Up to 25,000 Bonus Points with Marriott MegaBonus

Marriott MegaBonus fall 2014

Marriott's fall MegaBonus promotion now has its registration page up, and it appears -- to me, at least -- to be offering a maximum of 25,000 points to all members. This promotion will run from September 15, 2014, through January 15, 2015. Registration must be done by November … [Read more...]

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?

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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...]

Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014

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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...]