Hotel Ratings Inflation

Joe Sharkey’s column in Sunday’s New York Times highlighted hotel rating inflation, with some properties now claiming “six star” designations and one even claiming seven.

Meanwhile, there’s a proliferation of websites and guides offering star ratings of properties, and there’s little consistency or quality control among many of them.

Beyond those basic points, of course, the article degenerates into silliness: that a good rule of thumb is “about $100 a star,” that Westin is on par with Four Seasons and Peninsula properties, and that Radisson is a four star chain.

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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 InsideFlyer.com, 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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