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Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business credit card review

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By: Caroline Lupini

As part of the Marriott-Starwood merger, many changes were made to the personal side of the Marriott credit card portfolio. However, for business card holders, an entirely new card wasn’t created.

The name of the card itself changed to the Marriott Premier Plus Business Credit Card, and the annual fee remained the same. The card comes with an annual free night certificate and offers benefits for Marriott guests such as faster internet and priority late checkout.

Welcome Bonus

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card offers 75,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points when you spend $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of opening the card.

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 monthsLearn More

Bonus Categories

The Marriott Premier Plus Business Card has the following bonus categories:

  • 6X at Marriott hotels for each $1 spent (including former Starwood and Ritz-Carlton brands)
  • 4X at gas stations, restaurants, on shipping, internet, and cable and phone services for each $1 spent
  • 2X on all other purchases for each $1 on all other purchases

There is no limit on the number of bonus points you can earn in these categories.

Annual Fee

This card has a $99 annual fee, which is not waived for the first year.

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Two Card Trip: Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica with the Chase Ink Preferred and World of Hyatt Credit Card

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By: Travis Cormier

Editors Note: Two Card Trips is a series of articles that show how you could book a trip using points/miles earned from just two credit card bonuses. Today’s two card trip takes us to Costa Rica with bonuses from the Chase Ink Preferred and World of Hyatt Credit Cards.

Hey Travel Junkies,

Costa Rica is one of the most popular countries to visit in Central America for a good reason: your options for adventure are almost limitless in Costa Rica. Whether you’re looking to explore the rainforest, surf the waves, or watch the colorful wildlife, you will easily fill your time in this amazing country.

Thanks to some great sign-up bonuses, you can stay at a luxurious resort as your home-base for all your adventures. Let’s take a look at how you can visit Costa Rica with just two credit card sign up bonuses.

The Two Cards

With just two credit cards, you can make your Costa Rica dreams a reality.

The first card is the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card . The Chase Ink Preferred comes with 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards when you spend $5,000 in the first three months. You’ll also earn 3 points for every dollar spent on travel, shipping, internet cable and phone services, and online advertising. You’ll earn 1 point for every dollar spent on all other purchases.

Ink Business Preferred Credit Card 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More

The second card is The World of Hyatt Credit Card by Chase which has a tiered bonus offer. You’ll earn 25,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months of opening the card. You’ll earn an additional 25,000 points when you spend $6,000 total in the first 6 months.

While that is a lot of minimum spend to hit, with the right strategies, it is very doable. One great way is by paying your bills with Plastiq. When paired with your daily spend, you can quickly hit the bonuses on these two cards.

Both cards have some amazing benefits that make them compelling to keep in your wallet year after year.

The Chase Ink Preferred offers cell-phone insurance when you pay your bill with the card. I love this benefit because if my phone gets accidentally damaged, I know it will have coverage.

The World of Hyatt credit card earns a free night every year you own the card, starting with your first card-member anniversary. These free nights are great to use if you need to stay overnight in a city before your next flight.

Now that you know which two cards you need to book your Costa Rica adventure, let’s look at the fun details of the trip.

Where to Stay

You’ll be looking to stay at the Andaz Papagayo Resort. The resort is a category 4 Hyatt property which costs only 15,000 points per night.

You can check out 10xT Contributor Weston Conway’s review of the property here.

Using points to stay at the Andaz Papagayo Resort is a great deal because it’s an expensive resort if you wanted to pay cash, but by using points, you’re going to save money and get a great experience for free. For example, A quick search shows some nights in February costing $650 per night! With points, you’ll pay nothing!

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15,000 points, or $652 per night… tough choice!

Another great way using point saves you money comes from the fact that Hyatt doesn’t charge resort fees on award nights, so you won’t have any extra charges to pop-up and surprise you when you check out. Continue Reading

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Two Card Trip: San Juan, Puerto Rico with Chase Sapphire Preferred and Marriott Premier

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By: Caroline Lupini

Many people feel overwhelmed when they see all the credit card options out there. While booking travel for (almost) free is exciting, adding anxiety to the process is not. With that in mind, we’ve decided to start a new series to help uncomplicate things for you.

