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Buy Marriott points for 0.7 cents each

Through June 30th, is offering SPG Starpoints for 35% off.  Since the normal price is 3.5 cents per point,  this discount makes it possible to buy those points for 2.275 cents each.  But you can do even better: Start with TopCashBack to get 2.5% cash back Pay with your SPG Amex card to earn 2 points per dollar By following the above steps, you will get more SPG points for less money (after the…

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New 48-72hr cancellation policy at Marriott

Beginning today, Marriott/SPG has begun a new cancellation policy of 48-72 hours prior to arrival, meaning that reservations must be cancelled by midnight hotel time 2 or 3 days prior to arrival. Is it worldwide? Of note, while this change seems to affect all North American Marriott and SPG properties, I noticed that the first couple of properties I checked in Paris appear to still have 1-day-before-arrival policies. I found the same to be the case at…

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25% more Avianca LifeMiles with transfer bonus

Avianca LifeMiles transfer bonus

Avianca is offering a 25% bonus on conversions from several partners (mostly hotel rewards programs) to LifeMiles. By transferring hotel points to LifeMiles, you would receive 25% more LifeMiles than the typical conversion with Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Wyndham Rewards, Le Club Accor, or several foreign bank programs. You can see the full list here at the promotion page. The Offer 25% bonus when converting certain partner points to LifeMiles Partial List of Participating Partners See a…

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Upgrading Marriott Travel Packages

A couple of readers have recently reported problems with trying to upgrade their Marriott Travel Packages.  This is a quick post just to affirm that it can still be done.  I just did it.  And, as expected, upgrading or downgrading has the benefit of extending the expiration date of the certificate. If you’d like background on Marriott Travel Packages, please see: 12 things you need to know about Marriott Travel Packages. Starting from Category 1-5…

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Registration open for SPG / Ritz / Marriott Q3 Promotions

Marriott, Ritz-Calrton, and Starwood are out with new promotions that begin later this month. Registration is now open for all three with links and details below. Marriott Megabonus The Offer 2,000 points for each stay starting with your 2nd stay of the promotional period 2,000 points for each new brand with which you stay during the promotion Direct link to the promotion here Key Terms Register by August 30, 2017 Valid for stays between May 27, 2017 and September 4, 2017 Quick…

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Marriott promo: 30% off room & food and beverage in Africa and Middle East

Marriott has a nice offer with some very attractive rates in Africa and the Middle East — with 30% off room rates and 30% off food and non-alcoholic beverages. Note that the food & beverage discount applies to “participating restaurants & lounges only” and does not include room service. Still, the list of participating properties is pretty extensive — if you have an upcoming trip to the Middle East or Africa, this promo is worth a look. The…

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Reminder: 20% off Marriott gift cards @ 1pm Eastern with Daily Getaways

Just a quick reminder that today’s Daily Getaways deal for 20% off of Marriott eGift Cards will go live in approximately 1 hour at 1pm Eastern time today. This is a great way to save some money on your Marriott stays as eGift cards can be used at over 4,000 properties within the Marriott portfolio as well as at Ritz-Carlton properties. I don’t know of any plans for them to be accepted at Starwood properties,…

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Marriott Mobile Check In: Does it help or hurt upgrade chances?

During a recent trip to Austin, I had the chance to try out Marriott’s new mobile app.  My family of three had booked a four night stay in a single room at the JW Marriott using a conference rate.  Since we would be there a reasonably long time, an upgrade was important to us. Previously, I’ve always avoided using Marriott’s mobile check-in since I worried that it might mean losing out on upgrades that are…

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Targeted Chase Marriott and Hyatt offers

Chase is currently out with a couple of interesting targeted offers on both the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit card and the Hyatt Visa. Targeted members of each program should receive an email offer to apply. Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card — 100,000 point offer The Offer: 100,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months 7,500 bonus points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first…

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