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The Huge Downside to Signing Up for Global Entry, and How to Circumvent It

Sep 27 2016

Most US citizens want Global Entry because it includes PreCheck, for an extra $15 gets expedited immigration (of decreasing importance as immigration kiosks roll out), and it reimbursed by more premium credit cards than PreCheck. Frequent Canadian visitors should get Nexus, and it’s cheaper, but the waits and dual approvals may discourage.

Here’s the rub in all of this. Wait times. If you sign up for Global Entry now, you may not get it this year.

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Get 2 Free Nights With New Offer for Starwood Business Amex

Sep 26 2016

There’s a new limited-time offer for theStarwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express and I think it tells us something about credit card marketing.

Through October 19 the card will let you earn a signup bonus of 2 free nights at category 1 through 5 Starwood Preferred Guest properties after $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

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$500 Hotel Credit Giveaway: New Luxury Discount Booking Website

Sep 26 2016

Hotels set their price, and generally they have to offer the same price through their chain’s website that they offer through online travel agency sites like Expedia or Hotels.com. Online travel agencies get a commission, but usually aren’t able to reduce the hotel’s price. If they did, you could claim the chain’s ‘best rate guarantee’.

But a membership website isn’t going to be subject to a best rate guarantee. A new one promises big savings, rebating their commissions, and is giving away free one year memberships — and a reader will get $500 to spend on a hotel there as well.

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How Does Earning Marriott Platinum With Credit Card Spending Work?

Sep 26 2016

Marriott has been investing in their rewards program more than I’d have expected since announcing the Starwood merger, which has now closed. I see Marriott Rewards getting stronger. And Ritz-Carlton Rewards status is honored equally as Marriott status.

So earning Gold status just for having a credit card is great, $10,000 in spend each year to keep it is as well. And being able to earn Platinum status through spend is impressive.

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