2016 Category Changes For Starwood And Marriott

Starwood and Marriott have both announced their 2016 category changes.  The good news is that not every hotel will be going up.  Some hotels will go down in category, and the award charts for both programs will remain unchanged.

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Chase Cards To Get Before The 5/24 Rule Implementation

As we posted last week, Chase may start applying the 5/24 rule to ALL of their cards starting in April.  That means that if you have 5 or more new cards (including authorized users) in the previous 24 months, you will be denied for ANY new card application.  In this post, I am going to highlight some of the better Chase cards that you should consider getting before the rule change.

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Should You Be Worried About A Marriott And SPG Points Merger

Should you be worried about a Marriott and SPG points merger?  The short answer is yes AND no.  Regardless of how you feel about a points program merger, it is going to be nearly impossible to avoid their hotels altogether since they will be the largest hotel chain in the world.  In this post, I will discuss the positives and negatives, and what your strategy might be if and when a points program merger occurs.

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Marriott Buys Starwood

The big news today is that Marriott bought Starwood!  As posted on Credit Boards by itrev82, Marriott purchased Starwood and will be the largest hotel company in the world.  Details of the story were published by CNN Money this morning.

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Marriott 80,000 Point Visa Offer Is Back

The Marriott 80,000 point Visa offer is back again!  With the big changes recently to the Marriott (and Ritz-Carlton) rewards program, this may be a good time to apply for this card.  The annual fee is NOT waived on this offer, but it is 30,000 points more than the standard offer on this card.

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Big Changes With The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Program

There are four big changes to The Ritz-Carlton rewards program that are very beneficial to the consumer.  All of these changes are going to make The Ritz-Carlton rewards program even more competitive and consumer friendly.  In this post, I will discuss the changes and how it benefits the consumer.

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Big Changes With Marriott Rewards Program

Normally when you see the headline “big changes” regarding a rewards program these days, it ends up being something negative, but there are some big changes with Marriott Rewards that are all very positive for the consumer.  All of these changes are going to make the Marriott Rewards program even more competitive and consumer friendly.  In this post, I will discuss The Fab Four as Marriott is calling them and explain how each of these changes improves the Marriott Rewards program.

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Two Free Nights With The Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa

You can now get two free nights with the Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa!  After spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, you will receive two certificates good for a free night in a Tier 1-4 hotel.

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Hotel Strategies For Families: Part 5-Marriott and Ritz-Carlton

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It can be much more challenging to accumulate points and certificates for free hotel stays, especially in a family situation where you may be booking more than one room per night.  Because of the limitations of certificates, I recommend a points strategy for families in this situation.  In this series, I’m going to break down different strategies in each of the major programs to build your points balances.  Part 5 of this series will focus on Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Continue reading Hotel Strategies For Families: Part 5-Marriott and Ritz-Carlton