Interview Questions for Ed French

 
Old Sep 12, 12, 5:33 am
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Originally Posted by JimBobDuggarIsABusyMan View Post
OPerator Error..... Been busy, but working on finalizing it. It should be up by this time next week.
Thanks, Jim bob! Hope there are some good positive surprises in there!
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Old Sep 17, 12, 1:33 am
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FYI, I'm in a holding pattern on posting the interview right now. The interview was over the phone, so I sent a draft, along with some additional questions to Ed, so that I insure I accurately captured his responses.

So Mr. French, if you happen to read this.... please respond back to me.
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Old Sep 21, 12, 2:53 pm
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This is never going to come out

I have little faith that the information will ever see the light of day.
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Old Sep 21, 12, 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by hnewman View Post
I have little faith that the information will ever see the light of day.
I'm willing to give the OP the benefit of the doubt.

Of course the OP might want to call Mr. French's office next week to ask him to review everything, vs hoping he's reading the thread

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Old Sep 23, 12, 6:57 am
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Exclamation

One must honor their word so if he was said he was going to do such then he needs to give the interview. ASAP
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Old Sep 23, 12, 8:03 am
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Originally Posted by tatmtr7 View Post
One must honor their word so if he was said he was going to do such then he needs to give the interview. ASAP
or what? Banish the OP from FT?

Let's give the OP a little time to sort it out, I think we'll all be grateful in the end.
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Old Sep 23, 12, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by tatmtr7 View Post
One must honor their word so if he was said he was going to do such then he needs to give the interview. ASAP
Guess you missed the part about him waiting on Ed French to get back to him on some things

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Old Sep 23, 12, 12:03 pm
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Yes,,,because we all know how well Ed French's office handles"getting back to us"
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Old Sep 23, 12, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by SkiAdcock View Post
I'm willing to give the OP the benefit of the doubt.

Of course the OP might want to call Mr. French's office next week to ask him to review everything, vs hoping he's reading the thread

Cheers.
Already done. Emailed him twice, called him and left a message. Planning to go ahead and post within a week or so, feedback or no feedback.
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Old Sep 24, 12, 9:22 am
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Originally Posted by JimBobDuggarIsABusyMan View Post
Already done. Emailed him twice, called him and left a message. Planning to go ahead and post within a week or so, feedback or no feedback.
Thanks for the update. Look forward to your post in the next week or so.

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Old Sep 27, 12, 2:23 am
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Just published this post, on my blog:
Ed French Interview

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Old Sep 27, 12, 3:03 am
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Originally Posted by JimBobDuggarIsABusyMan View Post
Just published this post, on my blog:
Ed French Interview
Not bad. He manages to skirt around some of the questions by saying that they are "evaluating" other options. Who knows how long that will take. Also, I'm curious as to what they will be changing about the lifetime status qualifications.
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Old Sep 27, 12, 5:49 am
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what is this 'brass tax' of which you speak? Is this yet more devaluation of the programme?

Brass tacks?
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Old Sep 27, 12, 6:22 am
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As I figured, he has provided no new information and danced around the issues important to elites. In a nutshell:

  • Breakfast for elites at Courtyard/Resorts/7 days a week... too expensive, evaluating options, meaning its not going to happen.
  • Confirmed BOGO is dead (we already knew that) and there will not be a replacement anytime soon.
  • Confirmed Suite Upgrades - danced around this one, meaning its not going to happen.
  • Marriott's version of Cash + Points, stated members wanted the ability to book an award room + paid room on the same ressie over a program similar to Starwood's. (Not sure which members they talked to about this...) Evaluated option similar to Starwood and this is something they have analyzed, but just cant afford this as a business.
  • Lifetime Status - they have some greatnews in the coming months about this program. Great for who? Whenever Ed French says there is great news, watch out because it usually means Elites are not going to like it!

I am not surprised by anything said in the interview. There is nothing new, and its the same old MR line found on MR Insiders.

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Old Sep 27, 12, 10:26 am
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I don't understand this part re: the BOGOS...

"In the end, it’s awfully hard to justify a 50% discount, especially when most elites did not know about them. And, of those that did, only a very small number redeemed them." If most didn't know about BOGOs and not that many redeemed them, then wouldn't that be a reason to keep them - ie, hey we're offering you this great bennie (knowing most of you won't take us up on it). But then he said the hotels were upset & stopped accepting them, which implies they were being used.

I seriously doubt most members would ask for a combine cash+points ala Marriott over a cash+points ala Starwood.

I do hope that the 'new brands' that offer full-service get added to the list of those that earn points for incidentals.

Overall, it's a decent interview but not an unexpected one in terms of what is new/what they're doing/going to change.

Cheers.
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