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MKCP5
08-21-2005, 09:26 PM
Sorry, I have asked this before but can't seem to find the old info. I am closing my current account and want something that I can really start racking up rewards with. Sorry but I don't want the Disney one, it is too limiting. I really want something that gives me travel rewards as we have started travelling alot with our kids and I am totally bitten by the travel bug!! What does everyone have and how quick do your rewards pile up?
Thanks so much!

rockin_rep
08-22-2005, 08:40 AM
We love Priority Club Visa, from Holiday Inn. We stay in alot of the Holiday Inn EXPRESS locations (NOT the regular Holiday Inn) because they're newer, fresher and cleaner, and include a very good expanded continental breakfast.

Also check out Choice, which includes Comfort, Quality and Sleep Inns, and Hilton Honors, which includes Hampton Inn and Doubletree.

BTW, and FYI for other unsuspecting consumers:

We also tried the Disney Visa and used one of their checks for a major purchase, NOT realizing reward points are NOT given! Grrrr...my mistake not realizing this but i was soo angry at myself!! We could have gotten lots of points using another card.

BethR
08-22-2005, 08:46 AM
BTW, and FYI for other unsuspecting consumers:

We also tried the Disney Visa and used one of their checks for a major purchase, NOT realizing reward points are NOT given! Grrrr...my mistake not realizing this but i was soo angry at myself!! We could have gotten lots of points using another card.


Are you sure about getting Rewards points for using another card's courtesy checks? Usually these are considered cash advances and do not qualify for Rewards.

alacazander
08-22-2005, 09:01 AM
I'm looking for a new one too! I have the Disney "Chase" one and it takes forever to rack up $$.

I picked up the brochure for the Toy's R Us one this weekend and I think it said 5% in rewards.

BethR
08-22-2005, 09:09 AM
I have the Disney Visa and I have been very lucky - no problems and we have accumulated over $800 in Rewards over the years. :cool1:

But recently, I started using the Citibank card that gives 5% back in CASH for gas, groceries, and pharmacy purchases and 1% for everything else - up to $300 a year. Once I get to the $300 threshold, I will start using my Disney Card again. ::yes::

branv
08-22-2005, 09:14 AM
I'm trying to look out for one as well. We currently have the American Airlines one, but since they charge an annual fee, we realized that if DH doesn't travel much for business that year, by the time we rack up enough miles to fly, we could have purchased a ticket with what the fees cost us :)

I saw that Bank of America has a credit card that allows points to accrue which you can trade in several different ways: airline tickets, hotels, gift certificates, shopping, etc. It didn't have an annual fee. For the life of me I can't remember the name of it though. I think Chase and Citibank might have similar type cards, so I would just go to their websites and do some research. Sorry I can't be more specific on the names of the cards, but I know I saw them there. I just like the flexibility a little more of not being locked into one type of reward.

DisneyForLife
08-22-2005, 09:16 AM
I have the Disney Visa and I have been very lucky - no problems and we have accumulated over $800 in Rewards over the years. :cool1:

But recently, I started using the Citibank card that gives 5% back in CASH for gas, groceries, and pharmacy purchases and 1% for everything else - up to $300 a year. Once I get to the $300 threshold, I will start using my Disney Card again. ::yes::

This sounds just like my situation, last year I had over 700 on the Disney Visa, and this year I have over 300 so far. I have also already recieved my 300 cash back from my Citicard so I am using Disney Visa only right now. We always pay the balance in full otherwise it would not be worth it.

The days of charges with no incentives are gone in my opinion.

mainewmn
08-22-2005, 10:01 AM
I absolutely LOVE my American Airlines card by CITI, not only are they CR friendly and knowledgeable they often run specials like “every purchased at grocery store, pharmacy, gas station earns double rewards” etc. Yes like the other poster said there is an annual fee. We charge EVERYTHING on it and pay it off in full every month. We had this card since December of last year and right now we have enough points to fly us from Boston to Orlando for free. I will keep on saving the points until we can finance the whole AAVacation for free.

