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Get the curated travel intel you need with Brian Kelly's new weekly newsletter

May 19 2020
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Get the curated travel intel you need with Brian Kelly's new weekly newsletter
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It only took a few short weeks for the spread of the novel coronavirus to take everything we thought we knew about travel and flip it on its head. For almost two months the industry has been at a standstill, with airlines operating skeleton route networks, cruise lines halted by a no-sail order, hotels sitting largely empty or closed altogether and car-rental fleets collecting dust in parking garages.

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While people across the world have been staying home, major players in the industry haven't been just waiting out the storm. Companies are signaling travelers that they will be prepared to keep them safe and healthy when they return. And it looks like people may return sooner rather than later.

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Across the U.S., states have begun lifting lockdown restrictions, and even some European countries, such as Greece, Iceland and Italy, are working on plans to welcome tourists this summer.

With the travel scene changing daily, we at TPG think it's more important than ever to help you stay in the know -- which is why we're launching a new, weekly newsletter written by yours truly, The Points Guy.

We're launching this newsletter with three goals.

First, I know that these times are unprecedented and I want to share directly with you, our readers, my thoughts and the most important resources you'll need as travel resumes.

(Photo by Brian Kelly/The Points Guy)

Second, I've always wanted to have a newsletter to share what's important to me in the world of travel, points and miles, credit cards, airplanes and more.

Finally, I want to have fun with it. Being forced to stop travel altogether has allowed all of us to take a step back and remember why we love to travel in the first place. Not only are we launching a newsletter, but you'll also be seeing even more amazing content in my new webinar series -- called "The Future of Travel" -- which launches on June 2, 2020, with the CEO of Carnival Corp., Arnold Donald.

The newsletter is set to launch this Sunday, May 24, 2020. Every Sunday, you can expect to read about the most important news of the past week and what to look out for in the coming week. You'll also get exclusive content -- like data from our Points Lab team showing you what to look for as the world begins to open up and more and more people take to the skies and the roads. In the first newsletter, I'll also tell you where I think I'll head first in a post-lockdown environment.

You're not going to want to miss out on insights about points, miles, credit cards and the travel industry as a whole -- delivered to your inbox each week. Sign up to receive my new weekly newsletter here and you'll be equipping yourself with the knowledge to make a safe return to travel.

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6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
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  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

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Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees