Nick usually writes these weekend posts, but he’s been vacationing in Japan all week. Via emails and Facebook, it looks like Nick and family have been having an incredible time. I’m sure he’ll write up a few posts about their fantastic ANA flight, their amazing experience at a Japanese Courtyard Hotel (yes, Courtyard), and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a snow monkey photo or two.
In the meantime, you’re stuck with me. That’s a shame because each weekend I love reading Nick’s perspective about the posts I had written during the week. Seeing my posts through another’s eyes is… eye-opening.
So, let’s try something different here. I’m going to pretend to be Nick. What follows are my guesses as to Nick’s thoughts about my posts. Enjoy.
Thanks to a reader who supplied photos, Greg broke the news about Marriott’s attempt to appease high level elite members. Greg thinks that this effort is just as likely to backfire and make members even more pissed off. I disagree. I think it will 100% backfire. Greg also giggled over the suggestion that hotels check with their “in-continent Food and Beverage and Operations leaders”. Sure, I laughed too, but let’s face it — as a father to 15 month old, I understand deferring to the incontinent one.
A Bonvoy experience that many of us have “enjoyed” recently was when we tried to register to earn extra Marriott points on our old SPG cards (now called Marriott Bonvoy American Express). The deal is that we can earn 25,000 extra points for each $25K spend, up to $100K. But, many of us were unable to register.
A PR representative reached out to us to let us know that the registration date had been extended until May 31 and gave us a new direct registration link. So Greg re-published this post with that new info on top.
Unfortunately, many readers report still being unable to register. Bonvoy! So, we’re back to asking Amex: What’s the deal?
United is off the charts
Here Stephen Pepper detailed the news that United plans to eliminate award charts by November 15. While this probably is really bad in the long run, we can at least hope that this leads to hidden gems as with the LifeMiles program (see: The Secret LifeMiles Award Chart).
Greg looks beyond the obvious downsides of United’s lost award chart to reveal additional collateral damage. The worst part is where he wrote that it meant more work for him: He’s my boss, so I think that it means more work for me.
Greg looked at the other side of United’s lost award chart to dig up the positives. Since he also referenced a post I previously wrote for Frequent Miler (Leveraging the United Excursionist Perk to save miles), I’m gonna say that Greg’s bright side post is worth a read.
Everything Else Credit Cards
Ever since Greg wrote “In one fell swoop, Ebates shakes up portal and credit card rewards,” I’ve wanted to get the Ebates Visa with Membership Rewards, but I’ve been preoccupied with flying in luxury, enjoying Japanese hot springs and awesome food, and basically not signing up for credit cards. When I’m back home, I’ll definitely take another look at this opportunity and I’ll return to this post for everything I need to know.
My Uncle Angel always used to say, “Marriage means a $0.50 hot dog costs you a dollar because you’ve gotta buy one for her, too.” I’m not sure what that has to do with this post about getting targeted for the best Amex welcome bonuses, but honestly Greg is running out of ideas and guesses as to what I would write about his posts so he copied this quote from another post I wrote.
I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t happy that Greg basically copied what I wrote in December about the Cash Rewards Card (“A product change that’s better than expected“) without linking back to my post. I mean, come on, a hat tip would have been nice! But seriously, if you’re into cash back (and you should at least consider it — here’s why), give this post a read.
Greg makes a compelling case that Chase appears to be planning a new ultra-premium business card. While it makes logical sense that this would complete the mirrored portfolio, I question the wisdom in creating a new product that mirrors a product losing its relevance. I imagine Chase will question that as well. Further, Chase can’t really compete with what Amex offers for the group I imagine is the core customers on the Business Platinum card: people who spend six figures per month on their business. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be happy to see a new 100K bonus come along, I’m just not sure I see a business version of the Sapphire Reserve being as successful as either the CSR or the Business Platinum. I’d love to be wrong.
The Ink Cash is one of Greg’s favorite cards, and mine too. Here’s everything you need to know.
Greg wrapped up the week with a look at several coming-soon sweet (and often suite) business class options for flying to London. He likes the look of the new Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite. I’m not gonna lie, I’d love to try that one out too, but as someone who likes to penny pinch miles, I’m more likely to fly coach on the relatively short flight from New York to London. I can’t imagine that Virgin Atlantic’s new business class is any better than ANA’s old business class (I’ll write about that soon), and so I’d much rather save up miles for longer distance luxury trips like the one I’m enjoying as you’re reading this.