This week was my first-time to Sundance Film Festival and I was not even a paying participant since I showed up without any movie tickets or Festival Pass.

My interest was more about other happenings around Park City besides the films. I was uncertain before arriving in Park City if I would be able to do anything related to the festival without a Sundance Film Festival pass.

Sundance Film Festival had all kinds of free activities to occupy my few days in Park City.

Sundance Poverty Jet Setter

I frequently joke about being a poverty jet setter. The phrase comes from the foresight of Doug Coupland’s 1991 book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture.

Poverty Jet Set

“A group of people given to chronic traveling at the expense of long-term job stability or a permanent residence. Tend to have doomed and extremely expensive phone-call relationships with people named Serge or Ilyana. Tend to discuss frequent-flyer programs at parties.”
–Douglas Coupland, novel Generation X, 1991

These days there are hundreds of us in the blogosphere who make our living discussing miles and points at parties.

Going to Sundance Film Festival 2015 was a by-product of my Alaska Airlines mileage run for their Ski the West promotion, whereby two round trips from California, Oregon or Washington to any of ten ski destinations earns a free ticket to any of those ten ski destinations to be used by April 30, 2015.

I bought two round trip tickets for $96 each between San Francisco and Salt Lake City, Utah at the beginning of January. Last week I flew to Salt Lake City during Martin Luther King 3-day holiday weekend and explored downtown SLC. This week I flew back to Salt Lake City and attended the Sundance Film Festival 2015. The film festival is primarily in Park City, Utah in the Wasatch Mountains, some 30 miles east from Salt Lake City.

Festivals tend to be the kind of events I avoid. And I do not ski.

SLC Capitol view

Park City ski resorts are 30 miles east of Sat Lake City on slopes 7,000 to 10,000 feet in elevation in the Wasatch Mountains.

My typical travel pattern is to go places when there are not crowds and prices are low. Sundance Film Festival was stepping outside my normal travel pattern. Hotels were too expensive, so I redeemed points for Hyatt Escala Lodge. I figured I could always hang out at the hotel room if I could not access Sundance Film Festival activities.

My experience was three days attending events and checking out venues and the only event that cost any money was $15 I paid to see the film The Tribe at a Sundance Film Festival theater. I probably watched 15 hours of free live music performances from a dozen bands. Three days cost about $80 for beer, food, musician tips, round trip bus from Salt Lake City, shuttle driver tips and one Sundance movie. I did Sundance on a poverty jet setter budget.

Getting to Park City, Utah

On a Sunday, I was the only person in Salt Lake City with a suitcase getting on that Park City bus. Utah Transit Authority charges $4.50 to take the public bus from downtown Salt Lake City to Park City. The catch is you have to catch one of four buses leaving downtown Salt Lake City between 6:00 and 8:00 am in the morning. The ride is about 60 to 80 minutes.

There were a couple of doormen at the Waldorf Astoria Park City talking about a $90 Uber ride a couple paid the night during Sundance to go five miles into Park City. I took the hotel’s free Sundance Festival shuttle from the hotel to Main Street.

In the Park City area, public buses are free year-round as an effort to keep vehicle traffic congestion at a minimum in the affluent ski resort town of 8,000 residents. The Canyons bus runs every 30 minutes between Main Street Park City and gets you within five minutes walk of Waldorf-Astoria or Hyatt Escala Lodge all-day until near midnight.

Park City bus

During Sundance Film Festival, when about 40,000 visitors come to Park City, there is an additional fleet of hired buses to transport people around town between theaters and Park City Main Street where many of the public events related to the film festival take place.

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There was quite a bit more activity the first weekend of Sundance Film Festival 2015, although the streets were not as crowded as I expected on the weekend and there were far fewer people on the weekdays. Many of the storefronts in town are leased by companies. On Sunday I walked by the CNN Lounge. By Tuesday the space was a restaurant again.

