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Chase kills Ritz Visa Infinite airfare benefit without notice

The Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite airfare benefit is no longer available. While it seemed the writing could be on the wall when the CNB announced that the Crystal Visa Infinite was losing this benefit, I definitely didn’t expect Chase to kill this without any notice whatsoever. Visa Discount Airfare benefit totally dead For those unfamiliar, the Chase Ritz-Carlton card came with an airfare benefit that enabled cardholders to get a $100 discount when booking round…

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Searching for cheap status with oneworld airlines

American Airlines Planes

Yesterday, Greg wrote about manufacturing Hyatt Globalist status. Later in the day, I saw a fare sale with a super cheap domestic fare: just $59 round trip from Baltimore to Charlotte on American Airlines. That led me to find a few other routes with the same pricing (including Philadelphia to Charlotte and Phoenix to Las Vegas). When I checked it out via Google Flights, I found that same-day turns (where you fly a complete round…

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Is it worth MSing Marriott Platinum status?

Yesterday, Greg published the latest edition of his brilliant spreadsheet for determining which expensive credit cards to keep: Which Ultra Premium Cards are Keepers? Version 3.0. Someone in the comments brought up a question that we receive from time to time: is it worth MSing Platinum status on the Ritz-Carlton Credit Card (no longer available to new applicants but possibly available via product change) or the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card? The initial answer in my…

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Ultra-Premium Credit Card Travel Insurance

This page compares the travel insurance benefits provided automatically by various ultra-premium travel cards such as Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Amex Platinum, and US Bank Altitude Reserve. For full details about each card’s coverage, please consult each card’s benefit’s guide: Chase Sapphire Reserve Benefit Guide (see also: Sapphire Reserve Travel Insurance) Chase Ritz-Carlton Citi Prestige Benefits Guide Amex Platinum Benefit Directory (see also: American Express Adding & Removing Benefits From Select Cards Jan 1…

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Marriott Bonvoy: Book Cat 7 Off-Peak with 50K Certs

Here’s a sliver of a silver lining for Bonvoy fans… Now that Marriott has implemented their Peak and Off-Peak award pricing, those with 50K free night certificates can book Category 7 hotels when they are priced at off-peak rates.  Previously, 50K certs could only be used for Category 6 hotels and below.  The bad news, of course, is that when Category 6 hotels are Peak priced, we won’t be able to use our 50K certificates…

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Simon’s effect on my Marriott 50-night choice benefit

I’m a big fan of hotel elite status. Part of the reason I’ve enjoyed it for years has been that it has been relatively effortless to come by meaningful status thanks to credit card benefits. I’ve enjoyed statuses like Hilton Gold, Hilton Diamond, IHG Platinum, IHG Spire Elite, SPG Gold, Marriott Gold, and Marriott Platinum either thanks to direct credit card benefits or as a result of spending on a credit card. I did once…

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(EXPIRED) Marriott & Ritz spending offer: up to 10K bonus for $10K spend

Update: A new round of these emails came out today. Greg reports not having received the first email but receiving this offer today. Interestingly, it still shows the bonus will be earned based on purchases from July 1st through September 30th as long as he registers by 9/30/19. If you’ll be going to Simon Malls between now and 8/4, you may want to keep an eye out for this email. Chase is sending out a targeted email…

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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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