Tag Archive: hotel points

Nov 30

Is The “New” Marriott Credit Card Really The Highest Reward Offered?

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One site that keeps me up to date in the credit card world is Doctor of Credit. A few days ago, the site mentioned a new version of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, which some people labeled a “150,000 bonus points” card. Not quite. The Bonus Card That Isn’t  It’s not a bad deal, …

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Oct 13

Why Expedia (And Other OTAs) Is Not Your Friend

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It’s always a bummer when I have almost completed a post and then have to put it on hold as new information becomes available. But hey, the world of travel is busy. Don’t Book Your Hotel through An Online Travel Agent (OTA) OTAs such as Expedia are an excellent source to search for hotels. One …

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Sep 15

What Is “Manufactured Spending?”

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This is a topic that I’ve covered in the past, but it is worth repeating. There’s one overarching rule when it comes to earning points and miles: Nothing is free. Yes, you will see headlines saying things like, “How I flew First Class around the world for free!” Yes, it’s possible to do so – …

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Mar 03

Starwood Amex Card Now at 35,000 Points

Starwood and American Express just upped the offer on the credit card to 35,000 points, which I believe sets the high bar for this card. While other hotels offer cards from 40,000-80,000 points, it’s also worth noting that Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) sets rates lower than its competitors, too, so each point is more valuable …

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Dec 18

Starwood Winter Promo: Double Points at All Hotels (and then some)

Hotels have just begun announcing their winter promotions, and Starwood’s SPG program was one of the first off the blocks. It’s a double-points bonus, which is pretty standard, but useful, nonetheless. Be sure to register first and then start booking your trips. On any stays of two or more nights, you’ll receive double SPG points …

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Oct 13

Priority Club Shows Why it Pays to Sign Up for Programs (even if you don’t think you’ll use them)

(Subtitled “Luxury Stay in Paris for about $100, Some Conditions Apply) About six weeks ago, I mentioned the Priority Club “Accelerate” promotion, a bonus that they run about three times per year. The company gives you a list of “tasks” and offers you a ridiculous number of bonus points to fulfill them. What I like …

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Jul 09

Marriott matches and one-ups Hilton credit card bonus

Well, that’s interesting. After Hilton launched a 75,000 point bonus, Marriott decided to one-up them and offer a limited time only 80,000 card, which can be found by clicking through the banner here.* Marriott has no black-out dates (If a standard room is available you can, with few exceptions, get it.), offers occasional discounted “PointSavers” …

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Jul 07

Citibank Hilton card dramatically increases sign-up bonus (LTO)

Same drill as usual, I may receive compensation if you order a card through my link. Thank you in advance! In our household, we have two hotel loyalty programs. I am a Starwood guy and my wife sticks to Hilton. And it generally works out pretty well, since we will almost always have points to …

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Jun 04

Racking up hotel points fast

FD: Certain cards may compensate me if you are approved through my banner found here. Thank you in advance! As I mentioned yesterday, I got an unusual number of questions last week when I talked about, of all things, doing surveys for miles. I like surveys-they’re easy and I can do them while watching TV. …

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Apr 15

Changes coming to Priority Club (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, etc)

Priority Club, the loyalty program for hotel chains Intercontinental, Holiday Inn brands and others, has always been a bit of an enigma.  In terms of earning points, it is one of the best. They are generous with base and bonus earnings and the credit card is now the best in the business after the fall of Club …

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