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Retaining Top-Tier Elite Benefits Without Hyatt Globalist Status

Hyatt Centric Chicago Downtown The Loop Lobby Front Desk

On March 1, something unthinkable will happen: For the first time in four years, I won’t have top-tier Hyatt elite status….and I’m totally fine with it. If I’m being perfectly honest, being a Hyatt Diamond member isn’t all its cracked… Continue Reading

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6 Best Credit Cards for People Who Aren’t Into Manufactured Spending

Wallet filled with a stack of credit cards

I’ve written a few posts about the best credit cards to use for manufactured spending, but not everyone earns their points that way. What if you’re not involved in manufactured spending at all? Plenty of people steer clear of manufactured… Continue Reading

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Comparing Credit Card Spending Requirements for Top-tier Hotel Elite Status

There was a time when most of us thought top-tier hotel elite status was out of reach. After all, who stays 25-50 nights at hotels every year? Mostly business travelers. Thanks to rewards credit cards, that’s no longer the case.… Continue Reading

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Marriott Hotel + Air Awards vs. Starwood Nights & Flights: Which Provides More Value?

Airplane Flying Over Eiffel Tower Paris

The Marriott takeover of Starwood is off to a great start, with generous status match offers and a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG point transfers to Marriott and Ritz Carlton. I’ve already covered how much value members can get by… Continue Reading

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Why You Need to Load Up on SPG Points AND Transfer Them to Marriott

Transfer SPG to Marriott to book Domes Noruz Chania Resort

The first steps in the Starwood-Marriott merger were taken last week, when reciprocal benefits were announced for members for both programs. This was a positive step, with generous elite status matches and the 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG to Marriott… Continue Reading

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3 Positive Developments in the Marriott-Starwood Merger

Starwood Marriott Merger Reciprocal Benefits

Remember when the Marriott-Ritz Carlton takeover of Starwood hotels was announced last year and I wrote about how the news wasn’t so bad? Well, my point of view has been validated today, because all three programs have taken the first… Continue Reading

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Year-End Checklist: Annual Credit Card Spending Bonuses

We’re less than 30 days away from the end of the year, which means it’s time to rev up spending on our credit cards – at least the ones that offer annual spending bonuses. With all the year-end sales and… Continue Reading

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Earning Miles on Tax Payments

I just got an email from the guy that does my taxes and it makes me wish I lived in Switzerland, because it might just be cheaper and they have better chocolate. If you find yourself owing taxes this year, take solace… Continue Reading

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I’m Stuck in a Hyatt Rut

While planning my summer trip to Asia (which is still only half booked), I came to the realization that I’m stuck in a rut: I can’t get myself to book anything other than Hyatt hotels. Not because I like the… Continue Reading

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Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in March

Between the many hotel devaluations and the airline industry’s continued assault on it’s most loyal customers, it’s been a rough month for those in the points and miles game. There’s nothing to be done about these things except to adjust… Continue Reading