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…
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.
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.
Folks in my office are traveling to Europe and booking airlines with ridiculously low fares for this October. They don’t have school kids and can take off when prices of the fall season are low before the holidays come.
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…
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.
Most people think you have to spend a lot of money to earn free travel. It’s not necessarily true. When you live within your budget, it does take a time. I’m not going to lie, it takes a lot of energy and finagling to travel for free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the help of EVReward.com, we found that Choice Privileges, the hotel rewards program from Choice Hotels, had the best online dating offer where you could earn 51 points for every dollar spent on eHarmony.
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.
My daughter’s one request for her sweet 16 didn’t involve a catered party or a new car. What seemed a simple wish – to see the blazing hot Hamilton on Broadway – turned into an a two-day family odyssey – even for her Point Savvy parents.
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.
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.
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.