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Marriott Platinum Premier 75. Should I go for it?

Given Marriott’s announced new program, I’ve been thinking a lot about different options for earning high level elite status (see this post for ideas: Marriott SPG Windows of Opportunity).  The new program has three levels of meaningful elite status: Platinum 50* (requires 50 nights per year), Platinum Premier 75 (requires 75 nights per year), and Platinum Premier 100 (requires 100 nights per year, plus $20K spend).  It has occurred to me that if one was…

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SPG’s Off the Chart Properties, and a Map

SPG currently has 17 properties that are literally “off the charts” in that they are not priced in SPG’s standard category 1-7 award chart.  The award prices for these properties are also off the charts in the sense that they can be astronomically high.  Fortunately, when Marriott and SPG merge in August, it should be possible to book these properties at reasonable rates.  Nick covered this opportunity in-depth in his post: The huge wins in…

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[Rumor] SPG bonuses to get better

Yesterday, the welcome offers on both of the SPG credit cards changed, decreasing in value substantially, with each card offering a measly statement credit at the time of writing that is worth much less than the previous point-based signup bonuses. However, Miles to Memories reports receiving word from Marriott’s communications team that Amex will continue to issue both cards after August 1st and that there will be “very rich” welcome offers coming in the next few weeks.…

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Spending for miles. Best SPG alternatives.

Can you get a second Amex bonus under a second business?

The new Marriott SPG combined program due to start in August is better than expected in many ways.  But… there is one big devaluation in the works: In August, SPG cards will go from earning 1 Starpoint per dollar on base spend to 2 points per dollar.  The reason this is a devaluation is that we can currently convert Starpoints to Marriott points 1 to 3.  And when the programs combine, that conversion will be…

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35% off SPG points through 5/31

Starwood Preferred Guest is back with an offer to buy SPG points for a 35% discount now through May 31, 2018. As we now have a better idea as to what the combined program will look like going forward, some may be interested in stocking up. The Deal Buy 5,000 or more SPG points and get a 35% discount (2.275 cents per point) Direct link to this promotion (though keep in mind that you can shop through a portal to…

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Do the negatives outweigh positives in the new Marriott program?

After reading some of the rumors in advance of Monday’s Marriott announcement, I commented to Greg that I was excited about going to the Marriott event in New York to find out how they would put a positive spin on it if all of the rumors were true (going revenue based, eliminating transfers to airlines, etc). I think I went into the event with a healthy bit of skepticism. I found myself pleasantly surprised by…

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Marriott SPG Windows of Opportunity

With great change comes great opportunities.  Marriott’s new program means a lot of change, with several good and a few great opportunities… Before April 19: Consider getting the SPG consumer card if you don’t have it already Doctor of Credit reports a rumor that the welcome bonus for this card will be changing to $200 after $1K spend.  That would be awful compared to the current welcome offer: 25K SPG points after $3K spend (the…

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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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My take on Marriott’s big announcement

Well, it certainly was a big deal after all.  And, thankfully, none of our worst fears were realized. No, they won’t go revenue based.  No, they won’t take away free breakfast from those who earn elite status at the 50 night per year level.  No, they won’t take away the favorable points to miles transfer rate offered by SPG.  No, they won’t add a spend requirement to any elite tiers except the very top, top…

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