If you’ve seen any of our reader success stories, you know miles and points can help you put together some insane trips across the world. Sure, the international first class flights — complete with champagne — and amazing hotels are exciting but that can take a little more planning.

If you want to keep things simple, you can still get out and see the world.

With that in mind, we’re launching our new “2 Card Trip” Series. We’ll be showing you how easily you can take trips thanks to the welcome bonuses from only two cards.

To kick things off, Caroline has put together a fun trip to Puerto Rico. I’ll let her take it from here!

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Puerto Rico got crossed off a lot of people’s travel lists while recovering from Hurricane Maria, but the island is very much open for business and welcoming tourists – especially in the capital of San Juan.

You can explore the historic old city, take a day trip to the magnificent El Yunque rainforest, or spend some quality time relaxing on the beach or at the pool – your options are wide open!

Travel to Puerto Rico from USA | Chase Sapphire Preferred and Marriott Premier

El Yunque Rainforest | Photo Credit: La Concha Resort in San Juan Puerto Rico.

The Two Credit Cards

Today, I’m going to show you how you can easily use two Chase credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus, to visit San Juan for next to nothing.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred comes with a welcome bonus of 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in the first three months from account opening. When using the card, you’ll earn 2X Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on all travel and dining expenses and 1X point on all other purchases.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 50,000 bonus points after $4,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months(Learn more)

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase offers a bonus of two free nights (up to 35,000 points per night) when you spend $3,000 in the first three months from account opening. You’ll also automatically get Marriott Silver Elite status just for holding the card.

This card earns 6X Marriott Rewards points per dollar at Marriott properties and 2X points everywhere else. You’ll also get a free night certificate (valid at properties costing up to 35,000 points per night) every year starting on your first anniversary of opening the card. Continue Reading

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How to Maximize Points When Shopping Online

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Hey Travel Junkies,

The holidays are my favorite time of the year to be involved in the 10xTravel points and miles community. I get to see people use points to see friends and family across the country or celebrating the holidays with a vacation.

Right now, many people are buying last minute gifts for loved ones, creating a great opportunity to meet minimum spends to get new bonuses. I just signed myself up for a few cards that will get me almost 500,000 points this holiday season from welcome bonuses. But, just because you’re getting bonuses doesn’t mean you should leave points on the table.

Unfortunately, there are very few cards that offer bonus points simply for “shopping online.” That means most of your spend will only be earning 1 or 2 points for every dollar spent. If you leave it at that, you’re missing out on a ton of points.

Let’s look at your online shopping strategy and how you can formulate it to get the most points when shopping online this holiday season and beyond.

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This holiday season, many people are buying last minute gifts for loved ones, creating a great opportunity to meet minimum spends to get new bonuses.

Use the Right Card

The first thing to do to get the most points when shopping online is to use the right card. There’s a lot of award programs available, but let’s focus on the major transferable programs: Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, American Express Membership Rewards, and Capital One Miles.

Ink Business Preferred Credit Card 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More

To get the most points when shopping online, some cards are better than others. If you’re not working on a sign-up bonus, here are the best cards for each program:

  • Chase Freedom Unlimited or Chase Ink Unlimited
  • Citi AT&T Access Card
  • American Express Blue Business Plus Credit Card
  • Capital One Spark Miles Credit Card
  • Capital One Venture Card
Chase Freedom Unlimited $150 cash bonus after $500 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Ink Business Preferred Credit Card 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More

If you want to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards, the Chase Freedom Unlimited and the Chase Ink Unlimited earn 1.5X points on every purchase.

The American Express Blue Business Plus Credit Card earns 2X Membership Rewards on the first $50,000 you spend every year, making it a great card for earning Membership Rewards points.

The Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express Earn 2x points on eligible purchases up to $50,000 annually, 1x on all else. Terms apply.(Learn more)

With either of the Capital One cards, you’ll earn 2X points per dollar on every purchase. The great thing about them is that there’s no cap – you’ll earn 2X points on all purchases you make throughout the year. You can transfer Venture or Spark Miles to various airline partners at a 2:1.5 ratio — this means you’re essentially earning 1.5X airline miles per dollar.

