The Basics of American Express Membership Rewards

We began this series with an introduction to the three types of credit card reward programs frequented by travelers: transferable point cards, airline- and hotel-branded cards, and fixed point value cards. Next we'll dive a little deeper into the first type, transferable point cards.

Credit Card Reward Programs for Travelers: An Introduction

In the coming weeks we’ll be looking at different types of credit cards and their reward programs, with an aim to introduce you to those frequently used by travelers. Such a topic can be divided into three categories: transferable programs, airline and hotel branded cards, and fixed point value cards.

Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale: Cheap Roundtrips to Mexico & Caribbean

Delta has put many routes between the US and Mexico/Caribbean on "sale" right now through September 5, 2018 (this coming Wednesday). I say "sale" because Delta doesn't have a published award chart anymore, but we know from charts maintained by people like us online that the standard lowest level US > Mexico and US > Caribbean award price is 17,500 Delta miles one way.

SPG Luxury Card Loophole: Apply by Tomorrow Before New Rules Hit

The Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card is the latest addition to the Marriott family credit card portfolio, launched August 23, 2018. Rumor was the bonus would be 125k points, but turns out it's 100k points for $5k in spending.

All the new eligibility rules for sign up bonuses on Marriott family cards kick in August 26, but since the card has already launched there is a small window of time (right now!) in which one can apply before the new rules lock you out for up to two years. Today is August 24.

100k Sign Up Bonus for Business Platinum Ends Tomorrow

Reminder: The 100k sign-up bonus offer for the Amex Business Platinum ends tomorrow. 

Through August 8, 2018, the American Express Business Platinum Card is offering 100,000 total bonus Membership Rewards after spending $25,000 in the first three months:

50,000 bonus points after spending $10,000 in the first three months
50,000 more bonus points after spending another $15,000 in the first three months

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SPG Luxury Card Loophole: Apply Aug 23-25 Before New Rules Hit

The Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card, which will be the latest addition to the Marriott family credit card portfolio, is actually scheduled to launch August 23, 2018.

Reminder: SPG Cards Devalue for Everyday Spending Today

As yesterday's post wasn't focused on the earning structure of any of the Marriott-family cards, but rather the new sign-up bonus eligibility rules that will hit later in August, I wanted to remind you guys that it's time to evaluate whether or not your Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express should remain in your wallet.

While spending on them for category bonuses may still make sense for you, I doubt the SPG cards will remain the go-to for many's everyday non-bonused spend...at least in the context of those who earn these points for the purpose of transferring them

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.

Optimizing Spend on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! While today is about stuffing yourself like a Roman, tomorrow and Monday are about shopping. Dun dun dun....

...are you ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Before you dive into Thanksgiving prep madness today, slow down with a cup of coffee (or maybe a glass of wine is more appropriate? I heard the in-laws were coming) and take a few minutes to think about how you're going to optimize your Black Friday spending. Whether you're planning on shopping online or braving the crowds, chances are you plan on taking advantage of the sales.

Pay With MasterCard & Get 3rd Night Free at SPG Properties

If you book a participating Starwood Preferred Guest hotel or resort on your MasterCard by October 31, 2017, you can get the third night free on reservations of three nights or more.

Use promo code Z3H for Starwood hotels
Use promo code Z3R for Starwood resorts

Here's the link to the promo or you can call Starwood Preferred Guest Reservations (1-866-716-8147) and feed the rep the appropriate code.

Variations of this same promotion have been offered before, so it seems like it's not a bad idea to try your luck with the promo code any time you're booking a paid