If you act quickly, you may be able to score a 20% discount on Marriott gift cards today via the Daily Getaways website. This is probably my favorite deal of the annual offerings.
The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel stories that interested me on a daily basis. I don’t have time to write about them in length, but picked some of the best below. It’s a shortcut to find out what’s going on without reading dozens of travel blogs to get the best info.
After having their website shut down by the Chinese government, Marriott is removing banned books from their hotels and self-reporting to the Chinese government. They’re also publicly broadcasting personnel they’ve fired over incidents involving these perceived disrespectful actions.
Marriott disrespected China and paid the price. Boy, did they disrespect China. I mean, horribly so. You won’t believe how bad their behavior was. Mostly because this is a ridiculous story.
Elite status is a finicky thing. Once you have it, the perks can be quite addictive. I’ve just started to get a taste of Hilton Diamond status with some recent stays. Now, I’m wondering if I’ve got another year to try it out….
The true value of elite status comes from how often you can use the benefits. If you never earn a first class upgrade on an airline, getting them for free as a benefit is pretty useless. Similarly, if I don’t get suite upgrades from a hotel chain, the free upgrade benefit is kinda like a pet rock.