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Here’s what you need to know for the weekend:
Marriott Premier Plus Business Card
It’s your last chance to get the Marriott Business credit card issued by Chase. Recent DoC reports show that it may be a very rare exception to the new iteration of 5/24 that makes virtually every card subject to the rule. The main (only?) reason to have this card is an annual free night up to 35,000 points for the $99 fee. But then, it also would make you ineligible for the Amex Business card relaunching next month with a 100,000 point bonus. Greg over at Frequent Miler does a very thorough job breaking down the pros and cons.
Hilton Testing Confirmed Diamond Suite Upgrades
Now this is exciting. The pilot program will give Diamond members the possibility of confirming suite upgrades in advance using certificates – possibly up to 7 nights for one certificate. This move would finally give something of real value to the top tier Hilton Diamond member and could even have me reconsidering my addiction to Bonvoy… While Marriott has made the very top tier nearly impossible for leisure travelers, with a $20,000 spend requirement annually, Hilton Diamond can be attained with just one credit card – the Hilton Aspire card. More from Gary @ View From The Wing.
6% Cash Back Credit Card
I wrote on Thursday about this weekend being the last chance to get the Spark Miles card with its 225,000 airline mile bonus, but I didn’t focus a whole lot on the cash back card equivalent.
The Capital One Spark Cash gives a bonus of $500 when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account and then another $1,500 miles when you spend $50,000 within the first 6 months. Including the cash (2%) earned from spend you wind up with $3,000.
What may be less obvious is that this amounts to 6% cash back on the $50,000 in spend and sometimes cash is king. Many entrepreneurs have large estimated tax bills (or final tax payments) and it could make sense to pay with a credit card or use a service like Plastiq to pay bills. Your max charge for using a credit card would be 2.5% and you’d net a minimum 3.5% on that $50,000 in spend.
New to all of this? My new “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available now.