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Category: Starwood

Jan 12

When Little Things Matter…

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Every company in corporate America thinks that it is more clever than its customers. That statement applies double to travel companies. A cut here, a cut there, and they’ll save a few dollars. Change some signage or numbers and the customers won’t notice. The company will save a few bucks and net income will go …

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Dec 23

Year-End Awards: The “Frequees”

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It’s the year end and this will likely be my last post of the year. Have a happy and safe new year, and I’ll see you in 2018. Until then, let’s hand out some awards in the first annual “Frequees.” I have no particular criteria and the judges are me, news anchor Rod Remington and …

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Dec 19

Quarterly Promos: Marriott And SPG

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Well, Starwood adopted one policy from Marriott awfully quickly: Lousy quarterly promos. We recently learned what they will be for the first quarter of 2018, and I’m unimpressed. For those of you new to the world of hotel points, the lodging companies tend to run a lot of promotions. They run frequent smaller promotions, but …

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Dec 13

End Of Year Thoughts And A Good Marriott-Starwood Article

Don’t Let Your Points Expire As you move into the new year, it’s time to make sure that your points don’t expire. Every program has different rules about how frequently you need to have activity in your accounts, and it can be as few as three months (I’m looking at you, Spirit.). Remember, you don’t …

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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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Oct 27

Tidbits From Around The Industry

As we head into Friday, here are a few non-Earth shattering pieces from around the travel industry. Enjoy your weekend. Delta Is Hiring Airlines are growing again. Delta is in need of over 1,000 flight attendants for a job that appears harder to get than admission to a top university. For a job that seems to …

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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 18

Increased Airline Elite Status Through The Starwood/Marriott Merger (Or Vice Versa)

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Mergers are generally not viewed as favorable for consumers. By concentrating power in fewer, rather than more, suppliers, the merged companies are often able to increase pricing, since there are fewer competitors. Sometimes, though, combining benefits can work in your favor. Such is the case when it comes from earning airline elite status* through your …

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