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Jun 26, 19, 12:06 pm
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Posted By silentbob1974

All fair points. Let's say that, on our upcoming...

All fair points. Let's say that, on our upcoming trip, our meals at certain "top table" restaurants are enjoyable. We don't live anywhere near Japan and are never going to be regulars. But let's...
Jun 26, 19, 8:52 am
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Posted By silentbob1974

Recognizing that my understanding of Japanese...

Recognizing that my understanding of Japanese culture is superficial at best, is this an instance of tatemae at play? And where the Eater article I cited was reporting a less-than-fully honest...
Jun 25, 19, 11:18 am
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Views: 123,669
Posted By silentbob1974

I thought Sawada no longer took reservations from...

I thought Sawada no longer took reservations from hotel concierges (https://www.eater.com/2018/8/2/17602744/tokyo-restaurant-reservations-concierge-members-only)?

FWIW, the Ritz-Carlton concierge...
Apr 4, 19, 4:00 pm
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Posted By silentbob1974

Asking again in hopes that the experts here have...

Asking again in hopes that the experts here have opinions one way or the other -- thanks.
Mar 27, 19, 9:16 am
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Views: 123,669
Posted By silentbob1974

Assuming that responsiveness and effectiveness in...

Assuming that responsiveness and effectiveness in securing reservations at certain high-end restaurants (that would typically be tough to secure by foreigners) by the hotel concierge team is the one...
Mar 15, 19, 4:51 pm
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Posted By silentbob1974

I couldn't tell if there's a separate thread to...

I couldn't tell if there's a separate thread to discuss this, but have folks generally been successful at changing their flight on a 737-9 MAX for a reservation that's 3+ months away without...
Feb 18, 19, 12:42 pm
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Views: 451,771
Posted By silentbob1974

I've had 20+ SNAs clear over the years and...

I've had 20+ SNAs clear over the years and distinctly recall making a conscious choice not to check the non-suite upgrade options around half the time. It was nowhere near rare, especially if you...
Feb 18, 19, 12:06 pm
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Posted By silentbob1974

Non-suites have always been an option for hotels...

Non-suites have always been an option for hotels in the SNA program since its inception, not just after the merger. So I don't get this newfound outrage. SPG allowed it for years, as evidenced in...
Feb 15, 19, 4:56 pm
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Posted By silentbob1974

We're staying there later this year and lounge...

We're staying there later this year and lounge access is nowhere near a dealbreaker for me. Tokyo is one of the best food cities in the world, no point in wasting calories on food and drink from a...
Feb 4, 19, 11:22 am
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Posted By silentbob1974

This, simply because the SNA clearance success...

This, simply because the SNA clearance success rate almost certainly goes down the longer your stay.
Dec 12, 18, 11:02 am
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Posted By silentbob1974

In theory, the system does check up until 2 pm...

In theory, the system does check up until 2 pm the day before. Although it doesn't happen, I've had SNAs that didn't clear at T-5 days but did at T-4 days. It even happened for me last week. Very...
Dec 10, 18, 12:32 pm
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Posted By silentbob1974

Thanks! Though it sounds like Sawada doesn't...

Thanks! Though it sounds like Sawada doesn't take concierge reservations anymore (https://www.eater.com/2018/8/2/17602744/tokyo-restaurant-reservations-concierge-members-only). :(
Dec 10, 18, 12:24 pm
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Posted By silentbob1974

We aren't staying here until July. Based on the...

We aren't staying here until July. Based on the last few posts, presumably it's still way too soon to reach out for concierge assistance in reservations, even for certain high-demand...
Oct 12, 18, 9:36 am
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Views: 15,612
Posted By silentbob1974

We've stayed here at least a few times each year...

We've stayed here at least a few times each year using the AAA parking rate since it opened. The breakfast buffet hasn't stopped declining in quality IMO, unfortunately. It used to be very good, but...
Oct 1, 18, 12:51 pm
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Posted By silentbob1974

Has the time frame for applying SNAs changed? I...

Has the time frame for applying SNAs changed? I tried to do so with a reservation at a Marriott for this Friday, but got a message online stating that SNAs could not be added. When I spoke with the...
Aug 21, 18, 11:38 am
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Posted By silentbob1974

My nights total for 2018 is now accurate, except...

My nights total for 2018 is now accurate, except for this.
Aug 17, 18, 8:08 am
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Posted By silentbob1974

There's a promo...

There's a promo (https://rewards.americanexpress.com/olet/enrollOffer?campaignId=gbdu0718&offerType=starwoodgbdu0001) where you get 6000 points for spending $2K and then another 4000 points after...
Aug 15, 18, 10:06 am
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Posted By silentbob1974

Can an award be changed once it's been placed on...

Can an award be changed once it's been placed on hold but not yet booked?

I can also confirm that the YQ for IAD-NRT on ANA has indeed gone up.
Jul 25, 18, 11:50 am
Replies: 162
Views: 29,812
Posted By silentbob1974

Anyone know if there are certain gift cards sold...

Anyone know if there are certain gift cards sold at Walgreens or gas stations that aren't available too at Staples/Office Depot (where I can already get 5% back with Chase Ink) or Best Buy (where...
Jul 10, 18, 7:57 am
Replies: 2,455
Views: 321,537
Posted By silentbob1974

So it sounds like there's no real benefit in...

So it sounds like there's no real benefit in re-qualifying with 25 stays before August 1.



And if I hit 50 nights before December 31st, will I get 10 SNAs if the 50 nights are all at SPG...
Jul 9, 18, 12:54 pm
Replies: 513
Views: 172,222
Posted By silentbob1974

In an ideal world, I'd love to get the 75% credit...

In an ideal world, I'd love to get the 75% credit card bonus without having to open a BofA checking account, but based on an online chat just now, the CSR insisted that my Merrill Lynch assets...
Jul 9, 18, 11:35 am
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Views: 172,222
Posted By silentbob1974

Thanks -- if I understand you correctly, it's...

Thanks -- if I understand you correctly, it's possible either to (1) be a Platinum Honors member of the Preferred Rewards program with solely 100K in a ML account but no BofA checking account, or (2)...
Jul 9, 18, 9:12 am
Replies: 513
Views: 172,222
Posted By silentbob1974

I've had over $100K in a Merrill Edge account for...

I've had over $100K in a Merrill Edge account for the past year, and am thinking about applying for the Premium Rewards credit card. Is it fair to say that I won't be able to enjoy the extra 75%...
Jul 9, 18, 9:01 am
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Views: 321,537
Posted By silentbob1974

I don't know if this needs to go into the Wiki...

I don't know if this needs to go into the Wiki because it's not so much addressed to the Lurkers -- I'm very close to re-qualifying for platinum via 25 stays at SPG properties before the end of July,...
Jun 17, 18, 2:24 am
Replies: 47
Views: 7,050
Posted By silentbob1974

Does the "when you pay for your stay" language in...

Does the "when you pay for your stay" language in the T&Cs suggest that you have to spend $300+ all in one stay, not over the course of multiple stays?

If so, would a booking for two rooms where...
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