Mar102008

Timing is Everything for Securing Luxury Hotel Bargains

The forecast for hotels in 2008 in the USA is a rise in rates (about 5% depending on location), along with a decline in occupancy (1- 4% depending on location). As personal income sees limited growth in 2008, the projections for travelers staying in hotels decline. PKF Hospitality Research projects 115,000 rooms to be added…

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Mar082008

St. Regis on Skyauction.com

A Starwood St. Regis suite, San FranciscoSPG Category 620,000 points/night low-season25,000 points/night peak season A sign of the times? St. Regis on LuxuryLink.com I would have anticipated, but luxury at a discount through SkyAuction was not a “For Sale” I envisioned. Wednesday, March 5 had a Skyauction listing for a per night bid, for up…

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Mar052008

EuroCheapo.com site and blog – I’ve been there!

I was checking out train schedules in Austria and thinking about Vienna. Made a search and came across EuroCheapo blog on Austrian rail train specials. The blog is an entertaining read as the bloggers are currently in Berlin. The blog led me to the EuroCheapo website which is a great niche resource for bargain travel…

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Mar052008

Spring Break or Spring Broke?

An article appeared today in PR Newswire for Journalists, Economy Foreclosing on Spring Break?, based on a survey by AccessAmerica, a travel insurance company. “Access America survey finds half of American families scaling back spring break plans…or forgoing their vacations altogether” The not-so-surprising conclusion of the data is poorer families are cutting back on vacation…

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Mar042008

USA SPG Hotel Category Change Analysis

Four Points, Newark AirportSPG Category 1(1 of only 7 Category-1 hotels left in the USA — A dying breed) I stayed a Saturday night in June 2007 for 2,000 Starpoints at the Four Points EWR.The hotel had a washer and dryer which was a treat after a week in South America.The catch: I had to…

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Mar032008

Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Category Shifts

I spent the weekend building a spreadsheet of the SPG Hotel Categories. I had a detailed SPG hotel spreadsheet I made in 2004 that made the work go much faster. BlondeBomber’s SPG spreadsheet had about 700 hotel rows hidden in the spreadsheet I downloaded. Too bad because that would have made the work go much…

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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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