MKCP5
08-22-2005, 10:12 AM
keep them coming guys! Does anyone have the marriott card? We love marriott properties and they are pricey, so I thought maybe earning rewards there would help. On another thread at one time someone had said that she thought the hotel points were better to get because you can often find cheap airline tix, but not hotels. What do you think of that? Also, anyone using that capital one no hassle they advertise all the time?

can'twait
08-22-2005, 12:24 PM
We have a Citibank Upromise card. Since 2001 we have earned over $500 in CASH for our kids to put into their college funds. I don't go out of my way to shop at participating retailers, but luckily we seem to use them often enough for the pennies to rack up! I recently linked it to the kids' 529 plans so each quarter the $ we earn gets dumped directly into their accounts and is invested in mutual funds. Before I did this I would send them a letter once in a while asking for a withdrawal, and they would send me a check. Of course, I deposited the funds into the kids accounts, but technically you could just cash the check. It makes saving for college really simple, and motivates you to add even more $ to the 529 accounts.

I just applied for a Disney Visa also. Hoping to get some free stuff!

:banana:

MKCP5
08-22-2005, 01:28 PM
bump :flower:

calie_j
08-22-2005, 03:30 PM
I've had the Choice Hotel reward card for a few months and already earned 1 free night thru the opening promotion and 1 thru points earned. I also just applied for a seamiles cc to start earning points towards a free cruise (can also be used for airfare or cruise discounts & upgrades) to start saving up for the family cruises we're planning for our children's graduation gifts. I got that one to replace my Disney Visa which we won't need after our trip this year since we have no other plans for WDW.

Calie

cynjam
08-22-2005, 04:53 PM
I use (and like) my Discover Card alot. They pay 1% on purchases (except Wal-mart) and then I redeem $20 cash back for a $25 Red Lobster GC. They also have a Gas card that earns 5% on the first $1500 and 3% on the next $1500 of Gas purchases. The best part is I rarely have any trouble with thier CS dept. Seems they are always trying to do what's best for me, the customer. I can't say that about Disney Visa.

InstImpres
08-22-2005, 06:00 PM
My vote is for Capital One...it gets me my airfare to Dis (it has lots of other rewards but I never use them)

I am in NJ so my "zone" is the east coast - I can go anywhere from Maine to Florida and as far west as Tennesse (according to the nice rep I just called). It is 18000 points aka $18,000 in charges. Must have a Saturday stay and be purchased 21 days in advance. You pay $10 in "tax" and can pay a $25 fee if you don't want a Saturday stay. I always use Travelocity, find the schedule I like best and as long as the ticket is under $370 it's mine. I call and give specifics - USAir, flight #x, on x day and returning, etc. If it's published air it's yours. If it goes slightly over ($390 ticket) you can pay the $20 extra.

I can go anywhere in the US for 25,000 miles with a $500 ticket max. North America is 35,000 and $700 max. Tokyo (for my dream vacation to TokyoSea) is 75,000 points to $1500. Not worth it since I can get air for under $800 and first class is about $1500 but the price can only be for coach Sorry, I'm degressing.

It's really a great program and has truly proven to be "no hassles" as the commercials advertise. I was pretty skeptical but have been very successful. (No blackout dates etc.)

BethR
08-22-2005, 06:59 PM
I use (and like) my Discover Card alot. They pay 1% on purchases (except Wal-mart) ...

