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Oct 11, 20, 7:53 pm
Replies: 168
Views: 46,685
Posted By smgainey

Exactly! In 2018 I flew 100 segments and spent...

Exactly! In 2018 I flew 100 segments and spent $18k yet only earned Platinum status, and in 2019 I flew 66 segments and spent $12k yet only earned Gold. In the new program those numbers would earn 1K...
Oct 3, 20, 9:21 am
Replies: 268
Views: 72,206
Posted By smgainey

Centurion Lounge at ORD

Prior to the pandemic, I worked in Atlanta and therefore flew to ATL almost every week. I used to live in Chicago but moved to DC, however I frequently return to or through Chicago and therefore fly...
Sep 1, 20, 4:25 am
Replies: 126
Views: 20,228
Posted By smgainey

I've been wondering this as well. I'd like to...

I've been wondering this as well. I'd like to open a Chase Sapphire checking account if/when they offer 60k bonus UR points again, but I don't really want to open a business checking account with...
Jan 20, 20, 11:14 am
Replies: 3,264
Views: 991,584
Posted By smgainey

I understand your frustration, but I've never...

I understand your frustration, but I've never qualified on miles because I've always taken short haul flights for work (when I take long flights for vacation then I use miles). Most of my flights are...
Jan 16, 20, 5:08 pm
Replies: 1,233
Views: 256,872
Posted By smgainey

My boyfriend has the Amex Delta Reserve card and...

My boyfriend has the Amex Delta Reserve card and currently has Gold Medallion status, however he will lose his status on Feb 1. We have a flight booked after Feb 1 using his companion ticket and...
Jan 2, 20, 1:54 pm
Replies: 3,264
Views: 991,584
Posted By smgainey

Too bad this doesn't start until 2020...can you...

Too bad this doesn't start until 2020...can you make it retroactive for me since I met the flight and spend requirements to earn Platinum under the 2020 criteria but earned Gold status under the 2019...
Jan 2, 20, 12:50 pm
Replies: 3,264
Views: 991,584
Posted By smgainey

I agree! I'm one of the frequent short haul...

I agree! I'm one of the frequent short haul fliers who could never earn 1K status despite spent enough. In 2018 I flew 100 segments and spent over $18k yet only earned Platinum for 2019. In 2019 I...
Oct 14, 18, 6:29 am
Replies: 15
Views: 5,950
Posted By smgainey

I hope they will have decent redemption rates!...

I hope they will have decent redemption rates! Part of me wants to be sceptical, but the rational part says that they're only charging at most 100k points per night for the St Regis Bora Bora,...
Oct 13, 18, 1:26 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 5,950
Posted By smgainey

They said they would have a loyalty program a...

They said they would have a loyalty program a while ago, but it's not clear if it will be separate from Marriott's program. What I want to know is when will the Ritz Carlton Reserve properties join...
Sep 27, 18, 7:33 pm
Replies: 3,148
Views: 550,291
Posted By smgainey

Has anyone had experience pre-purchasing food or...

Has anyone had experience pre-purchasing food or incidentals for an upcoming hotel stay? I received an Amex Offer to get $100 back after spending $500 at certain Ritz Carlton hotels by Dec 24....
Sep 27, 18, 7:27 pm
Replies: 3,148
Views: 550,291
Posted By smgainey

I have a similar Marriott offer (spend $300 and...

I have a similar Marriott offer (spend $300 and get $60 back), and I read on a blog post that it doesn't need to be done in a single transaction. I haven't tried it yet, though, so I can't say for...
Sep 27, 18, 5:39 pm
Replies: 67
Views: 10,284
Posted By smgainey

I would fight this. As someone else mentioned, it...

I would fight this. As someone else mentioned, it cannot be legal to change the terms of the booking once the booking has been made, unless you are changing the booking. Otherwise, what's to stop...
Sep 19, 18, 7:49 pm
Replies: 3,450
Views: 436,099
Posted By smgainey

Thank you, Christina! I sent an email and within...

