View from the Marriott’s Pool at Protea Hotel Krueger Gate

It’s that time of year when MVC Maintenance Fee Invoices are arriving. And if I didn’t already have the Marriott credit cards to pay my fees with, I’d jump at the promo that American Express is having right now. If you don’t have the Marriott Brilliant American Express card, you should seriously consider getting it. Don’t let the $450 annual fee scare you off. They credit you $300 for any Marriott purchase you make — at the resort, maintenance fees, anything — and that takes the actual fee down to $150. I easily receive more than $150 in promo benefits they have throughout the year. Just the current $20 credit on any restaurant each month almost covers that in full. And there is the gas credit, and other promos that makes this virtually a “no fee credit card”. There is lots of other benefits, too — all listed on their website.

I usually don’t give advice on finances, but since we all have to pay the maintenance fees anyway, I can’t stay quiet when American Express is having such a sweet promo. It’s better than I’ve EVER SEEN BEFORE!

I’m talking about earning 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months. DONE and DONE after paying your maintenance fees. AND you get a free night award worth up to 85,000 Bonvoy points — usually these awards are worth 35,000 or even 50,000 points, but 85,000 points?? Pinch me!!! And you don’t have to do ANYTHING but apply for the card as a new user before November 3, 2021. Don’t delay. If you don’t have this card, it’s worth almost $2,000 in this promo alone.

What can you do with 150,000 Bonvoy points?? How about staying at the above property for 2 WEEKS!!!! You read that right. For 150,000 Bonvoy points, you can stay 2 weeks at the Marriott Pool at Protea Hotel Krueger Gate, a perfect location for an African Safari. I went on safari at Krueger Park, and it was truly a highlight of my life.

Looking for something a little less wild? How about 5 nights at St. Regis Bangkok? Or is Disney in your future plans? Stay 5 nights across the street from Disneyland at Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort. For Disney World, you could stay 5 nights at Gaylord Palms Resort, just outside Walt Disney World. All for 150,000 Bonvoy points.

Bottom line is we have to pay the MVC Maintenance Fees. Why not maximize your payments by receiving the extra Bonvoy points you get by using the credit card?

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