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Sep 19, 20, 12:48 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 1,749
Posted By DJ_Iceman

The Las Vegas Marriott did indeed start life as a...

The Las Vegas Marriott did indeed start life as a Marriott Suites and, of course, the rooms are still the same (all suites) despite the name change.
Sep 17, 20, 10:04 pm
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

This is going to sound like heresy on this board,...

This is going to sound like heresy on this board, but I just don't care *that much* about rewards, points, and bonuses. I always thought I was getting enough value out of my MR points and it wasn't...
Sep 17, 20, 9:53 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 6,802
Posted By DJ_Iceman

The only one I've stayed at is the Koloa Landing...

The only one I've stayed at is the Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, and I couldn't give it a higher recommendation. We had a *really* nice stay there, loved the area, and won't even look anywhere else...
Sep 17, 20, 8:30 am
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

No, I'd say 90% goes on the AmEx. I have a Chase...

No, I'd say 90% goes on the AmEx. I have a Chase Marriott Visa that I use for all my stays at Bonvoy properties and, as of a couple of years ago, Costco.
Sep 17, 20, 8:13 am
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Yeah, I'm happy to since I was always eager to...

Yeah, I'm happy to since I was always eager to hear that information from others in the never-ending attempt to understand how I might someday fit into their mysterious algorithm. By all accounts, I...
Sep 16, 20, 7:47 pm
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

I probably will, but it's not a slam dunk. $10k...

I probably will, but it's not a slam dunk. $10k initiation fee plus $5k annual fees for me and my wife, so $20k right now and a recurring $10k (until it inevitably goes up) per year is not chump...
Sep 16, 20, 12:41 pm
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Okay, time for an update and (drumroll,...

Okay, time for an update and (drumroll, please...) the e-mail and phone call are actually legitimate. I called AmEx on the number on the back of my card; they referred me to an 877 number for...
Sep 16, 20, 8:57 am
Replies: 753
Views: 78,511
Posted By DJ_Iceman

I actually completely agree with you,...

I actually completely agree with you, GrayAnderson. I, too, wish there was consistency, at the very least. One draw of staying at branded hotels is supposed to be, more or less, knowing what you're...
Sep 15, 20, 9:33 pm
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Yes, that's the spam email and I wanted to post...

Yes, that's the spam email and I wanted to post it here to show everyone how legit it looks. In fact, based on some people's amateur sleuthing, now I'm wondering again if this is actually legit! ...
Sep 15, 20, 6:45 pm
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Here's a cut-and-paste of the e-mail, which came...

Here's a cut-and-paste of the e-mail, which came from [email protected]:

Dear DJ Iceman,



We want to thank you for your many years of membership with American Express by...
Forum: Cruises
Sep 15, 20, 12:45 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By DJ_Iceman

In the same way, I suppose, we're all at risk of...

In the same way, I suppose, we're all at risk of dying from a common cold. It can happen, but the numbers show it is extremely rare. For the vast majority of the population, COVID-19 poses no more...
Sep 15, 20, 9:40 am
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

I did Google the number but it didn't come up...

I did Google the number but it didn't come up with anything more specific than "Manhattan".

Just called AmEx via the number on the back of my card--this was a scam. The 212 number is not...
Forum: Cruises
Sep 14, 20, 8:13 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Or it is up to countries to better educate their...

Or it is up to countries to better educate their citizens that COVID-19 doesn't really present that horrible of a public health risk and to do a better job protecting those who actually might be at...
Sep 14, 20, 7:59 pm
Replies: 753
Views: 78,511
Posted By DJ_Iceman

I have mixed feelings. I definitely feel for...

I have mixed feelings. I definitely feel for hotel operators and staffs in these unprecedented times, and am willing to cut them a lot more slack than I normally would.

On the other hand, I also...
Sep 14, 20, 7:39 pm
Replies: 172
Views: 55,357
Posted By DJ_Iceman

I got a phone call today from a 212 number; the...

I got a phone call today from a 212 number; the voice mail sounded official enough and said I was being invited to get a Centurion card. If true, I am pretty excited and now need to decide if it...
Sep 9, 20, 5:50 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 2,546
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Wailea Marriott Beach Resort

Wailea Marriott Beach Resort
Sep 8, 20, 8:14 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,327
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Are you sure that when you hit the back button...

Are you sure that when you hit the back button and then proceeded again, it didn't assume you were buying a second ticket (so, two tickets total thereby doubling the miles)?
Sep 5, 20, 4:29 pm
Replies: 104
Views: 35,258
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Is the GM the final decision-maker on-site or...

Is the GM the final decision-maker on-site or not? Maybe I'm an idiot who doesn't understand "the structure of the hotel", but even if a GM delegates most day-to-day decision-making to an AGM, the...
Aug 28, 20, 6:36 pm
Replies: 67
Views: 5,281
Posted By DJ_Iceman

I feel badly for anyone who gets laid off; having...

I feel badly for anyone who gets laid off; having gone through it myself, I know how painful and confidence-busting the experience can be. I hope all the Ambassadors get other fulfilling jobs or,...
Aug 23, 20, 12:46 am
Replies: 67
Views: 8,448
Posted By DJ_Iceman

I think what northernstar84 meant was people...

I think what northernstar84 meant was people bringing bleach and wipes to sanitize their own rooms, etc. Not to mention being aghast at the occasional guest not wearing a face covering, having to...
Aug 21, 20, 6:24 pm
Replies: 170
Views: 15,067
Posted By DJ_Iceman

It is, at least at the places I've been staying. ...

It is, at least at the places I've been staying. It's just like if a lounge is closed over a weekend they are supposed to compensate you with points.
Aug 21, 20, 5:26 pm
Replies: 170
Views: 15,067
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Yeah, and I also messed up the "lounge is closed"...

Yeah, and I also messed up the "lounge is closed" points. *lol* Here's a better projected breakdown:

- Platinum arrival gift, 1,000 points
- Lounge closed, 750 points x 2 nights = 1,500 points...
Aug 19, 20, 12:50 pm
Replies: 170
Views: 15,067
Posted By DJ_Iceman

My guess at the breakdown of the extra points: ...

My guess at the breakdown of the extra points:

Platinum arrival gift = 500
Lounge closed = 1,000 x 2 nights = 2,000
Global promo (subject of this thread) = 2,500
Aug 19, 20, 12:45 pm
Replies: 104
Views: 35,258
Posted By DJ_Iceman

I can understand it too, but can't excuse it. ...

I can understand it too, but can't excuse it. Ethical business practices apply no matter the situation. As others have pointed out in this and other threads, now is really a time to see which...
Aug 19, 20, 12:42 pm
Replies: 167
Views: 16,988
Posted By DJ_Iceman

Am I the only one who's disappointed that a GM of...

Am I the only one who's disappointed that a GM of a hotel (even a FI) would issue a letter with so many typos and grammatical errors?
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