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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!
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card by Chase is the only entry-level Marriott Bonvoy card available to new applicants. Marriott points are useful because of the variety of hotels available in the Bonvoy program in addition to the other ways you can redeem your points with their travel partners.
Finding a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale is so frustrating for me. It only takes us about three hours to drive there so we’ll sometimes plan a quick getaway weekend. It’s just far enough away that driving there and back for the day is a pain (especially if we stay late for something), but it’s still close enough to home that we don’t want to spend a bunch of money for a hotel room for one night.
All of the hotels near downtown charge extraordinarily high rates and some of them even charge an additional resort fee as well as mandatory valet parking. I learned this when a free night at a Hilton ended up costing me over $65.
As this was going to be a truly quick trip, I had a few main requirements. The room would preferably be free and relatively close to Ft. Lauderdale. After looking with IHG, Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt there were no good options to redeem points. Even the base hotels were costing a tremendous amount of points in relation to the cash price. Since it looked like I was going to need to pay for the room, I focused on Hilton since Sharon needed a stay to keep her account active. I found a decently priced hotel and booked it for the night, and figured out a way to get it for free, while I was at it.
The reason we collect points and miles is to reach our travel goals. For many people, those goals are to travel to aspirational locations and/or getting to those places in luxurious style, be it castles, temples, ancient ruins or beaches with crystal clear water.
This credit card’s sign up bonus isn’t really for those people.
Increased Sign-Up Bonus
The JetBlue Plus card and its currently increased 50,000 points sign up bonus is great for those whose travel goal is going on a family vacation. Getting airfare for free would allow you to go on an extra trip or just splurge on some extras when you get to your locations, like a bigger hotel or some additional souvenirs.
If you want to read about the JetBlue Card in general, my review is located here: