Everything About The Marriott Rewards Programby Jess Farley
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.
Credit Cards that Waive Annual Fees for Active Duty Military Personnel (Updated November 2018)by Jess Farley
Thanks to protections laid out in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), active-duty military personnel can access credit cards and other financial products with reduced interest rates and fees while serving under orders. We’ll cover the top cards that are worthy of a look if you’re the recipient of such benefits.
9 Things We Love About Hilton Honors Rewards Programby Jess Farley
Hilton Honors may not have confirmable upgrades like Hyatt or Hotel + Air redemptions like Marriott, but this is no program to turn your nose up at. Check out what we love about Hilton Honors.
Top Credit Cards for Trip Interruption & Trip Cancellation Insurance (Updated October 2018)by Jess Farley
With roughly 15% of US travelers having to cancel or change their travel plans each year, investing in quality travel insurance is a must. But one of the issues with travel insurance is it can be prohibitively expensive, with 3rd party insurance plans increasing the cost of travel by as much as 10%.
Benefits for Authorized Users on Rewards Credit Cards (Updated November 2018)by Jess Farley
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.
Can I Use Airline & Travel Credits to Pay Award Change and Cancellation Fees?by Jess Farley
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.
Create a First-Rate Membership Rewards Credit Card Comboby Jess Farley
American Express Membership Rewards is one of the premier flexible rewards programs available to points and miles fans. You can earn Membership Rewards (MR) via a slew of different credit cards, and you can collect every point into a single account which then transfers to almost 20 different airline and hotel partners.
Increased Point Earning Opportunity on the British Airways Visa Cardby Jess Farley
The British Airways Visa Signature® Card is back with an updated offer of up to 120,000 bonus Avios. The new offer on the British Airways Visa Card is not a traditional welcome bonus like we’ve seen in the past. Instead, it is structured as additional bonus points on spending up to a $30,000 threshold.
How to Earn Delta Diamond Medallion Without Spending $15,000 on Deltaby Jess Farley
Achieving top-tier elite status with Delta requires a lot of butt-in-seat miles, creative use of partner airlines, or a significant amount of credit card spend. Unfortunately, Delta doesn’t allow you to make use of the status challenge path to reach Diamond Medallion, only Silver, Gold, and Platinum. We’ve outlined a few ways to get to Diamond without spending $15,000 on Delta, however.