Park City Main Street-2

Lodging is the challenge during Sundance Film Festival. I saw availability using points on weeknights at Holiday Inn Express Park City off Interstate 80 at Kimball Junction. That area has Whole Food Market, Wal-Mart and a few other hotels like Best Western. The I-80 freeway is seven miles from old town Main Street.

Hyatt Escala Lodge had rooms for 15,000 points per night when rates were $500. I booked a free stay using points. My 9:00am arrival at the Hyatt Escala meant checking my luggage for the day and heading into Park City to see what I could see and do. The bus ride was about 30 minutes to travel five or so miles on the bus from the Canyons ski area to Main Street in downtown Park City.

Within minutes of arriving in downtown on the public bus, I was in the heart of the Sundance Film Festival action. Camera crews were doing media takes on Main Street.

I stepped inside Airbnb Haus for a scene that made me feel the Sundance experience would be relevant to Loyalty Traveler in more ways than leisure entertainment.

Airbnb Haus

Airbnb was giving away free coffee and prizes for submitting an entry for Airbnb spend credits.

Sundance HP House

Minutes later I was sitting in Sundance House sponsored by HP and listening to a panel discussion on creativity and the impact of online piracy in media. I was let in without a festival pass. They only restrict access to the panels if the event is too crowded.

One of the panelists stated 25% of all internet traffic worldwide is pirated media viewing of songs and films. I know when I want to hear a specific song, YouTube generally has a video for the song uploaded by some user.

What I gathered from the discussion is many creative artists do not care about piracy since it is primarily a corporate control issue and not an artist’s issue. The commonly expressed sentiment seemed to be the artist already earned the income they will get from their corporate contract regarding the sale of their creative work. Piracy is more of a media corporation marketing issue due to lost revenue from pirated material broadcast illegally on the internet in copyright violation. Some other website is making the Google ad revenue on pirated media, even Google.

An hour later I found the place where interviews and photographs of celebrities were happening above the Stella Artois Lounge near the Park City Main Street pedestrian bridge. I saw film director Jennifer Siebel Newsome. She was at Sundance as director of a documentary premiere for The Mask You Live In, a film about the impact of American society on cultural development of young boys attitudes to power, dominance  and aggression. Jennifer is also the wife of California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome.

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A few minutes later, when I was sitting at the top of the stairs, Slash, guitarist of 80s rock band, Guns ‘n Roses walked up the stairs in front of me.

My primary objective was trying to figure out how to get into the Stella Artois lounge. That was a hard task on the weekend with a waiting line and bouncers and a preference for Sundance badged guests. I was not planning to be paparazzi.

On Monday night, I walked right in to the near empty Stella Artois lounge and drank free beer until I had to refuse more.

Stella Artois lounge

Loyalty TravelerStella Artois Buy a Lady a Drink for water.org (Jan 27, 2015)

New Frontier 2015

One of the most popular venues on Main Street Park City was New Frontier 2015 where visitors could sign up to participate in Virtual Reality exhibits.

VR equipment

This woman was in the process of virtually flying around the skyscrapers of San Francisco as seen on wall-mounted two dimensional monitors by others.

My first day at Sundance Film Festival was simply trying to figure out where I could eat and drink and what could I do without a Sundance Film Festival pass. The second day I saw a morning film, had free beer in the afternoon and evening and watched bands play live music in several venues on one city block of Main Street over an eight hour period. By day three I was sitting in the front row of shows, being greeted by musicians off stage who had seen me the day before in the audience and buying the discount food specials at local restaurants.

My take away from Sundance Film Festival is the place is a media exposure outlet for independent artists. Many of the filmmakers and musicians at Sundance are there to gain exposure, be recognized and provide their creative content to the public.

For some artists, the film and photographic imagery, the musical and vocal sounds, written and spoken words are primarily a creative expression that may or may not be marketable. Sundance Film Festival is the interface of creative art and marketing.

Anyone can make a film and put it on YouTube. That is artistic freedom. There is plenty of artistic content created and accessible if you know where to look.

