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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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Hotel Review: The Westin Excelsior, Florence, Italy. A Great SPG Point Value.

By | October 19, 2016| Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful five-day getaway to Tuscany, including three nights in beautiful Florence. I knew that the potential use of Starwood Preferred Guest Points would be ideal, and looked into category 6 Starwood hotels The Westin Excelsior and The St. Regis.

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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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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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2 Sweepstakes: Southwest Airlines #WannaGetAway Win a Trip to a Private Island

By | September 22, 2016| Airline Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

We love a good promotion and Southwest is having a fun one right now that involves its social media pages. You just have to register by October 24, 2016 and then follow @Southwestair on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and share a funny story on one of the pages with the hashtags #WannaGetAway and #contest.

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Even in a Southwest Hub – the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard gives you more travel for your money than The Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card!

By | September 19, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Living near a Southwest hub BWI airport in Baltimore, we could rack up 2x miles on their affordable flights with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card. But what we found out may surprise you. You could earn more reward miles for all airlines and hotels, with the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard. Here’s why.

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The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Is Back With A Big Bonus

By | September 17, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Historically, we at Point Savvy were big fans of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. The rewards were pretty rich until the bank reduced the value of each point. This in turn made it more difficult to redeem your points and turned us Point Savviers off a little. But just announced is a new sign up bonus offer that has caught our attention, and we think that it’s valuable enough to share with you.

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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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Get $1,500 Toward FREE Travel With The Chase Sapphire Reserve

By | September 9, 2016| Airline Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Platinum Card from American Express are now contending for top position of the luxury card category in the U.S. Both come with high annual fees and appear to be similar. What you need to do is determine which card is worth paying the $450 annual fee. There are many less expensive choices, so let us help you narrow down which is a better choice.

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Travel to London in First Class with British Airways for (almost) FREE

By | September 7, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

I made the British Airways Visa Signature card top of wallet with plans of flying first class directly out of Baltimore (BWI) to London. When I signed up for the credit card, 100,000 Avios were enough for a first class round trip flight across the pond so I immediately started planning. What I quickly found out was that finding a first class seat from BWI became almost impossible – even a year in advance. Read how I finally flew first class.

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Credit Card 101 and the College Student. Good Choices and Best Practices.

By | September 1, 2016| Balance Transfer, Cash Back Credit Card, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

We have all have witnessed the sight of the typical parent dropping their kid off at college. With a ton of pride, tears in their eyes, a little anxiety and a touch of fear, we parents leave our kids alone for the first time to blaze their own path socially, academically, and yes…financially.

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Move Over Platinum Card from American Express – Chase Sapphire Reserve Has Arrived

By | August 24, 2016| Airline Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

In our opinion, the Platinum Card from American Express has firmly held the position as the exclusive travel benefits and rewards fixture for almost 3 decades. For the person that carries the card, it conveys a sense of financial accomplishment coupled with the expectations of premium service and travel savvy- until maybe now. Enter Chase Sapphire Reserve.

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The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Pays You For A Flexible Family Vacation

By | August 4, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

With limited days available to leave the office and specific openings in kids’ sports schedules, staycations and short trips are often the best option for a busy family’s vacation. Because these types of trips are more affordable than, say, a European vacation, you can pay for a big chunk, if not all, of your family’s vacation with points.

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Get the Best Credit Card for Your Everyday Summer Savings

By | June 15, 2016| Cash Back Credit Card, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

If you are like us, you’re spending the warm weather outside grilling, cooling off by the pool, and beginning to enjoy your summer. Why not take advantage of the best credit card for your summer spending and beyond by putting more money in your pocket for the items that you buy everyday.

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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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The Citi ThankYou Preferred Card for College Students is the Most Rewarding

By | May 10, 2016| Balance Transfer, Cash Back Credit Card, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

At Point Savvy, we constantly are comparing travel and reward credit cards, normally for those of us that are a bit more seasoned and credit established. With graduation season arriving, we started thinking about the new group of adults, soon to be leaving home and obtaining some independence – The College Student.

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Why Isn’t There a Credit Card for Women?

By | May 9, 2016| Cash Back Credit Card, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

From dry cleaning to haircuts, women like us often pay more due to gender pricing. Although paying more, we are undoubtedly receiving less. So while you wait for your local representative to ban gender pricing, get a credit card that can get you more money back. The best credit cards for women will be cards that offer more cash back and rewards on those everyday necessities that are priced noticeably higher.

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