Air Canada Seattle-Hong Kong $479 to $509 Jan-April 2015 is a deal available today. The fare is $509 for January 19 to February 2, 2015 departures, then drops to $479 for most dates in February, March and April through April 30. Month of May fares rise $250. [Update: Delta Airlines has similar round trip fare at $483 flying YVR-SEA-HKG.]

This flight routes Seattle to Vancouver, then Vancouver–Hong Kong nonstop.

Here is a sample booking with 24 hours in Vancouver for the outbound and an overnight at YVR on the inbound. There are flights without overnight available for a few dollars less.

AC Sea-HKG 487 April 2015

Air Canada K class, $486.08 SEA-HKG round trip with overnight in Vancouver each way.

The overnight is an itinerary most travelers would likely avoid. I like the idea of an outbound night in downtown Vancouver to walk my legs in the city and parks before a long-haul flight to Hong Kong.

On the return flight, a night at a Vancouver Airport hotel reduces the airport rush with far less probability of missing the flight to Seattle by a Hong Kong arrival delay.

The YVR-HKG flight is 12,700 miles round trip and that is a good haul in miles, even for a base flyer. Looks like K deep discount economy class screws you down to 25% United Mileage Plus miles for the SEA-YVR segments, but you get 100% miles for the HKG flights. United Mileage Plus mileage accrual for Air Canada partner flights. SEA-YVR is minimal distance so the Hong Kong segments are the ones that truly matter for mileage earning.

The changes to Mileage Plus earning based on ticket price beginning March 1, 2015 apply only to United Airlines issued tickets. Air Canada flights purchased via Air Canada website or a third-party OTA like Expedia will earn 100% miles with Mileage Plus, based on distance flown.

This looks like a great deal for Hong Kong with plenty of dates from January through April to plan a trip.

Update: keitherson, a member of FlyerTalk, pointed out possibly an even better deal flying YVR-HKG via Seattle on Alaska and Delta for $483.

Delta YVR-SEA-HKG $483

YVR-HKG $483

Starwood Hotels Le Meridien brand has a good offer for 1,000 bonus points on your first stay and 2,000 bonus points for every additional stay from December 11 to March 1, 2015. There is no earnings limit. This offer is only for 21 Le Meridien hotels in North America, Latin America and French Polynesia.

Starwood Preferred Guest members must register by January 25, 2015.

One of the best features of SPG promotions is for members who have eligible stays prior to registering for the promotion. Most hotel loyalty programs will not count stays for a promotion bonus until after registration. SPG tends to allow retroactive credit for promotion bonuses as long as the member registers by the deadline, in this case January 25, 2015. This means if you had eligible Le Meridien stays since December 11 and you register for the promotion after your stays, your earlier stays count for bonus points.

There is no email confirmation for promotion registration. You receive a promotion registration confirmation page at time of registration as seen below for my registration.

Le Meridien 2015Q1 2K bonus

Enriching Destinations, Limitless Earnings with Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts

Participating Properties

Canada
LE MÉRIDIEN VERSAILLES
Montreal, Quebec

French Polynesia
LE MÉRIDIEN BORA BORA
Bora Bora

LE MÉRIDIEN TAHITI
Tahiti

Mexico
LE MÉRIDIEN MEXICO CITY
Mexico City

United States of America

California
LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA
Santa Monica

LE PARKER MÉRIDIEN PALM SPRINGS
Palm Springs

LE MÉRIDIEN SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco

Florida
LE MÉRIDIEN TAMPA
Tampa

Georgia
LE MÉRIDIEN ATLANTA PERIMETER
Atlanta

Illinois
LE MÉRIDIEN CHICAGO OAKBROOK CENTER
Oakbrook

Indiana
LE MÉRIDIEN INDIANAPOLIS
Indianapolis

Louisiana
LE MÉRIDIEN NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans

Massachusetts
LE MÉRIDIEN CAMBRIDGE – MIT
Cambridge

Minnesota
LE MÉRIDIEN CHAMBERS
Minneapolis

New York
LE PARKER MÉRIDIEN NEW YORK
New York

North Carolina
LE MÉRIDIEN CHARLOTTE
Charlotte

Ohio
LE MÉRIDIEN COLUMBUS, THE JOSEPH
Columbus
*Coming Soon – January 2015

Pennsylvania
LE MÉRIDIEN PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia

Texas
LE MÉRIDIEN DALLAS GALLERIA
Dallas

LE MÉRIDIEN DALLAS THE STONELEIGH
Dallas

Virginia
LE MÉRIDIEN ARLINGTON
Arlington

The next Hyatt promotion is Stay More Play More from January 15 to April 30, 2015. Check your email around January 12 for details. That’s it. No more details. The blogosphere is alight with light information.

