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Good News for Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Starwood Credit Card Holders

By | October 19, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Marriott just announced that they will now allow members who use a co-branded credit card carrying either the Ritz-Carlton, Starwood or Marriott logo, to earn bonus points when booking on the other carrier’s hotels. We believe that it’s an effort by the now largest hotel chain to stem attrition among their most loyal of customers…

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How to Keep your Sapphire Preferred Ultimate Rewards Points Without Paying the Annual Fee

By | October 12, 2016| Airline Cards, Cash Back Credit Card, Credit Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

A decision I have started thinking about is whether I’ll keep the Sapphire Preferred card open when the first year is up in June 2017, when I’ll have to pay an annual fee of $95 to keep the card. Point Savvy wisely suggested I look into opening another Chase card so I can keep my reward points and avoid paying an annual fee. Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited are two card that offer cash back rewards with no annual fee.

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American Express Fights Back with 5X Membership Rewards Points on Flights. Finally.

By | October 6, 2016| Airline Cards, Credit Cards, Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Savvy Approved Products Article | No Comments

The news arrived just this week when American Express announced a rather lucrative enhancement to its Platinum Card, the long-standing patriarch in this space. According to American Express spokeswoman Charlotte Fuller, Platinum Card users starting Thursday will earn 5X points for every dollar spent directly with any airline.

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Linking My Starwood Account to Marriott Took 3 Seconds

By | September 23, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

The Starwood Preferred Guest program and Marriott merger is now closed and Marriott launched the option to link accounts and transfer points between SPG and Marriott Rewards. I decided to take the plunge and link my SPG and Marriott accounts together.

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What the Marriott-Starwood merger means for Starpoints – 2 FREE nights in a category 1-5

By | September 22, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

The Marriott-Starwood merger closing Friday could make SPG as you know it a ticking time bomb. The merge is making us wonder, “What will happen to our beloved Starpoints?”

Late news today is The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is changing from a 25,000 sign-up bonus to a 2 FREE nights offer in a category 1-5 hotel…

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When SPG Platinum Status Falls Short…By One Stay

By | September 15, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

At the beginning of 2016, one of our savviest of peeps opened her email from Starwood Preferred Guest to find that she had been awarded Gold Status for this calendar year. Most people would be ecstatic. But for a person who is on a first name basis with front desk managers at Starwood hotels up and down the eastern seaboard, and counts SPG points in her sleep – Gold Status was not an option. Our girl carefully crafted every vacation and business trip to make every single one of her 25 stays and 50 nights count in 2015. But they only counted 24 stays and 47 nights.

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Free Just Got Even More FREE! Starwood Luxury at 35% Off

By | September 12, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

It’s promotion time again with the Starwood Preferred Guest program. SPG is currently offering a limited-time offer that gives travelers 35% off Free Night redemptions at select resorts. This promotion is available at only 8 of Starwood’s most sought after luxury properties, and is valid through February 28, 2017. The resorts included normally start at a 40,000 point redemption per night and goes up to 90,000. Now you can take advantage of a night free for as little as 26,000 at some of the brand’s most coveted and exclusive hotels.

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How to Save a Bundle on ATM Fees When Traveling Abroad

By | September 8, 2016| Airline Cards, Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Be careful the next time that you leave the country. Without a few key insights, that handbag that you bargained over in Florence could end up costing you more than you ever thought, and with every swipe of your credit card or ATM cash withdrawal your travel budget could easily get out of hand. But it doesn’t have to. We’ve identified the best ways to avoid banking fees while traveling, and have hopefully made it easier for you to travel knowing about all of those annoying fees.

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Best Credit Card For Wedding Purchases That Get You A Free Honeymoon

By | August 12, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

If you’re planning an event, do it at a Marriott for the absolute best rewards. We, at Point Savvy, are currently in the process of helping plan my sister-in-law’s Connecticut wedding by maximizing points so to offer her and her husband-to-be a variety of options for a free honeymoon that they will remember.

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Get a Free Night with Starwood. No Cash. No Points. No Kidding.

By | August 8, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

I have been a loyal guest at Starwood Hotels and a diehard user of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints for over a decade. I have spent more time dragging my family from Sheraton to Four Points to every W Hotel in the continental U.S. to rack up hotel stays to achieve Platinum Status, which just happened last week for the ninth time! Needless to say, I’m excited. But you don’t need to achieve Platinum Status to take advantage of one of the best Starwood offers – their fifth night free benefit.

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Starwood Birth Year Promotion: The Older You Are The Less You Pay

By | July 29, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Here at Point Savvy we talk about the aging process more than we would like to admit. But with Starwood’s Birth Year Promotion we are happy to shout how old we are from the rooftop of any 5 star hotel under the Starwood umbrella. If you’re not quite sure where your next quick getaway may be, this program may help you to narrow your search while saving you some real money on your hotel stay.

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Fare Alert! Norwegian Air Flies Direct to Martinique and Guadeloupe Starting at $198 RT from Baltimore

By | July 21, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Once again, Norwegian Airlines is offering great fares direct from BWI to both islands giving you a great jumpstart to a vacation when you really need starting in early November. Best of all, these fares start in November and run through March so that you can take advantage of them from Thanksgiving through Spring Break.

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Redeem SPG Starpoints for a Tennis Lesson with Andy Roddick or Other Incredible 2016 U.S. Open Experiences

By | July 20, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

True, some loyalty points only get you discounted plane tickets or hotel upgrades. But Starwood’s Preferred Customer program gets you tennis superstar Andy Roddick. Today, Starwood makes available one of its most popular SPG Moments by giving members the opportunity to redeem Starpoints for once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences at the 2016 U.S. Open, including access to media tours, courtside seats to the finals and the aforementioned Andy Roddick (via a personalized tennis lesson).

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Top Father’s Day Gift Comes With Earning Up To 20X AAdvantage Miles

By | May 31, 2016| Airline Cards, Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Everyday Loyalty Programs Article, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Stop! Don’t just click on an online retail site to shop for a Father’s Day gift. Take the extra step to enter through your favorite airline or hotel rewards portal.

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Combine the New Chase Freedom Unlimited Card with Chase Sapphire Preferred and Turn Dollars Into Sensible Travel Rewards

By | April 13, 2016| Airline Cards, Cash Back Credit Card, Credit Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | 3 Comments

If you’re looking for the best way to save money on travel, look into combining the new Chase Freedom Unlimited Card with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for a winning combination.

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Barclaycard CashForward World Mastercard is for Those Who Want Straightforward Rewards

By | April 1, 2016| Cash Back Credit Card, Cash Back Credit Cards Article, Credit Cards, Reward Credit Card | One Comment

The Barclaycard CashForward World MasterCard is all about straightforward rewards.
The easiest cash back card to manage is the Barclaycard CashForward World MasterCard. There are no rotating bonus categories or an allegiance to an airline or hotel. Flat out – it’s simple. It is not the highest rewards credit card out there but this card is far from complicated.

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