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Would you take Bonvoy Points over money? Seriously?

Would you take Bonvoy Points over money? Seriously?

Old May 29, 19, 1:04 am
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In general, for your major spending, you should use cards that have transferable points (sapphire/reserve, Amex MR,etc) rather than getting pinned down to one loyalty program. You have a tremendous annual spend which could be put to far better use and value of your points.

speaking of Paris, my family of 4 are just finishing our vacation here, purely funded by points through sapphire. 4 one way business class tickets through United (at least 10K$ value) and 2 connecting rooms at park Hyatt for 3 nights (approx 6000$) using a total of 420,000 points. Roughly 4c/point value.
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Old May 29, 19, 3:13 am
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Originally Posted by Centurion View Post
When a Bonvoy Ritz property in Santa Barbara California wants $250 cash additional for Club Room access I am more than a little angry at the new program
Before the merger did the Ritz property charge less for a club room or was it a case of you could pay with extra points and you no longer can?

My understanding was Ritz never gave club access and as a SPG person I never had access to Ritz Club anyway so no worse off but I can understand frustration if you are Marriott and you now get less than you did?
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Old May 29, 19, 3:28 am
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I think a lot of this relates to Marriott reducing the US credit card benefits - in terms of earning but also club upgrades with the RC card.

Definitely a major issue for those involved, but for those of us not in the US or who mainly get points by staying at hotels on balance a net positive.
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Old May 29, 19, 3:44 am
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Also likely referring to Marriott being unable to reign in key brands on standardized Bonvoy benefits (SNAs, breakfast, etc.)
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