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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 a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG: Marriott transfers.… 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

Earning miles and points for shopping online with a credit card

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 holidays… 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

Staying at too many hyatt hotels

While planning my summer trip to Asia, 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 monotony of being in the same… 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