Crunch time! Final pre-Marriott/SPG merger checklist

It’s crunch time… This coming Saturday, August 18th, Marriott, SPG, and Ritz will combine their separate rewards programs into a single unified program. Now is the time to take advantage of opportunities that will soon be gone. Take a look at the following checklist items to decide which you should do before it’s too late: Table of Contents Merger Overview Screen grab your point balances, lifetime status, and certificates Transfer all household points to one…

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New $500 opening bonus on a revamped Savor card

Capital One made some changes today in their lineup, creating two versions of Savor card: a Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card and a Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card. While the SavorOne mantains the previous benefits and structure, the newly refreshed Savor card now comes with a new cardmember bonus of $500 cash back after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months, which makes it worth a look. The Deal Get $500 cash back after making $3,000 in…

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Free redbox, Reebok discount, more w/ T-Mobile Tuesdays

T-Mobile is once again offering its weekly T-Mobile Tuesdays promotion with freebies for current customers via the T-Mobile Tuesdays app. This week, I was happy to see a free Redbox rental, though the other deals are lukewarm (your opinion may vary). The Deal This week’s T-Mobile Tuesdays deals are the following: Free 1-night Redbox disc rental Free online course diploma and toolkit with Shaw Academy 30% off + free shipping at Reebok Ongoing HotelStorm deal ($40…

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A case for gambling on top tier travel packages

In the past couple of months I’ve presented quite a few theories regarding Marriott Travel Packages and the transition from the current program to the new merged Marriott / SPG program.  The issue is that stay certificates are based on hotel categories (higher categories cost more points) and there is no clear mapping from current categories to new categories.  Theories I’ve presented include: all certificates will be refunded for points back; certificates will be converted…

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Now book Finnair with Alaska miles

Alaska Airlines began a partnership last year with Finnair that has allowed for mileage earning, but as of today they have finally added the ability to redeem Alaska miles on Finnair. The rates aren’t particularly good, but with the ability to add a stopover they aren’t terrible either. Flying to Europe via Finnair won’t be the best use of Alaska miles, but awards between Europe and Asia or from the US to Helsinki to Asia come…

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Yet another new Marriott travel package conversion theory

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Earlier today I posted my best guess of how old Marriott travel packages will be converted to new ones: Mapping old to new Marriott Travel Packages.  In that post, I suggested that the following conversions were likely: In response to that post, Points Pinnacle pointed out a thread on Flyertalk in which maxcalls wrote about what he or she was told by a Marriott Rewards representative (found here). The short version is this: All stay…

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Mapping old to new Marriott Travel Packages

Marriott travel packages are awards in which you exchange Marriott Rewards points for airline miles plus a 7 night stay certificate.  You do not have to book your actual stay right away.  These packages currently offer great value when you select the options that earn 120,000 airline miles (or 132,000 United miles).  On Saturday, though, the new combined Marriott / SPG program goes live and travel packages become a poor value. So… I’ve been encouraging everyone…

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Marriott Warning About Outages From August 15-19

With the launch of the new Marriott Rewards program on August 18, it’s not surprising that they might have some systems issues along the way. Marriott is proactively sending out warnings that outages could be somewhat extensive, with disruptions expected from August 15-19. In typical fashion, the issues are dressed up as something good with the heading: New benefits are worth the wait. Manage your account and reservations before planned, temporary disruptions starting August 15.…

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Earn Up To 50x IHG Rewards Club Points On Stays At Avid: Their New Brand

IHG Avid Triple Points

IHG has today (August 13) opened up the first property of their new Avid brand in Oklahoma City. To celebrate, they’re offering triple points on stays until the end of the year which, when combined with status and the new IHG Premier credit card, can earn you 50x or more on a stay. The Deal Earn triple points on stays at the Avid Hotel Oklahoma City – Quail Springs. Direct link to promotion (but book…

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