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Jan 18, 19, 12:47 am
Replies: 478
Views: 61,329
Posted By trog

You would think after the IT breach and the...

You would think after the IT breach and the botched merging of the programs Marriott would send an encouraging positive message to its loyal customers to start the new year.

Well, unfortunately...
Jul 19, 15, 4:09 am
Replies: 1,453
Views: 231,295
Posted By trog

Does anyone know if there is an updated list of...

Does anyone know if there is an updated list of the resort and conference center hotels available? The list linked to on the wiki here was last updated a couple of years ago.

The Four Points in...
Nov 10, 13, 11:10 pm
Replies: 128
Views: 23,316
Posted By trog

People should at least dump the Delta Amex if not happy with devaluations

While reading these posts, the ad for 30,000 bonus miles for signing up for the Delta gold Amex keeps appearing. If enough people think that 30,000 miles are still valuable and sign up for the card...
Aug 27, 13, 4:30 am
Replies: 990
Views: 167,968
Posted By trog

Stayed here a couple of times in July and have to...

Stayed here a couple of times in July and have to agree the plat benefits were great compared to when I last stayed at this hotel.

-Double plat amenity per stay, the second 500 points could be...
Mar 29, 13, 4:11 pm
Replies: 338
Views: 57,501
Posted By trog

The thread referred to is targeted to posts...

The thread referred to is targeted to posts commenting on increased C&P availability so of course there will some entries referring to this. I am sure if all posts in other threads are merged into a...
Feb 24, 13, 3:01 am
Replies: 234
Views: 38,490
Posted By trog

Can we get your source where only a tiny minority...

Can we get your source where only a tiny minority of people qualify for Plat on their own dime?

I said that there are maybe several hundred intensely loyal members of hotel programs who regularly...
Feb 22, 13, 1:18 am
Replies: 234
Views: 38,490
Posted By trog

^ +1 I think this is an excellent analysis, many...

^ +1 I think this is an excellent analysis, many people already "just book for the best deals" and more will start doing so as loyalty programs continue to be devalued. It isn't too bad possibly...
Feb 21, 13, 1:37 am
Replies: 234
Views: 38,490
Posted By trog

Another huge devaluation. Big surprise. And of...

Another huge devaluation. Big surprise. And of course, "a select number of additional hotels may be added to the list prior to March 5th."

Sure these changes might be less terrible overall than...
Jan 28, 13, 1:24 am
Replies: 338
Views: 57,501
Posted By trog

Originally I was against these changes and went...

Originally I was against these changes and went from thinking "You’re gifted" when using my SPG AMEX to feeling "You’re devalued". Then I reread the original announcement on FT stating that the...
Jan 20, 13, 5:41 pm
Replies: 338
Views: 57,501
Posted By trog

Yes, and another lesson to spend mostly on credit...

Yes, and another lesson to spend mostly on credit cards with the best cash back rewards and not accumulate a lot of points in a single program. Points are frequently devalued and almost never gain...
Jan 20, 13, 4:14 am
Replies: 338
Views: 57,501
Posted By trog

I thought C&P (and Priceline, Hotwire, etc.) were...

I thought C&P (and Priceline, Hotwire, etc.) were offered at a hotel’s discretion at times of lower occupancy. Even with the large increase in the C&P price, it will still be offered at a hotel’s...
Apr 21, 12, 2:49 am
Replies: 364
Views: 55,623
Posted By trog

Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria is yet another...

Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria is yet another property that has changed category with no notice since the March 1 changes, from a cat 2 to 3. On March 31 the hotel was a cat 2, sometime since...
Apr 11, 12, 2:19 am
Replies: 364
Views: 55,623
Posted By trog

Well, the initial posting of the change list on...

Well, the initial posting of the change list on Feb. 16 stated that some additional hotels may be added to the list before the changes took effect on March 1 so I don't think many are having a...
Feb 22, 12, 2:44 am
Replies: 364
Views: 55,623
Posted By trog

If your "sweet spot" is category 3, 2, or 1...

If your "sweet spot" is category 3, 2, or 1 though, it seems the changes are mostly positive. According to an earlier post:

54 properties are decreasing from cat. 4 to cat. 3, only 22 are...
Feb 20, 12, 1:08 am
Replies: 364
Views: 55,623
Posted By trog

I was pleasantly surprised by the advance notice...

I was pleasantly surprised by the advance notice again this year of the category changes and the fact there was not a large devaluation of points (unless there are surprises in the hotels to be added...
Feb 2, 12, 11:32 am
Replies: 3,823
Views: 465,967
Posted By trog

I find it hard to believe that a well managed cat...

I find it hard to believe that a well managed cat 6 type of property will voluntarily give out free suite upgrades five days in advance to a business traveler who spends a hundred or more nights a...
Feb 2, 12, 1:22 am
Replies: 3,823
Views: 465,967
Posted By trog

I think that only a few people who regularly post...

I think that only a few people who regularly post to this board have expressed disappointment so far in the new Plat Lite status and how it was retroactively applied to last years nights because many...
Jan 29, 12, 2:44 am
Replies: 143
Views: 21,945
Posted By trog

If a differentiation between Platinum members is...

If a differentiation between Platinum members is going to be implemented, this isn't bad news for the business travelers who spend more than one seventh of the year in Starwood hotels.

For the...
Nov 10, 11, 11:18 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 11,214
Posted By trog

At some hotels this rate can be a lot higher than...

At some hotels this rate can be a lot higher than a hotel special offer rate or a AAA rate. I checked the rates for a local hotel for the night of Nov. 19 and the rates were:

Hotel special offer:...
Forum: S.P.A.M.
May 10, 11, 4:18 pm
Replies: 1,801
Views: 382,999
Posted By trog

Promo code ineligible restaurants

Just noticed today that several restaurants are listed in the southeastern Wisconsin listings with the notation that "Promo codes do not apply".

First, more and more $25 certificates began...
Nov 16, 10, 1:57 am
Replies: 3,532
Views: 539,521
Posted By trog

Just smaller than the ones I had at the Le...

Just smaller than the ones I had at the Le Meridien and Royal Orchid, that's all. Really didn't mean to be too negative about this hotel, just a bit of a letdown after great stays at the other...
Nov 13, 10, 6:51 am
Replies: 3,532
Views: 539,521
Posted By trog

I don't think this hotel is horrid but in my...

I don't think this hotel is horrid but in my opinion it doesn't even come close any more to newer or more recently upgraded hotels such as Le Meridian, Plaza Athenee, and Royal Orchid. Ok, maybe I...
Feb 4, 10, 2:28 am
Replies: 150
Views: 19,991
Posted By trog

Tried to use a day in LAS from 2/12 to 2/13 but...

Tried to use a day in LAS from 2/12 to 2/13 but no availability. There is availability for other dates I can't use such as 2/5 to 2/6.

Wonder if Valentine's Day weekend is another blackout date...
Nov 24, 09, 11:26 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 613
Posted By trog

Happy I booked Southwest to game

Flying to a game in a couple of weeks and heard this morning that the game time was changed and had to change my return trip from Sun evening to Mon morning.

Very happy I booked Southwest in...
Aug 9, 09, 9:35 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,162
Posted By trog

Thanks for the offer to look into situations like...

Thanks for the offer to look into situations like this. The situation I originally posted was resolved on spg.com when I checked early this afternoon, the standard 2 double bed room was now...
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