Marriott Furloughs Two-Thirds of Their Corporate Employees

The crisis surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in ways that might have seemed unimaginable even weeks ago.  Marriott just announced that they’re laying off thousands of corporate employees, two-thirds of the entire corporate team. It was just a few days earlier that Marriott started furloughing tens of thousands of workers around the world in hotels that were part of closures due to the drop in travel.  Now, that appears to have expanded to their corporate office. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Marriott is furloughing approximately 2,600 […]

A Pointed Reminder On The Value Of Flexible Points And Miles

People often ask me what are the best points or miles that they can collect.  Or, they’ll ask me to tell them the best way to redeem.  For me, these sorts of questions are akin to asking me who my favorite child is.  There’s really no perfect way to redeem points.  However, a recent trip I took wouldn’t have been possible for me without flexible points and miles. What Are Flexible Points? An example of flexible points and miles are Chase Ultimate Rewards, which you can earn with credit cards like […]

It’s Time We Have A Talk

I realized as I started writing this some folks will think I sold my blog or some other craziness.  None of that, I promise.  I really appreciate everyone that has followed this blog for over a decade and I’m committed to another ten years with you.  And, while the blog posts may not have been as frequent as they used to be lately, you’ve always got my podcast.  You’re stuck with me. But, I Need Your Help Simple words, but sometimes hard for people to say.  We’ll dig more into […]

Should You Travel During The Coronavirus Scare?

You’d have to be under one serious rock to be unaware of Coronavirus.  The spread of the disease has reached over 50 countries and the number of people who have perished number in the thousands.  What started as a trickle of questions from readers and listeners about traveling during this public health emergency has turned into a steady flow.  I’ve spent the past few days thinking about travel and Coronavirus quite a bit and have consolidated some thoughts and questions.  This isn’t an up-to-date listing of current events revolving around […]

My Very Late 2019 Hotel Elite Status Recap And A Look At 2020

You might wonder why I’m bothering to write this post in late February.  While I’ve always written this blog with you, the reader in mind, I do use this as a place to keep track of things.  I like to look back and see if my travel ended up the way it did.  I reviewed my airline elite status earlier this year, and now it’s time to take a look back at my 2019 hotel elite status achievements.  As a business traveler, I value elite status.  It provides me two […]

500 Bonus Points Per Night at Hyatt And United Status Match

If you want to see the best travel news every day, I publish a transcript of my NowBoarding podcast 5 days a week.  Each show covers the best travel news and deals on a daily basis.  If you prefer reading to listening, these posts are perfect for you! NowBoarding, your daily travel news in 7 minutes or less: Don’t forget to check out the Miles To Go Podcast where we bring you the latest travel news, tips and tricks each week to help you save money and travel better.   Final Transcript NowBoarding, your […]

Japan Airlines 50,000 Ticket Giveaway!

If you want to see the best travel news every day, I publish a transcript of my NowBoarding podcast 5 days a week.  Each show covers the best travel news and deals on a daily basis.  If you prefer reading to listening, these posts are perfect for you! NowBoarding, your daily travel news in 7 minutes or less:   Don’t forget to check out the Miles To Go Podcast where we bring you the latest travel news, tips and tricks each week to help you save money and travel better. Full Transcript NowBoarding, your […]