Posts From July, 2011

Double Points offer with Holiday Inns 

July 22, 2011 Categories: Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn hotel brands

Most people choose to use points at Holiday Inns than to be a miles collector, to get miles on your choice of a participating airline. You can use even use Priority points for hotels at IHG competitors.ihg brands

They have an offer running to earn Double Points starting on your 2nd qualifying stay. Or earn double miles after your 1st qualifying stay at select hotels. This runs through August 15, 2011. The choice is yours to earn Double Points or Double Miles on every qualifying stay. (You must be a miles collector with a preferred alliance in order to collect airline miles)

Stay at Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites and you’ll start earning double on your 1st qualifying stay, (the other brands require a second stay).

Register and earn bonus points or miles will be awarded on every qualifying stay, beginning with the second qualifying stay at participating InterContinental® , Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Express by Holiday Inn™, Holiday Inn Express® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations® hotels worldwide

Gane el doble de puntos o de millas con cada estancia puntuable, a partir de la segunda en Holiday Inn Hotels. Alójese en Staybridge Suites® o Candlewood Suites® y empezará a ganar el doble desde la primera estancia puntuable


If Brands don't stay true to their brands, consumers feel cheated 

July 11, 2011 Categories: Starwood

I traveled to California and typed Whole Foods in the GPS to find a Whole foods near my hotel to get a chair massage, drinks and snacks.

Founder John Mackey’s innovative ideas have made Whole Foods a success and I hope that they will continue to cookie cut the successful stores by getting the Whole Foods brand to become consistent. I have a summer home in Austin and it’s nice to know that I can find the same stuff at any Whole Foods store. John Mackey is an original entrepreneur who’s unashamed to defend the morality of capitalism

I am disappointed that the newly opened store on Waugh does not have the chair massage. I wish that brands would stay true to their brands and not let each store operate as a different un-associated entity.

I really felt cheated that this SPG brand was not what I expected! Starwood_10_Logo_Spread:

I booked a 4 points hotel even though the Aloft in the area was cheaper, because I know that Four Points by Sheraton, hotels always have bath tubs whereas the Aloft only has a shower. After arrival, I discovered that it did not have a tub and even though it is a new hotel, the rooms are cheaply decorated to look like an old hotel. The lobby is nice at the San Antonio Four Points NW but the staff are not professional. I won’t bore you will the trivial problems that I encountered but I will tell you that I wish I had paid twenty dollars more to get a classy hotel.

AMEX and United Airlines are now opponents 

July 04, 2011 Categories: united Airlines

united_continental_logo_detTransferring American Express® Membership Rewards® for OnePass members is not cost effective. You have to pay for the transfer and even if you want to do it, it is not easy to do because AMEX and United airlines are now adversaries.

Texans are sad to see that United Airlines is taking over Continental airlines. I have been a OnePass Elite member for many years and have seen the downgrading of the airline during the transition to United. If you've earned American Express® Membership Rewards points, you may be interested to know that Continental Airlines' participation in the Membership Rewards® points transfer program will end after Sept. 30, 11

You will be automatically enrolled in Mileage Plus when OnePass ends.

Points to consider:

  • - You can transfer Membership Rewards® points into your OnePass account through Sept. 30, 2011. Not after that date but it costs you $6.00 for every 10,000 points
  • - Until then, you can convert Membership Rewards® points to OnePass miles, add them to your existing balance and use them at your convenience for reward travel on the world's largest airline network, as well as upgrades, OnePass Online Auction* items and more.
  • - Continental’s participation in the American Express® Airport Club Access program is also ending. Cardmembers can use their Platinum and Centurion cards to visit Presidents Club® lounges through Sept. 30, 2011 because they want to promote the United Airlines credit cards.

American Express are counteracting on their website with this statement to put you off transferring to Continental Airlines.

“Fly anytime, anywhere on Continental Airlines without transferring points! To learn how you can take advantage of AMEX low prices and use Membership Rewards® points to fly Continental with no blackout dates or seat restrictions, even after September 30, 2011, visit Transfer points to over 20 frequent traveler programs, including Delta SkyMiles® and Starwood Preferred Guest®. “

If you still want to transfer OnePass® Miles, How many do you need to transfer?

  • 1,000 OnePass® Miles =1,000 Membership Rewards Points
  • You must transfer Membership Rewards® points into your account before booking your reservation.
  • The Airline Excise Tax Offset Fee to transfer 10,000points it will also cost you $6.00 (or 1,200 points if you elect to pay the fee with points) They have given their fee this fancy name to make it sound like it is a tax and not a fee they thought up.

Usted sólo relájese y disfrute, ya que American Express Membership Rewards Socios en viajes, le ofrecen servicios con los más altos estándares al rededor del mundo, para que su traslado, estadía y regreso a casa sean una vivencia para recordar toda la vida: Aeroméxico, Continental y Delta




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