Credit Card Review: Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express

The Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express card replaced the Starwood Preferred Guest Business American Express personal card. All previous cardholders were transferred to the new card.

The SPG Business AMEX was one of the best cards out there, but there’s no need to relive the past. Those days are gone and the Marriott Bonvoy Business AMEX is what’s left. The question is now, what benefits does the card provide and it is worthwhile keeping?

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Amex Up To Its Old Tricks Again, Some Nice Disney Discounts, Should American Airlines Be Concerned?, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Credit Cards Are Adding Cell Phone Coverage But Benefits Aren’t All The Same

It used to be that just one or two of my credit cards offered any type of coverage for cell phones. When phones were less expensive and U.S. mobile providers were subsidizing the full cost, having insurance on your phone wasn’t viewed as being important. Now that more popular phones cost around or over the $1,000 range, and repair prices vary from $100 for a cracked screen to several hundred dollars for more severe damage, having a policy where you only need to pay a $50 deductible is an appealing option.

Customers were paying for their own coverage but the banks saw an opportunity to differentiate their product by offering Cell Phone Protection as a perk of their cards. Offering this benefit requires paying your cell phone bill with that card, so for the bank this is an excellent way for them to get you to put your recurring cell phone bill onto their card for month after month.

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How’d An X-Wing Fighter Show Up On FlightAware?

I’m a big fan of FlightAware. It’s one of the seven travel apps you need to have when traveling. It’s also the app I use to spy on family and friends when they’re traveling.

So the last thing I’m expecting to see when I pull up FlightAware is an X-Wing on the map.

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Are Credit Card Concierge Services Worth Anything?

Many credit cards offer access to a concierge. “So what?” you might ask (I know that’s what Sharon would say) (Note from Sharon: Yup!). Well, a concierge may be able to help with your vacation plans or get tickets for shows or concerts you couldn’t get yourself. Being an obsessive planner, I never found much value added by talking to a concierge. They’ve often just sent me cut and paste lists from Yelp! or TripAdvisor, and that’s something I can do myself. But if you’re the type that’s too busy to look up good restaurants in San Francisco near your hotel, this might be an excellent service for you.

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