Are you sure that you get 1% immediately on purchases? I just got my Discover bill today and on $78 in purchases, I only got $.20! :( I know that I don't use it much - primarily for purchases at Sam's Club, so I think that is why we don't get the full 1%.
I would rather use a card that gives me 1% from the get go! :)

blessdmommy
08-23-2005, 12:25 PM
The promotion through Choice Hotels is get their Visa card and receive enough points for 2 free nights. Gotta apply and make your first credit card purchase by Nov. 1
We are loving our card. Got a free night scheduled for Daytona Beach oceanfront and another for our road trip down to Disney. The last time we used reward points for a free room, we got a 1 bed suite with huge whirlpool tub and kitchen.
http://www.choicehotels.com/ires/en-US/html/FreeHotelNights?sid=jFn0g.uiIcggMK9g.4&ref=Rewards+Programs

We also have the Citibank Dividend Platinum Select for the 5% cash rebate on gas, groceries and pharmacy (limit of $300 in rewards per calendar year)

Both have served us well.

j's m
08-23-2005, 01:04 PM
Are you sure that you get 1% immediately on purchases? I just got my Discover bill today and on $78 in purchases, I only got $.20! :( I know that I don't use it much - primarily for purchases at Sam's Club, so I think that is why we don't get the full 1%.
I would rather use a card that gives me 1% from the get go! :)

I only use mine at Sam's Club, too, and not that often. I only get 1/4 % on it, since I don't charge enough per year.

How do you get 1% from them?

Anne34
08-23-2005, 01:27 PM
For Discover -- you only get .25% at Sams/Walmart. Not sure why, but its always been that way. They do 1% at all other retaillers. They also run promos every month for gas, or groceries, etc. those are usually 5%. We use our Discover a lot (and pay it off) and have had over $500 in cash back this year. :cool1:

rockin_rep
08-23-2005, 04:00 PM
The promotion through Choice Hotels is get their Visa card and receive enough points for 2 free nights. Gotta apply and make your first credit card purchase by Nov. 1
We are loving our card. Got a free night scheduled for Daytona Beach oceanfront and another for our road trip down to Disney. The last time we used reward points for a free room, we got a 1 bed suite with huge whirlpool tub and kitchen.
http://www.choicehotels.com/ires/en-US/html/FreeHotelNights?sid=jFn0g.uiIcggMK9g.4&ref=Rewards+Programs



We also started our Choice visa this way, and also Hilton Honors (hampton and doubletree) and Priority Club Visa (holiday inn chain) and i truly think the RETURN to we the consumer, is better than ANY card....

Not only do you get points if you stay in their hotels, you earn free nights on all purchases charged

We have earned MANY free nights, the *value* which is much greater than cash back from other cards. Its win-win because the hotel doesn't lose much having a room filled, but to us the CONSUMER, its a huge amount!!

Many of our free nights on this summers long road trip were free, with many of them having a $150plus value if we would have paid even the AAA rate. I don't think you can get that in cash back from any other cards, and thats the way we gauge its value. Granted, if you don't travel much, the rewards aren't relevant. But if you do, there is no better way.

In fact, the total saved this summer on free nights earned was easily over $1000. (yes, a thousand dollars).

(and yes, we charge as much as possible, and pay it off each month...or try to!)

DiscussDisney
08-23-2005, 05:38 PM
I'm looking for a new one too! I have the Disney "Chase" one and it takes forever to rack up $$.

I picked up the brochure for the Toy's R Us one this weekend and I think it said 5% in rewards.

You get 5% rewards for purchases at TRU only. Everywhere else you get .5%. Also, the rewards are only good for purchases at TRU.

drcmk
08-23-2005, 08:44 PM
Can anyone recommend a card that lets you earn airline miles?

DMRick
08-23-2005, 09:56 PM
But recently, I started using the Citibank card that gives 5% back in CASH for gas, groceries, and pharmacy purchases and 1% for everything else - up to $300 a year. Once I get to the $300 threshold, I will start using my Disney Card again. ::yes::

Remember, you can get one for you, and a totally separate one for your hubby. That means $600 a year. I was told by someone it's a calendar year, Jan - Dec. I haven't had it long enough to know for sure, but if so, I'll get to start over again in January!!! I love getting the checks back, instead of reducing the payment. It feels more like money LOL!
At & T also gave me, from May until Sept, 5% off restaurants, hotels, and airfare. That's been a honey! In Disney, we get the 20% off with our dining card, and another 5% off the total restaurant bill, including the tax and tip!

