2018 was a year of ups and downs. Most of the ups were improvements in the Hyatt program. The downs were mostly owned by Marriott. Here’s a brief look at my year in hotels and what I think the future holds.
One more bite of the apple? Marriott has announced that the increased category 8 pricing for awards won’t go into effect until at least March, 2019. We had assumed this would happen in January. That means you may still have time to book at least one or two more “once-in-a-lifetime” vacations at unbeatable redemption rates.
Two weeks is enough time to work out the kinks on the Marriott/SPG integration, right? How about two months? Apparently, that’s not long enough, either. While members continue to have these issues, Marriott sits mostly silent. They do find time to tell investors things are great. It doesn’t seem they’re spending the time to ask customers if that’s actually the case.
I haven’t been doing as many hotel reviews lately as I probably should be doing. Given, I’ve ended up in a bunch of places folks probably don’t need a review of. Stillwater, Fort Wayne, Fresno and Peoria are all nice places. But, you’re unlikely to need in-depth reviews to pick hotels. New York City on the other hand….. Element Times Square West Review The Element is located at the corner of 8th ave and 39th street in Manhattan. That’s half a dozen blocks North of Penn Station. I had a […]
I’d be lying if I said I tried to get excited about the Marriott Rewards promotion. After 3 weeks, I was finally able to login to my account a couple of days ago. My elite progress is messed up. So, I already had a slightly pessimistic attitude when I viewed the new Marriott promotion.
Ever wanted a second chance after making a decision that didn’t turn out the way you wanted? Well, Marriott Rewards seems poised to give folks the chance to do that. If you redeemed your points for a travel package prior to the new program rolling out this weekend, you have a chance to change to a different package. This is a one-time exception.
There were a lot of competing forces at the table as Marriott worked to fold Starwood Preferred Guest into a consolidated program with Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. This article takes an in-depth look at how they threaded that needle.