The Marriott partnership with TripAdvisor is an interesting one. Marriott is the only major top-tier chain to negotiate a direct booking deal with TripAdvisor (Best Western has one as well). What does this mean for the accuracy of TripAdvisor’s rankings? How about the future of companies like Expedia and Orbitz?
With week 1 in the books, we head into a lukewarm week 2 of the 2015 Daily Getaways. There’s some value to be had here, but other than maxing out one of the Vegas packages, not much in the way of hidden gold. In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association. Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take full advantage of the offer before buying. For the more popular offers, they will sell out […]
Thanks to everyone who attended my seminars at Frequent Traveler University in Seattle. I’ve uploaded my slides so you can view my presentations at Slide Share. I’m happy to answer any questions on my presentations.
I was pretty psyched when points first started posting from my TopGuest check-ins. I had written about how easy it was to setup TopGuest to interact with FourSquare a few months ago. Most of the reason why I signed up was to earn points for a potential repeat of the USAirways Grand Slam promo that I earned 100,000 miles from for virtually no money. Shortly after I signed up, Comfort Inn points stopped posting and we learned they had withdrawn from the program. No biggie, still plenty to feast on. […]