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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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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Check Your AMEX Accounts For These Easy To Use Offers

I love to use AMEX Offers. They’re a super-easy way to earn money back from your American Express credit cards. If used often enough, you’re easily able to negate most or all of the annual fees that their cards charge.

Most of the AMEX Offers try to drive you to use a specific merchant. Such as the round of hotel offers from this summer or the discounts on restaurants at Walt Disney World. While these offers have expired, I noticed a new round of offers hit my accounts recently and they’re going to be even easier to use. These offers are targeted towards everyday spending.

I found these offers spread all over our AMEX accounts. Some were only on one card so you’ll have to go through each account. You’re only able to see up to 100 offers in your account at a time, If you look to be maxed out, use the trick from the link in this post to reveal all of your offers.

Here are just some of the offers I found:

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