Category Archives: Chase Ritz Carlton

Chase Ritz-Carlton Sign-Up Bonus Decreasing!

Have you been intending to apply for the Chase Ritz-Carlton card?  If so, you’ll want to apply soon!

Via Reddit, it looks like Chase is reducing the Chase Ritz-Carlton sign-up bonus from 3 free nights at participating Ritz-Carlton hotels to just 2 free nights after meeting minimum spending requirements.

The public link for the offer already reflects the reduced sign-up bonus.  But there’s still a link that offers 3 free nights after meeting minimum spending requirements.

This card is NOT affected by the Chase “5/24 rule”, so even if you’ve applied for 5+ cards from any bank (excluding certain business cards) in the past 24 months, you can be approved.

We don’t earn a commission for this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

Chase Ritz Carlton Sign Up Bonus Decreasing

Stay 3 Free Nights at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Along the Coast in Maui, Where Rooms Sell for ~$650 Per Night!

Here’s what you’ll get from this card!

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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

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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“Had I Known Applying for Cards Wouldn’t Really Lower My Score, I’d Have Circled the World a Few More Times”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Grab a Mile

Teja and Sasidhar write Grab a Mile to show how families can travel well without breaking the bank.  You can find them on Twitter, Instagram, and 500px!

Grab A Mile

Sasidhar and Teja in Hallstatt, Austria

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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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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Handy Chart of Airline Fee Credits With Premium Cards

I get a lot of questions about the airline fee credits that come with premium cards, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, and AMEX Business Platinum card, for example.

These cards offer credits for baggage fees, in-flight purchases, seat assignments, and more, depending on which card you have.  But there’s often confusion about when you get the credit, what qualifies for the credit, and how to get the credit.

So I created a handy chart that shows you the annual travel credit policies for each premium credit card!

Annual Travel Credit Policies With Credit Cards

Airfare Purchases Qualify for the Annual Travel Credit From the Chase Sapphire Reserve, but NOT for AMEX Platinum Cards

Let’s take a look.

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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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Planning a Hawaiian Vacation With Ink Business Preferred 80,000-Point Bonus

Are you dreaming of Hawaii?

With the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards point sign-up bonus, you’ll have fantastic options to make a Hawaiian vacation a reality.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airlines like British Airways and United Airlines to book award flights.  And move points to hotel partners like Hyatt or Ritz-Carlton to book free nights.  Or you can redeem points directly through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal to get $1,000 worth of travel!

Ink Business Preferred Hawaii Vacation

You’ll Have Many Travel Options to Hawaii With the 80,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus on the Chase Ink Business Preferred Card

I’ll show you how the Chase Ink Business Preferred sign-up bonus can get you Big Travel to Hawaii!

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