Pooh_Friend#1
08-24-2005, 08:04 AM
I just recently got the American Express blue. I have had it a 2 months and I don't know why but they haven't given me any reward point?

BethR
08-24-2005, 08:14 AM
Remember, you can get one for you, and a totally separate one for your hubby. That means $600 a year.

:wave2:

Ahhhh Doris. So tempting. ::yes:: But I think that we got ourselves into trouble a year or so ago for always getting new cards with great balance transfer rates (yes, we do have carry a balance on one account - but only 1.99% until we pay it off :blush: ) and then cancelling the old accounts. I am not sure that I really understood it, but it was really upsetting when we got an application DENIAL! :sad2: I have been trying not to apply for new accounts (well, until I did the Citibank thing and then at Home Depot when we thought that we were going to buy AC from them and we could have gotten 6 months same as cash :blush: :blush: ). But this is soooo tempting. $300!!!

Well(I am thinking out loud here) if it is in a calendar year, then we can get the $300 on my account this year, then again for next year, and then when we are close to being done with that, apply THEN for one for DH.

We'll have to see...

MKCP5
08-24-2005, 11:33 AM
Bump :flower:

Pooh_Friend#1
08-24-2005, 03:22 PM
I just checked again today and within a week I now have reward points :) It looks like I get one reward point for every dollar spent.

NancyIL
08-24-2005, 04:04 PM
Are you sure that you get 1% immediately on purchases? I just got my Discover bill today and on $78 in purchases, I only got $.20! :( I know that I don't use it much - primarily for purchases at Sam's Club, so I think that is why we don't get the full 1%.
I would rather use a card that gives me 1% from the get go! :)

You get only .25% for warehouse club purchases on Discover. Our Sam's Club accepts ONLY Discover Card. Also...there is a Sam's Discover Card that pays up to 1% at Sam's Club (based on tiered amounts of spending), and if you have a preferred Sam's membership, the Sam's Discover Card gives up to 2% back. http://pressroom.discovercard.com/data/articles/2005/03/15/200503161258210.shtml

NancyIL
08-24-2005, 04:09 PM
Can anyone recommend a card that lets you earn airline miles?

Yes! We have the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express: http://www66.americanexpress.com/cards/Fmacfservlet?csi=6/22/b/3/2369658492/236140734700/20/n&from=0&mgmID=undefined

There is no annual fee the first year, and $30 after that. You earn 1 point per dollar, and 20,000 points = 25,000 airline miles on MOST airlines. (United is 2 points = 1 mile.) You can also use the points for free hotel nights at Starwood Hotels like Westin (WDW Swan), Sheraton (WDW Dolphin), W Hotels, and Four Points.

MKCP5
08-24-2005, 08:42 PM
whoa baby! I guess I am clueless :earseek: the swan and dolphin are owned by outside companies that you can use /collect points on?!!!!

MKCP5
08-25-2005, 05:42 AM
anyone? :flower:

disneysteve
08-25-2005, 07:52 AM
I think the best way to earn reward points is to combine an affinity credit card with a frequent guest program. We also travel a lot and we got a Marriott Visa. The points earned by staying at a Marriott get combined with the points earned by using the CC so points accumulate faster.

Someone mentioned Holiday Inn. We belong to that club but don't find it quite as useful because it takes longer to earn rewards. It is a minimum of 10,000 points for a free nite. With Marriott, free nites are as little as 5,000 points on a multi-nite stay so much easier to earn free travel.