I received the January Hyatt promotion notice in my Hyatt Gold Passport Account Summary email. The email also reminded me to redeem my four Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member suite upgrades.

Worked on spending those Hyatt suite certificates this week. Two suite upgrades redeemed for upcoming hotel stays where I invoked the soon-to-be-no-more 20% discount “My Elite Rate” for rock bottom hotel rates that I upgraded to suite level. After mostly no hotel restaurant breakfast stays in London last month as Club Carlson Gold, Kelley is going to enjoy the relaxing start in Hyatt with morning breakfast at the hotel restaurant as Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond.

My only Hyatt points the past few months were mobile app bonuses and 2,000 bonus points on three stays. I was not targeted for the big 50,000 points offer, but that is fine since I have been in redemption mode this season with 170,000 Club Carlson points and 216,000 Choice Privileges points redeemed for my four weeks in Europe since September.

I plan to be in spend mode for the next few months to earn hotel points for international stays in 2015. It might be a good time for Hyatt to offer me a big bonus opportunity. In another three weeks I’ll check for my Hyatt Stay More Play More promotion offer.

Nothing to do now, except enjoy Hyatt suite upgrades, hotel restaurant breakfast and wait until January.

Hyatt 2015Q1 offer

Marriott MegaBonus spring 2015 is open for registration in your Marriott Rewards account. Despite Gary Leff of View from the Wing declaring MegaBonus dead Marriott’s MegaBonus is Dead, But the Name Lives On. Here are the Offers., the perennial offer has simply returned to its pre-recession crisis versions of bonus points instead of free night certificates.

The free night at a category 1-4 or 1-5 hotel was a good deal while the run lasted (2009-2014), but it looks like the new world financial order, at least in the USA where the vast majority of Marriott properties are located, has Marriott MegaBonus dropping the free night offers. Every other hotel chain dropped free night offer promotions before 2014.

Here are versions of Marriott MegaBonus listed on FlyerTalk:

Spring MegaBonus 2015 Options:

  • Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay that includes a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday — up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 9 stays over weekend day)
  • Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 9 stays)
  • Earn 2,500 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points (maxes out after 11 stays)
  • Earn 2,000 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 13 stays)
  • Earn 10,000 points after 10 paid nights plus 2,000 points with every additional night, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 17 nights)
  • Earn 25,000 points after 20 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 15,000 points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 points with every additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 25,000 points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 45,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 35,000 points after 20 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 55,000 bonus points (maxes out after 30 nights)

My offer (Marriott Silver) is 3,000 bonus points beginning second stay, up to 24,000 points with 9 stays.

My wife with no elite status received 2,500 bonus points beginning second stay, up to 25,000 points with 11 stays.

These are the best offers for members who will likely have fewer than five 1-night hotel stays. I can earn 12,000 bonus points with five low-cost stays.

I liked earning the free night certificates, however, the massive shift of hotels out of Marriott Rewards category 4 and 5 over the past three years has made free night certificates far less useful. I had one free night certificate expire on me last summer with so few hotels in California at Category 5 in places I wanted to visit.

The value of Marriott points is they stick around for a long time. Unlike Hilton HHonors, who regularly purge points from inactive acccounts, which can be as little as 12 months of inactivity, Marriott Rewards typically lets points sit in accounts even after several years of inactivity. Before MegaBonus started the free night offers in 2009, my account had points available from my previous hotel stays in 2002. That is what I call loyalty to the customer.

Marriott New Member Free Night Offer

Looks like the free night at a category 1-5 hotel after your second paid stay in 120 days is still available for new member enrollees.

Marriott free night new members

Terms and Conditions

  • This promotion is valid for new members who enroll in the Marriott Rewards® program on or after November 4, 2013.
  • Your earning period starts the day you enroll through the end of that month, plus an additional 120 days.
  • Make two paid stays at a participating Marriott® hotel during your earning period to receive a free night certificate at any participating Category 1-5 hotel.
  • Stay at participating Marriott hotels, which include the following brands:  JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Hotels & Resorts®, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, Gaylord Hotels® and Marriott Vacation Club® brands.
  • Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement.
  • A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.
  • Please note that this is an electronic certificate and will be automatically deposited into your Marriott Rewards account after completing two qualifying paid stays.
  • Certificate must be redeemed within one year from the date of issue.
  • Certificate is for a standard room type.
  • You may use additional Marriott Rewards points to upgrade your room type, subject to availability. At participating Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites properties, Certificates are for a studio or one bedroom.

