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Sometimes, a bunch of news or deals hits faster than I can push the news out…. so I make it up with a Round Up so you don’t miss anything I don’t think you should miss!  Let’s go…

Earn and Redeem Marriott Bonvoy Points on Ritz Carlton Cruises

You can now earn and spend your Bonvoy points on Ritz Carlton Cruises. Good news for earning if you pay cash for cruises; less great if you want to spend your points.

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  • Earn 5 points per $1 spend on your cruise fare, as well as on the hotel package rate for participating Marriott hotels booked through The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
  • Redeem an initial 180,000 points toward a $1,000 savings on your cruise fare, and increments of 90,000 points toward a $500 savings thereafter
  • Receive one Elite Night Credit per night toward achieving higher Elite status
  • Accelerate earning with your Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card

On the redemption side, this works out to less than the 0.6 cent value I currently have for Bonvoy points and therefore not much of a deal (it’s a pure rebate on spend, much like the way all of Bonvoy is headed).

More details at Marriott.

Free Limited Edition $50 Delta Gift Card with $500 GC Purchase

Get a bonus $50 Delta Gift Card made from the aluminum of a retired DC-9 aircraft when you purchase $500 or more in Delta Gift Cards. Terms apply. Buy at this link.

delta gift card made from an airplane

Up to 50% off at Amazon with 1 Chase Ultimate Rewards point

(Up to $15 max)

Check if you are targeted.

There’s also an offer for $10 as a credit when you switch your default card to a Mastercard (Targeted).

Hertz Jailing Renters for No Reason

Yahoo Finance just picked up a story that Gary at View from the Wing has been covering for years. Hertz renters that are paid up on legal and current contracts wind up getting arrested and even jailed because…. Hertz can’t keep track of their rental and calls the cops.

Capital One Venture X Launches

In case you somehow missed it, here’s everything you need to know about the new Venture X Credit Card from Capital One.


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New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.

I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.



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