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Step 2: Sign-Up for Loyalty Programs

Sign-up for a few hotel and airline loyalty programs.  There are many programs to choose from, but I recommend signing-up for just a few of the major programs initially.  You can always sign-up for the rest later on.

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I’m approaching lifetime Platinum with Marriott. Already lifetime Platinum with American Airlines thanks to business travel. Now retired. What credit cards should I move to as my wife & I continue to travel both domestically (car road trips & air) and internationally. I’m pretty loyal to Marriott, they have been good to me. AA Platinum isn’t worth much any more but is often the only real choice with living in Dallas area. Any comments appreciated.

Million Mile Secrets

Have you had considered the AMEX Starwood cards before? You’re probably aware that because of the Marriott-Starwood merger you can transfer Starwood points to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio. And the Starwood cards won’t be around forever once the programs are combined.

Also, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer at a 1:1 ratio to Marriott (and many other programs). So the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve could be good options.

I have both Chase Sapphire Preferred and AMEX SPG. While SPG points transfer at a 1:3 ratio, the transferred points do not accrue towards lifetime status so I seldom use it. Sapphire points do accrue towards lifetime status if transferred. Will probably use SPG more often once lifetime Platinum status is achieved, probably early next year. Thanks for your comments.

Million Mile Secrets

I believe the points earned from both the business and personal versions of the Chase Marriott cards should count toward your lifetime elite status. If you don’t have those cards.