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May 24, 14, 2:18 pm
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Views: 1,649
Posted By macj86

Marriott, tropical, lounge access for PLTs?

After around 15 years of international travel (and boatloads of points still remaining) I have a new job where my travel will be minimal and I'm looking to take the fam (2 adults, 2 mature teens) on...
Sep 19, 13, 11:06 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,331
Posted By macj86

Check the promotions at the hotel during that...

Check the promotions at the hotel during that time. You will find promotions that start and end during the entirety of your time there. I set up multiple reservations for long stays and do the...
Sep 19, 13, 10:50 am
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By macj86

Upgrade certificate: can't get a straight answer from CS

Set up my next itinerary yesterday and called to use my remaining upgrade cert (booked on M class fare). Rep said that no upgrades were available. Looked at website and seat map showed more than...
Dec 18, 12, 8:12 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,025
Posted By macj86

Been a Diamond for more than 10 years. Last 2-3...

Been a Diamond for more than 10 years. Last 2-3 years, I've hopped early in the year between China properties that were of similar distance from the factories I visit. My first 3 week trip gets me...
Oct 30, 12, 1:48 am
Replies: 113
Views: 10,290
Posted By macj86

Love your quote about life being too short to...

Love your quote about life being too short to spend it angry...very appropriate to these forums.

A travel router is a standard kit item for road warriors. I've had pretty much every type of...
Oct 8, 12, 4:05 am
Replies: 984
Views: 215,279
Posted By macj86

An important point. Probably the biggest benefit...

An important point. Probably the biggest benefit of 'economy comfort' for me.
Oct 7, 12, 8:54 pm
Replies: 984
Views: 215,279
Posted By macj86

Since my company no longer pays for biz class,...

Since my company no longer pays for biz class, I'm just happy that the 744 that I'll be flying on from DTW - NRT later this month will have the upgraded economy class with VOD, power outlets, etc...
Sep 21, 12, 8:46 am
Replies: 71
Views: 8,489
Posted By macj86

Your status will change once the stays are listed...

Your status will change once the stays are listed in your account. Marriott can take up to 48 hours for a stay to list in your account but it can happen sooner. If you're really keen on getting the...
Jul 5, 12, 2:25 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 4,891
Posted By macj86

The lounge is open every day. There is also free...

The lounge is open every day. There is also free wifi in the lounge.
Jul 5, 12, 2:22 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,131
Posted By macj86

The Tianhe property is a new hotel nearest the...

The Tianhe property is a new hotel nearest the zhujiang new town metro stop. The other review (and excellent one by one of the most brilliant reviewers here. ;) ) is for the older property in a...
Jul 5, 12, 10:20 am
Replies: 18
Views: 2,131
Posted By macj86

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe [Master Thread]

I'm going to be staying at this property in August. Anyone here tried this one?

I've stayed at the Grand Hyatt which appears to be pretty close in location (and price).
Jul 5, 12, 10:11 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,891
Posted By macj86

Recently completed a 2 week stay at this...

Recently completed a 2 week stay at this property. Aside from the usual issues with "aging" (every hotel in China seems to age fairly quickly...comes with the territory: hard driving business use,...
Jul 5, 12, 9:48 am
Replies: 91
Views: 11,446
Posted By macj86

Just to add the obvious comment from a Plat: ...

Just to add the obvious comment from a Plat: I've averaged close to 100 nights per year on international business travel for the past 14 years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. ...
Jun 16, 12, 8:49 pm
Replies: 974
Views: 173,207
Posted By macj86

I'd like to hear about this resort as well. I'm...

I'd like to hear about this resort as well. I'm looking at book in a week in 2013 using points and I'm planning to get a club level room (I'm Plat but don't expect anything for that here).
May 18, 12, 9:53 am
Replies: 179
Views: 105,308
Posted By macj86

I have the same question. I'm doing 4-6 trips...

I have the same question. I'm doing 4-6 trips between North America and Asia per year and I could justify the added expense for real value.
May 13, 12, 1:32 am
Replies: 842
Views: 160,791
Posted By macj86

I'm staying at this property this weekend...

I'm staying at this property this weekend (checking out in a few hours to head back into the mainland). The best thing about this property is its location. The property in Sha Tin, Shenzhen,...
Feb 23, 12, 9:23 pm
Replies: 75
Views: 7,795
Posted By macj86

Add my name to the list of folks who were...

Add my name to the list of folks who were attracted to Gold Passport because of Gx bonus points and FFN. Points are used for family trips. Status is valuable for the upgrade (for me on business...
Jan 28, 12, 2:40 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 7,487
Posted By macj86

If this has been posted before or if the link in...

If this has been posted before or if the link in incorrect, you have my apology.

1st Quarter Promo...
Jan 11, 12, 7:04 am
Replies: 48
Views: 5,960
Posted By macj86

I've been guilty of this in the past. The poster...

I've been guilty of this in the past. The poster who said that gym rats should go ahead and get cleaned up first was correct. I've never been dripping with sweat and/or used my hands to get food...
Jan 11, 12, 6:58 am
Replies: 122
Views: 25,904
Posted By macj86

When I have some extra time and want to go out, I...

When I have some extra time and want to go out, I do prefer TST. When I need to get up early and head to Guangzhou or Dongguan the next morning, I prefer the Sha Tin property. I can grab the rail...
Dec 24, 11, 6:30 pm
Replies: 64
Views: 7,771
Posted By macj86

I had a number of business trips cancelled...

I had a number of business trips cancelled throughout the year and didn't see much of a chance to extend my current 9 year DIA streak. Then came a Nov/Dec trip to a location where I was able to...
Dec 15, 11, 12:08 am
Replies: 21
Views: 6,568
Posted By macj86

I've had the same problem. What I've learned is...

I've had the same problem. What I've learned is when you come out of the train station (pretty much true at either Dongguan or Shilong station) look for the light blue taxi. I rarely have the...
Dec 15, 11, 12:00 am
Replies: 58
Views: 6,766
Posted By macj86

I have also rarely used this benefit. When I...

I have also rarely used this benefit. When I have, I've used it when I need to get up extra early (go to gym, catch a flight, conference call) and use it as a back up to the wake up call. I'm...
Apr 22, 11, 12:00 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,717
Posted By macj86

Gx/GPxxx bonus archive (Asia Oct-Dec 2010)

Okay, go ahead and get out the wet noodles and ridicule. Last fall, I stayed a number of nights at hotels in Southern China and stacked a number of Gx codes and one particular GPxxx code (good for...
Jul 26, 10, 1:45 pm
Replies: 1,586
Views: 255,406
Posted By macj86

This is a beautiful hotel with possibly the best...

This is a beautiful hotel with possibly the best lounge that I've seen. And the staff (both in the lounge) and elsewhere are very efficient. But, make no mistake, this is a property that aims for...
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