If you're an Uber user, you can now earn points with your rides. The service recently teamed up with Starwood Hotels to get in on their rewards program. Read more...
For a while, IHG Rewards Club and Marriott Rewards have been outliers by not having a points expiration policy. Meanwhile Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, and many other hotel loyalty programs do have points expire after a certain period of inactivity. Well, Marriott has finally updated their points expiration policy. Show More Summary
Uber is partnering with hotel chain Starwood to give riders an incentive to choose the ride-hailing service over a taxi.
Club Carlson MegaPoints rate for 10,000 bonus points per night started as a promotional rate for about ten Radisson hotels in the Americas. For 2015 there is now a posted list of dozens of hotels offering this rate. This is a great deal for some hotels. Show More Summary
Marriott Concierge is busy on social media this week. First there was the announcement that 1 in 3 Marriott Hotels worldwide is changing category on March 19, 2015 with 75% of those hotels going up in reward category. Yesterday a new...Show More Summary
Most hotel programs assign individual hotels to ‘categories’ with a fixed number of points required to redeem the hotels in each category. And chains more or less adjust the hotels assigned to each category once a year. Starwood announced their hotel reward category changes several days ago. Show More Summary
It's pretty normal for hotel loyalty programs to have annual category adjustments, whereby the number of hotels in each category changes. In other words, the number of points required for a free night at a particular category of hotel...Show More Summary
Last week I wrote about the new MobileSuites app, which will allow users to make requests of their hotel via the app, streamlining the communication between guests and the hotel. To promote the launch of their app, the developers ofShow More Summary
IHG PointBreaks Hotels for stays to May 31, 2015 at 5,000 points per night offer some great deals if you are in the right places. I have reprinted the list in this post with direct links to the PointBreaks hotels still shown today. InterContinental...Show More Summary
On Saturday morning, we enjoyed a final rooftop brunch at the wonderful Andaz Hotel, bid adieu to the fun Honda Fit and San Diego, and pointed the Xterra north. Our destination? San Francisco. My mom lives not far from Washington Square in North Beach — a neighborhood with the highest density of Italian cafes outside of Rome. Show More Summary
Uber riders can start racking up loyalty program points toward stays at Starwood Hotels & Resorts under a new agreement between the mega-hotel company and the San Francisco-based ride-sharing service.
In-between shenanigans, Uber actually offers a pretty nice car service, and users are about to get a perk besides free water: points from chi-chi hotelier Starwood. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members can now link their accounts to Uber, and (afte...
Uber riders who stay at Starwood Hotel properties are in luck. The fast-growing ridesharing startup announced on Wednesday a partnership with Starwood Hotels and Resorts that rewards members of the hotel chain's Preferred Guest program with points for every dollar spent riding with Uber. Show More Summary
I love when technology makes life easier, and especially appreciate innovation in the travel and hospitality industry. In a few weeks, the new MobileSuites app will launch, with an awesome premise. The idea is that users will be able...Show More Summary
When a residency act comes to the Hard Rock Hotel, the resort goes all out with supporting themes. Rascal Flatts is a case in point: when the country act takes up residency with nine shows Feb. 25, to Mar. 14, there will be Rascal Flats-themed meals,...
Hyatt Focus on High End Travelers An interesting set of data points I found recently for Hyatt Hotels is an investor presentation PDF from November 2014. Hyatt Hotels promotes itself to investors as 10 hotel brands in 573 hotels (as of Sep 2014) focused on high end travelers. Show More Summary
The first time I visited Chicago, about 25 years ago, I asked the clerk at the front desk of my hotel if he would point me in the direction of the John Belushi statue, the John Belushi memorial, the John Belushi honorary whatever. Because I had always assumed there was one. Alongside "Star...
Club Carlson 25% off sale is another discount rate opportunity for hotel stays in USA, Canada and Caribbean to earn 30,000 bonus points for 3-night stays or 15,000 bonus points on two night stays. Book by 11:59pm CT, February 13 for stays through February 28, 2015. Show More Summary
The Mobile Suites app will let you order room service, request housekeeping, set up transportation, and reserve restaurant and spa services at your hotel, regardless of where you’re staying. They’re working with the major hotel chains and rolling out quickly across their portfolio of full service hotels. Show More Summary
Zurich Asia, the leading stamp auction house in Asia, held its spring auction of rare stamps and philatelic treasures in Hong Kong on 7 and 8 February 2015 at Harbour Plaza Hotel North Point. Over 2,600 lots of magnificent philatelic items and works of art were offered in the sale. Show More Summary