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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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Bon Voyage, Marriott. Last-minute checklist before Bonvoy

Bon Voyage, Marriott Rewards. Hello, Bonvoy. Marriott Rewards as we know it will cease to exist on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. In its place, we’ll get Marriott Bonvoy, the new loyalty program covering the combined Marriott, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs. Here’s how you can prepare. Screen shot everything A great ongoing piece of advice for your life is to screen shot everything. By that, I mean to take pictures of key web pages.…

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Grand Hyatt Kauai: a great guest of honor stay and great redemption

What I love about collecting points is using them to enjoy travel experiences that I wouldn’t otherwise have. I recently spent 10 days in Hawaii, which I split over stays at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, Andaz Maui, and Hyatt Regency Maui thanks to the ability to use points. While earning points is a lot of fun in its own right, the real purpose of earning them is to be able to burn (use) them for…

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