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Marriott Double Take Double Points

Marriott’s Double Take promo offers double base points on any stays between March 19 and June 4 2019, but only after the first stay.  As luck would have it (bad luck), I just completed one stay one day too soon to trigger the offer (my stay was March 18th for one night).  My next stay is the one where I’d want to earn double points.  It’s expensive (so lots of points are on the table)…

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Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, Autograph Collection Review

Over the course of our stay at the Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, my opinion evolved from hate to love.  Actually, those words are too strong.  More accurately, my opinion evolved from dislike to like a lot. Here’s the story… Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club Basic Info Location: Anna Maria Island, Florida. Hotel chain: Marriott Point price: 50K per night standard. Category 6 hotel (50K standard, 40K off-peak, 60K peak).  Book 5 nights for the…

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When should you book a Prestige 4th night free?

Less than six months from now, the Citi Prestige 4th night free perk will be all but dead to me. Truth be told, until this last 9 or 10 months, I’d only used it once or maybe twice a year. But now that we’re on the clock, I find myself actively looking for opportunities to use it, which begs the question: When does it make the most sense to make a 4th night free booking?…

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Hyatt & American Airlines Announce Partnership – Reciprocal Earning, Status Challenges & More

Hyatt American Airlines Partnership

Hyatt and American Airlines have today announced details of a new partnership that’s going to offer reciprocal earning opportunities, status challenges and more. These mutual benefits aren’t available yet as they’re not going live until later this year. You can find the full press release here. Here’s a summary of the benefits: American Airlines AAdvantage members with Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey status will earn 1 bonus mile per eligible dollar spent at…

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Bonvoy restores joy: Platinum status being reinstated

Yesterday, we published a post about problems with Marriott elite status (See: No joy from Bonvoy: Ritz cardholders downgraded to Gold). Specifically, many people had been downgraded from Marriott Platinum (50-night status) to Marriott Gold (25-night status). This was primarily happening to those who opened Ritz-Carlton credit cards last year to earn old 50-night status with Marriott (formerly called Gold) under the expectation that they would keep 50-night status with Marriott (now called Platinum) through…

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No joy from Bonvoy: Ritz cardholders downgraded to Gold

Update: 10:31pm Eastern 3/4/19: Good news — we’ve received word that this has been fixed. See a full update here: Bonvoy restores joy: Platinum status being reinstated. Update 7:18pm Eastern 3/4/19: Not much news to report, but we did hear back from our Marriott contact today telling us that they are looking into it and to stay tuned. Additionally, the Marriott Lurker on Flyertalk published this response to questions there about this issue: This issue has…

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Alaska Airlines: Earn MVP/MVP Gold After 2/4 Round Trip Flights

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is offering a fast-track to MVP or MVP Gold status for Mileage Plan members living in some east and west coast cities when taking 2 or 4 round trip flights from coast to coast. The Deal Earn MVP status after 2 round trips or MVP Gold status after 4 round trips on qualifying coast to coast flights. Direct link to registration. Key Terms Registration required. Valid on flights from March 6 to May…

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Last call to book ultra luxe Marriott hotels at 60K per night

When Marriott and SPG merged loyalty programs in August 2018, the award rates at their most expensive properties were temporarily capped at 60,000 points per night.  At the time, Marriott announced that category 8 pricing, along with peak and off-peak pricing, would be coming in “early 2019”.  Marriott has now confirmed to us that category 8 pricing (85K points per night) is scheduled to kick in on Tuesday March 5 2019.  If you’re reading this…

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Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

This post has been updated with the latest Bonvoy credit card information, shortcuts to elite status, point management (how to share points & keep points alive), and more. Marriott Bonvoy is the all-in-one rewards program which replaced Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards.  Compared to other programs, in my opinion, Marriott Bonvoy offers better than average rewards for paid stays, a strong elite program (but not best overall), best-in-class options for point transfers…

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