I’ve been on the fence about whether or not to apply for the new Amex SPG Luxury card and I’ve finally decided to pass. I’ve been a long time Amex customer and have had both the SPG personal and business cards for many years. I used them both, and put as much spend on them as I could. For years all my non-bonused spend went on the personal SPG card and the business card saw heavy use, too.
I really appreciated the Sheraton lounge access that came with the business card. SPG was for many years my number one hotel chain and until the SPG/Marriott merger, SPG was always in my top two. I’ve had multiple amazing SPG hotel stays on four continents.
I never got to Platinum status but did maintain Gold year after year and always felt my Gold status was acknowledged in many generous ways. The merger with Marriott was not one I would have voted for, but then my vote didn’t count :) My SPG cards came out of my wallet and my last Sheraton stay was 8 months ago. Continue reading →
Good afternoon everyone. I have 2 buy points promos that are ending in the next 24-48 hours. The first is with Hyatt. Hyatt is running a mystery offer where you can buy Hyatt points and get up to a 40% bonus. This offer ends tomorrow (August 21), so if you need Hyatt points, you need to act fast! You might be targeted for a higher or lower buy points promo, so check the math to see if it makes sense.
Seems to me hotel and airline loyalty program points fall into a few different categories. Some points you know you’ll put to great use, and some points you’ll likely use and even have a general travel plan for. And some hotel and airline points you scratch your head and wonder how the heck you’ll use them! Whether or not to buy hotel and airline points when promotions are running depends on which of these three categories the loyalty program falls into. When it comes to Hyatt points, Hilton points, andIHG points, I always have a plan for them!
We have a few hotel points sales going on right now with Hyatt, Hilton, and IHG. The sales expire soon, so take a look if you’re planning some hotel stays and can use these points at a discount. We also have an American Airlines AAdvantage sale going on right now, as well. It’s not the best offer ever. But if you’re tapped out of AA miles like I am after using a huge stash of my miles for my trip to Spain, and need some AA miles for trips you’re planning, a discount, even a small one, is better than paying full price when you need to top off your account. Continue reading →
Got Hyatt hotel nights booked? Are they now through the end of September? If so, make sure you’re registered for this promo and get 10% of your redeemed points back! Doesn’t matter whether you’re using all points or points and cash. It’s been a while since this promo was offered by Hyatt. Last time it ran, the night before the promo started I had just checked out of a Hyatt hotel stay……bummer. And wouldn’t you know it, even though I’ve already stayed over 90 nights at Hyatt properties this year, right now I don’t have a single Hyatt stay planned for September. But if YOU DO, make sure to get in on this deal. And if you need some points to top off your Hyatt account for those points rebate nights, right now you can buy Hyatt points with up to a 40% bonus right now.
Good morning everyone. A few readers have asked me if they should keep their old Chase IHG Rewards Select Credit Card ($49 annual fee) and old Chase Hyatt Credit Card ($75 annual fee) in exchange for the annual free night certificate. As a reminder, the free night certificates are not really free, since you pay the annual fee before getting the free night certificate – they are more like prepaid free night certificates with a strict expiration date. Both of these credit cards are no longer available to new applicants, so if you do not have these credit cards right now, there is no way for you to get them now. That also means that if you ever cancel or upgrade to the new Chase IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card or the new Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card, you will never be able to get the old Chase IHG Rewards Select Credit Card and old Chase Hyatt Credit Card again.