It seems like it has been awhile since SPG Hot Escapes approached 200 hotels. This week’s list has 88 hotels in Europe. That might be a record. Christmas is big in Europe. Christmas shuts most cities down. Which is why Christmas can be a great time for hotel deals in Europe.

http://www.spghotescapes.com/all

Starwood Hot Escapes are prepaid and nonrefundable rates. You can book offers on this week’s SPG Hot Escapes until 11:59pm Saturday Dec 20 local hotel time. For us in the USA, this means the hotels drop off throughout the day beginning early morning Saturday for Asia-Pacific hotels and Saturday afternoon for Europe.

In the Warm California Sun

In California next week, some of the lowest hotel rates of the year can be found in many cities.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is $94 all next week. After a month of rain, next week is forecast to be in the mid-70s for southern California and San Diego. That equates to warm paradise temperature for those of you from most other places in the northern part of the northern hemisphere and anywhere else where you are not seeing 20-something degrees in Celsius next week.

San Diego Pelican

California brown pelican lifts-off at Coronado Island beach with Point Loma, entrance to San Diego harbor in background.

Five good rates for USA hotels

Sheraton Chicago Towers $94 December 21 –24 and $100 Jan 2-3.

W San Francisco $151 Dec 19, 23-24, 30; Jan 1-4.

Element Houston Vintage Park $71 to $83 Dec 19 to Jan 3 with New Year’s Eve $95. Element rooms have a kitchen for real home living if you like to hang out in a different space and still make your own food. Breakfast is complimentary. Element Denver Park Meadows is $60 per night, if you just want a quick break from shopping.

Sheraton Boston $110 Dec 19-30

Westin Georgetown Washington D.C.

Friday and Saturday weekend discount rates

  • Dec 19-20 $109
  • Dec 26-27 $106
  • Jan 2-3 $95

Holidays and low January rates in Europe

You might already be booked up with other plans this year to take advantage of low hotel rates. The tip on Europe is one to keep in mind. My wife and I traveled to Europe several times at Christmas as tourists and stuff is closed for two days in many places on December 25 and 26. Some businesses shut down for a week.

Our lifestyle revolving around a school teaching schedule means the December-January break is the longest vacation opportunity outside summer months. Christmas holiday travel is essentially the only opportunity for my wife to travel for more than one week outside of mid-June to mid-August.

Here are some Starwood Europe deals,

Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel, Czech Republic $83-$92 Jan 11-28, 2015. Prague is a romantic city to hang out and bundle up in winter while feeling like you are living in an architecturally Disneyesque European dreamscape.

Westin Palace Milan, Italy $163-$177 Dec 21-28

Hotel des Indes, Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands $111 Sat Jan 3 and $120 Sun Jan 4. These are really low rates for this lovely hotel.

Westin Dragonara Resort Malta $114 Jan 4-19, 2015.

Westin Warsaw Poland $52 to $56 Dec 21-28; $56 to $64 for 15 dates in January. Sheraton Warsaw $57 to $67 Dec 19 to 30; $57 to $75 for 13 dates in January. Warsaw is a place where fast-tracking stays can be done inexpensively bouncing between Starwood Hotels for elite status stays to finish 2014 or jumpstart 2015 with January stays.

My interest this week is the effect of the Russian Ruble currency devaluation against the US Dollar and its impact on chain brand hotel rates. Russia is a tourist destination I have long been interested in visiting. For nearly a decade Moscow led the world for high priced hotel rates, an average rate of $404 USD for 2012.

Ruble Rubble and St. Petersburg Russia hotel deals

Top properties in hotel chains like Carlson Rezidor, Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Kempinski, Marriott and Starwood offer some luxury deals and many name brand high end hotels are currently pricing in the $100 per night range for 2015 travel.

Luxury hotels are highly accessible in Moscow and St. Petersburg and other Russia locations with current rates at many 5-star luxury hotels under $150 per night after 18% tax. Great savings can be found locking in hotel rates now with the current state of the ruble.

