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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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Last minute checklist for the Marriott SPG transition

It’s coming soon… In August, Marriott, SPG, and Ritz will combine their separate rewards programs into a single unified program. We don’t yet know when exactly in August this will happen, but if there are things you want to get done before the programs merge, now is the time. Take a look at the following checklist items to decide which you should do before it’s too late: Table of Contents Buy points at a discount…

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Is there a hurry for the Marriott 100K offer? (Answer: No.)

Since its launch in May, Marriott has been offering a new cardmember bonus of 100,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first three months on the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card. That bonus is scheduled to end tomorrow (July 12th, 2018), so some will dub this a “last chance” to get 100,000 Marriott Rewards points. Is that true, and does it mean you should rush to get this card? I’d say the answer is no for most…

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Greg’s Travel Package Advice

With Marriott and SPG set to merge in August, I get questions every day regarding Travel Packages.  Should you book now or wait until later? And if you do book now, which package should you get? Marriott’s Travel Packages let you exchange Marriott Rewards points for a 7 night stay certificate plus a bunch of airline miles.  The best value packages are always the ones that return the most miles.  These offer such good value…

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New Marriott award chart analysis

This morning Marriott unveiled award pricing for every hotel in the combined Marriott / Ritz / SPG program effective August 2018 (See: NOW LIVE: New Marriott SPG Award Category Assignments).  And, while I was crunching numbers, Nick published his initial thoughts: New Marriott award chart: first reactions. If you’d like to see details of my analyses, click here for details.  For everyone else, here were my findings: Average (mean) award prices remain roughly the same.…

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New Marriott award chart: first reactions

The New Marriott chart is out (See: NOW LIVE: New Marriott SPG Award Category Assignments.). Greg is doing his thing and crunching the numbers with a complete analysis to come. In the meantime, here are some of my first reactions to the new chart. As a reminder, new category assignments are published here: points-redemption.marriott.com/category-change. #1 – Off the Charts No More: from 48K per night for the best properties When Greg and I first reported on Marriott merger…

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NOW LIVE: New Marriott SPG Award Category Assignments.

With Marriott and SPG moving to a new unified award chart in August, we’ve been eager to find out which categories our favorite hotels will fall into.  That time is…. NOW. New Marriott SPG Award Category Assignments New category assignments are published here: points-redemption.marriott.com/category-change. Nick and I have spent the day analyzing the new information.  Here’s what we’ve written so far: New Marriott award chart: first reactions New Marriott Travel Packages: a first glance New…

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News from the Marriott / SPG front

Here’s a quick post today about new information about the Marriott / SPG merger.  As always, you can find complete details here: Marriott SPG Ritz Transition Guide Marriott, Ritz, SPG Credit Card News New Marriott Business Card: According to Doctor of Credit, Chase is preparing to launch the “Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Card” on August 26th.  This card appears to be the business twin to the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card which replaced the Marriott…

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