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On April 16, Marriott shared many key details of its new combined loyalty program, incorporating elements of both Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. Many of our most pressing questions were addressed at that time, but a few still remain, including the fate of Marriott’s entirely useful Points Advance feature. Long story short, it isn’t going anywhere this August.

Points Advance allows Marriott Rewards members to book an award stay without yet having the necessary number of points in their account. So if your planned stay requires 100,000 points but you only have 10,000 in your account, you can still confirm an award.

You’ll then have until 14 days prior to check-in to achieve the required balance, either by purchasing points, earning from stays or credit card transactions or transferring in from a partner, such as Chase Ultimate Rewards. If you don’t have enough points accrued by that time, your reservation may be canceled — even if it isn’t, you’ll need to have the correct number before your stay.

(Photo courtesy Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino)

According to Marriott, Points Advance is sticking around, and it’ll even be expanded to SPG hotels:

Points Advance will continue to be available at brands participating in Marriott Rewards leading up to and after the August transition. As SPG brands convert to the Marriott technology platform beginning in August, Points Advance will become available to members at those brands as well.

This is great news — you’ll soon be able to book stays at thousands more properties, and then work to build up your balance to cover the trip. It also presents an opportunity to lock in current rates at properties that are expected to jump once the new chart kicks in this August — get booking!

The Points Guy has comprehensive coverage of Marriott’s new loyalty program — read all our stories at “The New Marriott.”

Featured photo courtesy Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

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  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
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  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
  • Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
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