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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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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Credit Card Review

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By: Caroline Lupini

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express has long been a favorite amongst travelers. But with the Starwood and Marriott merger, is it still worth your time?

The Marriott rewards program brought over much of the good of the classic SPG program, like its broad range of transfer partners and transfer bonus. And thankfully, the SPG credit card was also updated with new features and benefits after the merger as well. Though, it’s definitely not all rainbows and unicorns.

In this article, we’ll run through the new SPG credit card’s features, enhancements, and discuss whether or not the card deserves a place in your wallet.

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Welcome Bonus

The Starwood Preferred Guest Amex credit card currently has a 75,000 Marriott point welcome bonus after spending at least $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of card membership.

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AMERICAN EXPRESS GOLD CARD FULL REVIEW
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American Express Gold Card: Full Review

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By: Caroline Lupini

Credit cards that offer transferable point currencies are a great choice for many people who like to travel, and Amex just relaunched one of our long-time favorites!

American Express Gold Card Earn 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply. Learn More by visiting our credit cards page

Previously called the Gold Premier Card from American Express, the American Express Gold Card has great benefits — including some fun new ones!

Here’s what you need to know about this refreshed credit card.

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American Express Gold Card Quick Stats
American Express Gold Card Perks

Should I Sign Up for This Card?
American Express Gold Card vs. Chase Sapphire Preferred
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American Express Gold Card Quick Stats

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The American Express Gold Card has gone from a somewhat standard travel credit card to a fantastic card for people who dine out in the U.S. restaurants.

The American Express Gold Card currently offers a welcome bonus of 25,000 Membership Rewards points after spending at least $2,000 within the first three months of account opening. As with most Amex products, the welcome bonus and minimum spend requirement often varies. With this card, we’ve seen offers as high as 50,000 points.

If you apply by January 9, 2019, you’ll also receive 20% back on dining purchases at US restaurants in the form of a statement credit, up to $100, for the first three months of card membership.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Amex Gold’s benefits:

  • 4X Membership Rewards per dollar spent at US restaurants
  • 4X Membership Rewards per dollar spent at US supermarkets (up to $25,000 per calendar year), then 1x
  • 3X Membership Rewards per dollar spent on airfare purchased directly from the airline
  • 1X Membership Rewards per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • $120 Annual Dining Credit
  • $100 Annual Airline Fee Credit
  • $250 Annual Fee

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Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card Review
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Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card Review

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By: Matt Brown, 10xTravel Contributor

The Ink Business Cash Credit Card is a popular card for business owners that comes with a great welcome bonus. It provides great opportunities to earn tons of Chase Ultimate Rewards points thanks to some very useful bonus categories.

Let’s take a look at what you need to know about the Chase Ink Business Cash.

Ink Business Cash Credit Card $500 bonus cash back after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More

 

Welcome Bonus

The Ink Business Cash Card currently offers a  welcome signup bonus of $500 cash back after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.

The great thing about this bonus is that the $500 actually comes in the form of 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve or  Chase Ink Business Preferred, you can combine your points.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Earn 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months(Learn more)
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 50,000 bonus points after $4,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Ink Business Preferred Credit Card 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More

 

Once combined under one of these cards, you can transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel partners. Your points will also be worth more in the Chase travel portal: 1.5 cents each with the Chase Sapphire Reserve and 1.25 cents with either the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Preferred.

Bonus Categories

With the Ink Business Cash, you can take advantage of some great 5X and 2X bonus categories.

  • 5X at office supply stores
  • 5X on internet, cable and phone services
  • 2X at gas stations
  • 2X at restaurants

Both the 5X and 2X bonus categories each have a cap of $25,000 per cardmember year but that should be more than enough to earn some serious points.

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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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