Which loyalty credit cards are worth keeping for their benefits even if you don’t use them?

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Typically there are three different types of travel loyalty credit cards you can apply for: Cards you get just for the sign-up bonus Cards you get primarily for the strong on-going earnings rate Cards you get but don’t use because they come with generous perks […]

Changes coming to hotels.com Welcome Rewards and the Marriott credit card?

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By coincidence, two surveys from market research companies have crossed my desk in the last couple of days.  Both imply that changes may be coming to popular reward schemes. hotels.com and Welcome Rewards The most interesting relates to hotels.com and its Welcome Rewards loyalty scheme.  […]

Marriott Megabonus – a pretty weak September to January promo

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Marriott Rewards has unveiled its promotion for the Autumn. It is called Marriott Megabonus, which gives the impression that it is a repeat of the offer of that name which has run on a regular basis in recent years.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  […]

Earn £8 per Marriott stay via Etihad (and a Viceroy Hotels deal)

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I mentioned in an article on Saturday that Marriott Rewards is now an Etihad Guest partner.  This means that you can convert Marriott Rewards points to Etihad and credit future stays directly into Etihad miles. What I had not seen when I wrote that piece is that Etihad […]

Etihad x 4 – double miles, A380 to Heathrow, Alitalia and Marriott link-ups

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Four interesting bits of Etihad news have popped up in recent days which I have popped together in this post. Double A380 service to Heathrow from March Etihad has 10 A380’s on order.  Earlier in the year they announced that the first one, due in […]

Marriott Rewards guts its social media points-earning scheme

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Back in May I wrote about ‘Plus Points’.  This was an easy way to earn 2,000 Marriott Rewards points per month by simply following eight Marriott hotels on Twitter or Facebook. It seems that, for Marriott, it was far too easy – and too expensive. […]

Last chance for 25% bonus on hotel transfers to Avios

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This is your final reminder that July 13th is the last day to instigate a transfer of hotel loyalty points to British Airways Executive Club in order to receive a 25% Avios bonus. The promotion is not mentioned on ba.com. The link in the BA […]

What is the best HOTEL credit card for long-term spending? (Part 2)

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This is the 2nd part of my analysis into which of the UK hotel-branded credit cards are worth keeping for the long-term.  If you missed Part 1 yesterday, I recommend that you click here to read it before carrying on. Today I looking at which […]

What is the best HOTEL credit card for long-term spending? (Part 1)

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Today and tomorrow, I am going to take a look at the four major hotel credit cards – Hilton, Starwood, Marriott and IHG Rewards Club – to see if any of them are worth keeping in your wallet for the long term. This analysis ignores […]

Free Marriott night with the free Marriott credit card!

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The Marriott Rewards MasterCard is, to be honest, as ‘middle of the road’ and unexciting as your average Marriott hotel.  I’m not sure that was ever the plan but that is how it worked out. The card is free The sign-up bonus is 10,000 Marriott […]

Is it worth buying hotel points to transfer to Avios for the 25% bonus?

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Until 13th July, British Airways is offering a 25% bonus if you transfer hotel points from six major loyalty schemes into Avios. Since most of the hotel programmes allow you to buy points – and often have special offers – I thought it would be […]

25% bonus on hotel points transfer to Avios is back!

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It’s back, on the fairly regular ‘every nine months’ timetable.  I’m talking about the ‘25% bonus when you transfer your hotel points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion! The promotion is not yet live on ba.com.  The link in the email sends you to this page which does […]

More thoughts on Marriott’s ‘2000 points per month from social media’ promo

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I wrote last week about the new Marriott Rewards promotion linked to social media. When you cut through the small print, it turns out that you can earn 2,000 Marriott Rewards points very easily be following / liking just 8 Marriott hotels each month on […]