Marriott

Marriott’s New Brand Standard That Should Have Never Been Necessary

What’s the saying, one bad actor spoils it for everyone else?  There are over 5,600 Marriott hotels in the US and Canada.  There may be more than one bad apple, but only one hotel that recently made news for charging guests a 2% convenience fee to use a credit card.  I recall reading the original story and thinking how absurd it was.  I spent a number of years in the hotel industry.  We hated taking cash.  It was a necessary evil, but caused all sorts of problems.  Cash creates opportunities […]

Great For Families! Hyatt Residence Club Adding 9 Properties

Most hotels that are good for families are also good for other types of travelers.  With the exception of people looking for a secluded, romantic getaway at a boutique hotel, most hotels in vacation destinations meet the needs of most travelers.  Families usually have unique needs such as extra space, multiple bathrooms and connecting rooms.  That’s where properties like Hyatt Residence Clubs come in. Hyatt Residence Club is a small collection of vacation ownership (timeshare) properties.  What’s fairly unique is that these properties can also be booked using Hyatt points.  […]

DEAL: Costco Travel Is Having A Pretty Solid Travel Sale-Including A Big Discount For Hawaii

I’m a pretty big Costco fan, but I’ve only used their travel division to book a few cruises over the years.  Still, I’ve heard good things about the deals.  An e-mail popped up this morning about some travel deals Costco had.  I’ve got a million things going on but I was in the mood for a bit of research, so I took a few minutes out of my morning to dig into one of these deals.  Since I’ve still never been to Hawaii and I love a good Ritz-Carlton, I […]

Why It’s Time To Start Lowering Hotel Award Redemption Rates (Probably Not Why You Think)

As 2020 starts to wind down, there have been plenty of announcements from airline and hotel loyalty programs designed to keep members engaged.  The first salvo revolved around reducing the requirements needed to earn elite status.  This was at a time when it seemed like we might get back to some level or normalcy fairly quickly.  Heck, at that point I thought I’d be home for 3 or 4 weeks and then back on the road.  Little did I know then that I probably wouldn’t get on another plane this […]

Big Move: Hilton Extending Elite Status And Adds Flexibility To All Reservations

Hilton is the first of the big hotel chains to make a move, and in a big way. They’ve announced changes to their elite status program and reservation flexibility that are very positive for customers. Is it enough for them to steal business from their competitors? We’re months away from having that answer.

We Shouldn’t Need This: Marriott Adds Ability To See All Fees When You Search

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Resort fees, facility fees, destination fees, urban fees and many more.  Hotels across the globe charge these fees on top of room rates as a way to earn extra money per room while hoping to avoid customers noticing until after they book a room.  As opposed to airline tickets, where they’ve been required for a number of years to show the full cost of a ticket, hotels are not currently bound by such legislation in the US.  Marriott seems to be the first major hotel chain to offer a way […]

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 […]

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 […]

Perfect Last-Minute Booking And Two Credit Cards To Think About

We have your weekly travel news in 15 minutes or less!   This week, Shawn Coomer is back in the co-pilot seat with host Ed Pizza.  Shawn is the host of the Miles to Memories podcast. Up this week is the perfect last-minute flight booking, a hotel room that earns you lifetime status with just one weeklong stay and some crazy statistics about Marriott’s new loyalty program.  We also discuss the new Norwegian Air credit card and the biggest sign-up bonus ever for the United Explorer Card. Links: Finally!! How […]