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Marriott Platinum Elite: What to expect when checking in

Marriott and SPG’s combined program offers quite a few perks for those with Platinum elite status or better.  Some of the headline benefits of Platinum status include: Lounge access Room upgrade to standard suite Guaranteed 4PM late checkout Welcome choice gift (with daily breakfast as one option) Those are excellent perks, but did you know that you might not get them?  All of the perks have exceptions: Lounge access: Certain resorts are excluded. Room upgrade…

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(EXPIRED) 35% transfer bonus from Marriott to Aeroplan miles

Starting tomorrow, Aeroplan will be offering a 35% transfer bonus on miles transferred from Marriott Rewards. That can be a solid deal if you have a good redemption in mind. While I wouldn’t recommend transferring speculatively, we can at least rest easy with transfers to Aeroplan as it now looks like they will continue to be the loyalty program of Air Canada beyond their contract expiration in 2020 since Air Canada has tentatively agreed to buy…

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Which Marriott or SPG card is best?

With the introduction of the SPG Luxury card, and the merger of the Marriott and SPG rewards programs, there are now a boatload of cards that earn the same type of rewards.  Whether you already have some of these cards or are thinking of getting one, you might be curious about which is best.  Here’s everything you need to know… The table above shows all of the Marriott and SPG cards that I know of. …

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$100 back on $500 at Ritz w/ new offer

There’s a new Amex Offer out today for Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts: spend $500+, get $100 back. The deal terms state that you must book directly through the Ritz website, app, or phone number, though I used a similar offer on a booking made through Fine Hotels & Resorts a couple of years ago without a problem. Stacking with FHR benefits, you can get a pretty solid deal. The Deal Spend $500+ at select Ritz-Carlton locations, get…

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Saturday is last day for up to 425K Marriott/SPG points. What to do?

Now that the SPG Luxury Card is available, there are five credit cards that offer welcome bonuses between 75K and 100K points.  Here is a list sorted descending by estimated first year value (click through any link to get to our dedicated page  to learn more about that particular card): Amex / Chase Cooperation Beginning August 26th, something unprecedented will happen.  Amex and Chase will limit welcome bonuses based on your experience with holding cards…

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Marriott Warning About Outages From August 15-19

With the launch of the new Marriott Rewards program on August 18, it’s not surprising that they might have some systems issues along the way. Marriott is proactively sending out warnings that outages could be somewhat extensive, with disruptions expected from August 15-19. In typical fashion, the issues are dressed up as something good with the heading: New benefits are worth the wait. Manage your account and reservations before planned, temporary disruptions starting August 15.…

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Up to 450K on the table and a short window of opportunity with Marriott & SPG

When I published “Navigating Marriott’s Byzantine Credit Card Rules,” a week ago, I had resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t be able to get the new SPG Luxury card and its expected 125K 100K welcome bonus because I already had the Ritz card.  The new rules that begin on August 26th mean that I can’t qualify for the SPG Luxury Card bonus without getting rid of my Ritz card and then waiting 31…

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Marriott Choice Benefits revealed

We’ve known for a while now that the new combined Marriott and SPG program (to take effect August 18th) was going to adopt SPG-style Choice Benefit awards for members who achieve elite status through nights.  Specifically, we knew that at 50 nights there would be an option to get 5 Suite Night Awards; and at 75 nights there would be an option to get 5 more.  But that’s all we knew.  Now, thanks to a…

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Navigating Marriott’s Byzantine Credit Card Rules

Starting August 26th, Marriott and SPG credit cards will have new rules regarding who is eligible to receive a welcome bonus.  View from the Wing revealed these charts from Marriott: Complicated? Indeed. Thankfully, the above charts aren’t quite as complicated as Marriott’s free breakfast rules, but still… I created a new matrix to try to simplify things.  Just pick out the card you want to get (across the top), and then look down to see…

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