Bits ‘n Pieces for October 15, 2013

News and notes from around the interweb:

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Gary:
    Permit me to disagree a bit on your evaluation of Hotel Reward Programs. Personally, I like IHG for two reasons. Promotion stacking gets you an abundance of points on a paid stay. And with their companion Priority Club credit card you do get Platinum status, which means the staff will do everything the can to upgrade you. Point Breaks is the biggest bargain in loyalty redemption.
    For the budget USA based traveler, La Quinta returns in unusually generous, with great customer service. (Their call center is in the USA, so they speak English and do try and help. When they offer a stay two get one free it can’t be beat. A good benefit is for 6,000 points and each additional $15 upgrades you to a higher category. Great value.

  2. Do you think united will honor, despite the rep stating on flyertalk saying it won’t be honored?

  3. @Steve T – you can accumulate lots of points with Priority Club. You may do well with their status but it is not because the terms of the program entitle you to anything, you are “getting lucky” rather than getting anything that is due to you under the program. There are some redemption bargains and if all you want is a room then this can be a good program.

  4. “Younger Business Travelers More Likely to Spend Company Money on Perks”: that’s a very misleading title. The survey questions compare spending company money and personal money, so if young people make less, it looks like splurging even if they spend less that the older folk (but not proportional to the income disparity). Two engineers, ages 25 and 45, go on a business trip together. The senior engineer chooses the kind of restaurant she normally eats at when paying for herself. The younger engineer ends up spending about the same amount of company money, but the cost is higher than what she would have spent if she had chosen the restaurant.

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