- At a Christmas party last month, I joined a conversation between two friends — both frequent business travelers — who were commiserating about falling just a few nights short of qualifying for the highest level of Marriott’s elite traveler program.
Each was trying to figure out how to requalify for Marriott Platinum, a program that showers perks such as room upgrades, free gifts and guaranteed rooms, even when the hotel is sold out. To qualify, travelers must stay 75 nights per year in a Marriott.
They were strategizing on how to squeeze in just a few more hotel nights by the end of December to qualify.
“Is it really worth it?” I asked.
“You don’t understand,” one replied. “When you travel for work as much as we do, this stuff is important.”
- Most of the strategies are probably too detailed for people who rarely travel. And diehard road warriors probably know most of the tips already.
But for those in between — frequent travelers who haven’t paid attention to reward programs — “Mileage Pro” might help earn rewards and even more important, use them.
I’ve finished the book and really do need to write my promised review…