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Everything About The Marriott Rewards Program

From humble beginnings in 1983 as Marriott Honored Guest Awards, Marriott Rewards is the oldest continuously operating hotel loyalty program in operation today. With roughly 54 million members, Marriott Rewards (when combined with sister rewards program The Ritz-Carlton Rewards) is the second largest hotel loyalty program in the world, second only to IHG Rewards Club (92 million). That said, Marriott Rewards members have access to more hotel rooms across the world.

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American Express® Business Gold Card

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express offers a fantastic return on business spend and a high-value welcome bonus. The card has relatively few application restrictions, making it an excellent option for folks that don’t qualify for the Ink Business Preferred℠‎ Credit Card due to 5/24.

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Benefits for Authorized Users on Rewards Credit Cards (Updated November 2018)

The list of carryover benefits differs for each card, as does the cost of adding authorized user accounts. We’re not covering cards in this post that provide bonus points to the primary cardholder for adding an authorized user, as we’ve covered those cards in detail in another post. This post is aimed at the authorized user cards and the perks they receive.

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Can I Use Airline & Travel Credits to Pay Award Change and Cancellation Fees?

Most airline loyalty programs now charge award change or cancellation fees, with costs ranging from a reasonable $20/25 for select changes on KrisFlyer, Emirates, or Etihad, to a slap-in-the-face $150 per ticket for close-in changes or redeposits through Delta’s SkyMiles program. That’s cold hard cash you’ve paid to the airline for the privilege of not flying with them. But thanks to travel credits provided on some of our favorite travel rewards cards, that cash doesn’t have to come from your wallet. Instead, you can pay the award change or cancellation fee using your credit card, and have the charge wiped as a statement credit.