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Feb 13

Hotels: Three Things That Need To Change

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Last week, I did a piece about three things that need to change with airlines. Hotels, of course, aren’t completely innocent, either. The scenes are generally more relaxed, since hotels don’t operate on the same touch-and-go schedules that airlines do, but there is still plenty of opportunity for improvement. Here are a few: Loyalty Programs …

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Dec 18

Last-Minute Shopping, WestJet, Hunter Harrison

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Today’s post is dedicated to Pittsburgh Steelers fans*. We’ll see you in January. Last-Minute Shopping For those of you doing a little last-minute shopping, remember to check out the Shopping & Travel Rebates section for ideas on how to pick up extra miles or dollars. Truthfully, those sites are good year-round and will get you …

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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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Jun 27

You’ll Never Get What You Don’t Ask For…

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Compensation when a travel provider does something wrong is always a touchy subject. While managers may have some guidelines about what they can or can’t do, there is rarely an absolute answer. Companies have tried to create guidelines, such as the Sheraton Promise from last decade*, but it’s simply impossible to get any sort of …

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Nov 30

Is The “New” Marriott Credit Card Really The Highest Reward Offered?

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One site that keeps me up to date in the credit card world is Doctor of Credit. A few days ago, the site mentioned a new version of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, which some people labeled a “150,000 bonus points” card. Not quite. The Bonus Card That Isn’t  It’s not a bad deal, …

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Oct 13

Why Expedia (And Other OTAs) Is Not Your Friend

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It’s always a bummer when I have almost completed a post and then have to put it on hold as new information becomes available. But hey, the world of travel is busy. Don’t Book Your Hotel through An Online Travel Agent (OTA) OTAs such as Expedia are an excellent source to search for hotels. One …

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Sep 15

What Is “Manufactured Spending?”

This is a topic that I’ve covered in the past, but it is worth repeating. There’s one overarching rule when it comes to earning points and miles: Nothing is free. Yes, you will see headlines saying things like, “How I flew First Class around the world for free!” Yes, it’s possible to do so – …

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Mar 03

Starwood Amex Card Now at 35,000 Points

Starwood and American Express just upped the offer on the credit card to 35,000 points, which I believe sets the high bar for this card. While other hotels offer cards from 40,000-80,000 points, it’s also worth noting that Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) sets rates lower than its competitors, too, so each point is more valuable …

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Dec 18

Starwood Winter Promo: Double Points at All Hotels (and then some)

Hotels have just begun announcing their winter promotions, and Starwood’s SPG program was one of the first off the blocks. It’s a double-points bonus, which is pretty standard, but useful, nonetheless. Be sure to register first and then start booking your trips. On any stays of two or more nights, you’ll receive double SPG points …

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Oct 13

Priority Club Shows Why it Pays to Sign Up for Programs (even if you don’t think you’ll use them)

(Subtitled “Luxury Stay in Paris for about $100, Some Conditions Apply) About six weeks ago, I mentioned the Priority Club “Accelerate” promotion, a bonus that they run about three times per year. The company gives you a list of “tasks” and offers you a ridiculous number of bonus points to fulfill them. What I like …

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