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Today, 9:19 am
Replies: 327
Views: 16,739
Posted By C17PSGR

Read about Elevated Returns ... this is obviously...

Read about Elevated Returns ... this is obviously their policy. I'm certainly not seeing anything like this at other Marriott properties, although one of the bloggers says this is common with...
Today, 9:00 am
Replies: 327
Views: 16,739
Posted By C17PSGR

Why sue Marriott? Why not sure the people making...

Why sue Marriott? Why not sure the people making the decision here ... Elevated Returns? it's their policy.





I confess this is the first time I've been called an SPG person :) I...
Today, 8:09 am
Replies: 38
Views: 1,293
Posted By C17PSGR

I agree I'm using the term franchise loosely,...

I agree I'm using the term franchise loosely, rather than in the purely legal sense.

The practical issue, however, is regardless of the legal characterization, none of the major hotel companies...
Today, 6:53 am
Replies: 38
Views: 1,293
Posted By C17PSGR

Hotels are almost always franchised whether...

Hotels are almost always franchised whether Marriott, Hilton, or IHG. The developers often have properties in multiple brands.
Today, 6:16 am
Replies: 327
Views: 16,739
Posted By C17PSGR

Unless the practice has changed, its my...

Unless the practice has changed, its my understanding from others on the forum that MR paid a higher rate depending on occupancy thresholds as well.

I wonder what this guy thinks as he writes the...
Today, 6:10 am
Replies: 38
Views: 1,293
Posted By C17PSGR

Keep in mind these hotels are not being developed...

Keep in mind these hotels are not being developed by Marriott. They are being developed by independent developers who sign franchise agreements with Marriott. The developers choose the locations.
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Today, 6:02 am
Replies: 156
Views: 5,160
Posted By C17PSGR

Well ... I am having Chilean guac on my eggs as...

Well ... I am having Chilean guac on my eggs as we speak ... and Santiago is a nice town
Yesterday, 10:29 pm
Replies: 85
Views: 38,984
Posted By C17PSGR

You have a serious misunderstanding regarding the...

You have a serious misunderstanding regarding the approach of the SEC or DOJ or the UK Serious Fraud Office. There is no need for multi million dollar bribes. Additionally, there are civil...
Yesterday, 6:25 pm
Replies: 85
Views: 38,984
Posted By C17PSGR

+1 But there was only a handful of 5 Stars. ...

+1

But there was only a handful of 5 Stars. And, when they do travel, I suspect they are staying at top hotels and likely often have a PA who contacts the hotel in advance. So, I don't think...
Yesterday, 6:05 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 1,293
Posted By C17PSGR

And, the problem with aspirational properties is...

And, the problem with aspirational properties is that while they are aspirational, demand can be very cyclical. In 2009, there weren't very many people going to the Maldives but the Courtyard in...
Yesterday, 6:02 pm
Replies: 2,191
Views: 139,075
Posted By C17PSGR

I think that's typical at London Marriott...

I think that's typical at London Marriott properties, although I've seen it at some other hotels.
Yesterday, 3:35 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 1,293
Posted By C17PSGR

By my count, the overwhelming majority will be...

By my count, the overwhelming majority will be limited service. There are 400+ Fairfields in development alone.

The money is in limited service! Beyond Marriott, banks are reluctant to finance...
Yesterday, 3:21 pm
Replies: 327
Views: 16,739
Posted By C17PSGR

I don't think I'm entitled to anything beyond...

I don't think I'm entitled to anything beyond program benefits ... as I'm staying 125 plus nights a year, that's 4 PM checkout, suite upgrades without games/begging, and a real breakfast. That's...
Yesterday, 3:11 pm
Replies: 85
Views: 38,984
Posted By C17PSGR

I imagine if the person IS a high-ranking...

I imagine if the person IS a high-ranking government official, they will consider removing the status because of concerns under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, the Canadian...
Yesterday, 2:48 pm
Replies: 156
Views: 5,160
Posted By C17PSGR

Well if I was looking to squeeze value from AA...

Well if I was looking to squeeze value from AA and get more guacamole, I'd think about booking some Latam biz flights from LAX to Santiago. Latam isn't Qatar but its international biz is fine. Plus...
Yesterday, 9:03 am
Replies: 121
Views: 7,212
Posted By C17PSGR

+1 Like many of these properties, they don't...

+1

Like many of these properties, they don't seem to have a clue that (a) Most of us at ambassador level could easily spend another 10 nights a year there if they good experiences and (b) we're...
Yesterday, 8:24 am
Replies: 1,324
Views: 669,861
Posted By C17PSGR

+1 I think the hotel companies or airlines...

+1

I think the hotel companies or airlines could ... if they wanted ... figure out who they are. I suspect that's how some of the sellers/buyers have been identified over time.
Yesterday, 8:21 am
Replies: 131
Views: 11,298
Posted By C17PSGR

On a JFK/MIA flight? Call me shocked!

On a JFK/MIA flight? Call me shocked!
Yesterday, 8:18 am
Replies: 121
Views: 7,212
Posted By C17PSGR

Thanks. I'll be interested. I like this...

Thanks. I'll be interested.

I like this property. Great pools, nice gym, nice spa. You can really enjoy it.

I have stayed in the Griffin Club on my stays there so they have breakfast, which...
Yesterday, 8:07 am
Replies: 327
Views: 16,739
Posted By C17PSGR

Obviously, Arne doesn't spend much time making...

Obviously, Arne doesn't spend much time making reservations or seeing how the system works. There is no need for an ID to make a reservation or collection of passport information when making a...
Yesterday, 7:31 am
Replies: 38
Views: 1,293
Posted By C17PSGR

Marriott is having an analyst conference today. ...

Marriott is having an analyst conference today. Arne was on Bloomberg this morning (I suspect CNBC too) talking about growth plans. He indicated they were looking to grow share and that their share...
Yesterday, 6:55 am
Replies: 156
Views: 5,160
Posted By C17PSGR

Not sure how this turned into a lemonade stand...

Not sure how this turned into a lemonade stand discussion.

Having been on FT for a while, I'm well aware that there are a number of posters here from top business, law, and medical schools.
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Yesterday, 6:43 am
Replies: 131
Views: 11,298
Posted By C17PSGR

Had a bad D0 experience over the weekend. Flight...

Had a bad D0 experience over the weekend. Flight into MIA from SFO for a deep South America connection was two hours late. I ran to my gate as I still had 15 minutes to make the connection and got...
Yesterday, 6:30 am
Replies: 147
Views: 21,756
Posted By C17PSGR

+1 The BH Marriott is excellent ... very...

+1

The BH Marriott is excellent ... very good breakfast with multiple hot proteins, meats, cheeses, salmon.

But ... maybe I've missed the free alcohol! Perhaps because its easy to walk to nice...
Mar 16, 19, 5:22 pm
Replies: 87
Views: 4,236
Posted By C17PSGR

I always have a hard reconciling the reports on...

I always have a hard reconciling the reports on FT with my own experience. I feel like my Marriott involvement is more complicated than average with 125-150 nights a year, mostly of one night stays,...
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