Good morning everyone, happy Friday! I was listening to the Frequent Miler On The Air podcast recently and they were discussing free night certificates. As I mentioned in my Ask Me Anything (AMA): Hotel Edition post, I have quite a few hotel credit cards that come with free night certificates. I wanted to compare the free night certificates and separate the standouts from the duds. I used Frequent Miler’s Reasonable Redemption Values (RRV) for the hotel point values. Some of these credit cards are available for new members, while some are no longer available (NLA), but you may be able to convert to them if you have the correct credit card.
I looked at the credit card’s annual fee and the category cap that the free night certificate is good for. I also included Radisson Rewards anniversary points, even though they are points and not free night certificates. I did not take into account any addition benefits other than the free night certificate (like elite status or the ability to earn an extra free night certificate).
This is how I read the chart: the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card (NLA) has an $85 annual fee and comes with a free night certificate worth up to 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points. Each Marriott Bonvoy Point is worth 0.72 cents per point (CPP), so the free night certificate has a value of $180. When I subtract the $95 annual fee, the credit card provides $95 in value on top of the annual fee.
Hotel Credit Card Name (NLA = No Longer Available)
Good morning everyone. I just checked my Chase app and spotted a few new Chase Offers. Check your Chase account to see if you had these offers or other new Chase Offers. I found all these offers on my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card (this is the Chase credit card that I use the most, so I tend to get the most offers on this credit card).
Kimpton Hotels: 20% cash back (minimum $100, max out with $600 purchase)
Audible: 10% cash back (max out with $20 purchase)
Kindle: 20% cash back (max out with $10 purchase) – same offer as Bank of America’s BankAmeriDeal
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. A few days ago, I wrote Ask Me Anything (AMA): Credit Card Edition. I had some great reader questions and I am doing the second AMA, this time on hotels. I like to describe myself as loyal to hotel loyalty programs, but not loyal to a specific hotel chain. Here is a screenshot from AwardWallet of the hotel loyalty programs I belong to and their elite status:
Here is a quick rundown of how I have these hotel elite statuses:
Good morning everyone, happy Friday! Yesterday, I received an interesting comment on my post: My 5 New Year’s Travel Resolutions for 2020. The commenter, MrDioji, asked: “How do you get Award Wallet to display airline and dining credits? Or do you manually add them?” He was referring to this screenshot of my American Express balances in my AwardWallet account. Instead of answering the question in the comments section, I thought it would be helpful to write a post about this topic to help other readers. In this post, I will show you how to view or hide airline credits, dining credits, hotel free night certificates, and many other pieces of information.
Good morning everyone, happy New Year’s Eve! Since today is the last day of the year, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite trip of 2019 and ask my readers to share their favorite trips too. Laura and I got married at the end of July 2019 and we couldn’t do a honeymoon afterward (work & school obligations), so we decided to do a pre-honeymoon to Tahiti and Moorea in June 2019.
I wanted to go to Bora Bora, but the ~$500 round trip flight per person from Tahiti to Bora Bora was a deal breaker. We settled on Moorea (I call it the poor man’s Bora Bora) since it was easy to get to via a 45 minute car/passenger ferry from Tahiti. We had a rental car, so we drove from the Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti (PPT), to the ferry, and then to the beautiful InterContinental Moorea. There was no award nights available for the overwater bungalows, so I emailed the hotel to ask how much the overwater bungalows cost. The hotel said that since I was an IHG Platinum Elite Member (now I am an IHG Spire Elite Member), they would upgrade me 1 hotel room level. I paid for the standard overwater bungalow and when we checked in, we were upgraded to a premium overwater bungalow (same bungalows, just a better location and view).
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