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The huge wins in yesterday’s Marriott announcement

The sky didn’t fall yesterday; on the contrary, it’s the award prices at some of the most aspirational SPG properties that will fall during a brief window of opportunity later this year. Marriott’s newly announced unified program was highly anticipated, with many longtime SPG enthusiasts fraught with trepidation over the unknown future of the combined program in part due to the rumors swirling about Marriott’s intentions. In the end, most of the changes turned out to…

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Registration open for SPG / Ritz / Marriott Q3 Promotions

Marriott, Ritz-Calrton, and Starwood are out with new promotions that begin later this month. Registration is now open for all three with links and details below. Marriott Megabonus The Offer 2,000 points for each stay starting with your 2nd stay of the promotional period 2,000 points for each new brand with which you stay during the promotion Direct link to the promotion here Key Terms Register by August 30, 2017 Valid for stays between May 27, 2017 and September 4, 2017 Quick…

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Reminder: 20% off Marriott gift cards @ 1pm Eastern with Daily Getaways

Just a quick reminder that today’s Daily Getaways deal for 20% off of Marriott eGift Cards will go live in approximately 1 hour at 1pm Eastern time today. This is a great way to save some money on your Marriott stays as eGift cards can be used at over 4,000 properties within the Marriott portfolio as well as at Ritz-Carlton properties. I don’t know of any plans for them to be accepted at Starwood properties,…

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Why the Ritz Carlton card might be worth keeping… for some

Ritz Carlton card

The Ritz Carlton 140,000 point credit card offer is back.  In exchange for a $395 annual fee, you’ll get 140,000 points after $3K spend in 3 months (details here).  Ritz Carlton points are equivalent in every way to Marriott Rewards points.  So much so, in fact, that you can opt to enter in your Marriott Rewards number on your Ritz credit card application so that you’ll earn Marriott points rather than Ritz points. Marriott /…

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How to manufacture Marriott elite status

With many hotel chains, you can achieve a meaningful level of hotel elite status simply by signing up for a credit card.  For details, please read “How to fast track to meaningful hotel elite status”.  Marriott is a bit tougher.  In my opinion, Marriott’s Silver status is almost worthless.  Gold status, though, is pretty good.  Top tier Platinum status is even better, but not dramatically so. In this post I’ll detail how to get Marriott…

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Fly free with a companion for two years and get a free seven night stay

Free seven night stay

UPDATE 1/14/2016: The Ritz credit card signup bonuses now offer free nights rather than points, so this post is no longer relevant. UPDATE 9/26/2014: Unfortunately, the Ritz Carlton credit card signup offers described in this post have expired. One of the biggest and best opportunities for free travel is the Southwest Companion Pass.  Earn 110,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in one calendar year and you get a companion pass good for an unlimited number of…

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How to fast track to meaningful hotel elite status

Club lounges and free breakfasts

I like having hotel elite status.  Depending upon the level of elite status you have and depending upon the hotel chain, you may get perks like welcome gifts, free internet, free breakfast, free lounge access, room upgrades, and more.  That said, I don’t stay in hotels often enough to earn elite status through stays.  When traveling, I usually prefer B&Bs, home rentals, or time-share rentals over hotel rooms.  But, when I do stay in regular…

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The Ritz 140K offer. Should you take it?

The usual offer for the Ritz Carlton Rewards credit card is 70,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in three months.  The annual $395 fee is not waived the first year.  That fee sounds awfully steep, but it includes some really nice perks such as 3 club level upgrades; Gold status, first year (and each year thereafter when you spend $10K or more); $100 hotel credit for each 2 night or longer stay; complimentary Lounge Club…

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