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Canada’s Delta Hotels Slowly Joining Marriott Rewards

Marriott has released an update on integration of Canada’s Delta Hotels into Marriott Rewards. From June 18, Marriott Rewards members have been able to receive hotel benefits at Delta. These include full breakfast and lounge access for Marriott Gold and Platinum. See the benefits chart. Earning and redeeming, however, will not begin until February 2016.…

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I Only Get Suite Upgrades When I’m Alone

“Would you like a suite upgrade,” I was asked yesterday at the Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman. “Yes,” I said aloud. Inside I muttered, “Always happens when I’m not traveling with my wife.” Once, just once, I would like the upgrade to appear when we are together and can use the space in our different…

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SPG & Emirates Your World Rewards is an Impressively Executed Partnership

SPG has taken it Delta Crossover Rewards model overseas in the newly launched Your World Rewards with Emirates. Like Crossover Rewards, there are benefits and earning opportunities for elites of both programs. I am impressed by the well-thought FAQ. The quick take is to go ahead and register, it won’t disrupt your Delta Crossover Rewards,…

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Novel Bathroom Amenity at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

First night my sink drain stopper at Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas wouldn’t open. Maintenance came up and fixed that while I was out. I returned to find the water didn’t drain. I was exhausted and went to sleep. The next morning, housekeeping, similarly encountering problems, hit upon this solution: The drain stopper was…

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JAL Discount Award Promotion on Bangkok Airways Extended to March 31, 2016

Japan Airlines has a partnership with Bangkok Airways and one of the longest-running award discount programs, now extended to March 31, 2016. JAL’s awards are distance-based and one-ways are allowed. A trip of less than 1,000 miles is 5,000 miles, discounted from 15,000. The next band, up to 2,000 miles, goes for 8,000 miles, down…

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Transferring SPG Points to Japan Airlines

Starwood Preferred Guest has a stable of over 30 airline transfer partners. Most transfer at a 1:1 ratio and SPG throws in a bonus 5,000 for every individual block of 20,000 or more points transferred. Some of these, like Japan Airlines (JAL), do not have transfer arrangements with other US-based credit cards or promotions. The…

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