The Marriott Bonvoy American Express card replaced the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express personal card. All cardholders were transferred to the new card but there’s a chance you’re still holding the SPG card as the cards will only be replaced as they expire.
The SPG Amex used to be one of the best cards out there, but there’s no need to relive the past. Those days are gone and the Marriott Bonvoy AMEX is what’s left. The question is now, what benefits does the card provide and it is worthwhile keeping?
NOTE: This card is no longer available to new applicants. If you are looking to sign up for a new card, please check out our reviews of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express and the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa by Chase
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It’s now the second half of 2019. Besides being a good time to look at how we’re doing on our New Year’s Resolutions (I’ve joined a gym but I’m not going as much as I’d like), it’s as good of a time as any to look at our points and miles situation.
Some bloggers are looking at their progression on qualifying for status with airlines or hotels (Ben from One Mile at a Time wrote about his progression, and congrats to him for figuring out it doesn’t pay to be loyal). Since I couldn’t care less how many nights I’ve stayed at a hotel chain or how many miles I’ve flown with an airline, what can I look at?
After sign up bonuses for credit cards, ongoing spend is the next most important way I accumulate points and miles. Looking into where I’m putting that spend and if it fits the plan I have for our points earning is a smart thing to do.
Thanks to Quicken and some scrap paper, here’s a breakdown of our spending for the first six months of 2019.
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Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what’s gone on at YMMV this week. From what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!
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One of the inner struggles I have when booking any type of travel is the desire to pay as little as possible and understanding that paying a little extra would be incredibly more convenient. It became such a problem for me that I made a rule for myself about decisions less than $15. I’ll always pay the money if it will make our lives easier.
I was presented with an interesting dilemma when booking a Courtyard by Marriott. The hotel is a category 3, which is a perfect place to use up some of our free night certificates.
That was, until I checked the room rate.
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Remember the good old days, when no one but the points and miles junkies, travel hackers and Southwest frequent flyers knew about the Southwest companion pass? The item that, depending on your situation, could be the single most valuable item in your arsenal.
If you’ve never heard about the companion pass, it’s issued to Southwest flyers who accumulate more than 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in a single year. The pass, good for the rest of the year you earn it and for the entire following year, lets a companion fly for free on as many flights as you take (except for the taxes and fees). The companion ticket is available as long as an additional ticket is for sale, regardless of the price of the additional ticket. This means you can book the last cheap ticket on the plane and your companion can get a free ticket even it costs much more than yours did. Southwest even lets you change your companion up to three times each year so you’re not stuck traveling with the same person all the time. 🙂
Unless you flew on Southwest regularly, I’d assume for business travel, you had to know the tricks of the trade to get a companion pass. Those days are over.
It seems that now Southwest wants everyone to get a companion pass.
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