We are especially excited about the 50% airline bonus that gives you half your points back when you use Membership Rewards points to book either a Business or First Class ticket.
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…
From diapers to cribs, onesies to formula, planning for and having a baby can be incredibly expensive. Even though most of us here at Point Savvy have weathered the storm of pregnancies and having babies we remember he crazy expenses that overwhelmed us as new parents.
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.
By the time the big day arrives next month, our bride will have spent roughly $30,000 with her Marriott Rewards Premiere Credit Card. We know that this seems like a lot, but it’s actually very much in line with the national average when it comes to weddings.
If you’re a small business owner we think that newest benefit just added to the Business Platinum Card from American Express may make it the best business card on the market today.
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.
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.
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…
New Member Sign-Up Bonuses are the best way to get a jump start on free travel and savings. Take a look at Point Savvy’s favorite offers for September. You may be just a few clicks away from a free flight or cash in your pocket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though everyone around us is taking a summer vacation, here at Point Savvy we are looking ahead to a winter escape – of course, one where we can snag a deal on a high-end experience.
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.
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).
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.
Finding the perfect gift for mom starts from your favorite airline or hotel portal. You can earn points or miles in double digits per dollar spent with hundreds of retail partners.
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.
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.