Category Archives: Hotels

For which hotel is this reservation?

So far it seems that Marriott overreached itself by taking over Starwood. We receive many complaints of long-time Marriott customers about their Marriot Rewards accounts. For example, stays do not show up in their accounts, points are not added, etc. Marriott's website also presents problems. When you search for hotels you have no longer the possibility to sort the results on the basis of price. You have 4 criteria to sort the results: (more…)...
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Will Uber drive out hotel shuttles?

A nice hotel amenity is a free shuttle taking guests from and to the airport. One of our writers routinely selects only hotels offering free shuttle service. The Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Omaha Downtown in Nebraska announced the shuttering of its airport shuttle service. Yet, the service as such will not vanish. The hotel just replaces the shuttle service with (more…)...
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What will the new Marriott Rewards program bring?

Several readers asked us about the changes in Marriott’s frequent guest programs after the merger of Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). These programs will be merged into 1 program following Marriott’s purchase of Starwood in 2016. From August 2018 members of the 3 programs can merge points, while SPG members will see their points balance triple. Since the merger Marriott has 29 brands with a total of more than 6,500 properties, so all members now have plenty of opportunities to earn points. In the new program elite status...
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Marriott Rewards ranks highest among hotel loyalty programs

Marriott Rewards comes out on top in market research company J.D. Power’s 2017 Hotel Loyalty Program Satisfaction Study. The program receives 806 points on a 1,000-point scale. World of Hyatt (808 points) ranks second and Hilton Honors (793 points) third. The 3 lowest ranking programs are Club Carlson with 756 points, Choice Privileges (743 points) and Wyndham Rewards (742 points). The study is based on 4,682 responses from rewards program members who experienced 5...
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Marriott Rewards to change in 2018

When Marriott took over Starwood in September 2016 it was the intention to merge Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards into 1 frequent guest program. It was unclear how much time it would take. At least a year, said Marriott. But that was very ambitious and so far it did not happen. Meanwhile, Marriott has announced the merger will take longer than hoped for and the 3 programs will remain separate for the time being. But Marriott still aims at merging the 3 programs. Members...
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Travelers prefer Canada over USA

The USA is facing a Trump slump in the numbers of international tourist and conference attendees. President Trump’s travel bans and divisive language encourage business travelers to avoid the USA and to travel to Canada instead. Even though courts have blocked Trump’s travel bans because they are unconstitutional, the damage has already been done and the USA lost its reputation. Among those who will feel the pain are primarily Trump’s supporters in ailing industrial areas. Generally, they are low educated and depend on low-skilled jobs. For them it is bad news that
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