FTU Presentation: Choosing a Hotel Loyalty Program

FTU Seattle 2014 - Hotel Loyalty Program

As promised, here's the second of two presentations I gave at Frequent Traveler University in Seattle. It's actually the first of the two talks, and unfortunately I was not as impressed with its delivery -- there were technical issues, and it was a late addition to the schedule. But hotel … [Read more...]

Which Is the Best Hotel Loyalty Program?

Hotel_Status_2014_top

This month I've been updating my comparison tables of hotel loyalty programs, and a big thanks is due to everyone who has helped point out corrections. (A few more than usual this year....) I started creating these tables for airlines and hotels in 2013 as a sort of "cheat sheet" to help … [Read more...]

How Credit Cards Affect the Cost of a Free Night

Award Cost - Status vs Card

During an on-going analysis of hotel loyalty programs, I decided to take a look at the credit card bonuses each offered. There is an opportunity cost when you use a co-branded card rather than some other credit card. For example, you may give up 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points you could have … [Read more...]

Free Club Carlson Gold Elite Status from American Express

Amex Club Carlson Gold

American Express has a targeted promotion for its European cardholders that includes free Club Carlson Gold Elite status through February 28, 2015, but it appears that anyone can register as long as they have a European address. Be sure to use your real name. (HT Points, Miles, & … [Read more...]

Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014

HotelStatus_UpperTiers2014_v6

I've finally found time to finish creating my comparison tables of hotel elite status in 2014. These things always get ripped to shreds in the first draft, so I won't do much analysis in this post; I'll wait until later this week. But do feel free to comment. I will try to get a corrected … [Read more...]

How Much Does It Cost to Earn a Free Night?

Hyatt SPG Weighted Average

I'm in the process of updating my hotel elite status comparison chart, and as part of that process I need to collect information on the different award tiers and the points earned with each stay. That allows me to do what I consider a very useful analysis of the relative cost of earning an … [Read more...]