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Which Marriott Bonvoy card is best?

With the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) into a single Marriott Bonvoy program, 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 cards that I know of.  With each…

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Marriott / SPG elite benefits guarantee

My general view of Marriott & SPG’s combined elite program (assuming they ever get it to work as promised) is that Marriott elites now have better benefits than before, while SPG elites have slightly worse benefits than before.  That said, there’s one significant way in which SPG elites are better off than before: Marriott’s elite benefits guarantee. One of the most interesting aspects of the Marriott Rewards (and now SPG) program is that they guarantee…

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Why the SPG Lux upgrade may be the best way to go

Last weekend, my wife applied for the SPG Luxury Card.  Her application was denied.  The reason?  She already had 5 Amex credit cards, and despite my own recent experience to the contrary, Amex is still enforcing that limit. It turns out, that her application denial may have been a very good thing.  Her regular SPG card account now displayed a 100K upgrade offer to the Luxury card: We clicked the link and upgraded her card…

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The Amex 5 credit card limit stands. And and update regarding my accidental SPG card applications

A few weeks ago, I accidentally signed up for the consumer SPG card.  I was expecting to see a popup warning me that I wasn’t eligible for the card, but received an instant approval instead.  That became my sixth Amex credit card (I have other charge cards too, but that’s irrelevant here).  This was surprising because it seemed to blow out of the water the “max 5 Amex credit cards” rule.  So, to really put…

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

Update: While accurate at the time of publication, some of the offers mentioned in this post have since expired. See our Best Offers page for up-to-date offer information. 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…

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Off the Charts Luxury Update (85K mistake rate to be honored)

UPDATE 8/24/18: Marriott has confirmed to View from the Wing that the standard rate for “off the charts” properties should be 60,000 points per night for standard rooms (e.g. garden villas) and that the proper rate for St. Regis Maldives overwater villas is 170,000 points per night.  In other words, Marriott has confirmed that the 85K rate was a mistake rate, but fortunately they have pledged to honor it.  Supposedly Marriott has fixed this error…

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How To Find Business Class Awards To Europe For 88,000 Miles Or Points

Business class awards to Europe

Note: This post is the second installment in a series about business class awards to Europe for less than 100,000 miles. The first post goes over Korean Air awards and can be found here. Avoiding Fuel Surcharges To Europe with ANA What if you could pay a few more miles for business class awards to Europe but avoid paying those hefty fuel surcharges that Korean Air levies? I think more than a few of us…

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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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It’s time to shelve your SPG card

SPG Cards

Starting today, August 1st 2018, your SPG credit card will earn 2 rewards points per dollar for base spend.  Previously, the same card earned 1 Starpoint per dollar.  If you haven’t been following the details of the Marriott & SPG transition to one rewards program, it might sound like the card has gotten better.  It hasn’t. Each Starpoint is worth 3 rewards points.  So, the transition from earning 1 Starpoint per dollar to 2 rewards…

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