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Should you take Delta SkyMiles or Marriott Points for Marriott’s Triple Summer Miles offer?

by on Jul.26, 2009, under Airlines, Hotels

Marriott has been offering a promotion (click here for the link to Marriott’s Triple Summer Miles promotion) where you could earn triple miles on Delta or Northwest from June 1, 2009 to August 31, 2009. For those unfamiliar with the standard Marriott reward offering, you can choose to earn either 10 Marriott points or 2 Delta miles for each US dollar spent at a Marriott. If you sign up for this particular deal, you would earn 3x the standard Delta SkyMiles – 6 miles for every dollar spent.

My initial reaction was that this promotion is a no brainer, but, of course, the tradeoff between hotel points and airline miles can be considered more of an art than a science. For instance, a person that uses Marriott points for stays at Marriott hotels would view the trade off differently than a person who is accrues Delta SkyMiles for free flights. I personally avoid Marriott hotels unless there’s truly nothing better in the area where I’m vacationing; I will save the Marriott bashing for a separate post. Nevertheless, in an attempt to determine whether Marriott Points or Delta SkyMiles are more valuable, let’s set aside personal preferences.

To make this decision more of a science, let’s take a common item that can be purchased with points or miles – say an iPod Touch (16GB). Based on a calculated spending level (how much actual cash you need to spend at the Marriott to get the iPod) and an assumed price of the product, a cash back equivalent (CBE) can be determined. The reward offering that results in the highest CBE is the better deal. As you can see from the table below, this methodology suggest that the 3x Delta miles promotion offers the highest CBE at 3.01%. The results also show that without the 3x promotion, the Marriott points are more valuable at a 2.62% vs 1.00% CBE.

When no promotions are involved, you may want to check out Captain G’s perspective on airline miles vs hotel points.

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Where to stay in Hong Kong

by on May.09, 2009, under Business Travel, Hotels, Vacation

When traveling abroad, I generally like to stay with US-based hotels as they are pretty consistent in terms of quality of service, providing a clean room and being in convenient locations. You also get better value for your hotel rooms at international locations as US hotel chains rarely discount their international rooms compared to domestic rooms. All the major US hotel brands are in Hong Kong (Hilton Conrad, Hyatt, Marriott and Sheraton). Here’s an evaluation of each US hotel in Hong Kong:

I highly recommend you stay at one of the following hotels for convenience in Hong Kong:

JW Marriott or Conrad – Both hotels are located inside Pacific Place in Central. The MTR (train) station is also connected to Pacific place. The main bus terminal is right across the skywalk from Pacific Place. The Hong Kong JW Marriott and Hong Kong Conrad also offer great views of the city if you are on the top floors. Both hotels have hotel lounges that server food and alcohol. The JW Marriott lounge is one of my personal favorites in the world. The JW Marriott is by far the best hotel in Hong Kong.

Sheraton – Located in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui area, the Sheraton is in an extremely convenient location. The Hong Kong Sheraton is next to the famous Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon. You can go any where in Hong Kong or Kowloon from the Sheraton. The Kowloon MTR station is two blocks away and all major buses travel through Tsim Sha Tsui. You are also minutes away from Victoria Harbor where you can catch the Star Ferry to get to Hong Kong Central or Wanchai.

Renaissance – Located in Kowloon near Victoria Harbor. If you have a room with a water view, you will get a panoramic view of Hong Kong Island which is one of the best views in the world (on a sunny day of course). Like the Sheraton, the Renaissance is close to all major attractions and transportation. The Renaissance is actually a few blocks away from the Sheraton

I would shy away from the following US hotels:

Grand Hyatt or Renaissance Harbour View – Both hotels are in Wanchai, near the Hong Kong Convention Center. Hyatt is near the harbor so it becomes very inconvenient to by car or MTR. If you were taking the MTR train (to the Wanchai stop), you will have to walk ¾ of a mile to get to the Hyatt or Marriott. To compensate for the long walk from the Wanchai train station, you will find a great view from your room at the Marriott. I would not stay at either hotel unless I am attending a convention.

The W – The W is located in the newly developed section of Kowloon and attached to the Elements Mall. Aside from the mall, there is not much to do in the evening (or day). Public transportation can also be a challenge as only one MTR line goes to this station. You can always take cabs from the W to your destinations but it can be costly.

You can also check out my earlier post on: Where to go when you are visiting Hong Kong.

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Marriott’s offering fast track to Elite status with double nights for every stay

by on Apr.23, 2009, under Hotels

Similar to the airline offers, Marriott launched a fast track to Elite status program that goes from May 11, 2009 to June 26, 2009. You will receive double credit for each night at a Marriott. Here’s the link to register. It is hard to get Elite status at Marriott because Marriott Rewards do not count stays + nights. You can only achieve Elite status with actual nights – so checking in and out of Marriott hotels throughout the week will not get you Elite status faster.

To earn Marriott Platinum status, you will need to have 75 nights. Marriott’s current fast track to Elite status offer goes on for 7 weeks. If you are a weekly traveler with 4 nights per week, you will get 28 to 30 nights during this promotion period. With double nights, you will have 60 Marriott Reward nights — that will leave you 15 short of Platinum status. I don’t think this fast track to Elite status is worth it unless you have already been staying at a Marriott or are committed to staying at Marriott for the rest of the year.

From the promotion link, I also noticed Marriott has implemented Elite Rollover Nights. If I understand the term correctly, every additional night after the 75th night will count toward next year’s status. This would be a huge differentiator against SPG, Hilton and Hyatt. The hardest part is still getting 75 actual nights.

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