(Hat Tip to Paul for the email)
Good morning everyone, happy TGI Friday. I have 2 short pieces of news to share. A few days ago, Marriott announced their new partnership with Netflix via this press release:
Bethesda, Md., June 10, 2015 – Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc., and Netflix announced a groundbreaking partnership to revolutionize the guest room entertainment experience. Guests staying at select Marriott Hotels will be able to subscribe to Netflix or sign into their existing accounts simply by using the Netflix app on the hotel’s internet-connected guest room televisions.
Don’t get too excited just yet, only 6 Marriott properties will be available at the beginning, but more will be added throughout the year:
With this agreement, Marriott Hotels is the first hotel brand authorized to offer guests direct access to their Netflix accounts as part of its guest room entertainment offering. Netflix is currently available at six properties, with six more launching this summer. The brand plans to expand Netflix to 100 of its properties by the end of 2015, and to nearly all of its more than 300 properties in the U.S. by the end of 2016.
This feature will be built into the TV and not dependent on the WiFi speed in your hotel room. I don’t have a Netflix account or watch any of the “amazing” Netflix programs, but I am sure this is good news for some of you.
In other news, I have a love-hate relationship with Plenti (mainly that I love to hate Plenti points and their rewards program). If you are not familiar with Plenti, please read this Devil’s Advocate post. When I was looking around my Plenti account this morning, I stumbled onto Plenti Offers which has offers from the 8 current Plenti merchants. I activated them all and added them to my Plenti account. I will not go out of my way to complete any of these, but if I accidentally complete them, good for me.
Plenti also has Household Offers. I am not sure how these differ from Partner Offers. They look pretty similar to me. Who knows what is going on with Plenti?
Last but not least, Plenti is getting into the online shopping portal industry. The layout looks pretty familiar and easy to navigate. It has a similar look/feel as the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall. I wonder if American Express was working on this as soon as they killed their own Membership Reward Shopping Mall. I didn’t have a chance to compare any of the Plenti Points vs. other online shipping portal rates, but my guess is that the Plenti Points deal is bad.
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P.S. I will be flying out of SFO tonight, so I will be having dinner at the AMEX Centurion Lounge. Feel free to join me if you are at SFO tonight.