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Consider getting the Ritz-Carlton card right now

With great change comes great opportunity.  The great change I’m referring to is the upcoming Marriott / SPG / Ritz loyalty program merger.  And, at this moment in time, Chase’s Ritz-Carlton Rewards card is uniquely positioned to unlock a number of opportunities… Card and Offer Details Below are the full details about the current signup offer for the Ritz card. For the purpose of this post, though, the key take-aways are: 2 Free Tier 1-4…

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Marriott Platinum Elite Welcome Gift List Published

As reported in Marriott Insiders, Marriott has published the list of welcome gifts, by brand, that Platinum Elites can expect when the Marriott and SPG programs merge in August.  The list is re-published below, along with my reactions.  For much more detail about the upcoming program merger, please see: Marriott SPG Ritz Transition Guide. Analysis The 1,000 point per stay option is a devaluation for SPG elites since it is equivalent to only 333 SPG…

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Which hotel program is the most rewarding? IHG vs Radisson vs Wyndham vs Choice

Several weeks ago, I began exploring the question, “Which hotel loyalty program is the most rewarding?” I found that question wasn’t easy to answer, and it only developed more layers as I delved into it. I started by comparing Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott (See: Which hotel program is the most rewarding? Hyatt vs Hilton vs Marriott). In that post, I promised to follow up with a few other programs. In the end, I think beauty is…

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10K points or loyalty benefits – which is a better deal?

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for status when it comes to hotels. It’s hard to argue with the allure of free, and status gets you a whole lot of that: free points, free upgrades, free breakfast, free lounge access, etc. But yesterday, I posted a deal for an Amex Offer that relies on booking via a 3rd party and forgoing those benefits, which made me wonder: How much are the benefits of booking direct worth? Does the Amex Offer beat…

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Buy points, airline status, tours, & more in Kids First Fund charity auction

This year’s Kids First Fund travel auction will begin on Sunday, May 13th and the first block of items will run for 10 days (ending on May 22nd, with two more 10-day blocks with new items to follow), with airline miles, hotel points, and elite status up for grabs in an online auction. I’m not sure where the bidding will take these items, but it might be a good chance to buy miles or points at a…

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Greg’s take: Which hotel program (Hyatt vs Hilton vs Marriott) is the most rewarding?

Yesterday Nick published a thoughtful post: Which hotel program (Hyatt vs Hilton vs Marriott) is the most rewarding?  His answer was that they’re about the same: If starting from scratch (elite-wise), you need to spend about 7 nights in average priced hotels to earn a free bottom-category night, and about 42 nights in average priced hotels to earn a free top-tier night.  That’s an interesting answer, but “unfortunately, no one knows what the question is.*” …

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Status match from MGM to Caesar’s Total Rewards Diamond

Last night, Doctor of Credit reported on what would be an awesome status match if it works out: from MGM’s M life Gold status to Caesar’s Total Rewards Diamond. That’s an awesome deal if you can get it as Caesar’s Diamond status comes with some great perks (like 4 free nights at Atlantis in the Bahamas, a $100 celebration dinner, etc). Note that it is possible that this is an error and/or only available in Atlantic City as…

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Which hotel program is the most rewarding? Hyatt vs Hilton vs Marriott

With “new” versions of both Marriott Rewards and Hilton Honors rolling out this year, somewhat following in the footsteps of last year’s World of Hyatt launch, you might find yourself wondering this: moving forward, which hotel loyalty program is the most rewarding? I found that question wasn’t easy to answer, and it only developed more layers as I delved into it. In the end, I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder —…

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Marriott Platinum Premier 75. Should I go for it?

Given Marriott’s announced new program, I’ve been thinking a lot about different options for earning high level elite status (see this post for ideas: Marriott SPG Windows of Opportunity).  The new program has three levels of meaningful elite status: Platinum 50* (requires 50 nights per year), Platinum Premier 75 (requires 75 nights per year), and Platinum Premier 100 (requires 100 nights per year, plus $20K spend).  It has occurred to me that if one was…

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