Comparing Credit Card Spending Requirements for Top-tier Hotel Elite Status

There was a time when most of us thought top-tier hotel elite status was out of reach. After all, who stays 25-50 nights at hotels every year? Mostly business travelers. Thanks to rewards credit cards, that’s no longer the case.… Continue Reading


Marriott Hotel + Air Awards vs. Starwood Nights & Flights: Which Provides More Value?

Airplane Flying Over Eiffel Tower Paris

The Marriott takeover of Starwood is off to a great start, with generous status match offers and a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG point transfers to Marriott and Ritz Carlton. I’ve already covered how much value members can get by… Continue Reading


Why You Need to Load Up on SPG Points AND Transfer Them to Marriott

Transfer SPG to Marriott to book Domes Noruz Chania Resort

The first steps in the Starwood-Marriott merger were taken last week, when reciprocal benefits were announced for members for both programs. This was a positive step, with generous elite status matches and the 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG to Marriott… Continue Reading


3 Positive Developments in the Marriott-Starwood Merger

Starwood Marriott Merger Reciprocal Benefits

Remember when the Marriott-Ritz Carlton takeover of Starwood hotels was announced last year and I wrote about how the news wasn’t so bad? Well, my point of view has been validated today, because all three programs have taken the first… Continue Reading


Year-End Checklist: Annual Credit Card Spending Bonuses

We’re less than 30 days away from the end of the year, which means it’s time to rev up spending on our credit cards – at least the ones that offer annual spending bonuses. With all the year-end sales and… Continue Reading


Earning Miles on Tax Payments

I just got an email from the guy that does my taxes and it makes me wish I lived in Switzerland, because it might just be cheaper and they have better chocolate. If you find yourself owing taxes this year, take solace… Continue Reading


I’m Stuck in a Hyatt Rut

While planning my summer trip to Asia (which is still only half booked), I came to the realization that I’m stuck in a rut: I can’t get myself to book anything other than Hyatt hotels. Not because I like the… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in March

Between the many hotel devaluations and the airline industry’s continued assault on it’s most loyal customers, it’s been a rough month for those in the points and miles game. There’s nothing to be done about these things except to adjust… Continue Reading


Marriott Rewards Implements New Point Expiration Policy

Marriott wants you to know you’re a valued member (according to their email) and as such, they’re going to start imposing expiration dates on your hard earned points. Starting February 1, 2016 Marriott and Ritz Carlton Rewards members with no… Continue Reading


Marriott and Ritz Carlton Hotels You Can’t Book with a Free Night Certificate After March 19, 2015

Yesterday, Marriott announced its annual category changes, which will go into effect on March 20, 2015. Over 1,300 hotels will be affected. I got pretty dizzy scrolling through the list, so my count may be slightly off, but it looks… Continue Reading