Thank you, Christina! I sent an email and within a day I heard from my Ambassador! Somehow the system had not notified him that I was assigned to him, but it's all cleared up now. Anyway, he was able...
Sep 16, 18, 8:54 pm
Replies: 3,450
Views: 436,099
Posted By smgainey

I reached over 140 nights and over $23000 spend...

I reached over 140 nights and over $23000 spend in July and still haven't been contacted about an Ambassador, despite the fact that I've called and asked multiple times since I need my Ambassador to...
Sep 14, 18, 8:42 pm
Replies: 3,450
Views: 436,099
Posted By smgainey

I achieved more than 100 nights and spent more...

I achieved more than 100 nights and spent more than $20k st Marriott hotel by July, so I definitely qualified for an Ambassador on Aug 18. However I have yet to hear from an Ambassador even though...
Aug 31, 18, 8:29 pm
Replies: 163
Views: 23,026
Posted By smgainey

I have called several times regarding hotels not...

I have called several times regarding hotels not honoring the No Blackout Dates policy outlined in the terms and conditions. Each time I started off by reading the policy and having the rep confirm...
Aug 30, 18, 2:59 am
Replies: 1,215
Views: 222,362
Posted By smgainey

I still have the same number of nights as I had...

I still have the same number of nights as I had before Aug 18, and I was able to select my suite upgrade certificates and my free night certificate without staying additional 50/75 nights between Aug...
Aug 28, 18, 1:49 pm
Replies: 1,275
Views: 266,405
Posted By smgainey

Did you get that offer on the SPG Luxury card? I...

Did you get that offer on the SPG Luxury card? I haven't received mine yet and therefore can't add it to my online account in order to see my offers. However I did receive that offer on my business...
Aug 26, 18, 5:51 pm
Replies: 100
Views: 17,887
Posted By smgainey

As some have mentioned, the Ritz Clubs are...

As some have mentioned, the Ritz Clubs are generally better than normal hotel lounges. I believe the JW Marriott hotel in Cancun also had a special lounge that was not open to elites...not sure if...
Aug 26, 18, 5:30 pm
Replies: 3,450
Views: 436,099
Posted By smgainey

You got your ambassador already? I have 163...

You got your ambassador already? I have 163 nights this year and have spent over $23,000 this year, but my status is incorrectly listed as Platinum Premier Elite but doesn't list Ambassador. It used...
Aug 26, 18, 6:27 am
Replies: 126
Views: 19,153
Posted By smgainey

Thank you for your apology! I disagree with...

Thank you for your apology!

I disagree with your assertion that Marriott's clunky user interface is proof that Marriott Rewards members are not sophisticated. As someone else just mentioned, SPG's...
Aug 25, 18, 10:05 am
Replies: 126
Views: 19,153
Posted By smgainey

I'm so sick of hearing this crap about Marriott...

I'm so sick of hearing this crap about Marriott members being less sophisticated. I've been staying at Marriott's hotels for business trips during the last decade because those hotels are where my...
Aug 22, 18, 5:07 pm
Replies: 404
Views: 65,586
Posted By smgainey

Agreed! I wish they would do this for their No...

Agreed! I wish they would do this for their No Blackout Date policy, too. Since it states that if a standard room is available for cash then we can use points for it, then the system needs to...
Aug 22, 18, 4:22 pm
Replies: 1,215
Views: 222,362
Posted By smgainey

I don't understand what you're saying. I earned...

I don't understand what you're saying. I earned 147 Marriott nights and 16 SPG nights prior to Aug 18, so I did cross both 50 nights and 75 nights. Does this mean I get Choice Benefits, or must I...
Aug 22, 18, 4:11 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 6,364
Posted By smgainey

I don't think the Ritz Carlton in St Thomas...

I don't think the Ritz Carlton in St Thomas should even be a Category 8 hotel. The website used to say it would reopen in January 2019, now it says Summer 2019. At this rate, the hotel won't accept...
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