Monthly Archives

Monthly Archives for February 2008.

Feb282008

SPG Annual Hotel Category Shift: Yearn to Burn

The Laguna Resort and Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia Starwood Preferred Guest has raised the category level of the Luxury Collection hotel, Laguna Resort and Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia by two category levels in four years. Dec 2003, SPG Category 2, free weekend night = 3,000 Starpoints March 2008, SPG Category 4, free weekend…

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Feb282008

The SIN of Travel – a Mileage Run Primer

SIN is Singapore, Changi Airport. Loyalty Travelers based in the United States learn that Singapore is the farthest destination in flight miles a person can easily fly to from the USA on a variety of carriers and have an easy and affordable experience. Singapore generally requires a US-Japan-Singapore routing and this is an 8,444 mile…

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Feb282008

LatinPass Million Miles Promotion

Ric and tour guide, Cuzco, Peru, May 2000 Presidents Week Vacation – February 2000 I was anxious and suffering a vacation hangover upon my return from Holland at the end of my two week trip for flying on five member airlines of the Oneworld Alliance for a 100,000 frequent flyer miles bonus. Travel euphoria withdrawal…

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Feb272008

Priceline Bidding for Travel

Is there a Priceline Master in the House? I am not a real doctor (PhD). I only have a Master of Science. That is why I work for consumers instead of pocketing the lucrative research paycheck from the hotel industry. The doctor, Chris K. Anderson, Ph.D., at the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research has come…

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Feb262008

The Loyalty Triple Pointer: The Bali Hop

The Laguna Resort and Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel (12/2003) March Madness Triple Pointer Another Easter vacation break is coming up in March. When a spouse works in public schools in the USA, Easter week vacation is a given. The combination of points and miles I currently have at my disposal…

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Feb262008

Got Miles? Get Hilton HHonors Points!

An integrated loyalty program travel plan provides numerous opportunities to use airline miles and hotel points for travel savings. The knowledge of equivalent exchange values for points and miles between loyalty programs allows the traveler to save money on travel. This loyalty traveler is always looking for a good exchange of hotel points and airline…

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Feb222008

Rocky Mountain Wired Less in Colorado

Hyatt Regency, Denver – lobby “Now his life is full of wonder but his heart still knows some fear Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more More people, more scars upon the land” -John Denver Pim and Colorado aligned for a…

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Feb162008

The Super-Affluent Don’t Do Super-WalMart

Laurence Geller listed some interesting data points in a blog from Jan 18, 2008. His piece discusses the widening divide between Generations X and Y mass consumers and the truly “super-affluent”. In 2006, the affluent spent on average $2,400 on hotels and resorts, while the super-affluent spent $61,200. He argues new brands will proliferate as…

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