Two days I ago I examined hotel rates in Moscow when the ruble had fallen to 70 RUB = $1 USD. Currently the exchange rate is 61 Russian Rubles = $1 USD. This article looks at the two day impact of 15% gain by the ruble compared to hotel rates which are not moving as dynamically. Loyalty Traveler – Moscow luxury hotel rates are rock bottom for 2015 stays

Russian Ruble Rubble is in the oil

The severe downturn in the value of the ruble hit me with a look today at the exchange rates for US Dollars on September 15, 2014 when I was in Oslo, Norway. The Oslo connection shows that oil price declines resulted in a greater devaluation of Norway’s currency compared to Sweden in the past three months. The value of the Norwegian krone was 11% stronger than the Swedish krone three months ago and is now less than 4% stronger as the two currencies approach parity.

For the tourist this means Norway and Russia are cheaper travel destinations in 2015 while the currency exchange rate of the US Dollar is strong. Assuming prices in Norway have not increased much in three months, the U.S. tourist dollar has gained about 15% in value. In Russia, the dollar has gained over 60% in currency value in the past three months as the ruble exchange rate went from 38 rubles to 61 rubles per US Dollar today.

Here is a brief look at currency rates from September 2014 and today, December 18, 2014 indicating the impact on oil exporting nations like Norway and Russia. Then, how this currency issue relates to current hotel rates in Russia.

Exchange rates three months ago on 9/15/2014

$1 USD =

  • 38 Russian RUB
  • 0.77 EUR or $1.30 USD = 1.00 EUR
  • 0.62 GBP or $1.62 = 1.00 GBP
  • 7.11 SEK Swedish kroner
  • 6.39 NOK Norwegian kroner

Exchange rates today on 12/18/2014

$1 USD =

  • 61 Russian RUB (USD 60% stronger and on Tuesday rate was over 70 RUB = $1 when the USD was 84% stronger than 3 months ago.)
  • 0.81 EUR euros or $1.23 USD = 1.00 EUR (USD 5% stronger)
  • 0.64 British pounds GBP or $1.56 = 1.00 GBP  (USD 3.7% stronger)
  • 7.69 Swedish kroner SEK (USD 8% stronger)
  • 7.41 Norwegian kroner NOK  (USD 16% stronger)

The decline in oil prices have more heavily impacted Norway and Russia than UK and Euro countries.

St. Petersburg, Russia Summer 2015

In my Moscow hotel rate series, the dates used were a 3-day weekend from July 3-6, 2015. Weekday rates were higher at many of the high-end hotels.

First is a list of 4-star and 5-star St. Petersburg hotel rates found today.

Second is a list of hotel rates today when the ruble is 61 to the dollar compared to two days ago when the exchange rate was 70 = $1 USD.

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg 18,400 RUB room only ($302 USD) or 22,129 with Breakfast ($363). Hotel ranks #3 for St. Petersburg hotels on TripAdvisor.com. Even with ruble rubble exchange rates, Four Seasons is still too rich for me.

Hotel rates shown below are room rates only. Add 18% tax.

St. Petersburg has some good hotel deals. The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel sounds grand and the new hotel currently ranks #1 on TripAdvisor for St. Petersburg with 5 circles after 227 reviews. That is impressive. The chain deals are not as eye-popping as seen for Moscow with its wider range of 5 star hotels.

By far the highest hotel rate compared to hotel ranking on TripAdvisor is Radisson Royal Hotel sporting entry-level room rates around $300 after tax for a hotel ranked #65, far below a hotel like 5-star Corinthia Luxury Hotel at $104, less than half the rate of the Radisson Royal and a better hotel ranking at #35. Other better rated 5-star hotels are available for under $135 per night after tax.

Marriott’s acquisition of Africa’s largest hotel chain will soon offer Marriott Rewards members loyalty benefits. 26 South Africa Protea Hotels join Marriott Rewards Feb 23, 2015 and nearly 100 more hotels will become part of Marriott Rewards in late 2015.

Protea Hotels in South Africa join Marriott Rewards February 23, 2015.

Protea Hotels in South Africa join Marriott Rewards February 23, 2015.

The hotel category these hotels have been placed in for their initial entry is great news. The highest hotel category is 5 or 25,000 points per night with 5th night free.

Protea rates Cape Town

Sample Protea Hotel rates in Cape Town, South Africa March 9-11, 2015.

Cape Town South Africa March 9-11, 2015

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel = $283.60 per night March 9-11, 2015 or 25,000 points per night.

Protea Hotel North Wharf Waterfront = $216.02 or 20,000 points per night.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town = $178.74 per night or 25,000 points per night.

