Marriott Travel Package Updates: Many in this hobby were not happy campers with how Marriott handled travel packages after combining loyalty programs. Whether this was intentional or expected glitches, Marriott seems to be trying to work through some of these issues. If you’re affected by this, check out the article to find out more.
60K Per Night At High End Properties: Lots of people were aware that some of the more popular luxury properties would be able to be booked at 60K Marriott points per night and were chomping at the bit to do so. Now it seems to be possible since it was confirmed with some test bookings.
Air Canada To Acquire Aeroplan: So instead of breaking up, it looks like they’re getting married. Air Canada is set to buy Aeroplan for $450 Million. How this will affect your Aeroplan miles is yet to be seen so stay tuned.
New SPG Luxury Card Live: With the merging of the SPG and Marriott loyalty programs, and with 2 different banks offering credit cards, things were going to get interesting. Both banks tightened up their rules for approving these new cards, but they gave us a 3 day window to take advantage of.
Good Reminder For All Of Us: Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned vet, getting into debt in order to get a huge sign up bonus is not the way to go. Remember that the point of this hobby is to travel for as little cost as possible. By paying interest on your credit cards, you negate the point of this hobby.
Unhappy With Marriott/SPG, Switch To Hilton: Lots of SPG/Marriott loyalists are not happy with the new program and other hotel loyalty programs are pouncing on the opportunity to steal some customers.
How To Prepare For a Retention Call: A strategy to earn more points without a hard pull is to call your card issuer for any retention offers. When your annual fee is due, and you’re considering closing your card, a quick call to the bank may be worth your while to keep the card a little longer.