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Reminder: Motel 6 is NOT Owned by AccorHotels

“They will get free tissues to cry into at the Motel 6” is what bluecat — a reader of TravelBloggerBuzz — posted in response to how members of the President’s Club frequent guest loyalty program feel about the announcement of AccorHotels to acquire Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel by issuing 46.7 million new Accor shares and a cash payment of $840 million.

I have been seeing references around the Internet — such as aforementioned comment — which seem to imply that the Motel 6 lodging chain is still owned by AccorHotels.

Although it is true that AccorHotels purchased the budget motel brand back in 1990, it had sold the Motel 6 and Studio 6 lodging chains to…

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AccorHotels to Acquire Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel

The consolidation of the lodging industry appears to be in full swing with the latest announcement of AccorHotels to acquire Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel by issuing 46.7 million new Accor shares and a cash payment of $840 million, according to this official press release.

This strategic deal — which will include greater than 56,000 rooms in 155 hotel and resort properties, of which 40 are currently under development — is…

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Devaluation? What Devaluation?!? What the Truth Might Sound Like…

“Devaluing points or member benefits is not the way to preserve and strengthen these programs” is what Arne Sorenson — who is the president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, Incorporated — says to allay those fears in this video in which he stars in order to assure you that you have nothing about which to be concerned…

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Marriott Acquires Starwood: Initial Thoughts

The following statement was posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7:51 in the morning Eastern Standard Time in this discussion: “It is all over the news these days: Hyatt is in talks to take over Starwood. I wonder why Marriott did not step up their game and try to take over them.”

The rationale of the then-uncanny and unintentional prognostication by FlyerTalk member Muerz is that Marriott International, Incorporated and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Incorporated “would be a perfect fit for one another since Starwoods biggest problem is their limited availability in small markets and limited service brands while Marriotts problems are aspirational properties in the highend segment on one side and market penetration problems in Europe on the other side – both of which Starwood could provide.”

Had Muerz not added the statement “So sad they miss this opportunity!”, Muerz might have looked like a genius amongst all of the rumors which were rampant about Hyatt Corporation and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Incorporated possibly merging — and those rumors turned out to be nothing more than a waste of time and bandwidth.

The big news today is that Marriott International, Incorporated announced its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Incorporated for $12.2 billion, ensuring…

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…So Which Airline Actually Died Today: US Airways or American Airlines?

Although the airline technically no longer exists since the operating certificates of US Airways and American Airlines were combined into one single operating certificate as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States effective as of Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the last flight to be operated by US Airways will be flight 434 — an overnight flight which is scheduled to depart from San Francisco at approximately 10:00 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, October 16, 2015; and is scheduled to land at Philadelphia International Airport sometime after 6:00 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, October 17, 2015 — and the official Internet web site of US Airways will shut down.”

The differences between that paragraph and what actually happened was…

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The Last Flight to Be Operated by US Airways Will Be…

Although the airline technically no longer exists since the operating certificates of US Airways and American Airlines were combined into one single operating certificate as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States effective as of Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the last flight to be operated by US Airways will be flight 434 — an overnight flight which is scheduled to depart from San Francisco at approximately 10:00 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, October 16, 2015; and is scheduled to land at Philadelphia International Airport sometime after 6:00 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, October 17, 2015 — and the official Internet web site of US Airways will shut down, according to…

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Single Operating Certificate Approved for American Airlines; US Airways is Officially No More

The operating certificates of US Airways and American Airlines have been combined into one single operating certificate as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States effective as of today, rendering US Airways as the latest airline in commercial aviation in the United States to technically no longer exist.

American Airlines and US Airways had officially merged as of December 9, 2013 to become the largest airline in the world, taking the title from United Airlines on Friday, August 27, 2010, which in turn de-throned Delta Air Lines on Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

It appears that…

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Marriott Acquires Delta Hotels and Resorts for $135 Million

When an announcement was posted almost one year ago pertaining to changes in the Privilege frequent guest loyalty program, I would not have guessed that the “more to come” part would be in the form of an acquisition of Delta Hotels and Resorts by Marriott International, Incorporated for Canadian $168 million — or approximately $135 million in United States dollars — and “will propel Marriott to a leading position in Canada”, according to this press release.

“To ensure…

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Acquisition of Travelocity by Expedia: Bad For You, the Consumer?

Expedia, Incorporated can now add Travelocity to its portfolio of Internet travel web sites, as it has agreed to purchase its now-former rival from Sabre Corporation for $280 million in cash.

Hotwire, Hotels.com and Trivago are only three of the travel brands which are a part of the Expedia portfolio; and Expedia and Travelocity have had a marketing agreement since 2013 “in which Expedia Inc’s technology powered platforms for Travelocity’s U.S. and Canadian websites, while Travelocity drove additional web traffic to Expedia”, according to this article reported by…

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InterContinental Hotels Group to Acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for $430 Million

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC has agreed to acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants — the largest independent boutique hotel operator in the world with 62 hotel properties in 28 cities and a sophisticated food and beverage operator with 71 destination restaurants and bars — for $430 million in cash, according to this official press release.

The Kimpton brand will apparently become another brand of the portfolio of InterContinental Hotels Group, rather than be integrated into its existing brands, as there are significant opportunities “to accelerate the growth of the Kimpton brand” within the United States and to “launch it globally” — especially in “Europe and Asia where there is strong demand for boutique brands.”

It is unclear at this time as to…

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