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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:29 am

Patcell87 wrote:Whenever looking into a Marriott stay it is almost alway a better deal to book through Chase and get the 20% off point redemption than to transfer to my Marriott account.

I didn't even consider the annual free night... That makes the Marriott card almost a no brainer...


Chase can charge inflated prices on travel when you book through UR. Consider booking through Marriott.com, paying 'cash' with the CSP instead of Marriott or UR points, and save those URs for Hyatt transfers.

Before you get the Marriott card, make sure you actually can use the free night by verifying a possible trip includes a Cat 1-4 location. In my research, Marriott is a bit guilty of 'category inflation'.
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Postby nismoZtuner » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:32 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Chase can charge inflated prices on travel when you book through UR.



That depends.. hmmm
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:35 pm

nismoZtuner wrote:That depends.. hmmm


I've read the other thread and I'm not sure what you mean with this post. I was referring to the fact that for a hotel-only (no airfare) Marriott booking, Chase UR Travel quoted a cash price about 20% above (after all taxes) the low price quoted by Marriott.com, Amex travel, and general public search engines like Kayak.

I booked through Marriott.com for free Wi-Fi and a possible free breakfast.
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Postby Patcell87 » Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:37 am

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Chase can charge inflated prices on travel when you book through UR. Consider booking through Marriott.com, paying 'cash' with the CSP instead of Marriott or UR points, and save those URs for Hyatt transfers.

Before you get the Marriott card, make sure you actually can use the free night by verifying a possible trip includes a Cat 1-4 location. In my research, Marriott is a bit guilty of 'category inflation'.


That is also a good point. I have seen a number of their prices significantly higher than hotels.com or directly with Marriott. Category 1-5 for the annual free night is a bit limiting, but probably does make up the annual fee easily. There is a category 5 Marriott property very close to my house and it is NOT a nice location.

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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:19 am

If you're on a long cross-country road trip, then a Cat 5 place (which you can get as your free room after the first year) can be the best one around...but on long road trips it's hard to know exactly where/when you'll want to stop driving...and there are plenty of adequate motels.
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Price rewind: Costco
Travel insurance: Prestige, CSP
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Limited value, might close: Arrival

Might add: First Tech, proper business card, Delta Gold, Aviator Red, BofA Travel



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