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Starwood launched its 10th brand yesterday called Tribute trying to lure independent hotels under its soft brand just like Marriott has done with its Autograph Collection and Hilton with Curio.

Starwood Preferred Guest Tribute Launch Promotion April 16 June 30 2015

There is only one hotel Tribute hotel available for booking right now (Royal Palm in South Beach), but Starwood expects to have 100 hotels signed up by 2020. [click to continue…]

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United Airlines has launched promotion for getting Marriott Rewards members to choose MileagePlus when redeeming for Travel Packages (read more about them here).

United Airlines MileagePlus Marriott Rewards RewardsPlus Bonus

From April 15 to June 30, 2015, Marriott Rewards members that redeem for Travel Packages and choose United MileagePlus as the partner program where they deposit the miles, will receive an additional 10% bonus from United (in addition to the usual 10%). [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% (sometimes up to 70% off) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me two links to recent articles on Bangkok Post (one of the two English dailies published in the city) regarding flight cancellations and order of not to market flights between Thailand and Japan past May 31, 2015.

Bangkok Post Thailand - Japan Flights

The restriction all stems from the audit that the ICAO did (read more here) that found significant safety concerns how the airlines were overseen by Thai regulatory authorities. This may result other countries to restrict the operations of Thailand registered airlines. [click to continue…]

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There are occasional videos of baggage handlers throwing bags around, but this one featuring Saudia is the worst that I have seen yet.

Thank you Saudi Airlines

Posted by Mohammad Al Tayyar on Sunday, April 12, 2015

So, if you bags have survived the pilfering earlier (read more here), you can be sure that any fragile items are surely broken. [click to continue…]

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Don’t we all know by know that most of the “security” at the airports is purely for the show trying to make the traveling public feel warm and fuzzy?

TSA

There was a good example of the TSA screeners just “doing their work” this week by CBS affiliate in Denver that had discovered quite a story. Some passengers were chosen for secondary patting purely because of their good looks, so that the screener could grope their genitals. [click to continue…]

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Last night, I was staying at the SPG Luxury Collection Park Tower (in need of the luxury) in Buenos Aires and needed to print out couple of documents, sign them and have them converted to PDF files.

Whine Wednesdays Sheraton Link

This should be an easy task? Wrong! The Luxury Collection hotel is basically co-located with the Sheraton hotel that has the Sheraton Link (partnership with the Microsoft) o the ground floor and business center (Luxury Collection) on the second floor. [click to continue…]