offers out for Chase Marriott Rewards Credit Card and Chase Slate card holders: new offers are out for Lowe’s, Whole Foods, and Starbucks. In addition to this, I’ve noticed something kind of interesting with some offers: expiration dates have periodically changed (more than one time) on some of the offers I haven’t activated.  This hasn’t happened with all offers, but in some instances it looks like it might make sense to hold off on adding…

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