Hidden AMEX Offers Revealed, New Lounge Fees, Don’t Be THAT Guy, Would YOU Do This?, & 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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Marriott Keeps Making It Harder To Stay In A Relationship With Them

You all know the story. It’s the tale of a relationship between someone who keeps doing one thing after another, which should drive the other person away yet that person stays, saying what happened isn’t that bad. They’ll give all the reasons that they’re staying even after being treated like garbage time and time again. I’m starting to think that’s the type of relationship I have with Marriott.

I’m getting tired of all the changes and think it might be time for us to spend time seeing other people. Thankfully I don’t have much time devoted to our relationship so it won’t be too hard to break it off. I can understand how people with decades together can have a tougher time coming to this realization.

The implementation of peak and non-peak pricing for awards, to go along with standard pricing, will go into effect on September 14, 2019 and while everyone has known these changes were coming, the looming deadline has me trying to see what the future holds for Marriott and me.

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The End Of An Era – Saying Goodbye To Our SPG AMEX Cards

It was a day I knew was coming but I didn’t think it would get here so soon.

As part of the rearranging of the Marriott Bonvoy co-brand credit card portfolios, American Express lost the right to issue the entry-level Bonvoy personal card. Now, if you want a Marriott personal card with a sub-$100 annual fee, you’ll have to apply for the Bonvoy Boundless card from Chase.

American Express could no longer market the card to new members but everyone with the card was allowed to keep it. The card was given the very exciting name “Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card.”

Cardholders were told to keep using their old cards until they would be replaced when the cards were approaching their expiration dates.

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Have We Become Obsessed About Getting Bonvoyed?

When I wrote about the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant credit card, I said that it was the best card to get benefits but you run the risk of being Bonvoyed. I wasn’t trying to be funny, it was a serious warning. Whenever you sign up for a new credit card you have to weigh the positives against the negatives. Currently, one of the negatives when dealing with Marriott is their inability and lack of concern for customers when things go wrong. In short, getting Bonvoyed.

I know that one of the rules of the internet is not to read the comments section. But since this is our website, I have to keep an eye on the comments. I’ve found doing so occasionally forces me to review what I said in the post. Was I being fair or biased? Do I need to reconsider the position I’ve had about something for a long time? Are all of us bloggers stuck in an echo chamber, proving ourselves right about things?

This was one such comment:

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An Airport First, Another Rewards Program Devalued, Caution: Marriott, Don’t Do This On A Plane, & More!

Happy Sunday 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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