Another week has gone by and its time for me to summarize this week’s posts for those who have missed out. Links are provided to each one for curiosity.
Without further ado, here’s the weekly review:
Reminder: 100,000-Point Marriott Bonvoy Bonuses Going Away
Monday’s first article is self-explanatory. The 100,000-Point bonuses for the two American Express Marriott Bonvoy cards are now gone. They have been replaced by smaller, but more attainable bonuses.
My predictions for the new bonuses were half-right. The amount of points for both cards was correct at 75,000 points. However, at $3,000, the actual minimum spends are less than my predictions, which is nice for new card-holders. I predicted that the Business card’s threshold would remain at $5,000 and the Brilliant card’s threshold would decrease to $4,000.
News: Chase Offers First Ever Transfer Bonus
This news was some of last week’s biggest in the points and miles world. Chase has never offered a transfer bonus of any sort before. This is a move that lets them better compete with American Express while increasing the value of their Ultimate Rewards (UR) points.
The most interesting part of this news is that the partner is British Airways. This airline is both a transfer partner of Chase and American Express.
Card Wars: Citi Premier vs Citi Prestige
On Tuesday, I looked at Citi’s top two travel cards – the Premier and the Prestige. I compared them and concluded that one card is better than the other for different types of purchases. The Premier is the better card for entertainment, gas, and general travel purchases. But the Prestige is better for dining, airfare, and cruises. The Prestige also has higher bonus categories, giving it a slight advantage for earning.
The Premier is better for people who already have another premium card, use Citi’s travel portal, and want to save on annual fees. However, the Prestige is the better card for perks. Both cards have the same sign-up bonuses and redemption methods.
Review: Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card
On Thursday, I reviewed the Bank of America Alaska Airlines and I was disappointed with what I found. This card’s only redeeming factor is its Companion Pass, which is valued at $121. That’s more than the Alaska Card’s $75 annual fee (NOT waived the first year).
The Alaska Airlines card has only one bonus category, Alaska Airlines purchases. And there are not many ways to redeem points. You can also get first checked bags for free for up to three people per reservation.
I hope that everyone has a great Sunday! Stay posted for more content next week!