Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13 Update: Fixed Return Travel Card versus a Reward Chart Travel Card, Marriott & Starwood won't merge until late 2018 & more!

News, Tips & Tricks
We released our first 'case study' that looks at the value you get from a Fixed Return Travel Card versus a Reward Chart Travel Card. Most proprietary credit card programs are the former save for several like Avion and Aventura which are the latter as well as your traditional programs like Aeroplan, AIR MILES and others using reward charts. In this feature we focus on two of Canada's most popular and best cards with each one representing one of the categories. You can read the case study here.

You may have even more time then we expected with Starwood Preferred Guest and of course the extremely strong Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express (Why you should still consider getting the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express) as Marriott gave some more details on the merger of the two programs during a lodging conference and it looks like it won't happen until the end of 2018 and that even isn't being promised. So yes now more than ever you should be taking advantage of the very strong Starwood Preferred Guest program as you have at least 1.5 years to utilize it and of course worst case scenario all the points you accumulate move to the new program. It was also mentioned that competitive bidding for the new Marriott program credit card should provide potentially better offers on their credit cards at least in the U.S. and hopefully here in Canada. It's the same thing we'll see getting closer to 2020 when Air Canada and Aeroplan (and all other Canadian programs) fight it out for credit card customer. (Source View from the Wing)

Posts since our last update:

Canadian Bonus Offers
Marriott Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT for stays at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. More... Until Aug 18, 17

Other Bonus Offers
Aegean Miles&Bonus
- 30% Miles&Bonus Discount on select award tickets within Greece and between Greece and Europe, the Middle East or Africa. More... Until Aug 31, 17

La Quinta Returns
- Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S.. More... Until Jul 6, 17

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay on Thursday-Sunday nights at over 50 Marriott hotels in the UK. More... Until Aug 15, 17
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT on Sunday - Thursday nights at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Palm Desert. More... Until Aug 10, 17
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per weekend stay that includes a Friday or Saturday night at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. More... Until Aug 14, 17

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the The Domain Hotel Sunnyvale. More... Until Jul 11, 17

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