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Which 10 Credit Cards am I Considering for my March App-O-Rama?

Good morning everyone, happy Thursday.  My last App-O-Rama (where I applied for several new credit cards at the same time) was back in mid December 2016.  I usually wait 3+ months between App-O-Ramas, so the time has come to start my next round of credit card applications.  I am going to list the credit cards I have in mind in the order in which I will probably apply for them.  If you have any feedback on my strategy or think I am missing or applying for the wrong credit cards, please leave a comment below. Without further ado, let’s begin…

1. American Express SPG Business Credit Card – 25,000 SPG points after spending $5,000 in 90 days and an additional 10,000 SPG points after spending $3,000 in 120 days.  No annual fee the first year, then $95 in the second year.

With the impending merger with Marriott, this might be my last opportunity to apply for the SPG business credit card.  I can’t pass up this opportunity. 35,000 SPG points are worth ~$700 in hotel nights and airfare (and possibly much more).

2. Bank of America MERRILL+ Credit Card – 50,000 points after spending $3,000 in 90 days.  No annual fee.

Doctor of Credit reports that you can apply for this credit card over the phone.  50,000 points is worth $500 cash or up to $1,000 toward airfare. Continue reading

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PSA: Don’t use a Third Party Card in the Hotel Key Card Wall Slot (or Decline Housekeeping)

Good morning everyone, greetings from the Alaska Airlines Lounge in SeaTac airport (no Centurion Studio on this trip). I had a great time meeting blog readers at the FTU Advanced Seattle travel conference and look forward to seeing you again soon at the upcoming FTU Advanced Minneapolis, Chicago Seminars, or a TWG meetup.

For the recent FTU Advanced Seattle, I stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South. The hotel has your typical key card wall slot to turn on the electricity and heat/AC for the room. Fun fact: pretty much any plastic card will work in the wall slot, including credit cards, debit cards, other hotel key cards, and my Priority Pass card. I read about this trick online a few years ago and heard a few stories that housekeeping will sometimes take the card from the wall slot after cleaning your room. That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday.

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Travel with Grant will be at FTU Advanced Seattle this Weekend – Say Hello!

Good morning everyone, happy Friday.  I will be flying up to Seattle this weekend to attend FTU (Frequent Traveler University) Advanced, a travel conference where some of your favorite travel bloggers will be presenting.  If you see me at the event (I’m not hard to spot, just look for the gray Travel with Grant shirt), feel free to stop and chat with me.  I am not presenting and I’ve heard most of the presenters many times, so I am mainly there to talk to fellow travel bloggers, readers, and catch up with old friends.

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My Favorite Hilton Lounge in the World is…

Do you have a favorite hotel lounge? I don’t mean one that’s good, but rather one that takes good and turns it into GREAT. Seems to me, many lounges are fine, or even good, but in each hotel chain there are usually a few standouts.  I previously mentioned my 13 criteria for the perfect hotel lounge.

I’ve already talked about my favorite Sheraton lounge and Hyatt lounge, so what’s my favorite Hilton lounge?  There are a few Hilton lounges that I like, but the Hilton in Budapest is great and my favorite pick from the Hilton’s I’ve stayed at.  In general, I had a fantastic experience at this hotel and highly recommend it. (Lounge images courtesy of the Hilton Budapest staff)

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Aloft Bogota Colombia Airport Hotel Review (SPG Category 1 + Free Airport Shuttle)

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Good Wednesday morning everyone.  A few weeks ago, I returned from my short week-long trip to South America.  Before I left for my trip, I wrote Trip Planning and Award Booking for South America: Bogota, Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls.  Shortly after returning from my trip, I wrote Grant is Back from South America: Upcoming Hotel Reviews & Trip Reports.  I am sorry for the delay, but I am finally starting my trip report.  Starting chronologically, I will start with my 2 night stay at the Aloft Bogota Airport Hotel (pictured below is an artist rendition, the actual hotel does not look as colorful in real life).

Image source: https://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3600&language=en_US

Image source: https://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3600&language=en_US

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