Room rates are quite high for these Marriott Rewards category levels. This looks like South Africa is a great destination with Marriott Rewards points for 2015.

Cape Town

Category 5:

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town
African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

Category 4:

Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge Waterfront
Protea Hotel North Wharf Waterfront
Protea Hotel President
Protea Hotel Sea Point
Protea Hotel Victoria Junction Waterfront
Protea Hotel Cape Castle Waterfront

Category 3:

Protea Hotel Tygervalley
Protea Hotel Durbanville
Protea Hotel Mowbray (opening February 2015)

Johannesburg

Category 5:

African Pride Melrose Arch

Category 4:

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch
African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Category 3:

Protea Hotel Wanderers
Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton
Protea Hotel Parktonian All-Suite
Protea Hotel Midrand
Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport
Protea Hotel Samrand
Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport
Protea Hotel Roodepoort

Durban

Category 3:

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge
Protea Hotel Umhlanga
Protea Hotel Edward

*Marriott Rewards redemptions are not available for booking until February 23, 2015

10% off Africa room rates for Marriott Rewards members

Marriott is currently offering a 10% off BAR rate for Marriott Rewards members.

10% off Terms & Conditions

  1. Protea Hotels in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban will participate in Marriott Rewards® starting February 23, 2015 after some necessary system upgrades. The remaining locations across Africa within the Protea Hotels portfolio will join Marriott Rewards in late 2015 after the same necessary system upgrades. Until then, Rewards members are unable to earn Elite benefits, Elite nights, points or airline miles for stays made prior to these dates.
  2. Promotion rate is a 10% discount on best available rate and is per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservation.
  3. Offer applies to members of Marriott Rewards or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards only.
  4. Valid member account number must be used to secure reservation to qualify.
  5. Discount applicable for arrivals seven (7) days a week.
  6. Advance reservation required.
  7. 10% discount cannot be combined with any other promotion or group discount.
  8. Rooms booked through third-party online retailers, such as Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, Travelocity.com, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Priceline, etc. are not eligible for discount offering. Wholesale packages and series tours are not eligible regardless of booking source.
  9. Available for up to two (2) rooms booked and paid for by the member.
  10. Blackout dates may apply.

Country Inns & Suites has a Happier Holidays and Nights Sweepstakes running through December 22, 2014. There will be 25 prize winners chosen at random to win 4 free one-night certificates and $300. Sweepstakes is open to residents of U.S. and Canada, excluding Quebec who are 21 years and older.

Enter the Country Inns Happier Holidays sweepstakes via Instagram, Twotter or online at Country Inns blog.

HOW TO ENTER: There are three (3) ways you may enter the Sweepstakes (each an “Entry Method”):

1) On Instagram: Log on to Instagram (or create an account for free if you do not already have one) and visit http://Instagram.com/countryinns. You may then post on your Instagram account with the hashtag #happierholidayssweeps an original picture or video that illustrates your answer to the prompted question to receive one (1) entry into the
Sweepstakes. Instagram posts must conform to all entry requirements in these Official Rules (“Entry Requirements”) to be valid.

2) On Twitter: Log on to your non-private Twitter account (or create an account for free if you do not already have one), visit www.twitter.com/countryinns and follow @countryinns.
You may then post an original Tweet ( “Tweet”) that includes the Twitter handle @countryinns and the hashtag #happierholidayssweeps that answers the prompted question. Tweets must conforms to all Entry Requirements to be valid.
NOTE: Sponsor may not receive Tweets from Twitter users with “protected” accounts (i.e., where the Twitter user has set the account so that only approved people can view update).
If you wish to enter the Sweepstakes, please ensure that your Twitter account is set to non-private for your Tweet.

3) On the Country Inns & Suites Blog: Log on to http://blog.countryinns.com/ and follow the online instructions to complete and submit the registration form (including your mailing address and any other information requested by the Sponsor). Registration form must contain all information and meet all Entry Requirements requested to be valid.

Limit one (1) Entry per Entry Method per person per day during the Sweepstakes Period.
For purposes of this Sweepstakes, a “day” is defined as each calendar day starting at 12:00:00 PM CST and ending at 11:59:59 AM CST.

Prizes:

Twenty-five (25) Winners will each receive (i) four (4) vouchers, each redeemable for one (1) night stay at a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel in North America (a “Free Night Voucher”), and (ii) one (1) $300 Visa Gift Card
(“Gift Card”) (collectively the Free Night Voucher and the Gift Card constitute a Prize. ARV of each Prize: $768 USD each/ $875 CAD. Each Free Night Voucher is valid for one standard room, single or double occupancy.

