Marriott allowing free cancelations Marriott is allowing reservations to be changed for free up until 24 hours before arrival, for stays through April 30, 2020. This includes non-refundable reservations that were previously booked.  On top of that, for reservations made between March 13 and April 30, 2020, Marriott will allow reservations to be canceled for free up until 24...
IHG may not be my preferred program for Loyalty but they took a step in right direction by reducing number of nights required to maintain elite status with the brand. As it is increasingly happening that people are afraid or can't travel due to restriction by government/airline or various other possibilities As it’s described, “with more constrained travel...
Thanks to the OutBreak of the CoronaVirus that people travel plans have been impacted. It may be due to Government policy that doesn't allow you to travel or self assesed travel risk that you might want to avoid traveling in affected regions or even airline cancellation.  This primarily applies to those who booked non-refundable rates, which normally can’t...
Marriott has launched a new summer Global promotion that has almost no aspirational value.   In terms of global health crisis due to Corona Virus, it feels like they are planning to shoot themselves in their own foot.  The Promotion is as follows: Earn 2,000 Bonvoy bonus points for each stay, starting with your second stay Valid for stays between March...
IHG is not a loyalty program and that I admire.  If you hold top tier status with IHG - you still don't get a complimentary breakfast.  There are following issues with IHG Holding top tier status with IHG doesn't get you free Breakfast. Your status doesn't hold any value if you are redeeming a night.  IHG food except at Intercontinental and...
Marriott Promotions Fall 2019 labelled as Get More.  This is a two-tiered promotion, much like Marriott has made in the past. You need to register  (link here)between now and December 31, 2019. Then, you need to stay twice between October 29, 2019, and January 14, 2020, to earn a miserly total of 2,000 bonus points. But that may...
Usually Emirates Skywards isn't considered a generous loyalty program due to slow accumulation and high requirements to qualify for the higher tiers.  However, Last week, Emirates Skywards is offering deals that has convinced me that I actually need to book Emirates flights as soon as possible.  There are multiple offers that can be stacked together. On top of...
When Indian Government introduced GST in 2017, there was massive chaos regarding exorbitant rates for GST charged at the luxury hotels.  Initially, hotels started charging tax on the rack rate vs the published rate. Hence, although I was supposed to be paying taxes on the listed rate, hotel would charge taxes as per the published rack rate, creating...
Renaming of Loyalty Progam is in fashion in industry. Every major Loyalty program is changing their program. Marriott Rewards became Marriott BonvoyGold Passport Hyatt became World of HyattClub Carlson became Radisson Rewards Accor portfolio has several globally known brands as : SofitelPullmanIbisNovotelRafflesBanyan TreeFairmont
I have explained basics of Wyndham Loyalty Progam here. The basics with Wyndham is that all properties have same redemption of 15000 points. I found that very enticing. During 2018, I redeemed by 15000 points for room at Amsterdam Apollo which was retailing over €250 a night. Which made it an excellent deal....
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