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Today, 5:37 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

I realise that we have conflicting information in...

I realise that we have conflicting information in the T&Cs, FAQs, member feedback, and lurker feedback regarding all this but ultimately the outcomes do not depend on the conversation in this thread...
Yesterday, 6:42 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

Regardless of the interpretations from people and...

Regardless of the interpretations from people and lurkers, you need to ask yourself what would you do differently if this stay, regardless of how you construct it with reservations, results in a...
Feb 25, 21, 3:38 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

Pretty much every one for me which is why I stay...

Pretty much every one for me which is why I stay at Bonvoy hotels. You're probably referring to Bonvoy hotels in the US which doesn't reflect the experience in the Rest of the World.

Late check...
Feb 16, 21, 7:30 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

There was. Whether it was intentional or not is...

There was. Whether it was intentional or not is anyone's guess but when I finally merged my two accounts (into SPG for old time's sake) I got the additional year from the matched Marriott account. No...
Feb 12, 21, 5:24 am
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Posted By ftrichard

Sheraton Nanshan, yes, on Jan 1 and the lounge...

Sheraton Nanshan, yes, on Jan 1 and the lounge was closed so they put me in the regular buffet which was great :-). Yes, good, new, hotel at a good price but location won't be suitable for many...
Feb 12, 21, 1:58 am
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Posted By ftrichard

Not to be confused with the ageing JW Shenzhen...

Not to be confused with the ageing JW Shenzhen this is a relatively new hotel halfway between Nanshan and the airport. Itís a good quality hotel and clearly popular with families when I was there...
Feb 11, 21, 5:55 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

I know, we all know what it's like now and we...

I know, we all know what it's like now and we meekly accept random inconsistency and manual workarounds as our daily lot in life.

Most things, like the inability of some members to sign up for...
Feb 11, 21, 8:47 am
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Posted By ftrichard

Here's my proof

Inspired by the historical screen shots, I dug around and these two pictures were taken on 13 December 2019. They clearly show I had 7 LTP years and I had accrued 83 qualifying nights by this date -...
Feb 10, 21, 2:06 am
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Posted By ftrichard

I am also 100% sure that the 2020 qualifying year...

I am also 100% sure that the 2020 qualifying year did not get credited to the Lifetime Platinum count in July and it remained at 8 years throughout 2020 and is still at 8 now.

I also requalified...
Feb 9, 21, 3:42 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

The nights of 14th and 15th will not qualify...

The nights of 14th and 15th will not qualify because they are outside the dates of the Promo. The nights from the 16th should qualify and - if they have programmed the IT correctly - this is what...
Feb 8, 21, 1:32 am
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Posted By ftrichard

100% definitive answers can only be relied upon...

100% definitive answers can only be relied upon if provided by Marriott themselves but - as you've discovered - this may not be forthcoming for complex cases like yours. This would be my take based...
Feb 7, 21, 1:05 am
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Posted By ftrichard

One night staycation as Iíve always wanted to try...

One night staycation as Iíve always wanted to try this out and see how the Platinum happy hour compares to some of this cityís excellent hotel lounges. The hotel is on the top floors of a skyscraper....
Feb 3, 21, 2:16 am
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Views: 25,785
Posted By ftrichard

Yes, BW has dropped the ball big time now....

Yes, BW has dropped the ball big time now. Bonvoy's back in the game. Until the next outrage that drives me to leave furiously, again.
Feb 1, 21, 8:48 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

Always helpful to name and shame the specific...

Always helpful to name and shame the specific hotel and brand when identifying a slapdash joke of a breakfast to warn others and put it into context. My Marriott breakfasts (across a variety of...
Feb 1, 21, 8:46 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

Yes, it does usually take some time. In the SPG...

Yes, it does usually take some time. In the SPG days it incremented with when the qualifying night posted during the year of qualification but now they're all done annually in batches (seemingly) so...
Feb 1, 21, 8:44 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

My experience at various buffets in Shenzhen is...

My experience at various buffets in Shenzhen is that they are largely normal. They ask you to wear masks but enforcement is variable.

The most rigorous (that I've been to) is the Shangri-La in...
Feb 1, 21, 7:52 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

I just registered on the app. Am I the...

I just registered on the app.

Am I the first?

What a day! First, the 38 bonus nights appear on both 2021 and Lifetime night counts. And next, we can register for the Promo on the app.
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Feb 1, 21, 7:41 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

Exact same for me. I am now nine nights from...

Exact same for me.

I am now nine nights from Platinum requalification (my 10th year!) and 25 nights (to 600) from Lifetime Platinum qualification.

(But, like you, I still need the year counter...
Jan 30, 21, 5:52 pm
Replies: 225
Views: 25,785
Posted By ftrichard

Update: Registered now, one day later. It just...

Update: Registered now, one day later. It just appeared on the app and let me click on the Register button. This is a nice little offer for my one-night staycations planned over Chinese New Year...
Jan 30, 21, 5:40 pm
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Views: 94,820
Posted By ftrichard

Well, the original plan was to use these for a...

Well, the original plan was to use these for a return in business class to South America this summer so that's obviously not viable any more. I've been saving AMs for years for this trip. Oh well.
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Jan 29, 21, 11:57 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

You're correct. Furious > Joke company > Slap in...

You're correct. Furious > Joke company > Slap in the face > Best Western.
Jan 29, 21, 11:51 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

Yes. But it does depend on how many useful months...

Yes. But it does depend on how many useful months there are in the 2021-2022 qualification period there are as to whether further requalification is possible. With a requalification month of May then...
Jan 29, 21, 9:01 pm
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Posted By ftrichard

This. Mine is all leisure travel as I retire...

This.

Mine is all leisure travel as I retire this year at 52 so I will stay with Bonvoy hotels where they continue to offer me the benefits I want (lounge/booze, breakfast, late check out) and...
Jan 29, 21, 8:55 pm
Replies: 441
Views: 50,308
Posted By ftrichard

That's a different, targetted, promotion and...

That's a different, targetted, promotion and there's another thread on these. I also received one this morning (22,500 bonus points over three stays). I also got an error message when I tried to...
Jan 29, 21, 8:54 pm
Replies: 225
Views: 25,785
Posted By ftrichard

There was an error directing you to this promotion...

I just received my first ever targetted promotion by email. 2021 is truly turning into a landmark year.

22,500 bonus points (6000 1st stay + 7500 2nd stay + 9000 3rd stay) within 3 months of...
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