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Journalist Uses Hotel Loyalty Card For Prostitution Ring

Here’s an unusual way to earn bonus points and gain “elite status” on a hotel rewards credit card, but one we wouldn’t recommend.

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According to USA Today, Kevin Provencher, an award-winning sports journalist, booked hotel rooms at the Marriott-brand Springhill Suites hotel in Andover, Massachusetts to run a prostitution ring. Suspicious staff members blew the whistle. Provencher has since plead guilty to the charges.

But here’s what caught our eye: he booked the room using his loyalty card – then asked the women in question to pay him back.

The credit card gives 22,500 bonus points after your first purchase, two free nights upon account approval and 10 nights credit toward “elite status.” Instead, Provencher was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and fined $5,000.


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