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The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Earning Elite Status

April 22, 2014

Yesterday I posted about the best credit cards that help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and I thought it would be helpful write up a companion piece exploring hotel credit cards that either earn you automatic elite status or allow you to spend your way to elite status. While some hotel co-branded credit […]

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Marriott Hotel Award Category 2014 Changes – 21% Going Up

March 18, 2014

Like the other major chains, Marriott periodically adjusts the hotels within each of its award categories, and it has just released the list of hotels that will be changing categories in 2014. About one fifth of Marriott’s properties are moving up in categories, and those new rates will kick in for reservations booked on or […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Double Asia Miles on Cathay Pacific, Earn Double Points On JetBlue Getaways, Regent Hotels Offer Airberlin Bonus Points For Stays and More

March 8, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn Double Miles For Flying Premium Economy On Cathay Pacific: You can earn double Asia Miles for flying premium economy on Cathay Pacific. Simply register and travel before March 31, 2014. New members who join the program can also earn 500 bonus miles. […]

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Hotel WiFi – Where It’s Free and What Elite Status You Need

January 30, 2014

In this day and age, having WiFi during hotel stays is essential, whether it be for business, personal use, or simply convenience. This is especially true when traveling abroad and wanting to avoid expensive data roaming charges for your personal devices. However, many hotel chains, especially the higher-end ones, still do not offer free WiFi, […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus Miles And Discounts On Turkish Airlines, Marriott Rewards Referral Bonus Points, JetBlue Promos, Rocketmiles Valentine’s Bonus and More

January 25, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Offers 50% Bonus Miles and 25% Off Awards: The Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Program has two offers for flights taken in February 2014. You can earn 50% bonus on award miles on select domestic and international flights, and Turkish […]

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Saturday Recap: 25% Virgin Atlantic Award Discount, 50% American and US Airways Miles Bonuses, 2X Miles with Rocketmiles and More

January 18, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. 25% Percent Off Economy Awards With Virgin Flying Club: Almost all routes are discounted by 25% on Virgin Atlantic when you redeem your Virgin Flying Club miles for economy travel by January 27, 2014. Blackout dates are between April 4-21,2014 and July 16-September […]

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My Marriott Rewards Sign-Up Offer: Earn Up To 50,000 Virgin America Elevate Points With Marriott Megamiles

January 16, 2014

In a season of lackluster hotel promos, Marriott’s Megabonus is pretty decent with offers of up to 50,000 hotel points, free nights after just 2 stays and more. Offers are specifically tailored to individuals, so in order to see what you’re being offered, you have to log into your Marriott Rewards account. The current Megabonus […]

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Top 11 New Hotels To Check Out in 2014

January 14, 2014

A new year means it’s time to check out some of the newest hotels around the world, including many where you can earn and redeem your hotel points. Some are open already, some have opening dates set for the coming months, and a few will hopefully open their doors by the end of the year […]

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Marriott Rewards Free Night New Member Bonus

December 23, 2013

You don’t often see big new member bonuses from hotels – usually they’ll throw you a couple thousand points or a discount code – but Marriott is offering a new member bonus of a free night at a Category 1-5 property for folks who sign up and complete two stays within 120 days of the […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Announces New Routes, US Airways Extends Status Through March 2014, Register For Starwood Bonus Promotion, Earn Bonus Points For Opening An Air India Flying Returns Account And More

December 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Route Expansion Between Seattle and San Jose: Starting on May 20, 2014, Delta will be adding new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Jose International Airport and Juneau International Airport. They will also add a flight from Ted […]

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Marriott Megabonus February – April 2014: Earn Up To 2 Free Nights

December 19, 2013

Marriott has released the details of its next quarterly promotion – once again called the Megabonus – where you can earn up to two free nights at Category 1-4 hotels, and registration is now live. To earn up to two free nights: Register by March 31, 2014 Stay between February 1 and April 30, 2014 […]

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations That Have Points Availability

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be upon us before you know it, if you haven’t booked a spot already – then it is definitely time to start thinking about where you are going to ring in 2014. For today’s Top 10, I am going to cover some great hotels […]

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Cyber Monday Sale: Save 30% on Hotel Rooms At Over 350 Marriott Hotels

November 29, 2013

In my Giveaway post this week, where two lucky readers can win $500 Marriott gift cards, I mentioned that Marriott would be coming out with a great deal for December 2nd, Cyber Monday, and today we received the full details of their sale: “30% off of room rates at over 350 participating Marriott hotels across […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals! 40% Off Starwood, $1 Hotels.com Deals, 50% Off Marriott, $99 Hotel Tonight Rooms and More

November 29, 2013

While Black Friday is traditionally all about getting to the shops as early as possible and standing in line for hours to get grab the best deals, it also offers some great online shopping opportunities (no, you don’t have to wait till Cyber Monday!) that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your […]

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Marriott Gift Card Giveaway To Gear Up For Cyber Monday Sale And The Winner of 25K Skywards Miles

November 27, 2013

Last week I received word from a contact at Marriott that there will be a great deal coming out on Cyber Monday that will include discounted rates at over 350 participating Marriott hotels. While I don’t have the full details just yet, check back on Friday to see exactly what this sale entails. Since most […]

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United Premier Silver Status Extended to May 31, 2015 For United-Marriott RewardsPlus Members

November 16, 2013

Back in July, United and Marriott announced they were launching a new partnership called RewardsPlus in the vein of Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards that provides reciprocal benefits to elites of the airline and hotel chain. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. Among other benefits, RewardsPlus offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite […]

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How Do I Transfer My 50K Marriott Rewards Points To My Chase Ultimate Rewards?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader AJ tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “How do I transfer my Marriott Rewards points (50K) to my Chase Ultimate Rewards?” As you all have probably guessed, AJ is a bit of a newbie to points and miles, and the simple answer is: you can’t. With all the credit card transferable points programs out […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus […]

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Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

September 30, 2013

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday […]

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New Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Offer – 40,000 Points and $100 Statement Credit

September 25, 2013

Update: The 40,000 point offer has ended. Several readers have reported that they received email offers for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa for 60,000 or even 70,000 sign up points.  Be sure to log in to your account to see what offer is available for you. The 50,000 point offer after spending $1,000 in 3 […]

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Up to $200 Worth of Southwest Points For Buying Marriott GiftCards

September 6, 2013

Once again Southwest has teamed up with Marriott to offer Rapid Rewards members up to 12,000 bonus points for purchasing Marriott GiftCards through Southwest through September 26, 2013. Here’s how it breaks down (max purchase of $1,000): $100 = 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points $250 = 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points $500 = 6,000 Rapid Rewards Points […]

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Reminder: Register for United Marriott RewardsPlus Partnership

August 21, 2013

Back in July, United and Marriott announced they were launching a new partnership called RewardsPlus in the vein of Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards that provides reciprocal benefits to elites of the airline and hotel chain. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. Elite Benefits RewardsPlus offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus, Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, Marriott Megabonus Promotion, Earn Up To 50% Bonus on Purchased Alitalia Miles, Win A Dream Trip Around The World With Radisson Blu

August 10, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: **The limited time 30,000 sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards is now over.** Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus: It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal and business versions of […]

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New Marriott Megabonus Promotion – Stay 2 Stays Earn 1 Night Free (September 15-January 15)

August 7, 2013

Marriott announced their next Megabonus promotion which will run from September 15, 2013-January 15, 2014 and awards one free night (up to two max) at a Category 1-5 property for every two stays, which you can redeem for up to a year after it’s issued. You can register for the promotion here. Some people will get […]

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