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.
New Application Restrictions for Marriott Co-Brand Credit Cardsby Howie Rappaport
As reported by View from the Wing, new card restrictions/approvals will be in effect as of August 26, 2018, for those looking to pick up any Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest co-branded credit cards from either Chase or American Express.
Best Credit Cards for Product Return Protection (Updated Decmeber 2018)by Jess Farley
Returning purchased or gifted items back to the retailer can be a pain, often made harder by inflexible store return policies, and there’s a good chance you’ll wind up stranded with unwanted items. The right credit card might come to the rescue.
Top Credit Cards for Trip Interruption & Trip Cancellation Insurance 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.
How to Get Proof of CDW/LDW Insurance from Your Credit Card Providerby Jess Farley
Have you ever rented a car? No doubt you’ve been given the hard sell on purchasing insurance as part of the rental agreement. The fee can range anywhere from $10 to $50 per day depending on factors such as the provider, your age, the country you rent in, the cover offered, and the type of car you’ll be driving.
Details of New Combined Marriott and SPG Loyalty Programby Jess Farley
It’s been a long time coming, but Marriott has finally announced the key features of the combined Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programs that will launch August 1, 2018.
Which Credit Cards Provide Free Roadside Assistance?by Jess Farley
No matter which state you’re traveling in, one quick call can put you in touch with a roadside assistance dispatch center which will keep you on the phone while organizing the help you need. And the best part? If you hold one of these credit cards, you can use this service up to four times a year free of charge!
Which Credit Cards Have the Best Flight Delay Insurance? by Jess Farley
Almost every rewards card features ancillary benefits ranging from purchase protection and extended warranty coverage to roadside assistance and a slew of different travel insurance perks. One of the most valuable (and widely used) of these benefits is Trip Delay Reimbursement, which can cover your expenses in the event of a delayed or canceled flight.