TRAVEL BONUSES: COUNTING DOWN TO A HOLIDAY

If you’re a Marriott or Starwood loyalist, or even a hotel free agent, the new Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card offers great benefits and a massive sign-up bonus, at least until the end of October.

Welcome Bonus

From now until October 31, 2018, the SPG Luxury Card will net you 100,000 Marriott points when you spend $5,000 in the first three months, good for stays at any Marriott or Starwood property, thanks to the two chains’ recently completed merger. Just note that you won’t be eligible for this bonus if you’ve received a welcome bonus from a Marriott Rewards card in the last 24 months, acquired a Marriott Rewards card in the last 90 days, or held a Ritz-Carlton Rewards card any time in the last 30 days.
Marriott points are obviously not as flexible as transferrable points like those you’d earn from Chase Sapphire cards, and at roughly .9 cents per point (according to The Points Guy’s most recent valuations), they’re on the low end of the spectrum in terms of point value. But still, that’s good for roughly $900 in hotel stays, and potentially more if you find a particularly valuable redemption.
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