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Everything But Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood: Hotels Presentation at Frequent Traveler University

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Everything But Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood presented at Frequent Traveler University Advanced, Dallas, September 2015 by Rapid Travel Chai.

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Everything But Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood: Hotels Presentation at Frequent Traveler University

  1. 1. Everything But Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood FTU Advanced DFW 2015FTU Advanced DFW 2015 Stefan Krasowski Rapid Travel Chai
  2. 2. Itinerary A Bed for the Night Sleeping in Chains Quick Points Tips How Many Ways to BookHow Many Ways to Book Savings Boost Quick Tips Hotwire and Priceline Making Memories ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Intro ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. Ground Rules No hotel customer service stories ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Moldy Welcome Amenity, Radisson Decapolis, Panama City
  5. 5. …But Let Me Tell You About the Prior Guest’s Room Service at Radisson Blu Edwardian Kensington that Wouldn’t Go Away Just kidding - no hotel customer service stories! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. Who am I in Hotel Terms? Alone I target ≈$50/night mom and pops and quirky hotels With my wife I use my points or Priceline 3.5* and up I have moderate business travel hotel point earning I only go for hotel status I can get free or from credit cardsI only go for hotel status I can get free or from credit cards ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  7. 7. Quirky – Hotel Braavo, Tallinn, Estonia $38 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. A Bed for the Night ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. Chasing Free Breakfast Nearly Ruined Our Aruba Vacation ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Hilton Aruba So-So Breakfast Buffet
  10. 10. Do We Really Need Welcome Amenities? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Embassy Suites Charleston Airport
  11. 11. It Doesn’t Need to a Competition to Find a Bed We Enjoy ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Hotel Casablanca, Dominican Republic, $50
  12. 12. Don’t Stress Over All the Options ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Good or Bad Hotels They May Be, They’re All in Paris
  13. 13. Sleeping in Chains ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  14. 14. Use Hilton if You MS ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. Use Hyatt if You are a Banker or Leisure ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. Use SPG if You are a Consultant ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. But I Said No Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood, Here’s for the Rest of UsStarwood, Here’s for the Rest of Us ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  18. 18. Use IHG if You Go Everywhere ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. Redeem Crowne Plaza, not Intercontinental ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved If You Want that Breakfast, Try Crowne Plaza
  20. 20. IHG PointBreaks are Golden ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. Chase IHG is the Best Hotel Card ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  22. 22. Chase Fairmont is the Second Best ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  23. 23. Use Choice Privileges for Preferred Hotels and Cheap Europe Awards ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved 42 of the Travel & Leisure Top 500 Hotels in the World
  24. 24. Use Club Carlson for Scandinavia and More ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  25. 25. Use Marriott for Small Town US and Middle East ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  26. 26. Those Marriott Hotel and Flight Awards Rock ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  27. 27. Best Western Gets You to the National Parks …and Lots of the World ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Amex Transfer Ending 12/31/15
  28. 28. Wyndham’s New Fixed Awards Prices ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Act Before They Change the Program Again
  29. 29. Auto-transfer Accor to Iberia Avios ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  30. 30. All Those Small Chains Might Work for You ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  31. 31. Alliances Can Be Juicy for Cash Stays ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  32. 32. Double Stay Credit Promos at Leaders Club 2.5 Stays = Free Night ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  33. 33. Quick Points Tips ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  34. 34. Stays are the Hardest Way to Get Status ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  35. 35. Extended Stay Brands Often Earn Less ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  36. 36. Hotels Often Allow Points Transfers ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  37. 37. 5th Night Free Hilton, Marriott & SPG Awards ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  38. 38. Don’t Forget to Use all Your Certs ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  39. 39. How Many Ways to Book ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  40. 40. Booking.com for Local Hotels ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  41. 41. Hotels.com for 10 Nights = 1 Free Night ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  42. 42. Orbitz for Orbucks ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  43. 43. Luxury Programs ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  44. 44. Travel Bureaux Still Exist and Can Be Useful ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Chuuk: World’s Best Wreck Diving & United Island Hopper
  45. 45. Sharing for All Kinds ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  46. 46. Tools to Try ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved So Many I Lose Track
  47. 47. Savings Boost ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  48. 48. Cashback Portals ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  49. 49. MasterCard EasySavings Hotel Network 4% ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  50. 50. American Express Open Savings at Hyatt ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  51. 51. Costco for Hyatt ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  52. 52. Discount Codes Galore ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  53. 53. Corporate Codes ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  54. 54. Hotel Employee Friends & Family ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Don’t Try it at Radisson Blu Phuket
  55. 55. SPG Pay Your Age ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  56. 56. Citi Prestige 4th Night Free ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  57. 57. Quick Tips ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  58. 58. Subtract 1 Star in Europe, Add 1 in Asia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  59. 59. Request Specific Amenities in Europe ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  60. 60. Find a Hotel With Self-Laundry ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  61. 61. Sort Out Airport Hotel Shuttle in Advance ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  62. 62. Hotwire and Priceline ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  63. 63. The Hotwire and Priceline Tradeoff Why to Not Use: No changes, no refunds* Unpleasant surprises* Why to Use: Save Money No elite status recognition* No miles and points* *There are always exceptions and luck ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  64. 64. Hotel Star Ratings Generous by ½ to 1 Star ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Stick to 3.5* and Up
  65. 65. Resort Fees in Frequent Offender Markets ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved “This hotel charges a resort fee of about $25.00 per room per night”
  66. 66. Check the Forums or Trip Advisor to ID ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  67. 67. Priceline Re-Bid With Low Balance Gift Card ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  68. 68. Priceline Hotel Freebies ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  69. 69. Making Memories ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  70. 70. B&Bs Across US & Canada ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Knox’s Dam B&B, Prince Edward Island, $90, now retired
  71. 71. Casa Particulars in Cuba ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Be treated like a grandchild for a day
  72. 72. Ranches in Argentina & Uruguay ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Estancia Finca Pedra, Uruguay, off-season $65
  73. 73. French Cuisine & Lemurs in Madagascar ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Vokano Forest Lodge, Andasibe, $100
  74. 74. Sleep at a Buddhist Temple ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Mt Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar
  75. 75. Camping on a Volcano ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Virunga, D.R. Congo
  76. 76. Ryokan in Japan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Dinner in Bed, Tokiwa Bekkan, Kinosaki Onsen, $200
  77. 77. Love Hotels in Japan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Anna Sui Room, Rose Lips, Osaka, $120 overnight
  78. 78. And So Many More Out There! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  79. 79. Give These a Whirl ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  80. 80. Thank You stefan@rapidtravelchai.com @rapidtravelchai rapidtravelchai.com ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved

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