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Breaking Down The Best In Travel Loyalty – My Thoughts On The Freddie Awards

For the past decade I’ve helped organize the Freddie Awards, frequently referred to as the “People’s Choice Awards” for airlines and hotels.  It’s been three years since we were able to gather in person to hand out the awards and I was on hand two weeks ago in New Orleans.  Shortly after the award ceremony ended and I spent a bit of time catching up with old friends I was sprinting off an airline flight trying to get to a track meet in time to see my daughter run.  From […]

Elite Status: 2021 Recap And A Look Forward To 2022

Just when I thought 2020 was the weirdest travel year I’d ever see, 2021 did everything it could to rival it.  Our family took a sharp left-hand turn during the pandemic and bought an RV.  We spent a fair amount of 2020 camping, a completely different way to travel.  That bled into 2021, though as the year turned to spring and summer I got back on the road for work again. 2021 had moments of “normal” but they were mostly defined as the “new normal“.  Airline schedules were geared towards […]

Marriott Rolls Out A Summer Promo. Is It Worth It For You?

Hotel Danieli, a member of Marriott Bonvoy

As things start to thaw slowly from the absolute freeze on travel during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, travel brands are trying to figure out what it will take to motivate us to spend our money on travel again.  Hyatt was the first into the market with a triple points earning promotion across their entire portfolio of properties.  They traditionally focus their summer promotion on rebating points to folks who hold their co-branded credit card.  This summer, they’ve chosen so far to incentivize paid travel (though they did offer […]

My 2019 Mid-Year Hotel Status Check

We’re halfway through the year and it’s time to look at what’s working and what’s not with hotel status. My patterns have followed largely what I thought they would have in 2019. I’m further ahead than I want to be in some respects, with too much time on the road. What’s your year look like chasing hotel elite status?