Bits ‘n Pieces for March 18, 2013

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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 – where are you seeing the W beds for much cheaper than the Westin heavenly bed? I am in the market for a nice king. Just checked both sites and the W looks about the same price. Is there something I’m missing? Thanks!

  2. In larger cities you can buy new or nearly new high-end mattresses on Craigslist for 2/3 less than you’d pay at a discount store. $500 to $800 will get you something you’ll be very, very happy with. The depreciation on a mattress the instant it leaves the store is more than 50%.

  3. @nsx…I wouldf GLADLY pay a substantial premium to not buy a mattress off of craigslist. That is just gross. Sounds like a massive invitation to bed bugs.

  4. If you stay in hotels, you are sleeping on “used” mattresses all the time. 😀

  5. @Robert Hanson – I don’t know about you, but since I’m a blogger they give me a brand new mattress every time! (rimshot)

  6. Is this a good discount for the Westin bed? I tried to Google the date of the last % off deal but it was just a sea of W bed results.

  7. We love the westin heavenly beds and bought a Simmons beauty rest with the pad on top. It’s identical to the heavenly bed. Was told that Simmons actually makes the westin beds but don’t know if that’s really true.

  8. So in Australia the credit card companies have the power to prevent retailers from passing along the full cost of the cards to consumers. What exactly is that a solution to again?

  9. The above should say “So in Australia the credit card companies have the power to prevent retailers from passing along the full cost of the cards ONLY to those who actually use them. What exactly is that a solution to again?”

    I would not bother with the above for the following
    reason :
    Being a gold member , over the last 2 years I have
    requested 4 times (and been promissed 4 times)to be sent
    a new SPG card.
    Every time at check-in I am embarassed to have to show
    my 2007 expired card.
    So although being a loyal member , I don’t trust them.

  11. GARY,
    I just show my (no status) card to present myself.
    I assume that it is easier/faster for them to find my
    reservation this way.
    Michael in YUL

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