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Dec 06

Update On The Marriott Credit Card

The Marriott/Starwood merger has been in the news recently. Yesterday, it issued a press release regarding the future of its credit card business. Multiple Marriott Credit Card Issuers The Marriott/Starwood merger meant that the new parent had a big decision to make regarding its credit card partner. Marriott had traditionally issued cards through Chase, while …

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Nov 28

Marriott Makes Subtle Changes For 2018. One Could Hurt.

We’re getting to the witching hour of hotel programs, that time of year when companies announce changes to their plans for the following year and hope to slip any negatives by you. Here’s what Marriott has in store.* Note that, as expected, the programs won’t be merging in 2018 and, as of this point, you …

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Nov 08

What We Learned From Marriott

Every quarter, publicly traded companies report earnings to Wall Street and provide commentary on the quarter. Marriott’s turn was last night, and it’s one that I pay particular attention to, since it is now the owner of both all of the Marriott brands and all of the former Starwood brands. What they say matters. What …

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Nov 03

Hyatt Andaz Wall Street Review (And What It Says About Luxury Hotels)

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I had a one-night stay at the Hyatt Andaz Wall Street in downtown New York which, more than anything else, reminded me why large chains should probably just stay out of the luxury business. The environment was trying for “W Hotels” but ended up being a somewhat black & white version in a world of …

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Oct 25

Club Carlson: Your Best Bet For A Hotel Program

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Before we start: I’ve gotten some questions by email recently. I’m happy to send a personal answer if you want one, but you MUST include your email in the body of the message. The Contact form does not automatically send it to me. Thanks! And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Whenever I write …

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Oct 21

IHG/Kimpton: When Bad Things Happen To Good Programs

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The single best hotel program that you’ve never heard of may have been Kimpton Karma Rewards, the loyalty program for Kimpton Hotels. Kimpton was a network of boutique hotels known for their funky properties and dedication to customer service. If you’ve ever heard one of those stories about a hotel fulfilling outrageous requests (Read this …

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Oct 12

Marriott And The Cosmpolitan: An Unusual Las Vegas Winner

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I feel like it’s Las Vegas week on Wheel of Fortune, but the mileage version. But it’s my last day here in the sun, so the very cool tie-up between Marriott and The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (CLV, for space purposes) makes the papers today. As loyalty programs have expanded, they have started to encourage cross-industry …

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Oct 03

Strong Hilton Amex Cards Ending Tomorrow

One of the best credit card sign-up bonus offers is coming to an end tomorrow, as Hilton pulls back on its Surpass and standard cards. Citibank cards will soon be converted, as they will no longer be a Hilton partner. What Can You Get? You could end up with as much as 175,000 points in …

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Sep 24

Bonus Miles For Conversions From SPG To AA

One way to get miles quickly is to convert them from hotel points. You don’t get the best value for your points, but it’s an easy way to pick up some miles if you need them quickly for a reward. Converting from Starwood Starwood points are particularly useful for converting to all airlines except United …

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Sep 19

Club Carlson Offering Double Points!

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I’ve often referred to Club Carlson as the little program that could. It’s not the biggest loyalty program in the world but it offers excellent redemptions and promotions at a wide range of hotels, including Radisson and Park Plaza, among others. Before any elite status bonuses, you earn 20 points per dollar spent and room …

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