AT&T experiments, stranded by Marriott, easy path to Altitude and more

This week around the web: get some tips for maximizing your AT&T Access More card (if you’re lucky enough to have one), an airfare tip to keep you from being overcharged, Marriott’s latest #fail, and more.

One Year of Experimenting and Earning with the Citi AT&T Access More – What Earns 3x TYPs as Online Retail & Travel?

The AT&T Access More card has not been available for new applicants for quite some time now. For a long time, it was still possible to product change to the card from other Citi cards, but recent reports indicate that this may no longer be possible even through the multi-step process of first changing to an Access card and then an Access More. All that is to say that this post from Middle Age Miles may be less interesting to those who do not already have this card — but for those who do, this is a must-read about what works.


Last Posts – Chapter 4

If you’ve missed it, MileNerd has been writing a series of what he’s labeled “Last Posts”. In this series, he has given us a rare glimpse into the man behind the curtain. This post is highly personal and not at all related to miles and points, but it’s a story that felt important enough to cast aide multipliers and elite status for a moment to connect with the person behind the posts. I wish the best for MileNerd and look forward to hearing more of his story, however he chooses to share it.


Be careful about upgrading Alaska saver flights with overnight connections from Google Flights

Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

Miles Per Day brings us a warning about using Google Flights. Apparently, you’re getting overcharged to upgrade Alaska basic economy fares to main cabin fares versus if you booked directly via the Alaska Airlines website. This makes me wonder if you may find Google overcharging on other add-ons when you book via Google Flights, so keep your eye out and shop against the fares available directly from the carrier.


PSA: Le Meridien Tahiti Award Bookings Have Been Cancelled – Points Not Refunded Automatically

Doctor of Credit brings us reason #7,682 why Marriott is not impressing me lately: those who had bookings at the Le Meridien Tahiti (which has left Marriott) are having their reservations canceled without automatic points refund or notification from either the hotel or Marriott Rewards. To be fair, this is likely about the hotel being overly greedy in terms of compensation from Marriott, but the total lack of communication and apparent lack of a contract clause protecting bookings makes me slightly nervous about my future bookings. I’d hate to find out shortly before my expensive flight to a remote corner of the world (or worse yet, when I arrive) that my reservation is no longer valid. I hope Marriott does right by those affected.


THE EASIEST PATH TO THE US BANK ALTITUDE RESERVE (THE BEST CARD FOR COSTCO SHOPPING & MOBILE PAYMENTS)

As mobile payments become more and more ubiquitous (especially for those of us with a Gear S3 Frontier for Samsung Pay payments), the Altitude Reserve is an awesome card to have and hold. One of the requirements is that you have an existing relationship with US Bank. But what does that mean? Harlan at Out and Out lets us know that all it takes is a checking account for 5 business days. That makes it pretty easy to form a relationship — and the value of everyday earnings is hard to ignore.


That’s it for this week around the web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Thanks for the shout-out, Nick! We really appreciate being included in “This week around the web” and hope FM’s readers can use the info to earn tons of TYPs! Like you said, it’s just a shame the AT&T Access More card isn’t more accessible to more people.

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Nick–regarding the Le Meridian Tahiti story, I guess I wasn’t the only one. I’ve been living this mess for the past few days. Received an e-mail from Accorhotels telling me my reservation had been cancelled. Wrote a very stern note back expressing my extreme disappointment and saying what they did was very unfair since their rates are now much higher than the rates at the hotel at the time I booked on points. They wrote back saying they had agreed to maintain all bookings but Marriott then changed their reimbursement rate. The hotel then offered me a rate much better than the rate on their website, which I accepted (not exactly certain but I think it was at or better than the rate I could have booked at months ago when I originally made my points reservation). Called Marriott to refund my points, and they were refunded later that day.

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That’s infuriating!