Category Archives: Chase Marriott

8 Reasons Why You Should Choose the AMEX Starwood Over the Chase Marriott Card

If you’re looking to earn the most points for free stays at Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels, you’ll want to consider the limited time AMEX Starwood offer.  It’s the biggest bonus I’ve seen for the personal and small business cards!

Remember, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood are now one company.  But the hotel chains still have separate co-branded credit cards.  And the current sign-up bonuses for each of the hotel cards are very different!

For example, the current AMEX Starwood card sign-up bonus is a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.  This can get you 3 free nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii.  But the sign-up bonus with the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card would only get you 2 free nights.

AMEX Starwood Versus Chase Marriott

You’ll Get the Most Big Travel at Marriott, Starwood, or Ritz-Carlton Hotels With the Limited Time AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonus. It Can Get You 3 Free Nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii

I’ll review the current AMEX and Marriott card offers and share 8 pros of the AMEX Starwood card.

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Can You Earn More Than One Sign-Up Bonus With the Same AMEX Business Card?

A Million Mile Secrets reader emailed:

I was recently approved for a 2nd Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  My 1st card is for a different business.  Am I eligible to earn the sign-up bonus twice?

It’s possible, but very unlikely you’ll earn multiple sign-up bonuses with the same AMEX small business card.  Even if you apply using separate Employer Identification Numbers (EINs).

The general rule is AMEX restricts personal and small business card sign-up bonuses to once, per person, per lifetime.

And I spoke with an AMEX representative who confirmed sign-up bonuses are intended for new applicants only.

Multiple AMEX Starwood Card Sign Up Bonuses

Before Applying for the Same AMEX Small Business Card Again, Consider It’s Unlikely You’ll Get the Sign-Up Bonus Twice!

Instead of potentially not getting a sign-up bonus with the same AMEX card, I’ll share other ways to increase your points balances!

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Marriott and Starwood Announce 2017 Hotel Category Changes

If you have an upcoming stay at a Marriott or Starwood hotel, this news may affect you!

Via View From the Wing, Marriott and Starwood have released their lists of 2017 category changes.  And there are many hotels going up (or down) in price.

Marriott And Starwood Category Changes 2017

More Than 1,600 Starwood and Marriott Hotels Are Changing Categories!

I’ll tell you what this means for you, and how to make sure you get the most for your points!

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How Miles & Points Brought a Family of 9 Together for a Bahamian Holiday Trip

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Andy and his family are our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

How Miles Points Brought A Family Of 9 Together For A Bahamian Holiday Trip

In the Gorgeous Lobby of the Royal Towers in Atlantis Resort for a Group Photo

A big thank you to Andy for sharing their story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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Keep Your Marriott Perks: Buy Back Your 2016 Status With Points

If you had Marriott Elite status last year, but didn’t earn it for 2017, you can spend points to extend your status an extra year!

Via View From the Wing, Marriott’s yearly offer to buy back your elite status has returned.  Until March 31, 2017, you can use points to keep your elite status in 2017.  But it might not be a good deal for you!

Keep Your Marriott Perks Buy Back Your 2016 Status With Points

Having a Hard Time Giving Up Your Elite Status? Buy It Back With Points!

I’ll help you decide if this is a good deal for your situation.

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Top 7 Travel Cards for January 2017

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, you’ll be happy to know there are some exciting sign-up offers in the miles & points world!

Certain credit cards are offering great sign-up bonuses and perks including airline credits, airport lounge access, and more.  And a few of them can be worth $1,000 or more! 

Top 7 Travel Cards For January 2017

Picture Yourself In a Hammock on the Beach In the Maldives! With Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses, This Could Be You!

I’ll share my top 7 travel credit cards to get Big Travel with Small Money.

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5 Top Miami Beach Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

Considering a trip to Miami Beach to enjoy the city’s famous nightlife and beautiful beaches?  You can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for free nights at top hotels in this tropical destination!

Miami Beach is a great spot to escape to during the cold winter months, or for a special occasion like a bachelor or bachelorette party, shopping trip, or anniversary.

Emily loved spending a long weekend there for her birthday a few years ago.  And wants to return to compare the Cuban food of Miami Beach to what she had more recently in Cuba!

Miami Beach Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

Escape the Cold and Plan a Getaway to Miami Beach Using Your Starwood, Marriott, & Ritz-Carlton Points!

Here are 5 highly rated hotels in Miami Beach where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points!

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5 Top New Orleans Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

Planning a trip to New Orleans?  You can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for free nights at top hotels in this vibrant city!

And explore the city’s popular restaurants, bars, casinos, and shopping.  Or even make a special trip to celebrate Mardi Gras!  Because sometimes it’s worth it to splurge on a nice hotel. 😉

New Orleans Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

Consider Staying at One of These Top 5 Marriott and Starwood Hotels On Your Next Trip to New Orleans

Here are 5 top hotels (that get great reviews!) in New Orleans where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points.

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5 Top Washington, DC, Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

Considering a trip to Washington, DC?  Remember, you can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for free nights at top hotels in our nation’s capital!

Emily and I spent a weekend there a number of years ago and loved visiting spots like the Washington Monument, The White House, and the World War II Memorial.  There’s so much to see and do there!

Washington DC Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

Check Out These Top 5 Hotels Where You Can Use Your Marriott or Starwood Points to Save Money During Your Next Trip to Washington, DC

I’ll show you 5 top hotels in Washington, DC, where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points!

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5 Top San Diego Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

If you’ve never been to San Diego, I highly recommend it!  From the beautiful beaches to top-notch San Diego Zoo to the festive Gaslamp Quarter, there are plenty of reasons to swing by San Diego.

I recently stayed in San Diego during FinCon 2016.  And I loved the city!

San Diego Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

San Diego Is the 2nd Biggest City in California

Here are my top 5 Marriott and Starwood hotels for folks visiting San Diego.  And a budget hotel for folks who want to make their points last longer!

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