Free Night Vouchers expire November 24, 2016.

Official Rules.

http://blog.countryinns.com/HappierHolidaysSweeps/

Country Inns Happier Holidays

Yesterday offered one of the best deals I have seen for discount rates at Marriott Hotels. On Monday, I posted Bid for 64 Marriott deals in Omaha Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser and I was surprised there was little feedback on the offers. Sure, no points were involved, but when you can get a luxury hotel for $50 per night including breakfast, the deal trumps the points in my travel world.

At one point, a couple of minutes before the auction ended, I had $700 on the line for seven hotels and 14 nights. Then, I decided I did not want to plan a year of travel around cheap Marriott rooms. The road trip in my head to San Diego, Scottsdale and Las Vegas dropped out as I stopped bidding for JW Marriott Camelback (winning bid $135 for two nights), and JW Marriott Las Vegas (winning bid $135 for two nights with breakfast).

The spring ‘drive out of Florida’ road trip was a good dream, but I was not sure I would be doing that again this year. Miami, Orlando and Savannah dropped off my bid list. JW Miami went for $150 for two nights with breakfast, Grand Bohemian Orlando $70 for one night and Marriott Savannah Riverfront $105 for two nights.

Europe in summer 2015 is the one trip already scheduled and London Marriott Marble Arch was one of my regular bids, but once it hit $200, I dropped that idea. Still the winning bid of $290 was less than 50% of regular rates at $145 per night and the stay included breakfast. I stopped bidding on Frankfurt Marriott too when someone raised my $75 bid. The winner of Frankfurt Marriott picked up two weekend nights with breakfast for $80.

The one bid I did not give up on was Marriott Riviera La Porte de Monaco. I had the high bid at $95 for two nights with a sea view and breakfast included. I was outbid at $100 and in the final seconds I hit the $105 bid button. The message came back Auction Closed. $50 per night for a Monaco harbor view is quite the deal for someone else.

In the end, I settled for a trip to Disneyland and the Anaheim Marriott for two nights with breakfast for $110 + $15 for certificate shipping and Boston Copley Place for $80 for one weekend night, including breakfast for two.

Sample Winning Bids

These hotel auction items were nearly all two night stay certificates and nearly all included breakfast for two.

Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino Marriott 115

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale 135

Marriott Marquis San Francisco $250

JW Marriott Cherry Creek Denver (one weekend night with valet parking) $80

Anaheim Marriott $110 (I won this bid)

Grand Bohemian Orlando (one night only with parking, no breakfast) $70

JW Marriott Miami $150

Marriott Riviera La Porte De Monaco $100

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel $80

Marriott Savannah Riverfront $105

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile $150

The Depot Minneapolis $55

Marriott Boston Copley Place $80 one night (my winning bid)

JW Marriott Las Vegas $135

Portland Oregon Marriott Downtown Waterfront $105

Marriott Philadelphia Downtown $120

Renaissance Austin $75

Marriott London Marble Arch $290

Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star St. Thomas U.S Virgin Island Resort $235

Seattle Waterfront Marriott one night $90

Renaissance Paris La Defense two weekend nights with breakfast $80

Searching hotel rates this past week revealed, at least for coastal California, the nights before December 25 are generally lower rates than nights from December 25 through New Year’s. This is something to keep in mind when choosing a hotel stay for a holiday getaway.

Marriott eBreaks this week for December 18-21 offers discount rates at participating hotels around the country.

  • Rates are per night. Thursday requires a Friday night stay. Sunday requires a Saturday night stay.

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Outside of U.S.

Canada

Mexico

Venezuela

Remember to check your Marriott Rewards account for the new Spring 2015 MegaBonus offer that is scheduled to post today. Marriott stated it would be available by the afternoon of December 17. I checked at 5:15am Pacific time. No offer yet. http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2014/12/16/marriott-rewards-2015-spring-megabonus-registration-begins-december-17/

Marriott lovers: Read my post on the Omaha Children’s Miracle Network Marriott Hotels auction ending at 4pm Central Time today, Dec 17. There are some fantastic deals available if auction bids remain this low. You probably won’t get points for the stay, but with a hotel rate at a fraction of the regular rate, do you care?

Bid for 64 Marriott deals in Omaha Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

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