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Oct 15, 19, 7:56 pm
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Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Worth it? They comped it! In all...

Worth it? They comped it!

In all seriousness, sounds like you had a great stay. It's been 8+ years since our stay there. Back then, they were stingy with upgrades. Don't know if we'll be back as...
Sep 13, 19, 11:39 pm
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Views: 99,308
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

I've switched to Chase Ultimate Rewards for all...

I've switched to Chase Ultimate Rewards for all but Marriott spend (Amex). Sapphire Reserve for travel and dining. Freedom for everything else. Prior to all this, it was all SPG Amex. My points...
Aug 26, 19, 11:16 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,583
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Late June/early July. It would surely be more...

Late June/early July. It would surely be more expensive, but the Westin on the river is a few steps up in quality (and they have A/C). We've not stayed there, but did tour it and are planning a...
Aug 25, 19, 7:24 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,583
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Stayed at Mountain Vista about a year ago. It was...

Stayed at Mountain Vista about a year ago. It was generally fine, but we were shocked when we realized they don't have air conditioning. Probably no biggee most of the year, but it was 90+F which...
Aug 22, 19, 8:41 pm
Replies: 193
Views: 13,824
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Pa Kettle. Paging Mr. Pa Kettle...

Pa Kettle. Paging Mr. Pa Kettle...
Aug 22, 19, 8:15 pm
Replies: 158
Views: 19,080
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Any news on the HH "Friends of Starwood Lurker"...

Any news on the HH "Friends of Starwood Lurker" Elite Status Match Program?

I'm sure we'll never know the backstory on this one, but wow, does it seem like bad show for Marriott...
Aug 20, 19, 7:21 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 682
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

We have/had a reservation for next Thursday night...

We have/had a reservation for next Thursday night booked using a cat. 4 credit card certificate. Just got the e-mail below. I get that delays happen, but this is pretty late in the game. Not a...
Aug 14, 19, 2:59 pm
Replies: 158
Views: 19,080
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

I started to write a few comments, but couldn't...

I started to write a few comments, but couldn't find the right words to convey my sentiment. While I never met William in person, the rest of your words hold true for me so I'll just add my...
Aug 13, 19, 9:05 pm
Replies: 907
Views: 86,435
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Years ago, when my wife and I joined Mileage...

Years ago, when my wife and I joined Mileage Plus, they offered numerous enticing title choices. In a moment of weakness while completing her application form, I designated her as a Countess. For...
Aug 2, 19, 10:15 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 2,427
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

We were all SPG all the time. We haven't...

We were all SPG all the time. We haven't necessarily sought out new (to us) Marriott brands for the sake of doing so, but have enjoyed additional options for some our post-merger trips. Of note,...
Jul 17, 19, 4:53 pm
Replies: 151
Views: 26,451
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Just back from the Big Island and while we didn't...

Just back from the Big Island and while we didn't stay at the Westin, we did visit Hapuna Beach so I wanted to add a couple of notes here, especially since construction has been such a popular topic....
Jul 17, 19, 4:46 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 16,595
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Just wrapped up a 5 night stay. If you go in with...

Just wrapped up a 5 night stay. If you go in with appropriate expectations, it can make for a nice stay. A few notes:

Pros
Great proximity to town and many dining options
Ululani’s Shave Ice...
Jul 14, 19, 12:56 pm
Replies: 81
Views: 11,788
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

But the called you "Sir" so it's totally...

But the called you "Sir" so it's totally ok.
Jun 18, 19, 11:11 am
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Views: 141,324
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

To spare us a sixth reference to my error.... The...

To spare us a sixth reference to my error.... The extra charge for eggs was indeed 1,000 JPY, not 10,000.
Jun 17, 19, 12:03 pm
Replies: 193
Views: 42,695
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Stayed here last week for a visit to Disney. ...

Stayed here last week for a visit to Disney. Arrival at 10pm. Long line to check-in...we didn’t get to our room until 10:55, which isn’t ideal after a long day of travel from California.

We...
Jun 17, 19, 11:49 am
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Views: 141,324
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Just completed a stay. We booked 2 rooms on...

Just completed a stay. We booked 2 rooms on points—one for my wife, daughter, and me, the other for my parents. I wasn’t expecting much in terms of Platinum treatment given the recent reviews, but...
May 12, 19, 8:47 am
Replies: 301
Views: 86,411
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Coming from the SPG side, I still mentally divide...

Coming from the SPG side, I still mentally divide point amounts by 3 as I think about their value. Trying to imagine a scenario where I would have been offered 42 SPG points for something...
May 12, 19, 8:43 am
Replies: 32
Views: 3,314
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

More often than not, when I ask for it at check...

More often than not, when I ask for it at check in I'm told to ask closer to checkout. I think that's just the FD agent version of kick the can down the road.
May 3, 19, 10:04 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,595
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

My first thought when I heard this was "that...

My first thought when I heard this was "that sucks." Sadly, my second thought was "how long until someone on FT writes something insensitive about this?"

Thanks for solving that mystery for me.
Apr 22, 19, 6:56 pm
Replies: 136
Views: 20,625
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

OP, that's not being Bonvoyed. What you're...

OP, that's not being Bonvoyed. What you're describing is called being "SPG'd."
Mar 31, 19, 10:32 am
Replies: 158
Views: 38,358
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Not sure. We ran into this a couple of years ago...

Not sure. We ran into this a couple of years ago in Singapore at the Sheraton (Westin had a policy too, though we didn't stay there). They posted the policies on their website and told us about it...
Mar 31, 19, 10:10 am
Replies: 40
Views: 10,353
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Just wrapped up a 2 night stay. We had stayed at...

Just wrapped up a 2 night stay. We had stayed at the St. Regis on both previous stays in Beijing, which we love, but wanted something more centrally located for this trip and this did the trick. ...
Mar 24, 19, 5:23 am
Replies: 158
Views: 38,358
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Had a pleasant stay last week. Upgraded to a...

Had a pleasant stay last week. Upgraded to a corner club room, which was spacious and comfortable. Breakfast was very nice....not the largest spread, but ver high quality and attentive service.
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Mar 7, 19, 7:31 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 4,206
Posted By Sam P. Goodman

Will they also be providing guidance on the best...

Will they also be providing guidance on the best travel credit card for me?
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