New Air Conditioning Tax, another Marriott Devaluation, and Get Your Hyatt Status Now!!

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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. Hello Gary,
    Thanks for the great article on packing tips! I read that you really like the TravelPro Crew series of bags, but which one in particular is your carry-on? I see that EBags is having a closeout sale on the 9 and 10 series with the 9 having a suiter built in, but I am concerned about it fitting the carry-on restrictions. Can you share your thoughts? Thanks!


  2. The Marriott program was in “beta mode” — perhaps they discovered that they technology they envisioned to automate the points process just didn’t work (because, in actuality, it didn’t — Facebook likes weren’t getting rewarded at all after the first week or so.)

    Nonetheless, disappointing — especially since activity a week ago was promised at 250 points in their emails and posted as 25 after waiting the required week.

    Not worth complaining about, and certainly the new points awarded for social media activity aren’t worth the time and bother to complete.

  3. Received a response from hyatt – their offer says you can register through Oct 31, 2014. Also lists the ‘comparable competitors’ you need to provide documentation of are:
    Hilton VIP
    Hilton Diamond VIP
    Marriott Gold or Marriott Platinum
    Priority Club Platinum
    Starwood Platinum Preferred Guest

  4. Why is boarding suddenly ask for my “current location”all the time — VERY ANNOYING!!!

  5. Hi Gary,

    The tax at CCS is not an air conditioner tax but rather a ozone generator tax. Also, while there have been airlines that have stopped flights most have opted to reduce flights first.

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