Marriott Rewards Flash Perks Thursday, July 24 at noon central time will have a flash sale for two hotel properties at 50% off reward rates and Marriott Vacation Club Ko Olina on Oahu at 30% off regular rates with $75 daily dining credit. There are also discount redemptions for a Go Pro Hero 3 (42,500 points), iSound Twist Bluetooth Speaker (10,000 points) and Zip Zip Satchel from Dooney & Bourke (30,000 points).

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort 22,500 points per night

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SPG Hot Escapes this week has over 200 hotels with over 100 hotels around the USA offering hotel rate discounts for some dates over the next six weeks. SPG Hot Escapes rates must be booked by Saturday July 26. These rates are prepaid and nonrefundable.

Two items of note from this week’s SPG Hot Escapes. Firstly, I noticed Hotel New Orleans Downtown which was not a Starwood Hotel name I recognized. Turns out the former W New Orleans is being rebranded to Le Meridien and currently the unbranded Starwood Hotel is a bargain rate.

Secondly, I think I found an SPG Hot Escapes loophole for a discount stay at Westin Princeville in September. Check it out in this post. It likely won’t last long.

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Has Hilton HHonors stopped caring about its global bonus points promotions?

I registered for the Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip 2014 Q3 promotion on July 9, 2014. Then the HHonors promotion registration page went offline for almost two weeks.

Now the Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip 2014 Q3 promotion registration page is up again and the list of hotels opting out of the August 1 to October 31, 2014 promotion has finally posted. The number of Hilton brand hotels opting out of the Triple Your Trip promotion is larger than most global hotel chains. Loyalty Lobby counts 1,362 hotels opting out. That is one out of three hotels worldwide in the Hilton Worldwide chain choosing not to participate in the upcoming HHonors global promotion.

What a joke for a hotel loyalty program promotion.

Most of the hotels opting out are located in the USA. Three out of four Hilton brand hotels around the Monterey Bay region where I live in California opted out.

The Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip promotion is gutted before it even starts.

Here are Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip promotion details and links:

Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip Registration Page

List of hotels not participating in HHonors Triple Your Trip promotion.

Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip FAQ.

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Reader comments about finding low airfare routes with Skyscanner website were posted on my piece about using Google Flights. Skyscanner has some good attributes I like better than Google Flights for finding low cost routes. I am still figuring out Skyscanner capabilities. One of the best features are the search results for flights out of an airport show the low cost routes sorted in a list by country.

In my Google Flights post I showed how I located flights for under $100 from Oslo, Norway airports to 13 other countries. This was a manual hunt for low fares by shifting Google Flights map around Europe looking for low cost routes.

Skyscanner.com returns the same search results for a low-cost flight out of Oslo, Norway on Thursday, September 4 already sorted by country. This can be a big timesaver for trip planning compared to Google flights.

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This week’s Marriott eBreaks has hotels in 25 of the 50 states, Panama and Venezuela. These rates are 20% off best available rates. The links below for states and countries will take you to the participating hotels.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

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Yesterday I received an email from Best Western offering me a free $25 Best Western Travel Card. The catch is registration for this targeted offer expires tomorrow, July 22 at 8:00pm EST. Other than that requirement, which I just met with my free $25 Best Western travel card registration, the card is valid for a hotel stay with check-out by September 2, 2014 and the card is not valid on prepaid hotel rates.

Best Western travel card email

Free $25 Best Western Travel Card

FlyerTalk has a thread started April 2014 on these targeted offer emails for a free $25 Best Western Travel Card. There are not very many responses, so I do not know how widespread these emails are for members.

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My Norway trip planning for a two-week itinerary has me considering low cost flights to travel to another country in Europe for a few days. This trip option has me looking at potential destinations outside Norway using low cost carriers to travel from Oslo for under $200 round trip.

This post explains how I use Google Flights to find low cost routes around Europe for travel from Oslo, Norway. Oslo is my ticketed destination from San Francisco, but flying to another destination in Europe is far less expensive than airline travel over equivalent distances in the USA. These are paid tickets. No frequent flyer miles necessary.

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In about 45 days I will be arriving in Oslo, Norway on United flight UA38. My arrival and my flight departure from Oslo 13 days after arrival are the only confirmed portions of my two week trip.

Time to start Norway trip planning and put in place some Choice Privileges and Club Carlson hotel nights in Norway, the world’s most expensive country or at least in the top three. Nearly all my hotel nights will be on points.

My question though is do I really want to spend two weeks in Norway?

For me it is a question of trip expense to live 13 days in Norway.

This post was originally meant to be about low cost flights on Air Baltic, Wizz, RyanAir and Norwegian Air from Oslo to other airports around Europe. That will be a post to come. I got distracted thinking about the price of food in Norway.

Sticking to a $100 per day travel budget in Norway

Just as I have a basic rule of thumb to try and keep my hotel expenses down to an average of $100 per night when traveling throughout the year, I also like to keep my travel expenses for everything else at $100 or less per day when traveling. I want to keep my total travel expenses under $1,500 for this 15-day trip to Norway, not including the $541 I spent for the SFO-OSL economy class ticket back in March.

Sure I could splurge for a trip around Norway. As a frequent traveler, I keep in mind that every dollar I spend on this trip is a dollar less I will have available for the expenses of the next trip. I am planning to be in Greece on another Europe trip in October.

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Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an adults-only 234-rooms all-inclusive resort opening November 1, 2014 near Montego Bay, Jamaica. There is a grand opening 50% off rate for bookings made by October 31, 2014 for stays through December 1, 2015.

This post looks at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall room rates based on different guest occupancies from one to four adults. The rates change based on room occupancy since this is an all-inclusive resort for drinks and dining.

Loyalty Traveler room rate analysis for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall looks at the family friendly resort within the same property for room rates based on number of adults and children. Both Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall all-inclusive resorts were formerly the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall near Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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There is a grand opening 50% off rate for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall all-inclusive resorts opening November 1, 2014 in the former Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall near Montego Bay, Jamaica. Hyatt Zilara is an adults only hotel and Hyatt Ziva is a family hotel. Both hotels have been created from the formerly Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall property.

This post looks at the different room types for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and the rate change for different numbers of adults and children at this Hyatt all-inclusive resort.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall rate analysis is in this Loyalty Traveler post: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Montego Bay, Jamaica Grand Opening 50% off rate (July 18, 2014).

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