For those loyal to Wyndham, then have recently acquired LaQuinta and are offering a 1:1 match on points and status between the two rewards programs until they merge them next year. A lot of LQ properties are nicer than typical Wyndham fare and redeem free nights for much less points than the 15000 for Wyndham. There are 3 LQ properties in the area, 6k, 8k, 11k free nights at them. This might be useful info to some of you
Capital One Venture and Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard are currently engaged in a dick waving contest that's pretty great for economy travelers (if you stick to legacy carriers, have status or want business or first class then you should probably stick to something like Chase Ultimate Rewards so ignore this unless you just want the bonus).
I signed up for the Barclaycard yesterday and they have a welcome bonus that's worth $700 (plus your spend so you'll be at $800 once you hit it and you get 5% back. Capital One has basically the same thing. Capital One's bonus is $50 more and they have a partnership with Hotels.com so if you book with them it's a no brainer as you'll earn 10x points (personally I don't care because I book through Choice).
The Barclaycard is also chip and pin which is why I went with that. The annual fee is also $6 less but both are very reasonable. It's also essentially 2.1% when redeemed for travel as opposed to 2% (hotels.com aside).
I've sort of gradated partially from the Choice card. My new travel strategy (aside from obviously hitting these signup bonuses) involves 4 cards
- Brit uses the Choice Privileges Visa card almost exclusively when we're not together. I never use it unless I'm paying for a Choice hotel. - I use a Chase Sapphire card for travel and dining - I use the Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard for everything else (except Chase Freedom 5% categories)
So basically we never pay for hotels unless it's stay twice, get a free night or the redemption value is trash. The Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite will get us all of our sh*tty Frontier flights for free and can sometimes be used for hotels too and the Chase Sapphire (and Freedom because we're about that life) just stockpile points for splurge trips.
I think we've finally hit the sweet spot of what works for us. The Barclaycard being a cash back on travel type of card that earns 2.1% on travel is awesome since (other than their own crap program) very few people let you transfer to Frontier. To be fair Citi Double Cash earns 2% with no annual fee but I wanted the signup bonus and chip and pin capability plus I have a good relationship with Barclays. Your mileage may vary.
PS: If you don't put 5k on a card in 3 months then obviously ignore this. Remember that you can always add an authorized user though.
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