Tag: hotel points

Hyatt Making Changes To Points Redemptions

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I’ve always been a little weak on Hyatt, since I don’t spend a lot of time at their hotels. Since I’m changing my loyalty to them from Marriott, however, it’s probably worth following now. We’ll start with a couple of changes that they made last week, and what they could mean for you. Free Nights, …

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Marriott 29 Ways To Stay Promotion

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Well, we’re back. An undetermined technical error seems to have caused the loss of the last six months of posts, but I’m hoping that the worst is past. Marriott 29 Ways To Stay Marriott is currently running a lousy MegaBonus, with the ability to earn points even worse than usual. Their technical expertise being what …

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Hilton Double Points (Link)

Forgot about this one but, if you haven’t signed up for the Hilton double points promo, now is a good time to do so. Hilton Honors Double Points A few weeks ago, I mentioned that this quarter’s Hilton promotion would be returning to double points. I’m all for that, since the bonus is one of …

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The New Marriott Elite Status: Where Does It Get Good?

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Last year, I wrote about the various hotel elite programs and the benefits that you get with each status. Specifically, I asked the question, “What status level do I need to achieve to get the majority of the best benefits, even if I can’t reach the top tier?” Well, throw out that chart for Marriott …

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IHG Shows Why Loyalty Programs Are Anything But That

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I love the term “loyalty program.” Kind of makes you seem like the merchant is giving you something for having done lots of business with them. It isn’t, but it sounds a lot better than “trying to influence your future behavior” program.* IHG Accelerate No company makes the point better than IHG, the parent of …

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How Technology Has Changed Hotels

Every year during February’s “ski week” school vacation, I have an industry conference that I attend (not the travel industry, fortunately). The hotel that hosts the conference can be charitably described as “classic.” Rooms are tiny, there’s not much in the way of technology and service is a bit stuffy. Still, I don’t spend a …

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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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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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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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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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