Rewards Cards and Programs
As savvy travelers know, rewards programs can provide a way to both relax and earn free hotel nights. Last year, my friend Scott told me about the Marriott Rewards credit card. There is a $95 annual fee, but that is easily offset by the free anniversary night. Now that Marriott has combined/rebranded its loyalty programs with Starwood and the Ritz Carlton, the Marriott Rewards card has been rebranded as the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card. The card’s annual fee is only $95, and still comes with a complimentary hotel night. This worked well for me in December, when I wanted to join some friends at my favorite Vail property, the Hotel Talisa. The Talisa, formerly known as the Cascades, became part of the Marriott family last year. Room rates were upwards of $600 per night during the week that I wanted to stay. However, I was able to use some of the Marriott rewards points that I earned when I opened the card, and essentially stay for free! (Or for $95, depending on how you look at it). This Bonvoy Boundless card is now your lowest-cost way to get your hands on some Marriott points and free nights. The card is currently offering a 100,000-point welcome bonus after $5,000 in spending in the first three months.
It’s a no brainer for me. Earn a good living as a business and trademark attorney (work that I actually like!) and actually enjoy my leisure time, or work so hard to obtain more clout as an influencer, and hope and pray that a hotel will offer me a complimentary night, during which I have to post and photograph incessantly?
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