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Aug112011 gives loyalty travelers Cash vs. Points Hotel and Airline Recommendations is a new travel booking website, currently in beta mode, that integrates a Points vs. Cash loyalty program comparison tool to display the cost of a hotel or airline ticket in points or cash and recommend the best value. I see as an exciting development in loyalty travel searches. This post describes my first impressions of…

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May072011 estimates U.S. Consumers Loyalty Program Points Value is a loyalty marketing and news organization. Travel is one sector of their loyalty programs industry coverage that also includes financial and retail loyalty programs. Two recently published white papers by display a macroeconomic view of the size and value of loyalty programs for U.S. consumers. Colloquy estimates the total value of loyalty currency…

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Hotel Points-to-Miles Exchange Rate Tables for AS, AA, CO, DL, WN, UA, US

The tables in this post compare the best hotel points-to-miles exchange rates for nine hotel loyalty programs: Best Western Rewards Choice Privileges Carlson Goldpoints Plus Hilton HHonors Hyatt Gold Passport InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club (IHG) Marriott Rewards Starwood Preferred Guest  (SPG) Wyndham Rewards Points-to-Miles exchange rates shown below include seven U.S. based airlines: Alaska…

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Higher Rates Coming to a Hotel Near You Soon

Marriott reported second quarter profits last week that beat analysts expectations. Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s CEO, stated room rates will likely rise by the end of 2010 with the resurgence in corporate bookings. Hoteliers are optimistic that the industry will avoid a double dip recession. Increased room demand from business travelers will allow higher rates going…

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Hotel Rate Tricks for July 4 Weekend

Hotels call it “revenue management” and we frequent guests call it the “room rate”. I started this article in response to a New York Times Practical Traveler article “Hotels: Fewer Deals but Low Rates” published this week. My initial reaction was to think 2010 actually has better hotel loyalty program promotion deals than last year.…

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STR Hotel Industry Forecast for U.S. 2010

Smith Travel Research in Hendersonville, TN is one of the leading hotel industry data reporters.  Last week the company published its 2010 hotel industry forecast. In the first month of 2010 the company is predicting hotel occupancy will remain flat in 2010 and finish the year at 55.1%. This is after an 8.7% drop in…

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