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Jun 29, 09, 9:16 am
Replies: 148
Views: 10,400
Posted By bfrederi

Thanks!

U2, September 25 at Giant's Stadium, Section 130 for me. This is a really great deal, these tickets would go for at least $1000 per pair on stubhub right now. Thanks, SPG! (Also, thanks Flyertalk,...
Feb 21, 09, 2:06 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 19,149
Posted By bfrederi

I'm not sure, since of course I only stayed in...

I'm not sure, since of course I only stayed in the south side room. However, if memory serves the elevator foyer faces mostly west (including lovely views of parking garages for the Newport Mall),...
Feb 19, 09, 7:59 pm
Replies: 254
Views: 34,643
Posted By bfrederi

Great to see so many of the high-end NYC, UK, and...

Great to see so many of the high-end NYC, UK, and Italy properties falling.

As many have said, this sort of rational response by SPG to the current economy is going to gain them a lot of...
Feb 18, 09, 1:47 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 19,149
Posted By bfrederi

Trip report

Finished a three night stay, Saturday to Tuesday, on President's Day weekend. As a plat, "upgraded" to the 18th floor, but that was it. I asked if anything better was available, and was told no, but...
Apr 23, 08, 10:33 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,020
Posted By bfrederi

While others can likely clarify the official...

While others can likely clarify the official policy better, it's worth noting that all things having to do with taxes in ITC hotels in India could be classified as YMMV. The official policy is...
Apr 18, 08, 3:31 pm
Replies: 333
Views: 32,669
Posted By bfrederi

The sticky on VS codeshares currently implies...

The sticky on VS codeshares currently implies that EQMs will be given for all VS flights between a set of US cities and LHR. In fact, it seems that there are newer VS flights that have been added...
Apr 18, 08, 2:40 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,891
Posted By bfrederi

Thanks very much for the prompt reply. Not sure...

Thanks very much for the prompt reply. Not sure who can edit the sticky in the FAQ, but it should probably be updated to reflect this, since at the moment it implies you can tell codeshares just by...
Apr 18, 08, 2:23 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,891
Posted By bfrederi

Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I had a...

Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I had a clarification question:

I understand that EQMs are granted only on codeshare flights, but my question is, how can you tell for sure whether it is a...
Mar 5, 08, 5:09 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 4,623
Posted By bfrederi

I'd echo the recommendations about the downtown...

I'd echo the recommendations about the downtown westins listed above, but also put one additional property on your radar if cash and points are not available for your dates at the westins.

If...
Feb 23, 08, 1:15 pm
Replies: 216
Views: 35,404
Posted By bfrederi

My offer was: • 2,000 bonus Starpoints®...

My offer was:

• 2,000 bonus Starpoints® with two eligible stays

• 4,000 bonus Starpoints® with four eligible stays

• 6,000 bonus Starpoints® with six eligible stays

Also, my stays all...
Feb 3, 08, 12:24 pm
Replies: 745
Views: 71,217
Posted By bfrederi

Same thing for me, at 2:20pm ET. Happens whenever...

Same thing for me, at 2:20pm ET. Happens whenever I attempt to log in (and prevents my from doing so...) Full message reads: "Alert www.starwoodhotels.com received a message with incorrect Message...
Jan 22, 08, 1:11 pm
Replies: 1,065
Views: 165,433
Posted By bfrederi

If you try to make a reservation at one of the...

If you try to make a reservation at one of the listed properties the regular way, directly through spg.com, most of the Starpicks rates seem to be loaded and available. So, you can use the Starpicks...
Nov 23, 07, 10:37 am
Replies: 127
Views: 31,413
Posted By bfrederi

I was on an award stay there in October that was...

I was on an award stay there in October that was booked as a smoking room, but was able to stay in a non-smoking room. It may help to call the hotel directly after you make your reservation to...
Nov 6, 07, 9:27 am
Replies: 83
Views: 5,110
Posted By bfrederi

I've been waiting 4 months... which I guess means...

I've been waiting 4 months... which I guess means it's time to call. I think it's likely a problem with Aeroplan, since I have some other partner points that haven't posted for months either.
Oct 31, 07, 11:15 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 2,161
Posted By bfrederi

I think for many of the Welcomgroup Hotels in...

I think for many of the Welcomgroup Hotels in India, comp airport pickups are actually provided depending on what type of room you are staying in, and not your spg status (which as noted elsewhere...
Oct 30, 07, 8:08 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,958
Posted By bfrederi

Stayed there one night this past summer. Hotel...

Stayed there one night this past summer. Hotel was completely booked, mostly with tour/school groups. Staff was pretty harried trying to keep up with everything, but still generally friendly. Room...
Oct 28, 07, 4:40 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 2,161
Posted By bfrederi

Breakfast is usually 7:00am to 10:30am. ...

Breakfast is usually 7:00am to 10:30am.

Should take at most 30 minutes to the domestic airport at that time of morning, but you just never know for sure. Taxi should run around 200INR, if you...
Jul 25, 07, 9:11 pm
Replies: 473
Views: 50,108
Posted By bfrederi

I could be wrong, but I think the concept was...

I could be wrong, but I think the concept was that since now, in theory, just about all properties "participate" in C&P (i.e. have to have the rate plan loaded), there was no need for such a list. ...
Jul 25, 07, 1:39 pm
Replies: 473
Views: 50,108
Posted By bfrederi

As a former web programmer, I can sort of...

As a former web programmer, I can sort of understand what they were trying to do with this redesign. Once you get past the initial welcome page, I actually think the site makes better use of space,...
Jul 25, 07, 10:01 am
Replies: 379
Views: 17,647
Posted By bfrederi

Westin Minneapolis

Upgraded to brand-new two-room King suite (X32) for Sat-Mon stay. Enormous bathroom with separate tub and walk-in shower. Living room nice, w/ large flat screen tv, and ok couch and chair. Bedroom...
Jul 17, 07, 12:23 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,599
Posted By bfrederi

At which hotels in India have you seen any C&P...

At which hotels in India have you seen any C&P availability for any dates? I've been checking many of them regularly online and have had Platinum concierge check months at a time, and have never...
Jul 16, 07, 11:42 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,599
Posted By bfrederi

I am planning a trip to India for October, and...

I am planning a trip to India for October, and would certainly echo your concerns about room availability, particularly for the ITC Welcomgroup hotels (usually Sheratons). Definitely a less...
Jul 8, 07, 9:16 pm
Replies: 248
Views: 43,637
Posted By bfrederi

Sadly the right call for now. However, they are...

Sadly the right call for now. However, they are building a new Westin in Alexandria about the same distance to Old Town that the Sheraton is. When that opens (scheduled for November 07), it should...
Jul 2, 07, 2:38 pm
Replies: 248
Views: 43,637
Posted By bfrederi

Recently completed a series of mattress runs in...

Recently completed a series of mattress runs in the DC area to qualify for Platinum before a number of international trips this year. I tried to spread things around among as many properties as...
Jun 28, 07, 8:08 am
Replies: 316
Views: 52,680
Posted By bfrederi

YMMV, but I called Platinum Concierge to book C&P...

YMMV, but I called Platinum Concierge to book C&P reservations this morning and was told that the properties I was interested in (multiple ITC hotels in India) did not even have the C&P rate plan...
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