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When Does The Marriott Rewards Premier Free Night Certificate Post?

One of my favorite credit cards in my wallet today is the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier card. In fact, a few weeks ago I wrote about how I don’t think I’ll ever close this card. However, unlike most of my credit cards, the Marriott Rewards Premier card rarely sees the light of day. That’s because…
Booked: The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

While most people run out to department stores during black Friday, I spend the day looking for flight deals. I’m always surprised by how many people don’t realize that some international airlines offer fantastic sales on either black Friday or cyber Monday. This year I found a flight that I just couldn’t pass up. I…
Marriott Rewards Hotel And Air Mile Packages

There are currently two different promotions to transfer hotel points to AAdvantage miles. One is to transfer 140,000 Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage for a 30% bonus. The second is to transfer 80,000 SPG Starpoints to AAdvantage for a 30% bonus. Both seem enticing at face value, but when you dig into the value of…
How To Use Marriott Free Night Certificates

I have a rather embarrassing confession to make. Until today, I’ve never used the Marriott free night certificate offered by the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card! While I realize this is a huge mistake, I really haven’t had a good chase to use them. In the past I was traveling so much for work that…
Refer Friends To Chase Cards Via The Mobile App

After opening a credit card and earning a massive sign-up bonus it’s often difficult to earn large sums of points. Once you earn the initial sign-up bonus, most future points come from annual spending. Occasionally you can request a retention offer from a card issuer, but those offers seem to shrink year after year. Overall…
American Express Platinum Benefits: Hotel Elite Status

If you haven’t heard already, the new and improved metal American Express Platinum card is absolutely incredible. American Express increased the annual fee to $550 a year, but after Uber credits and airline of choice credits ($200 each) the effective annual fee is just $150. That’s the same effective annual fee as the Chase Sapphire…
Why I’ll Never Close The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card

It’s always funny when a friend or colleague learns of my credit card collecting hobby. Just the other day a friend of mine with just one or two credit cards asked how many cards I have. When I replied that I currently have 7 open accounts they seemed confused and frankly concerned. Although 7 credit cards…
Review: Indianapolis Marriott North

There’s not shortage of Marriott properties in the Indianapolis area. In fact, according to Marriott’s website there are 30 Marriott properties in Indianapolis. With that many choices it’s hard to decide which property to stay. During my recent trip to Indianapolis, for my friends’ wedding (congratulations if you’re reading this), we decided to stay at the Indianapolis…
Register Now For the 2017 Marriott Megabonus!

It’s Marriott Megabonus season again! Marriott recently introduced this year’s Megabonus promotion. This year Marriott Rewards members who register by August 30, 2017 will earn 2,000 bonus points per stay starting with the second stay. Additionally, registered members will earn 2,000 bonus points per Marriott brand starting with the second brand. The 2017 Marriott Megabonus…
Hotel Review: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel The Depot

Traveling for work often means spending time in discount hotels,  but on a recent trip to Minneapolis I was lucky enough to find a very affordable rate at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel The Depot. I love Renaissance properties and whenever I have the opportunity because for the most part the hotels seem to have slightly…