The Best Ways to Redeem Marriott Points on Star Alliance

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

When Marriott and SPG were finally integrated in August, it took on a unique distinction. One of the largest hotel loyalty programs in the world now has more airline partners than any other transferable points currency (including Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards). These credit card programs typically deliver most of their value …

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Do You Get Elite Choice Benefits By Spending Your Way to Marriott Platinum Status?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

“Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Upon reaching 50 elite night credits a year, and again at 75 nights, Marriott Platinum and Platinum Premier elites can select a Choice Benefit. These include 5 elite night credits, 5 suite night awards (SNAs), gifting either Silver or …

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New BoA Cash Rewards Card: Choose Your Own 3% Bonus Category

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Most credit cards offer a fixed line-up of rewards-earning rates. There may be some built-in bonus categories, but the bonus categories are typically set by the bank, not the consumer. This can lead to a family needing multiple credit cards to maximize ever-changing spending patterns. Choose Your Own 3% Bonus Category However, Bank of America …

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Credit Card Review: Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Official application links: Earn the Companion Pass and enjoy 2-for-1 travel for the rest of 2019 with the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card or the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card Savvy TPG readers know that we generally don’t recommend building your points strategy around a cobranded …

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Credit Card Review: Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Official application links: Earn the Companion Pass and enjoy 2-for-1 travel for the rest of 2019 with the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card or the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card In a hobby now dominated by ultra-premium credit cards with $450+ annual fees and a laundry …

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Chase Updates Sapphire Banking Bonus, Now Requires Sign-Up Code to Earn 60k Points

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Get a code for the Chase Sapphire Banking 60,000-point offer here.  Chase has been on a mission to grow the Sapphire brand into an all-encompassing financial and lifestyle product, not just a single hunk of metal in your wallet. In addition to rolling out Sapphire lounges at events all over the country, one of Chase’s …

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Which Airline’s Partner Award Chart Determines My Mileage Earning?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

“Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. The complex web of airline alliances, codeshare agreements and more can make it confusing to separate the difference between who’s operating your flight, selling your ticket and awarding you miles. TPG reader Meir has a question about which airline’s partner award chart will …

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Earn a Round-Trip ANA Business-Class Ticket With a Single Credit Card Bonus

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Perhaps the single most valuable award sweet spot in the entire points and miles world is Virgin Atlantic’s ANA award chart, which allows you to book round-trip premium-cabin awards from the US to Japan for fewer miles than most airlines charge for a one-way ticket. Prices vary slightly depending on whether you’re flying from the …

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Why Oneworld Is the Best Alliance for First Class Awards

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Despite what you might believe if you’re an avid TPG reader, long-haul international first class is actually a relative rarity. As business class has improved (including amenities like direct aisle access from every seat and closing suite doors), the market for an even more exclusive and expensive product is dwindling. First class cabins take up …

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How and When to Use Marriott Upgrade Certificates

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Suite upgrades typically fall near the top of the list of “unnecessary but extremely fun perks” that come with frequent travel. Unless you’re traveling with a family, a separate living room, second bedroom or more spacious bathroom may not make a difference in your stay, but it sure feels good having 1,000+ square feet to …

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