How to Donate Your Miles and Points to Support Hurricane Dorian Victims

I know watching the news stories about the devastation in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian can make you feel helpless. After a while, you just feel numb and you want to do something, do anything, but don’t know how you can help.

Luckily, most of the airline and hotel programs are making it easy to contribute in any way you can. Even if you don’t have the cash to spare, you can donate those random points you have here and there to the recovery effort. Even better, you can donate points if you have more of them than you know what to do with. Face it, it’s better to donate them than redeem them for some magazines that you’ll never read, overpriced luggage or an Amazon InstaPot.  Continue reading “How to Donate Your Miles and Points to Support Hurricane Dorian Victims”

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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How To Sign Up For Las Vegas Loyalty Programs & What You Get When You Do

You can oftentimes get perks for just signing up for loyalty programs. Hotels will give free WiFi to even base members of their program, and having a rental car membership can help you skip the line at the airport counter. While people will usually sign up for these if they travel occasionally, one other place to join loyalty programs is often overlooked. Las Vegas.

Now, this article isn’t for the people who spend hours upon hours at the casino. Those people already know to get a club card to track their gambling. After all, that’s how casinos can tell how much you’re spending and provide you with comps for meals, shows, rooms or all three depending on how much money you lose bet.

I’m also not talking to those who know how to parlay one type of hotel status into top tier status at one casino and then match that status at all the casinos by hopping from one to another and then turn that back into a different top tier hotel status. For those of you who do this, I salute your dedication.

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This article is for people like Sharon and me. The ones who don’t really care that much about Las Vegas. We’ll visit every couple of years, spend a few days checking out some shows and seeing some sites we’ve never visited before, like the Neon Museum and the Pinball Hall of Fame. For people like us who don’t gamble, what’s the value in signing up for the Vegas loyalty programs? Turns out, quite a lot.

Here’s a breakdown of the five most common programs you’ll find in and around Vegas:

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Credit Card Review: Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card

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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