What’s A Name Worth, Anyway? Apparently, It’s Worth 12 Million Dollars

When you think of iconic places, the name goes with the location. Be honest, do you call it Willis Tower or do you still call it the Sears Tower? Names tend to stick even when they’re no longer accurate. I still will call the Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World by its old name, Disney-MGM Studios.

When a place changes names, it’s confusing. There are times when it’s understandable to rename a location when re-branding because you’re trying to leave behind the past and start new. I don’t see anyone complaining about them changing the name of the Milford Plaza in New York to the Row NYC.

But iconic hotels don’t change names often. The name is part of the history of the location. There better be a good reason to mess with that.

And a lawsuit isn’t a good reason.

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Dear Marriott CEO: Resort Fees Aren’t Similar To Checked Bag Fees, They’re Actually Like This

Resort fees are almost universally unpopular. No one likes searching for a hotel and finding a good price, only to find out the price is actually more than you thought because this fee will be added to your bill. We’ve written about resort fees before, what they are and how you can try to avoid staying at a hotel that charges them.

These fees are in the news because of a lawsuit filed against Marriott by the DC Attorney General, claiming the fees hide the true price of a hotel room, which they do. No matter how much the hotels say the fees are disclosed, there’s no reason why you book a room and you’re told you’re going to pay X but you actually are going to pay X + Fee.

It’s no surprise that Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson was asked about the lawsuit and the fees during an interview with LinkedIn. He said the fees aren’t going away but they’re a good value for what you get in return. He also defends that the fees are well disclosed when booking a room. There’s one part of his comments that has everyone shaking their heads.

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Free Booze On Airline, How To Reclaim Resort Fee Money, LaGuardia’s Getting WHAT For The Summer?, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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MIA OKed For Restaurant Auto-Tips, Big Google Maps Change, Cheaper B’way Tickets, FL Theme Park Lawsuit & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Opinion: MCO Is Suing MLB? That’s Just Silly! Here’s Why.

Not long ago, Lucky (Ben) from One Mile At A Time wrote an article about GOAA (The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which represents MCO and Orlando Executive Airport) suing Orlando Melbourne International Airport, claiming that the name “Orlando-Melbourne International Airport” is false and deceptive advertising.

The lawsuit asks the court to permanently stop Melbourne’s aviation board from using the word “Orlando” in MLB’s name, advertising or promotional materials, to display a retraction statement on its website for at least one year and to pay damages and attorney’s fees.

The lawsuit states that, “By causing a likelihood of confusion, mistake and deception, MLB is inflicting irreparable harm on the goodwill symbolized by GOAA’s Orlando International Airport Trademark and the reputation for quality that it embodies.”

Friends, I live in Orlando and trust me when I say that MCO is making a mountain out of a molehill with this lawsuit. Here’s why…

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