With Marriott Rewards, you get ten points per dollar spent on Marriott charges. If you pay with a Marriott Visa, you get an additional 3 points per dollar spent for a total of 13 points per dollar spent. So if we spend 7 nites at a Marriott at $100/nite, we earn 9,100 points: enough for one free night and getting closer to 2 nites. They also do a lot of specials, double points promotions and tie-ins with other companies. We just rented a car in California for 2 weeks with Hertz. They gave a 20% rate discount and paid double Marriott points. You also earn 1% on all non-Marriott charges to the card.

ETA: I think you get 10,000 free points when you sign up, enough for at least one free nite.

MKCP5
08-25-2005, 11:43 AM
Hi DisneySteve

So you are saying to combine a frequent stay program with the rewards you get from also carrying their credit card. Marriott is one the ones we are specifically wondering about because I have always been happy with my stays there. We just got back from Grande Vista in Orlando and it was wonderful!!! Do they often offer ways to get double points or anything? Like on groceries or gas or anything? We vacation 1-2 times a year, and do little or no business travel so it will take us a while to rack up rewards. The plan is to charge everything to that card an pay it off each month, so we can reap rewards faster. Thanks for your help!

disneysteve
08-25-2005, 12:54 PM
Hi DisneySteve

So you are saying to combine a frequent stay program with the rewards you get from also carrying their credit card. Marriott is one the ones we are specifically wondering about because I have always been happy with my stays there.

Do they often offer ways to get double points or anything? Like on groceries or gas or anything? We vacation 1-2 times a year, and do little or no business travel so it will take us a while to rack up rewards. The plan is to charge everything to that card an pay it off each month, so we can reap rewards faster. Thanks for your help!

I don't recall them offering double points on everyday stuff like gas or groceries. But they will have double points promotions on hotel stays and other travel-related things like the car rental deal I mentioned. We've been known to do a 1-nite stay at a local hotel just to take advantage of doubling our points on an upcoming longer stay.

I don't know what your spending habits are like but we charge upwards of $2,000/month on our Marriott Visa. That alone earns us at least 25,000 reward points a year, good for up to 4 free nites (category 1 hotel). We charge everything we can: food, gas, utility and insurance bills, school fees, charitable donations, magazines, online purchases, travel of course, etc. Silly to pay cash for anything when you can charge it and get the reward points.

MKCP5
08-25-2005, 01:15 PM
sorry to keep picking your brain here, but what does category one mean? I am assuming there are varying categories of resort. Category one being high or low?

NancyIL
08-25-2005, 02:11 PM
whoa baby! I guess I am clueless :earseek: the swan and dolphin are owned by outside companies that you can use /collect points on?!!!!

Yes, The Swan and Dolphin are NOT WDW-owned hotels: www.swandolphin.com They are in the Starwood family - www.spg.com :) When you're a Starwood member, you earn 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at a Starwood hotel - unless you are a Gold or higher level, and then you earn 3 points per dollar. It takes 10,000 Starwood points for 1 free night at the Swan or Dolphin. If you have enough points for 4 free nights (40,000 points), you get the 5th night free.

disneysteve
08-25-2005, 02:44 PM
sorry to keep picking your brain here, but what does category one mean? I am assuming there are varying categories of resort. Category one being high or low?
Marriott Rewards goes from category 1 (starts at 7,500 points/nite) to category 7 (starts at 35,000 points/nite). Go to Marriott.com and click on the Marriott Rewards link and you can get all the info for how you earn points and how they can be redeemed. Points are also good for things other than hotel stays (like Disney park tickets, cruises, merchandise, etc.).

One nice thing about Marriott is that the number of points needed for a hotel stay decreases with each additional nite. For example, with Holiday Inn, one nite is 10,000, 2 nites are 20,000, 3 nites are 30,000, etc. With Marriott, one nite at a category one is 7,500, 2 nites are 14,000, 3 nites are 20,000, 4 nites are 25,000. That helps your points go farther. So you need 7,500 for nite one but only 5,000 each for nites 4 through 7. A 7-nite stay at Marriott is 40,000 points. The same 7-nites at Holiday Inn would be 70,000.

