Catch me on BBC fast:track

I was interviewed for a recent episode of BBC fast:track regarding hotel loyalty programs, along with a few industry people. If you’re interested, you can find the interview here.

Filed Under: Hotels, Media
  1. I love their music selection with your interview. And whats with that suit? ;P

    I fear that every travel-related video for the next decade is going to have those same clips from Up in the Air

  2. That’s awesome… congrats! You did a fantastic job. You should’ve asked out that interviewer, though. 😉

  3. Great job! Although I would have liked to see that suite in a wide shot. Personally, I am more interested in the room than the minibar, although I understand the attraction of that to some. Maybe it just ended up on the cutting room floor? All in all, a good glimpse into hotel loyalty programs and may well drive more viewers to your blog. Congratulations!

  4. Great job Ben! Which hotel is that? IC Barclay?

    I love the “money wasting comment”! Sounds like my mother…

  5. Yikes, green screen fail at 3:22. Looks like his image is being projected by R2D2.

    Well done Ben! Is this maybe the start of more on-screen exposure?

  6. I like that profile of hotel loyalty programs. BBC gave much more time than I have ever seen a US broadcast give to the topic.

    Waste of money? Right.

    Waking up in the Point Lobos Suite yesterday at the Hyatt Highlands Inn was not a waste of my money. Perhaps the drive to the Hyatt Place Dublin and Hyatt Regency Santa Clara for a weekend last month was a waste of my time, but the $170 I spent for two hotel nights to earn a free Highlands Inn night was certainly not a waste of my money.

  7. Mini Bar Shot…. Classy 😉

    Well done on getting a BBC spot (if they can ever be bothered to show FastTrack on News24 – more a BBC World thing…)

  8. Not interested. Hey, you asked…!

    Haha, no, I’m looking forward to checking it out when I get home. Way to represent man!

  9. Yes! Five stays at your local hotel so you can get access to a free minibar which has a total content value of $13.87!

    That *is* a good deal!

  10. I loved it – nice job! Funny how Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott aren’t really listed among the various hotel options when the brands scroll by. 🙂

  11. Speak the good word, MoiMoi. You’re the only one smart enough/posesses enough critical thinking skills to see beyond the gimmicks these sheep buy.

    Thumbs up.

  12. Nice job, Ben!

    @daringdoo – Haha! She must have been disappointed after he explained what a mattress run really was… Got her bitter enough to draw the waste of money comment.

  13. Thanks for the comments, folks!

    @ Pat — The whole interview took a bit over an hour and the final cut is about two minutes, so as you can probably imagine I discussed more than just the minibar and the other “gimmicks.”

    @ Gene — Yep, IC Barclay.

  14. Lucky,

    Did they comp you for a night for that minibar show/interview? Hey as you mentioned Hyatt Diamond, are you a Hyatt too?

    I like when you mention about 2 stay at the Hyatt Place for $70/night and redeem a free night at the Park Hyatt which run for $600/night because I just love that deal.

    When I first watch you came out of an elevator I thought I saw a Matt Damon for a second. Good job anyways!


  15. Excellent job. I think you should send this clip to Clooney’s production company. You’d do well in “Up In The Air 2: Hard Landings” (the sequel), in which Ryan Bingham, now semi-retired, is stirred back into the Frequent Flyer world when he encounters a brash young newcomer who considers Ryan’s FF exploits “old school”. With Amy Adams as the love interest.

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