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Loyalty Traveler Review of the Hotel NEWS

Today I want to comment on a number of articles I have seen over the past week. #1  – Does a guest on a stay using points pay resort fees? Last week a FlyerTalker raised this question on the Starwood Hotels forum. The general reply was Yes, the guest does pay the “resort fee” when staying…

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Fall 2008 PointBreaks List Currently Available for IHG Priority Club Rewards Reservations for Stays through November 30, 2008

Fall 2008 PointBreaks List Currently Available for IHG Priority Club Rewards Reservations for Stays through November 30, 2008 PointBreaks are one of the best available hotel loyalty deals for the traveler.  The new list of participating hotels in the InterContinental Hotels Group for Priority Club Rewards PointBreaks is out and contains nearly 140 hotels around…

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On the Road to Phoenix for the Freddies

On the Road to the Phoenix 2008 Freddies Awards Ceremony. “I mean everyone has got to take a road trip, at least once in their lives. Just you and some music.” Claire Colburn in the Cameron Crowe movie Elizabethtown The absence of posting to my blog this past week was a 1,700 mile desert road…

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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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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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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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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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Money for Nothing (but my MTV)

There was an analyst in Salt Lake City on CNBC this morning, Jan 11, 7:10am (PST). He was predicting a 16,000-20,000 point DOW by year end 2008. He also says all the sales numbers look good for consumer spending. I bring this up because I was just reading the Jan 11, New York Times article…

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