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May 26, 20, 9:55 am
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Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Le Bristol, Paris Mandarin Oriental Bangkok ...

Le Bristol, Paris
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Amanpuri
Rayavadee
Soneva Kiri
Amanpulo
Cap Rocat
Il San Pietro di Positano
Villa Feltrinelli
Four Seasons Golden Triangle
Mar 30, 20, 9:44 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,217
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

I am very unfortunately stranded in the US for...

I am very unfortunately stranded in the US for the time being, far away from home. So, while I do not have a lot of discretionary travel planned at all, I really hope not to be grounded for too long.
Mar 30, 20, 9:08 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,950
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

In such circumstances, FFN really did work well. ...

In such circumstances, FFN really did work well. They ran FFN many times over during the last recession. FFN drives stays both at low end and high end/mid range properties. When hotels are...
Mar 30, 20, 8:59 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,217
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

All Soneva resorts remain open. Soneva Kiri...

All Soneva resorts remain open. Soneva Kiri could be an option, but weather in May can be more rainy. It should still be good in April.
Mar 30, 20, 8:56 pm
Replies: 1,632
Views: 381,637
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Four Seasons New York is temporarily closed to...

Four Seasons New York is temporarily closed to the public and is not taking reservations. I had one which was cancelled. It's great that they are doing such a great deed by opening their doors to...
Mar 30, 20, 8:51 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 8,604
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Reading through my old GG issues really evokes a...

Reading through my old GG issues really evokes a bittersweet sadness in many cases for me. Not only is it sad that the Guide is gone, but also despite some great new openings in recent years, in...
Replies: 4,024
Views: 453,048
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Another approach would be to show IC what their...

Another approach would be to show IC what their competitors are offering you with your status benefits. Like Hyatt gives me X,Y,Z benefits for this rate. I would prefer IC if you can more or...
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Views: 453,048
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Perhaps push back and say you need club included,...

Perhaps push back and say you need club included, otherwise you will look elsewhere. Even if it is only a bluff, you should try your negotiation skills. In the current situation, the hotel likely...
Mar 28, 20, 4:39 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,950
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

And free room nights at luxury properties also...

And free room nights at luxury properties also lead to additional paid nights and incidental spend. In situations where the rooms are otherwise going to go empty, practically giving them away on a...
Mar 28, 20, 3:42 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,950
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

The best Hyatt promotional situation I can recall...

The best Hyatt promotional situation I can recall was when an FFN promotion overlapped with and AA mileage earning promotion.

Five or six stays as I recall (which could be cheap one night Hyatt...
Mar 28, 20, 3:22 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 5,311
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Amazing. If these were the "good old days"...

Amazing.

If these were the "good old days" when AA ExPlat could be reached without any minimum spend, I would not mind doing that MR over and over for a couple of weeks until I had the status and...
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Views: 135,012
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Vietnam is certainly less effected as of now than...

Vietnam is certainly less effected as of now than some other countries in the region. It is understandable that the hotel declines to provide you with advice, as the situation anywhere in the world...
Mar 7, 20, 5:26 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 8,243
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Rosewood is now my preferred Bangkok hotel in a...

Rosewood is now my preferred Bangkok hotel in a central location. Mandarin Oriental continues to be my favourite for a riverside location.

No single hotel in Bangkok gets every single F&B outlet...
Forum: Japan
Jan 24, 20, 8:41 am
Replies: 61
Views: 3,817
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

In Japan delicious food can be had for as little...

In Japan delicious food can be had for as little as around $10. The Japanese do not necessarily like to spend a lot on everyday meals. On the other hand, you may want to enjoy some special meals...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jan 12, 20, 10:05 am
Replies: 128
Views: 23,654
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

One hour.

One hour.
Replies: 36
Views: 5,733
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

If we’re just taking about keeping the account...

If we’re just taking about keeping the account alive, just make a booking with points.
Replies: 36
Views: 5,733
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Get Ambassador status - automatic Platinum elite...

Get Ambassador status - automatic Platinum elite status among other things. Points never expire as long as a member holds ambassador status, or any other IGH elite level.
Jan 4, 20, 6:39 am
Replies: 28
Views: 4,449
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Yes, there are a lot of good points in this...

Yes, there are a lot of good points in this thread. I was thinking more along the lines of the international StR and R-C properties that I frequent more often, where I have not seen a negative...
Jan 4, 20, 1:59 am
Replies: 28
Views: 4,449
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

Any property could simply raise room rates to...

Any property could simply raise room rates to cover any additional costs of doing business.

The above example is an oversimplification. Hotels make more money from status guests booking directly...
Jan 3, 20, 2:23 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 4,449
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

I do not think the merger has had any negative...

I do not think the merger has had any negative impact on former Starwood brands. On the contrary, I think that the diffusion of Ritz-Carlton standards across StR, LC, and W has raised standards and...
Dec 31, 19, 5:49 am
Replies: 11
Views: 3,148
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

What you are talking about is “Hidden City”...

What you are talking about is “Hidden City” ticketing, and is of course technically against fare rules.

To be on the safe side, you could book your new final leg ticket on another airline instead...
Dec 26, 19, 5:50 pm
Replies: 168
Views: 38,046
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

That really is astounding that the same reply was...

That really is astounding that the same reply was sent to you directly.

I would not go near the place. I am surprised you even tried it, knowing your high standards based on your posts in this...
Dec 26, 19, 12:29 pm
Replies: 168
Views: 38,046
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

This was a public, Trip Advisor response. So,...

This was a public, Trip Advisor response. So, actually the GM in all likelihood was not really talking to you when he "responded." Hotels often respond to negative reviews in an evasive manner on...
Dec 26, 19, 5:13 am
Replies: 168
Views: 38,046
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

I love how the very next review is entitled...

I love how the very next review is entitled “Ritz-Carlton name should be removed from property”

This inconsistency within the Ritz-Carlton brand is really irritating, as the same brand encompasses...
Dec 25, 19, 12:52 pm
Replies: 168
Views: 38,046
Posted By MikeFromTokyo

"On the beach" is a bit of an oversimplification....

"On the beach" is a bit of an oversimplification. Amankila is a wonderful experience, and really one of a kind, but in terms specifically of beach quality, that is not really the main point of the...
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