I typically don’t weblog about my very own private journey experiences, however I felt compelled to take action after my household’s latest journey to Hawaii. To validate that I’m certainly a frequent traveler, I’m at present a UA International Providers member, a SPG Platinum and a Marriott Silver Elite. I’ve made 11 journeys to the Center East within the final 12 months and traveled to Amsterdam, Berlin and Dublin on the way in which again from a few of these enterprise journeys.As a way to use free tickets on UA for my household, we prolonged our keep a couple of days earlier than and at some point after. We exchanged our Marriott timeshare in Lake Tahoe for a timeshare on Kauai. We stayed on the Sheraton Kauai for 3 nights and the Kauai Marriott for one night time.After I checked-in at a separate line for SPG members on the Sheraton Kauai, I used to be pleasantly shocked to study that we had been upgraded to a nook suite which had been three connecting rooms and three balconies. It is a image from one of many balconies. This was an ideal begin to our trip and bolstered the Starwood model.Our Marriott Lake Tahoe timeshare is among the most fascinating timeshares available on the market on the foot of Heavenly Ski resort overlooking Lake Tahoe. We had been bought on the timeshare a couple of years again primarily based on the superior stage of the property and its worth in alternate by means of Interval Worldwide. After we arrived on the Pono Kai we obtained no recognition (the property is managed by Blue Inexperienced) and although I had requested an ocean view, known as two weeks previous to the property (on the recommendation of the property) to request it once more, we got a backyard view. Total the property was wonderful and we loved our keep, however the lack of recognition and the decrease high quality of the property has made me query the worth of our Lake Tahoe Marriott timeshare funding.On the finish of our journey we stayed on the Kauai Marriott. There was no particular line for Elite member check-in. As well as, I had requested an improve and I used to be not conscious that having performed so, we must pay an extra $150 per room for the ocean view. An electronic mail got here to me the day earlier than checking in stating the $150 cost. I used to be disconnected throughout total journey so I by no means noticed this electronic mail. We had been utilizing factors for the 2 rooms for a one night time keep. After I requested to downgrade, I used to be informed that no backyard view rooms had been out there. We needed to wait roughly Three 1/2 hours to verify in and the room although newly renovated was solely a partial ocean view and didn’t have any furnishings on the patio to permit us to benefit from the costly improve. The property is gorgeous and the renovated room was very good, however the lack of recognition and total therapy has influenced my future journey reserving habits.As a frequent unmanaged enterprise traveler, I typically have full alternative on the place I keep. I’m at present engaged on two initiatives for the US Authorities which is able to contain plenty of journeys to the DC space over the subsequent 2-Three years and I’ve consciously chosen to remain at Starwood properties as a direct results of my Kauai experiences. As a International Providers member, UA treats me nice. The three nights within the luxurious suite on the Sheraton Kauai has elevated my loyalty to Starwood. Given the cash we have invested within the timeshare and the variety of nights I’ve stayed at Marriott this yr, the dearth of recognition and shock expenses dilutes any constructive feeling I’ve had in the direction of the model. Total it was an ideal trip, however proved first hand how loyalty might be impacted by a single journey.