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Last minute checklist for the Marriott SPG transition

It’s coming soon… In August, Marriott, SPG, and Ritz will combine their separate rewards programs into a single unified program. We don’t yet know when exactly in August this will happen, but if there are things you want to get done before the programs merge, now is the time. Take a look at the following checklist items to decide which you should do before it’s too late: Table of Contents Buy points at a discount…

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Easy Hyatt Globalist status: Move to Tulsa for a month

With the recent launch of the new World of Hyatt Credit Card, it’s finally become possible to manufacture top-tier Hyatt Globalist status through spend. By stacking a couple of current promotions, it gets even “easier”. I put that in quotations on purpose — this post is definitely more theoretical than practical. Still, with some spend and a month in Tulsa, you could get yourself Hyatt Globalist status. Spend your way to status In my review of the new…

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Don’t be blinded by loyalty and burn a pile of money: shop around

A couple of months ago, I put together a resource page on hotel chain Best Rate Guarantees. I recently had occasion to put one of these to use, and the savings were pretty sweet. I wish I could take credit for being smart on this one – but really, I was just lucky. I had been busy and asked a family member to do me a favor and look for my best hotel option. It turned out…

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Did the Marriott SPG Merger meet my 2015 demands?

When the Marriott merger with Starwood was first announced in 2015, SPG loyalists were irate.  While they loved Starwood, they loved to hate Marriott.  So, I published a list of suggestions (demands, perhaps), that Marriott should follow: Hey Marriott: Here’s how to keep SPG loyalists loyal. That article was published in November 2015.  Now, we finally know most of the details about how Marriott and SPG will merge.  I thought it would be interesting to…

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New details on Marriott & Ritz cards: no more elite credit per $3K spend, free night changes, more

Chase has confirmed details about the Chase Ritz-Carlton and Chase Marriott Business cards, as well as details on how the new free night awards will work. Most of the key pieces are things we expected, though there is a bit more detail to fill in the blanks. One major negative change: the business version of the Marriott Rewards card will no longer earn an elite night credit per $3,000 spend when the new benefits launch on August 26th.…

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Hilton’s sleight of hand: watch your cancellation deadline

Stephen recently wrote about Marriott’s Sleight of Hand in how they presented their new award chart changes (See: Marriott’s Sleight of Hand: Category Changes Worse Than Advertised). Hilton recently nearly pulled a fast one on one of my reservations (in a completely different way) before swooping in with what they presented as a customer service win. In the end, I learned a lesson: monitor the cancellation deadline on your reservations. A hot deal, booked far in…

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Sending the Marriott and SPG cards off into the sunset

Over the past couple of years, when someone would ask me for advice on hotel credit cards, I would almost unequivocally say that one shouldn’t get a hotel credit card to use it (for spend outside of the chain anyway), but rather just for its welcome bonus…with the addendum that some hotel cards are worth keeping long-term for ongoing benefits (like an annual free night, status, etc). Reflecting on that, I’ve personally gathered too many hotel…

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Double elite qualifying credit at Andaz

World of Hyatt is out with a new promotion: members can earn double elite qualifying night credits for stays at Andaz hotels from July 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2018. No registration is required for this promo. The Deal Get double elite qualifying credit for nights spent at Andaz hotels between July 1st 2018 and August 31st 2018. Key Terms No registration required Must have a checkout date during the promotion period Promotional nights count…

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New World of Hyatt Credit Card: Better than ever

Chase and Hyatt have announced a brand new World of Hyatt Credit Card has been launched effective today. The card features a lot of changes compared to the old Hyatt Credit Card, most notably a path to spend to Globalist status that looks pretty good, not to mention a terrific signup bonus. Read on for card details and how to get elite status through spend. The Offer Earn 60,000 Hyatt points: earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the…

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