The (Last Two) Week(s) in Review

We are excited for Frequent Traveler University this weekend, mostly for the free coffee at Starbucks courtesy of Million Mile Secrets. Look out for our review next week.

Speaking of Million Mile Secrets, this week they taught us how to use elite traveler security lines by fooling the TSA with a flashy frequent flyer card. The comments section of the post heated up quickly, with people throwing around fighting words as they tend to only do anonymously on the internet. Our favorite comment was by E, and we quote: “OK Seems some incentive is needed for the loser line cutters. When i’m in the line (Either one) and I see Darious and or Emily i will call them out in Pubic.” That’s taking it a bit far, don’t you think?

Everybody is talking about getting rid of virgins by way of a Hilton, or something like that. Kinda reminds us of high school.

In a feat we didn’t think possible, The Points Guy runs through some ways in which Delta’s Skymiles program could get even worse.

In case you somehow hadn’t heard, THE CHASE FREEDOM CATEGORIES FOR 2013 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thankfully, our dealer was recently reclassified as a “drugstore,” so the first quarter is already looking good for our Ultimate Rewards balance.

The Mr. Pickles is back to blogging. As practitioners of the occasional blogging hiatus ourselves, we understand the need for a break, but it is very good to have him back. Here he reminds us of an oldy but goody (and unfortunately deady). We used the diamond ring thing to prank propose to numerous girlfriends. They didn’t think it was funny, but we earned a lot of points.

The Points Guy outlines a fairly surefire way to get your PayPal account shut down, in case anyone was looking to do that without actually having to contact PayPal.

Frequent Miler issues a rare review of card benefits specifically for domestic travel, and an even rarer trip report. We find the comparison of Delta and Cathay Pacific downright offensive, but then again, we haven’t flown Delta since they updated their award booking procedures.

Last, but by no means least, the Points Envy travel blog contest will close at 5pm PST today. Winners will probably be announced sometime in the next week, or at some point after that.


Pillow Fight: Conrad Hilton vs. J. Willard Marriott

Travelers have a myriad of hotel choices, and loyalty is often determined entirely on the basis of convenience, cost and amenities. But sometimes when deciding where to spend your hard-earned money, it pays to lift that cushy comforter and take a look at the one thing that truly matters behind a company: its dead founder. In an epic blog post that will almost certainly influence your choice of hotels forever, today Points Envy objectively determines which of the two most recognizable names in hotels was a better man – Conrad Hilton or John Willard Marriott.

Marriott (left) and Hilton (right), with lesser known motelier John 6.

As with all matters of fact about which we need a reliable answer, we turn first to Wikipedia to familiarize ourselves with these hotel honchos. Initially it seems as though the two have a lot in common in that both were gentile fraternity boys who later named their sons after themselves. But digging deeper into the business careers of these icons reveals some key differences. Below we compare their achievements in a number of categories to determine a winner.

First Business: Marriott opened an A&W Root Beer stand in Washington, DC at the ripe age of 26, whereas Hilton purchased Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas when he was 32.
Point: Marriott

First Hotel/Motel Construction: Marriott opened the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel in Arlington, VA in 1957. Hilton humbly erected the Dallas Hilton in 1925.

Legacy: Marriott has a business school named after him at BYU, while Hilton’s great-granddaughter Paris is internationally famous for an internet sex scandal, among other achievements.
Point: Hilton

Other: Marriott was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1935 and told he had less than a year to live; he died fifty years later in 1985. Hilton had three wives, one of whom was Zsa Zsa Gabor, who claimed that he raped her.
Point: Marriott

Final score: Marriott 2, Hilton 1

So by a narrow margin of victory, we find that J. Willard Marriott was the more impressive man. We were of course kidding about this outcome influencing your hotel choices in any way, as that should be determined solely by points earning and redeeming options. We just think it’s important for everyone to know who was the better mogul: our man J Dubz.