Eligibility Rules for New Marriott & SPG Cards Hit Aug 26

Despite the fact that Marriott and the Starwood Preferred Guest programs are merging into one unified loyalty program on August 18, both Marriott and SPG credit cards will continue to be issued for the time being, by Chase and Amex respectively. Both banks have published new terms for all current (and future) Marriott-family credit cards that define who is and isn't eligible for sign up bonuses, as of August 26.
Why These New Rules are Different
Sign up bonus rules are not new to the miles and points community.

Tons of Singapore Business Award Space Between EWR & SIN

October 11 is the day Singapore resumes services on the longest flight in the world between Singapore and Newark. Singapore previously flew this route until 2013 when they got rid of the one type of plane they had capable of the long haul flight. One of Singapore's new A350-900ULR, loaded only with premium economy and Business seats, no economy, will make the ~18 hour journey in each direction.

While the Singapore to Newark route was announced (and went on sale) at the end of May, premium cabin award space wasn't too hot until just recently.

Official Marriott & SPG Merger August 18: How to Prepare

We have been watching the merger of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott, and the details of what that merger will mean for both of those loyalty programs' members, unfold for a long time now. We first thought the merger would happen August 1, and then Marriott changed the wording of all their marketing/press releases to a more ambiguous "August". But now we have a hard date.

New IHG PointBreaks List: Hotels You Can Book for 5 – 15k Points

The brand new PointBreaks list allows us to book hotel rooms beginning today, for stays through September 30th, 2018 for as little as $25 per night.

This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of IHG Reward Club’s PointBreaks hotels for as little as $25 to $75 per night, even the ones that ordinarily cost a lot more.

What’s my strategy to make the most of PointBreaks?
What are some top properties on the newest PointBreaks list?

IHG Rewards Club Pointbreaks
IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty program for InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday

You Can Still Avoid the United $75 Close-in Booking Fee

Update 7/14/19: The trick just worked for me again, this time on the first try! I spent under 5 minutes and saved $150. This time I started by calling the number that ended up working for me last year, 1-800-421-4655, on the first try and the nice representative waived the fee. She originally told me that we would be charged $75 per person--$150 total--and I told her it was my understanding that since I had booked within the last 24 hours I could make free changes. She agreed and waived the fee.

You Can Still Avoid the United $75 Close-in Booking Fee

Update 7/14/19: The trick just worked for me again, this time on the first try! I spent under 5 minutes and saved $150. This time I started by calling the number that ended up working for me last year, 1-800-421-4655, on the first try and the nice representative waived the fee. She originally told me that we would be charged $75 per person--$150 total--and I told her it was my understanding that since I had booked within the last 24 hours I could make free changes. She agreed and waived the fee.

Rewards Earning Strategy for Domestic Economy Travelers

If you primarily fly economy class within the United States, it’s hard to get even 1.5 cents of value per traditional airline mile because domestic economy flights are often cheap. Most miles cards earn 1 mile per dollar, meaning they get economy flyers 1.5 cents of travel per dollar spent–if that.

While not all domestic economy flyers are families, many of them are.

Amazon Prime Day + Additional $100 Off by Applying 1 Point

Right now you can get 20% off your purchase of a product (or products) sold and shipped by Amazon, up to a $100 discount, when you apply at least one Membership Reward point to payment.

This is especially pertinent as Amazon Prime Day just kicked off: 36 hours of massive sales for Amazon Prime members. Prime Day started at 12 pm PT today. Don't have a Prime membership but want to take advantage of the sales? Sign up for a free trial.

Less than 20k Points Roundtrip to Europe from IAH & IAD this Fall

Flying Blue's latest Promo Awards, stacked with the current 30% Citi ThankYou Point to Flying Blue transfer bonus, can get you between Houston or Washington, D.C. and Europe this September or October for as little as 18k ThankYou points roundtrip.

The State of Marriott Travel Packages & Strategy Moving Forward

We have been watching the merger of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott unfold for a long time now.