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2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Our 12-Day Itinerary & How We Booked It
2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Our 12-Day Itinerary & How We Booked It

2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Our 12-Day Itinerary & How We Booked It

Introduction and Background As always when we begin a trip report with our itinerary, we like to provide a little background to give some context for the choices we made. The first important factor for this trip was the traveling…

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs
[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Introduction Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen credit card companies and loyalty programs introduce many consumer-friendly changes. There have been so many that it’s hard to keep up with everything! Last week, we published a summary of the consumer-friendly…

Sizing Up the Marriott Gift Card Sale & Upcoming Bonvoy Points Sale
Sizing Up the Marriott Gift Card Sale & Upcoming Bonvoy Points Sale

Sizing Up the Marriott Gift Card Sale & Upcoming Bonvoy Points Sale

Introduction Earlier this week, Marriott announced a sale on its gift cards, where GCs can be purchased in designated denominations at 20% off, plus a points sale starting next week, where Bonvoy points can be purchased with a 60% bonus,…

Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs
Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Introduction While we’ve been on our housemoving-induced hiatus for the past few weeks and continuing even through today, we’ve seen credit card companies and loyalty programs introduce many consumer-friendly changes. There have been so many that it’s hard to keep…

Marriott Bonvoy Spring 2020 “Unlimited Bonus Points” Promotion Starts March 17
Marriott Bonvoy Spring 2020 “Unlimited Bonus Points” Promotion Starts March 17

Marriott Bonvoy Spring 2020 “Unlimited Bonus Points” Promotion Starts March 17

Summary of the Promotion Marriott Bonvoy has announced its Spring 2020 chainwide promotion, called “Unlimited Bonus Points.” Key details are as follows: Earn 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points for each stay during the promotional period, starting with your second stay…

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce
Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce

On this Super Tuesday election day here in Texas and in other states, let’s take a much-needed break from AA shutdowns and cover several other topics of interest in the travel, credit card and points-and-miles world: 1 – Last Day…

Marriott Massive March Massacre 2020 – Category Changes Crush Certificate Value – What to Do in the Next Few Days
Marriott Massive March Massacre 2020 – Category Changes Crush Certificate Value – What to Do in the Next Few Days

Marriott Massive March Massacre 2020 – Category Changes Crush Certificate Value – What to Do in the Next Few Days

Introduction #Bonvoyed again. Back in early February, Marriott announced hotel award category changes that will take effect in less than a week, on March 4, 2020. You can access the full list of category changes here: Marriott Bonvoy: 2020 Category…

Is Marriott Bonvoy Offering Reduced Requalification Thresholds for Elite Members?
Is Marriott Bonvoy Offering Reduced Requalification Thresholds for Elite Members?

Is Marriott Bonvoy Offering Reduced Requalification Thresholds for Elite Members?

Introduction Here’s an interesting question that I don’t believe I’ve seen addressed by any other points-and-miles blogs – Is Marriott Bonvoy offering reduced requalification thresholds for elite members? Our own situation suggests that this might be the case, and we’re…

Marriott Free Night Certificate Expiring? Call and Ask If It Can Be Extended by a Year
Marriott Free Night Certificate Expiring? Call and Ask If It Can Be Extended by a Year

Marriott Free Night Certificate Expiring? Call and Ask If It Can Be Extended by a Year

Introduction For all of the unfriendly changes and customer service issues we’ve seen from Marriott over the past year-and-a-half (#Bonvoyed), there’s an area where Marriott Bonvoy customer service has excelled for us and many others – extending the expiration date…

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/13/20 – Staples VGC deal; AS, AA, UA portal bonuses; Marriott issues & deals; Ticket Club
Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/13/20 – Staples VGC deal; AS, AA, UA portal bonuses; Marriott issues & deals; Ticket Club

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/13/20 – Staples VGC deal; AS, AA, UA portal bonuses; Marriott issues & deals; Ticket Club

New week, new Middle Age Miles News & Notes column – several interesting things to cover today: 1 – Visa Gift Card deal underway at Staples From now through Saturday, January 18, purchase a $200 Visa gift card (VGC) in-store…