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by Hilary Stockton on 9/25/2016

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9/25/2016
  Now that you can Link Your SPG and Marriott Accounts and Transfer Points, it's a good time to earn more Starpoints with Marriott visa signup bonuses. Specifcally, if you qualify for both cards, and add an authorized user to the...
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9/23/2016
  You can now link your SPG and Marriott accounts and transfer points: 1000 SPG Starpoints = 3000 Marriott Rewards points, and 1000 Marriott points = 333 Starpoints. This is a better ratio than I expected, so credit is due...
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9/22/2016
  There's an SPG AMEX 2 Free Night offer, which is frankly disappointing, compared to the usual 35K SPG AMEX offer that typically appears around this time in September. Here are the offer details, and then I'll describe why I...
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9/20/2016
  Etihad Eliminated Etihad Chauffeur service for Etihad First Class and Business Class AAdvantage award tickets ticketed August 10, 2016 and later (HT: HMPS on Flyertalk). But what about AAdvantage award tickets issued before August 10, 2016--is Etihad Chauffeur still available for these...
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9/19/2016
  This Review of St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya is part of a new Russia trip report that includes St. Petersburg. Visiting Russia? See all of our posts tagged Russia. Prior posts include: Review: Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg, Russia Review: Astoria Cafe, St....
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9/15/2016
  A 40,000 Korean Air SKYPASS Visa bonus offer is targeted to some people; I recently received this targeted offer in the mail. U.S. Bank issues the card, so if you're in a rut and have already gotten all the...
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9/14/2016
  Earn 500 Hyatt Gold Passport Points for a Hyatt App Booking and Stay Until November 30, 2016.  While 500 Gold Passport points isn't enough to switch stays for, it's a nice little bonus if you have an upcoming stay...
Square_spg_10k_bonus_offer_for_starwood_business_amex
9/13/2016
  A 10K SPG Bonus Offer is Targeted to some Starwood Preferred Guest Business Card AMEX members. To see if you're eligible, go to this link. Here are the offer details: Earn an additional 5,000 Starpoints after you spend $5,000...
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9/10/2016
7X ThankYou points have posted for my Citi Prestige retention bonus, so I can report that you do indeed receive an additional 4X ThankYou points for airfare and hotel spend, in addition to the usual 3X ThankYou points, for a...
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9/8/2016
  This Review of the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow Hotel is part of a new Russia trip report that includes St. Petersburg. Visiting Russia? See all of our posts tagged Russia. Prior posts include: Review: Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg, Russia Review: Astoria...
Square_triple_avios_for_british_airways-aa-iberia-finnair_flights
9/6/2016
  Earn Triple Avios for British Airways, AA, Iberia and Finnair flights booked and flown between September 6-December 11, 2016, after registering. Here are the details: Must be an eligible participant and pre-register for triple Avios. See the British Airways offer page...
Square_chase_sapphire_reserve_priority_pass_select_lounge_access
9/4/2016
  The 100K Chase Sapphire Reserve includes Priority Pass Select Lounge access, but it's not automatic; you do have to request your Priority Pass Select membership. Here's where to do that, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions about...
Square_chase_5_24_warning_on_chase_sapphire_reserve_application
9/1/2016
  Update: The 5/24 language has been removed, but it still applies.  A Chase 5/24 warning is on the Chase Sapphire Reserve application, eliminating any doubt about whether Chase 5/24 applies to online applications, per Reddit. The Chase Sapphire Reserve...
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8/31/2016
  9/1/16 Update: AMEX's new policy is in effect: no more prorated refunds of the annual fee. Have an AMEX card? Today's the last day to get a prorated refund of the annual fee, if you cancel today. Specifically, AMEX's...
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8/30/2016
  If you get the Chase Sapphire Reserve should you downgrade your Sapphire Preferred and other credit cards? After being approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve, I'm going through my existing cards and deciding whether to keep them, downgrade them...
Square_how_to_get_approved_for_the_chase_sapphire_reserve
8/27/2016
  I was just approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, and am over 5/24. There are a number of others who have also been approved for the Sapphire Reserve despite having more new accounts in the past 24 months...
Square_aadvantage_elite_fast_track_to_executive_platinum_offer
8/24/2016
  An AAdvantage Fast Track to Elite Status offer is being targeted to some AAdvantage members. My husband received an offer, which I thought was odd, since he has zero EQMs (elite qualifying miles) and zero EQS (elite qualifying segments)...
Square_how_to_check_if_youre_under_chase_5-24-credit_karma
8/22/2016
  The 100K Sapphire Reserve card is now available for online applications, as well as in Chase branches. Keep in mind, though, that if you've opened more than 5 new personal credit card accounts within the past 24 months, you're...
Square_sofitel_london_heathrow_review-elevator_to_lobby
8/17/2016
  The Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel is the most convenient choice if you have an early morning flight out of London Heathrow, since it's connected to Terminal 5. My previous review covered a Luxury Room with Club Lounge access; for...
Square_a_pathetic_ana_bonus_credit_card_offer_and_ana_award_chart_sweet_spots
8/16/2016
  I received a 10K ANA credit card bonus offer via email today, which is pathetic by U.S. credit card bonus standards. Here are the details, and then we'll move on to other points transfer options to get ANA miles...
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  Updates in Bold Font via Flyertalk and Reddit A new 100K Chase Sapphire Reserve Card launched August 21, 2016 per these Flyertalk and Reddit posts. Here are the benefits and costs: 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points signup bonus after spending $4000 Earn 3X...
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  If you get the Chase Sapphire Reserve should you downgrade your Sapphire Preferred and other credit cards? After being approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve, I'm going through my existing cards and deciding whether to keep them, downgrade them...
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  I was just approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, and am over 5/24. There are a number of others who have also been approved for the Sapphire Reserve despite having more new accounts in the past 24 months...
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7/10/2016
  Current AMEX Retention Offers are getting stingier. It was only a couple of years ago, in AMEX Retention Bonus Offer: Tips for Getting a Better Offer? that a reader wrote in not sure if she should take a 20K Membership...
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  The 100K Sapphire Reserve card is now available for online applications, as well as in Chase branches. Keep in mind, though, that if you've opened more than 5 new personal credit card accounts within the past 24 months, you're...
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  This Lufthansa First Class Review in a 747-8 from NYC JFK to Frankfurt is part of a new trip report including luxury hotels and dining in Paris and London. For the first post, please see Review: Lufthansa First Class Lounge...
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7/28/2016
  Citi Retention Offers can help make it worth keeping a pricey card such as the Citi Prestige, with its hefty $450 annual fee. For about a month Citi Retention was closed, as Citi needed all hands on deck to...
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7/13/2016
  Should you cancel the Citi Prestige or AMEX Platinum if you don't want to pay the annual fee for both cards? TravelSort reader James writes "I was fortunate to sign up for a targeted offer for the 100K AMEX...
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7/21/2016
  If a 100K AMEX Business Platinum offer arrives but is targeted to another person, can you apply? TravelSort reader Karen writes "I recently moved and sometimes receive junk mail addressed to the previous tenant. But just today, I noticed...