Online Travel Agency Will Increase Their Profit To Protect Customers From Resort Fees. Really

Resort fees are uniformly hated by customers. They don’t bother me as much as some other folks. However, a recent announcement by does bother me. The online travel agency is poised to make more money when you book a hotel with a resort fee. And, that’s not good for consumers in any way, shape or form.

Marriott Quietly Removes Elite Benefits From Online Travel Agency Bookings

Hotel Danieli, a member of Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott quietly made a change that’s likely to have a big impact on frequent travelers. Loyalty program members will no longer have elite benefits on stays booked through online travel agencies (OTAs). Will all Marriott properties be enforcing this rule, or will it be selectively enforced? Are you willing to risk it?

I Guess It’s Good I Waited To Extoll The Virtues Of Starwood Preferred Guest’s New Crossover Rewards

There’s been a bunch of buzz in the blogsphere about a new program Starwood Preferred Guest had coming out called “Crossover Rewards”.  Now, I’m a Platinum member of Starwood Preferred Guest so these discussions perked up my ears. The rumors flying around yesterday were people who were announcing they had confirmed reports upgrades on Delta were part of the benefit package.  And, these were very credible members of the travel writing community. But, things were made official today by SPG, and as View From the Wing pointed out, that upgrade benefit […]

A New Way To Book Hotels? DealAngel

I was at an investors conference yesterday featuring presentations from a number of startups.  One of the presentations was DealAngel.  Now, I don’t think I’d invest in this company, especially because Orbitz and Priceline just reported large drops in revenue amid shrinking margins.  But I did see a few things about DealAngel that some readers might find useful. The premise of the site is to show you deals.  Simple, huh?  Well, not exactly, but not overly complicated.  It appears the model is built around establishing how good a deal any specific […]