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Oct 02

An Unusual Delta Promotion, AA Knows why I Fly and the World’s Largest Lodging Company?

Delta and…Four Seasons?

Stay at the Beverly Wilshire, earn miles and look for Julia Roberts

Stay at the Beverly Wilshire, earn miles and look for Julia Roberts

I guess it’s not the “Delta” part of the promotion that I just received, but rather, the Four Seasons part. While the upscale Four Seasons chain works with preferred partners to provide amenities to certain customers, I’ve never seen them offer anything as gauche as miles. And while it’s only a handful of destinations that are part of the program, the properties are giving 1,000 miles per night for bookings. These guys better be careful about what they’re offering or they’ll end up getting customers like, well, me.

 

AA Knows why I Fly; and Where; and with whom…

I see a flight to San Francisco in your future...and a little bag of pretzels.

I see a flight to San Francisco in your future…and a little bag of pretzels.

In a momentary lapse of sanity yesterday, I decided that it would be fun to fly US Airways’ last flight ever, which is US 1939, a red-eye from SFO to PHL. Of course, that would have meant getting to SFO in the first place and then arranging a return to Boston with that connection in Philadelphia. So, as someone who clearly has more time than brains, I spent part of the day yesterday trying to figure out the logistics and how many miles it would cost.

Last night, I got all kinds of promotional e-mail from AA about which flights I should be taking to San Francisco, along with pricing, hotel offers (Silly them, who would stay overnight on an adventure like this one.), etc. Now, I know that this newfangled interweb is tracking my movements and taking notes on me, but it’s still kind of spooky. And did they have to be so obvious about it?

By the way, I did end up making the logistics work but decided not to take the trip. Don’t worry, I still have two weeks to change my mind.

Could Airbnb Become the World’s Largest Lodging Company?

According to a Goldman Sachs report, Airbnb is on track to become the world’s largest lodging company by the end of the decade. For those who don’t know, Airbnb is a room-sharing program (similar to how Uber is a car-sharing company) that allows people to rent out rooms in their home (or their whole home).

The growth of this company is astounding. Founded in 2008, it has grown to become the eighth-largest lodging brand by room nights (or equivalents) and makes up 3-4% of the country’s total supply, with the potential to be 14-15% by 2020. Goldman also estimates that Airbnb represents roughly half the growth of all rooms in 2015 (i.e., the growth of Airbnb is equivalent to all the hotel chains combined). And if those numbers don’t scare traditional lodging companies, this should: Airbnb is growing even faster abroad. Now if they only had a loyalty program…

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