Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire. Today (April 1, 2019): Top 10 best hotel reward programs. Almost all major hotel chains own a lucrative loyalty program that allow guests to earn hotel points and redeem them for discounted or free stays. Everybody should participate in these programs as they can save you tons of money (although many programs have devaluated in the last couple of years). Unfortunately, the high-end luxury hotel chains are rather reluctant to the idea of a loyalty program, hence why only very few of them offer one. I hereby present the 10 most rewarding hotel loyalty programs for luxury travel and what they offer (with pros and cons). However, always keep in mind that deciding which hotel loyalty program is best for you will mainly depend on 4 factors: The number of hotels in a chain (larger chains offer more options to earn and redeem points); The benefits that are most important to you; The destinations where you … [Read more...] about Top 10 best hotel loyalty programs to join in 2019
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New loyalty program, new card, new bonus for frequent guests Chris McGinnis Updated 11:52 am CST, Thursday, February 14, 2019 Use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to earn or burn points at a bungalow terrace at Le Meridien Bora Bora overlooking crystal blue waters. Use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to earn or burn points at a bungalow terrace at Le Meridien Bora Bora overlooking crystal blue waters. Photo: Courtesy Of Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts Photo: Courtesy Of Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to earn or burn points at a bungalow terrace at Le Meridien Bora Bora overlooking crystal blue waters. Use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to earn or burn points at a bungalow terrace … [Read more...] about Marriott’s new Bonvoy credit card bonus: 100,000 points!
Friday newsletters always feature travel contests, tips, series, or news. Today (January 25, 2019): January 2019 luxury travel news. Every last Friday of the month, you can read my news round-up of what’s happening in the world of luxury travel. In this issue: Kempinski opens an ultraluxe hotel in Bali The Boeing 727 makes its last commercial flight Marriott announces a new name for its loyalty program Air France partners with the world’s most Michelin-starred female chef Auberge Resort Collection now manages Grace Hotels Aer Lingues unveils a newly refreshed brand One of the Maldives’ top hotels is destroyed by a fire Eva Air introduces new inflight amenities Dubai’s iconic Jumeirah Al Qasr resort completes refurbishment The United Polaris Lounge opens at Los Angeles airport 1. Kempinski opens an ultraluxe hotel in Bali Kempinski Hotels is ushering in a new era of first class hospitality with the opening of The Apurva Kempinski … [Read more...] about Travel news: this month (January 2019) in luxury travel
Claire Tsosie, NerdWallet Published 8:00 am CST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. When Marriott International announced it would rebrand its loyalty program as Marriott Bonvoy on Feb. 13, 2019, it was clear that changes to the Marriott- and SPG-branded card portfolios would follow. Now, Chase and American Express — the issuers that offer co-branded cards with Marriott — have released more details about the changes, which include new Marriott-branded card names and new benefits. The changes also mean the two issuers will be divvying up the portfolio: American Express will become the issuer of the Marriott-branded business credit card and luxury card, while Chase will become the issuer of the mass-market Marriott consumer card and a new no-annual-fee Marriott card planned to launch this summer. Changes to AmEx cards AmEx’s SPG-branded credit cards will soon become Marriott Bonvoy credit … [Read more...] about Bonjour, Bonvoy: Marriott, SPG Cards Getting New Names, Perks
Home Credit Cards Review: Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit CardReview: Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card November 26, 2018 by Play Your Cards Right Despite the popularity of its bigger sibling (the Sapphire Reserve credit card), the Sapphire Preferred remains a great alternative for all travelers. When I first became interested in points and miles the Chase Sapphire Preferred was the one card that interested me the most. As a recent college grad I wanted to travel for as little as possible—the Sapphire Preferred was the only way to get discounted flights and hotel rooms with travel partners that I was already familiar with. The sleek metal card was also very appealing, and it seemed to be in everyone else’s wallet. This review is intended to be a reminder of one of the cards that is still a great alternative for all travelers. Consider this a reminder, not a sensational endorsement of something bright and shiny … though as i said the metal is … [Read more...] about Review: Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card