MKCP5
08-25-2005, 02:52 PM
Okay, does anyone have the starwood amex? I can't seem to find out on their site whether there is a limit on how many points you can earn in a year.
TIA! :flower:

NancyIL
08-25-2005, 03:55 PM
Okay, does anyone have the starwood amex? I can't seem to find out on their site whether there is a limit on how many points you can earn in a year.
TIA! :flower:

We do, and as far as I know, there's no limit to how many Starpoints you can earn.

We also have the Marriott Rewards Visa, and we have used the points for free hotel stays several times...most recently in London this summer. But you're going to rack up the same number of points on credit card purchases whether you use the Marriott Visa or the Starwood Amex. So, $20,000 charged to Starwood Amex gives you 20,000 points, which converts to 20,000 + 5,000 bonus airline miles, which equals one free domestic plane ticket on many major airlines. Those 20,000 Starwood points could also be used for 2 nights at the Swan or Dolphin, or as many as 10 nights in the lowest category Starwood property. $20,000 charged to the Marriott Visa gives you 20,000 points, which converts to 5,000 airline miles. It's not enough points for even 1 night at a property comparable to the Swan or Dolphin.

MKCP5
08-25-2005, 04:17 PM
okay, just one more question! Do you have any trouble using AMEX vs. a m/c or visa? I've never had an amex, but I know it used to be many many places did not take it. I will be using it for groceries, gas, ordinary things to work for rewards, not hotels etc, much.

NancyIL
08-25-2005, 04:20 PM
Hi DisneySteve

So you are saying to combine a frequent stay program with the rewards you get from also carrying their credit card. Marriott is one the ones we are specifically wondering about because I have always been happy with my stays there. We just got back from Grande Vista in Orlando and it was wonderful!!! Do they often offer ways to get double points or anything? Like on groceries or gas or anything? We vacation 1-2 times a year, and do little or no business travel so it will take us a while to rack up rewards. The plan is to charge everything to that card an pay it off each month, so we can reap rewards faster. Thanks for your help!

Both the Marriott Visa and the Starwood AMEX have from time to time awarded double points for purchases over a certain amount per billing cycle, but it's usually a high dollar amount. It also varies from customer to customer. You would earn 1 point per dollar for the first $1000 (for example) charged in a billing cycle, then double points for everything over that amount.

NancyIL
08-25-2005, 04:32 PM
okay, just one more question! Do you have any trouble using AMEX vs. a m/c or visa? I've never had an amex, but I know it used to be many many places did not take it. I will be using it for groceries, gas, ordinary things to work for rewards, not hotels etc, much.

There is no doubt that VISA and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express, which is why we have both - plus a Discover Card. :) However, most gas stations and grocery stores accept AMEX. But if I had to choose only one "brand" of credit card...it would be a VISA.

alacazander
08-25-2005, 05:29 PM
You get 5% rewards for purchases at TRU only. Everywhere else you get .5%. Also, the rewards are only good for purchases at TRU.



Okay - the Toys R Us one isn't that great then! I was thinking about getting it but it would take forever to rack up $! Thanks for the info!

rockin_rep
08-25-2005, 08:18 PM
One nice thing about Marriott is that the number of points needed for a hotel stay decreases with each additional nite. For example, with Holiday Inn, one nite is 10,000, 2 nites are 20,000, 3 nites are 30,000, etc. With Marriott, one nite at a category one is 7,500, 2 nites are 14,000, 3 nites are 20,000, 4 nites are 25,000. That helps your points go farther. So you need 7,500 for nite one but only 5,000 each for nites 4 through 7. A 7-nite stay at Marriott is 40,000 points. The same 7-nites at Holiday Inn would be 70,000.