Capital One Spark Cash for Business $500 cash back after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months, an additional $1,500 cash back when you spend $50,000 in 6 monthsLearn More

The card on this list you’re probably the least familiar with is the Citi AT&T Access Card. If you’re looking to earn Citi ThankYou points, this should be a go-to card if you shop online.

The Citi AT&T Access Card is one of the only cards with a bonus category for online shopping. You’ll earn 2X ThankYou points for every dollar you spend online. While Citi doesn’t provide an official list of online merchants that will earn 2X, experience shows that popular sites such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart are included. Just remember this is for online purchases only, not in-store purchases.

With these cards, you can be sure to earn more than 1X on all online purchases. All you have to do is decide what points you need to help you book your next trip.

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card 50,000 bonus miles (worth $500) after spending $3,000 in the first 3 monthsLearn More

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How to Fly Around the World Using Singapore KrisFlyer Miles

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By: Anya Kartashova

Have you ever wanted to book a round-the-world (RTW) trip but didn’t know where to begin?

Did you know that it’s possible to book such an extravagant journey with just one award ticket? Although many frequent-flyer programs have done away with RTW awards, it’s still possible.

One of the few programs that still allow you to book these fun awards is Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer.

Let’s take a look at how you can book a RTW award with Singapore KrisFlyer miles!

HOW TO FLY AROUND THE WORLD USING SINGAPORE KRISFLYER MILES

You can transfer points to Singapore KrisFlyer from all major transferable points programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Points. Each of these programs transfers points at a 1:1 ratio.

Why Singapore KrisFlyer Miles?

There are two reasons you might want to book with KrisFlyer miles:

  1. Reasonable redemption rates for round-the-world tickets
  2. Ease of accumulation

If you’re thinking, “But wait! I don’t have any Singapore miles,” do not fret. They’re much simpler to obtain than you think, especially if you prefer collecting transferrable points.

You can transfer points to Singapore KrisFlyer from all major transferable points programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Points. Each of these programs transfers points at a 1:1 ratio.

Marriott Rewards points can also be transferred to Singapore KrisFlyer as well at a 3:1 ratio Additionally, every 60,000 points you transfer at once will provide a bonus of 5,000 miles. In other words, 60,000 Marriott points will net you 25,000 KrisFlyer miles.

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It’s even possible to redeem miles for another traveler, which means you can book both tickets from the same account and share this unforgettable experience.

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The Dreaded Chase Shutdown: How it Happened to Me and How to Avoid It

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By: John Tunningley

So, let me start by saying this: It’s not as bad as it seems.

For any of you who might get that awful shutdown letter from Chase, take a deep breath and remember that it’s possible to get the decision reversed.

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Easily one of the scariest piece of mail I’ve ever received

Before we get into how you can prevent this heartburn, I want to talk about how I ended up being shut down and some of the mistakes I made along the way.

The Backstory

A little over a year ago, I decided to take the leap and really dive into the points and miles world. I had been passively earning points for a while and taking maybe one trip per year on points. Until this point, I probably applied for one card per year.

All that changed when I started to pay a little more attention to the 10xTravel Insider’s Facebook group I had found a few years earlier. I signed up for, and received the 100,000-point bonus for the Chase Sapphire Reserve when the card was launched (that bonus is no longer available) and the rest is history.

I was applying for a card or two every 45-90 days and played the 5/24 game perfectly. After the Chase Sapphire Reserve, I applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred a little over a month later — this is no longer possible.

I then decided to open my first business cards and, less than two weeks after getting the Sapphire Preferred, I applied for the Chase Ink Preferred and the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business card simultaneously, and then the Starwood Preferred Guest business card a week later.

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I wasn’t shut down because I had a single suspicious activity. I was shut down because in the span of a year Chase had extended me well over 6 figures in credit– I was told this repeatedly when I called to fight my case.

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