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News and notes from around the interweb:
- Strengths and weaknesses of each US airline, I actually agree with most of it and would only quibble at the margin.
- Norwegian’s new Brangelina ad.
- My bottom-line so far on the Marriott-Starwood merger is better than I would have expected at this point, as told to Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press.
Gary Leff, who writes about points and miles at ViewFromTheWing.com, called the three-to-one exchange rate of Starwood points to Marriott points “just right.”
“It’s one of the many reasonable and positive steps that Marriott has taken along the way as it acquires Starwood,” Leff said. “But there’s a whole lot still to happen between now and the programs actually being combined.”
But as noted to USA Today while…
“Marriott nailed it with their 3:1 transfer ratio,” says Gary Leff, a travel industry expert who studies rewards programs.
He says Starwood is also known for its better treatment of top guests, offering perks such as suite upgrades and fewer limits on complimentary breakfast.
“Until we know how Starwood’s best elite benefits and lifetime status will work, and whether the unique partnerships Starwood has forged with airlines like Delta, Emirates, and China Eastern survive the merger, members will continue to be in wait and see mode,” he says.
- Intercontinental will open a hotel in the Maldives
- Just a reminder that the San Diego Airspace lounge is accessibly by American Airlines Admirals Club members. But if you have a Platinum Card by American Express use that for access and they’ll give you a $10 credit that can be used for purchased food. I grabbed a charcuterie plate and a couple of bottles of water with mine on Thursday.