Not true that each subsequent stay at a holiday inn increases 10,000 points; depending on the quality and location of the hotel, a one night stay can be up to 25,000 points. We had several free one night stays this summer on our 3 week family road trip; most were 15,000 each but we also stayed in 10,000 properties (nice, but right off the highway) and one night in a 25,000 property, a beautiful resort. We earned those nights mostly from previous stays within several hotel chains, in addition to using the Hilton HOnors and Priority Club Visa.

The point being that regardless what card a traveler chooses, it still equates to a greater *VALUE* in dollars *SAVED* than many other credit cards. Money is money and why not save the most, regardless in what category, if its something you'll use (or do, like travel?)

There are other variables that come into play here, too.

We earn both awards (priority club and marriott) since both hubby's and my companies have exclusive contracts with marriott properties and we must stay there on business. Those points are totally free to us since the companies are paying (nice perk). However, since marriotts are much pricier, if we were paying out of pocket, we'd ultimately need to spend MORE $$ to earn those stays. Thankfully, we can enjoy staying at marriotts for free(getaway weekends mostly) but earn additional points in moderate chains (hol inn express, hampton) when we are paying ourselves.

Therefore gathering points on stays in both types of chains (in addition to other purchases) it likely can even out. (IF you wanna do the math LOL)

We certainly don't need to debate the pros and cons of each hotel chain, as that would be like comparing apples and oranges. That also means the two shouldn't be compared in terms of reward dollars, either. It would be more feasible to compare Priority Club with Hilton Honors (hampton, doubletree, embasey ect) since they're more in the same league.

Again, regardless what card a traveler chooses, it can often translate into a greater *VALUE* in dollars *SAVED* than many other types of cards.

Happy travels! :sunny:

disneysteve
08-25-2005, 08:27 PM
Not true that each subsequent stay at a holiday inn increases 10,000 points; depending on the quality and location of the hotel, a one night stay can be up to 25,000 points.


However, since marriotts are much pricier, if we were paying out of pocket, we'd ultimately need to spend MORE $$ to earn those stays. but earn additional points in moderate chains (hol inn express, hampton) when we are paying ourselves.

It would be more feasible to compare Priority Club with Hilton Honors (hampton, doubletree, embasey ect) since they're more in the same league.

I only used the 10,000/nite to illustrate their least costly option. Same for Marriott with 7,500/nite. You are right that free nites with Holiday Inn can be a lot more. Free nites with Marriott can be up to 35,000 points depending on the property.

As for Marriotts being pricier, you may be forgetting that Marriott includes actual Marriotts, Renaissance, Courtyard, Spring Hill Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn and some others. So they have a wide range of prices and accomodations to choose from.

MKCP5
08-25-2005, 09:27 PM
Wow guys. I have to say I have had an education. I don't , however, feel like I know what to do any more than I did when I posted this thread! :rotfl2: :rotfl2: LOL! We are a family of limited means who wants a credit card that we can put everything on each month and pay off each month in order to help us save for vacations. We do not travel for business and just want whatever help we can get to get to our next destination sooner! Please keep all the info rolling. I learn from all of you!

rockin_rep
08-26-2005, 07:15 AM
As for Marriotts being pricier, you may be forgetting that Marriott includes actual Marriotts, Renaissance, Courtyard, Spring Hill Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn and some others. So they have a wide range of prices and accomodations to choose from.

Hey steve! Actually, i didn't forget LOL, as we often choose the less expensive properties when we travel, even if its just hubby and i. We've always preferred MORE days away (on the road) than more luxurious lodging, since we're often just sleeping in the room (even on beach vacations) and don't need all the extra *bells and whistles*.

You didn't mention Courtyard by Marriott but we have found it, along with Fairfield by Marriott, to be excellent also. While definitly not full-service (room service, valet spa etc) they're often more than sufficient for our needs, always with the Marriott reputation of great service, albeit less luxurious.

A great option for those of us budgeting to take MORE vacations with more nights away! (the purpose of this particular forum! ;) )