Feb132008

Hotel Points Exchange Rate Theory

Hotel Points Exchange Rate Theory A common question is “How much are hotel points worth?” A frequent guest wants a variety of strategies for reducing the cost of a hotel stay. Your choices are dictated primarily by the investment of time you are willing to make to find the best deal. Traveling with a big…

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Feb122008

Starwood Le Meridien Brand Free Nights Promotion

Le Meridien San Francisco, center and to left of pyramid TransAmerica building. This hotel was formerly a Park Hyatt. I was looking back at the Le Meridien Journey for free nights promotion running from December 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008. I drafted a piece December 13th and from this draft developed a piece for…

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Feb122008

The Disadvantage of Marriott Rewards

What do I think of Marriott Hotels and Marriott Rewards? – There are 250 Marriott brand hotels in California. They are everywhere and I really liked the hotels I have visited and stayed in. Comfortable rooms and generally lots of seating in the lobby for people to hang out is a common feature. Having said…

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Feb122008

Airline Miles Transfer Tutorial

Airline Miles Transfer Tutorial or Know When To Hold Them The other night a discussion evolved in my home around transferring airline miles. The issue of transferring frequent flier miles from one account to another is generally a poor value transaction in my opinion and I shared this comment with my friend. The argument for…

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Feb122008

$8 Cups of Beer! Pinch Me, I’m Luxuriating.

Hyatt Highlands Inn, Carmel Highlands, California An article I read today about Leading Hotels of the World members stated average room rate for 2007 was $470 per night for these luxury hotel members. http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/article/20080208114856638 $8 Cups of Beer! Pinch Me, I’m Luxuriating. I took time out this weekend from the internet and writing to go…

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Feb122008

Nickel and Dimed by United Airlines

What a racket the airlines operate! The airline ticketing process is an opaque world when all we desire as consumers is transparency. Give us a rational pricing structure and a system of fairness in consumer rights. Yesterday, I made a purchase on United.com for two tickets San Jose, California-Denver, Colorado at the price of $236.99…

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Feb122008

Hyatt Elites Also Benefit at Airport Security

Clear Registration Booth at Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel I have been pushing the Hyatt ‘Stays Count Double’ promotion for two months now in my Hotels-and-Points articles. Today, I became aware of an additional added value component for this promotion…as if it was not already a great deal! Hyatt sent me an email reminding me of…

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Feb122008

Hilton HHonors Removes Award Stays Blackout Dates

2008 hotel outlook looking brighter with no blackouts at Hilton http://www.hiltonhhonors.com/landingpages/nobods.aspx Conrad Hotel Bangkok, Thailand Since my article last month, “Money for Nothing (But MY MTV)” railing about the stock market outlook and recession, the R word has been bandied about the hotel trade journals and mainstream media. Budget hotels are all the buzz. New brands…

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Jan172008

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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