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Jun 4, 20, 11:41 am
Replies: 11
Views: 4,620
Posted By DudeE

Without a doubt the worst hotel website...

Without a doubt the worst hotel website experience of any chain. For days I have been trying to book a room with points, only to be met with some notification of a server error on the last step.
Sep 11, 16, 12:16 am
Replies: 975
Views: 360,756
Posted By DudeE

Yeah I said ta-ta to Citigold based on this an...

Yeah I said ta-ta to Citigold based on this an all manner of other hassles. In addition to the check deposit limit, you are limited to a $2,000 daily outgoing transfer limit. Really?? If I need to...
Jan 6, 16, 1:59 am
Replies: 364
Views: 4,021
Posted By DudeE

UA made specific exemptions for military...

UA made specific exemptions for military personnel on PCS orders. The rest of the flying public must use PetSafe on all itineraries (or in-cabin assuming it's allowable on that flight).
Jan 6, 16, 1:36 am
Replies: 362
Views: 81,396
Posted By DudeE

It does appear status match is no longer. I...

It does appear status match is no longer. I received a status challenge - temporary 4 month period as Elite extended to one year after flying one international itinerary during the period. Quite...
Nov 20, 15, 2:24 am
Replies: 130
Views: 23,521
Posted By DudeE

You seem to have gaslighting down to a science. ...

You seem to have gaslighting down to a science. "Shade throwing" indeed...

But in sincerity, yes when I need to go visit a client they "cough up" the ticket. I have a travel budget and I have a...
Nov 20, 15, 2:09 am
Replies: 340
Views: 53,305
Posted By DudeE

I too recall a few years back - before oil prices...

I too recall a few years back - before oil prices nosedived and coming off the heels of the recession - when USAir tried to start charging for... water.

Thanks UA for recognizing that people do...
Nov 16, 15, 10:00 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

Yeah, I'm not quibbling with the math. But it's...

Yeah, I'm not quibbling with the math. But it's a pretty meh premium considering the deal composition and may easily go poof tomorrow. Not to mention you've got a taxable event on your $2/share. ...
Nov 16, 15, 9:20 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

Sure, but HOT shareholders would've collected...

Sure, but HOT shareholders would've collected that $7.80. So your HOT shares drop by $7.80 at the same time you're deposited $7.80 in spun off shares. It's a wash, and HOT's value last week already...
Nov 16, 15, 9:17 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

Not that I'm a Jim Cramer devotee, but he had...

Not that I'm a Jim Cramer devotee, but he had this to say; "This is a terrible deal for Starwood shareholders," TheStreet's Jim Cramer said on CNBC's Squawk on the Street this morning.

"Here, I'm...
Nov 16, 15, 9:00 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

Sure, but my point was that the offer of 0.92...

Sure, but my point was that the offer of 0.92 Marriott shares plus $2 cash was still lower than where HOT was trading on Friday. It was a $12.2 billion offer on a stock with a market cap of about...
Nov 16, 15, 8:44 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

The $7.80 a share spin-off value was already part...

The $7.80 a share spin-off value was already part of Starwood and shareholders would've gotten it whether or not the merger ever happened. This was announced back in July I believe. In other words,...
Nov 16, 15, 7:51 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

Yup - I think most arbs are considering this a...

Yup - I think most arbs are considering this a done deal. Unlike, say, energy or airlines, there's not much in the way of regulatory or anti-trust concern here that could step in to keep it from...
Nov 16, 15, 5:59 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

I agree pre-market doesn't mean much on, say,...

I agree pre-market doesn't mean much on, say, earnings news. But to me this is straight math. Despite wire agencies saying this deal is worth $79+ a share, that's a phony number from what I can...
Nov 16, 15, 5:47 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

Nope... these are pre-market trades on NYSE. ...

Nope... these are pre-market trades on NYSE. Last trade $71 - what incremental news would there be to goose it up from there? At this point it's nothing but arbitrage.
Nov 16, 15, 5:43 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

Sorta, but not by much. The shares were around...

Sorta, but not by much. The shares were around $68 - $70 before it popped on the rumor.

Not to mention you buy at today's price - not the price three weeks ago. Friday's close $74.99 and...
Nov 16, 15, 5:38 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

No worries - the Vistana bit escaped me too until...

No worries - the Vistana bit escaped me too until JK kindly posted the press release.

Market seems to agree it's a bad deal - HOT trading down to $72 in the pre-market.
Nov 16, 15, 5:05 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

I was speaking of the $7.80 attributable to the...

I was speaking of the $7.80 attributable to the Vistana spin-off. Those proceeds are tax free from what I understand - and isn't a result of Marriott's contribution.

Marriott is kicking in 0.92...
Nov 16, 15, 4:57 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

If I understand, the spin-off was to be...

If I understand, the spin-off was to be tax-free...

It just strikes me as a bit insulting to tell HOT shareholders this is a 'premium' offer when they are simply paying with assets to which they...
Nov 16, 15, 4:49 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

How, exactly, are proceeds from the Vistana...

How, exactly, are proceeds from the Vistana disposition relevant to what Marriott is paying? My understanding is those proceeds would've gone to HOT shareholders with or without a merger. Marriott...
Nov 16, 15, 4:25 am
Replies: 3,480
Views: 500,774
Posted By DudeE

Not too thrilled about this as it takes away some...

Not too thrilled about this as it takes away some of the competitiveness of loyalty programs. I'm Marriott Gold and I find it roughly on par with Starwood Platinum. Here's hoping Starwood doesn't...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Nov 16, 15, 3:54 am
Replies: 44
Views: 7,969
Posted By DudeE

These kinds of passengers are pretty routine. ...

These kinds of passengers are pretty routine. Many of them are foreign nationals who committed crimes in the U.S. and are being deported back to their home countries under escort by Federal agents. ...
Nov 16, 15, 3:33 am
Replies: 291
Views: 99,031
Posted By DudeE

While I haven't had any dealings with Citi on...

While I haven't had any dealings with Citi on fraud prevention, I can say that I've had similarly intrusive questions with other financial institutions. It seems to be that in the age of data mining...
Nov 15, 15, 4:23 am
Replies: 975
Views: 360,756
Posted By DudeE

Looks like a pro-rated 9/12 refund of your $450...

Looks like a pro-rated 9/12 refund of your $450 annual fee to cover 3 months of card membership. I imagine you'll be charged the $350 annual fee going forward.
Nov 15, 15, 3:47 am
Replies: 291
Views: 99,031
Posted By DudeE

I've had nothing but pleasant experiences when...

I've had nothing but pleasant experiences when calling about my Citi Prestige card. My guess is that you were dealing with Citi's fraud prevention people - not their Citi Prestige customer service...
Nov 4, 15, 4:16 am
Replies: 130
Views: 23,521
Posted By DudeE

I'm not misunderstanding anything. In fact I...

I'm not misunderstanding anything. In fact I assumed correctly you did not mean Y class fares but discounted economy tickets. You might be interested to know that plenty of corporate travelers do,...
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