Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014


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...]

Marriott Introduces M Club Lounge

M Club Entrance

Scott has mentioned I live just far enough from work that it's too far to drive home, so I stay in hotels near San Francisco Airport and often the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. I stayed there enough last year to achieve Platinum status, which provides lounge access. The … [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...]

RewardsPlus Offers Reciprocal Benefits between Marriott and United

RewardsPlus Match

United Airlines sent me a reminder this week that I qualify for Marriott Rewards Gold status due to my Premier 1K status with MileagePlus. And while I still have yet to stay at a Marriott hotel -- ever -- the RewardsPlus program may be of interest to some of you. (FAQs and Terms and … [Read more...]

Earn Miles and Discounts for Referring Friends

I was poking around the interwebs this weekend and found a new site, Referaound, that shares information on referral programs. For example, American Express will let existing cardmembers refer people to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards and earn 5,000 bonus Starpoints for each … [Read more...]

Week in Review: January 12-18

There is always news out there I never get around to sharing. It builds up in my RSS reader or browser bookmarks, so this is my opportunity to start with a clean slate each week. Some of the news and events that happened this week, but which I didn’t get around to discussing … [Read more...]