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I’m a rookie who joined McK out of undergrad a month ago. Have never done anything with points/rewards for hotels/airlines. Where do I start? Make accounts for Marriott and all the airlines? Thanks :)

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1) Get a chase reserve card. 2) Pick an airline / hotel to be loyal to that makes sense given your normal travel (mine are Marriott and United)

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Yep basically. Pick an airline based on convenience (ie hub in your home city) and whether their rewards match what you're looking for (eg southwest for domestic, United/AA/Delta for international) and stick to it. Marriott will almost always end up being your hotel choice, but Hyatt is also pretty good. Also get yourself a good rewards card like the chase sapphire reserve if McK let's you pay for stuff with a personal card

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As others have said, get CSR and charge your hotel stays to that card. Double dip with CSP for the points if you want and downgrade it later. At McK you can only charge hotel stays (50-75% of your overall spend alone) to your personal card. Everything else goes on the Corporate AmEx. Flights are charged through the corporate account, not your cards, so you’re really only paying for food, rentals and some miscellaneous supplies on the Corp AmEx. Sign up for all the loyalty programs you think you’d use. Airlines (UA/AA/Delta), car rentals (Hertz, Avis, Enterprise), hotels (Marriott/Hyatt/Hilton) and rail (Eg Amtrak). Make use of the firm’s airline status challenges and associated partners. You can check the company bowl. Eg Hertz has auto status for those with UA status. You can also elect for airline miles (500 base + >500 premier) instead of Hertz points for every rental.

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In addition to the Chase Sapphire, you might consider an airline co-brand card for your chosen airline and/or chosen hotel - these are chances to boost your status and points earned, along with lounge access. But don’t go crazy - you need to make sense of what cards you carry and use - inclusive of the annual fee for each card vs the benefits. I’m a Delta and SPG (Marriott) loyalist, and carry an Amex Platinum, Delta Amex Reserve, and a Chase Sapphire - and distribute my personal and professional spend to maximize earnings.

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Thanks so much everyone :) really appreciate it!!!

@McK 1- why a CSR for hotel stays instead of a cobranded Marriott/SPG card that earns 6x points? I know UR are worth more but not enough to match 6x, right?

McK2, depends how you spend points, but overall I’d say they’re pretty similar in value, unless you’re interested in the 2018 Marriott Category 8 hotel deals that disappear in January. The main difference is flexibility. Naturally, Marriott points are the better choice in general if you’re looking to spend on Marriott hotel packages. Chase UR has significantly more value for transferring to airline and non-Marriott hotel partners. Airline transfers are 1 point per mile for UR partners, but 2.5 points per mile for Marriott.

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