Tag Archives: Marriott

Review: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam

Let me cut straight to the chase: to date, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is my favorite resort I’ve ever stayed in. Nearly everything about the resort is perfect, and the few things that aren’t, are really not a big deal (and also could be very easily fixed).

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How to Signup, View & Activate Chase Offers (Currently Only Available for Marriott & Slate Cardholders)

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  Chase and Visa have created a new program called Chase Offers that is currently available to all Chase Marriott Rewards Credit Cardholders and all Chase Slate Credit Cardholders.  The Chase Offers program was rolled out in mid November, but since I recently converted my JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card to the Chase Marriott Rewards Credit Card, I am now eligible to signup, view, and activate Chase Offers.

Chase Offers are very simple.  Sign into your Chase Offers account, link merchant specific offers to your credit card, make a qualifying purchase at that specific merchant, and receive cash back as a statement credit to your credit card. Creating a Chase Offers account is free and easy, just click here to get started.  If you have the Chase Slate Credit Card, the steps will be the same, but you can click here.

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Which Purchases Qualify for JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card Travel Benefits?

Recently, I had one of those “the devil’s in the details” experiences I want to share with you because as we all know, details are important, especially with credit card benefits! I’ve had the JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card for quite a few years already, and for the first time this past year, I just couldn’t use the full $300 worth of travel reimbursement credit. The benefits I receive from other credit cards mean I don’t pay for checked bags. I had no flights where I could pay for a seat upgrade, and how many fruit and cheese plates can one eat? So I only spent about $100 of the $300 travel credit. This made me wonder if maybe it was time to let go of this credit card.

Similar to Grant, I inquired and asked Chase which credit cards I could get to replace my JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card. I was still in decision-making mode when I read a comment on Grant’s post. This reader is a huge fan of the JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card. He laid out his formula for how he gets so much benefit from the credit card. He feels people are short sighted when it comes to the benefits of the card, and cancel it in haste. Hmm, was I missing something?

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Hotel Review: Courtyard Marriott Guatemala City & Amazing Guatemalan Restaurant Nearby (Casa Chapina)

After leaving the cable cars of La Paz and the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni\ in Bolivia, our next stop was Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala.  We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Guatemala City. The hotel is a category 2 Marriott hotel (10,000 Marriott Points / night) and is a ~15 minute drive (depending on traffic) from the Guatemala City International Airport (GUA).  There is also a complimentary airport shuttle that arrives every hour.  The hotel is in a great part of the city and has many restaurants nearby and lots to see within a short distance, including an amazing zoo that we walked to from our hotel (blog post coming later today). I will also share a very good Guatemalan restaurant that was a 2 minute walk away from the hotel.

The airport shuttle was waiting for us when we exited the airport. After a short drive, we arrived at our hotel and then we took the first elevator up to the lobby. The lobby is big, beautiful and well decorated. We checked in quickly and took the second elevator up to our room.  I wasn’t planning on writing a hotel review for this hotel, so I didn’t take that many pictures of the hotel, so some of the below photos are from the Marriott website.

Hotel check in desk with beautiful artwork on the back wall and ceiling. Image source: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/guacy-courtyard-guatemala-city/

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2 Product Change / Conversion Options for JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, the $395 annual fee posted to my JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card.  A few months ago, I wrote this post: Should I Keep Both Chase Sapphire Reserve & JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Cards?  In that post, I basically decided that the $300 travel incidentals credit and unused Ritz Carlton perks were not worth the $395 fee.  So when the $395 annual fee posted on my JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card, I knew I had to call Chase and see what options were available.  I didn’t bother asking for a retention offer since I probably spent about $350 on the credit card during the past year, and $300 of that was reimbursed due to the travel credits.  Instead, I asked the JPMorgan Chase rep what my conversion options were.  He said there were 2 credit cards I could convert to…

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