Marketing is about generating the buzz to spread the word that this content is worth your time to experience. Marketing builds the audience to appreciate your art.

The inspiration I found in Sundance Film Festival were musical artists I heard who are on the road and playing venues where sometimes they feel purely exalted and sometimes totally exhausted.

I found it inspiring to hear stories from people on stages sharing about how their car broke down on the drive to Park City, or his guitar broke, or he came down with the flu and traveled anyway or the 6,500 feet elevation had her breathless between songs or he should have come several days earlier to acclimate to the altitude of Park City. These are poverty jet setter travel stories and business travel worker stories of Sundance 2015.

My poverty jet set life this week involved sitting in music cafés in Park City, Utah during Sundance Film Festival 2015 enjoying free music and free beer and a free hotel room that I accessed with a $96 plane ticket, some hotel loyalty points and $9.00 in public bus fare on the Salt Lake City – Park City Connect.

Back home I think that I need to pay the bills too. I better keep writing. The road is always a bit uncertain, but I know in my soul this is the creative path I want to follow.

Will work for tips.

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NOWOPEN room rate analysis

Rate checks at a couple of hotels show the New Hotel Member Bonus is same as Best Flexible Rate. Advance purchase rates are lower and discount rates like AAA are probably a better deal to save 10% on room rate instead of earning 1,000 bonus points per night.

Even better than 1,000 bonus points per night is a triple points deal I see for Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Metairie (New Orleans), Louisiana,  Book Now offering triple points for the same rate as Best Flexible.

Look at this points earning potential for a 3-night stay in February 23-26, 2015 for a midweek stay. This hotel has higher rates on weekends.

Queen Bed Triple Points rate = $109/night for $368.70 after tax.

Club Carlson 3x points = 60 points/$1, so $327 in hotel spend earns 19,620 points. Extend Your Stay bonus = 30,000 bonus points. Total points earned for a base member are 49,620 points. This is close to 50,000 points needed for a category 6 hotel in places like Paris, San Francisco and London.

Club Carlson Visa card member earns an additional 27 points/$1 for a total 87 points/$1. That is 58,449 total points for $327 room rate on a three night stay.

$368.70 after tax for 3-night stay earns 58,449 points for a Club Carlson Visa member paying with Club Carlson credit card. That works out to earning points at a rate of $6.32 per 1,000 points while getting a 3-night hotel stay in the New Orleans area.

The NOWOPEN promotion for 1,000 bonus points per night is a good deal if you need to pay Best Flexible rate. Other bonus points opportunities like triple points at Country Inn & Suites Metairie offer a great rebate value for a newly opened hotel.

Maintaining a heated outdoor pool in the middle of winter at a ski resort has to be an expensive luxury. Especially when few people use the swimming pool. Twenty years ago my wife and I lived in a house on the coast of Maine with an outdoor heated pool and the electricity bill for one week in September when the temperature dropped to the 40s was astronomical. Our outdoor pool was shut down for winter after Labor Day weekend.

I saw several heated outdoor swimming pools at luxury hotels in Park City, yet I never saw a swimmer. The smaller hot tubs by the pools were frequently in use by snow monkeys.

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These Japanese macaques are hanging out in another Winter Olympics location hot spot in Nagano, Japan.

Here are three outdoor heated pools in the snow country of Park City, Utah if you want to live like a snow monkey.

St. Regis Deer Valley

St. Regis pool

You can literally walk 50 feet from the pool deck to the ski slope at St. Regis.

Waldorf Astoria Park City

WA pool

This is the largest pool in the Canyons area of Park City, along with an adults only hot tub and one the kids can use.

Hyatt Escala Lodge

Hyatt pool

You can fit your entire tribe in this Hyatt hot tub for a communal experience.

Hyatt hot tub

No wonder these Park City resorts charge $500 to $1,200 per night in winter. Somebody has to pay the utility bills.

Last night, I made a discovery inside the Stella Artois Lounge of the Sundance Film Festival 2015 in Park City, Utah. Actually, two discoveries. As I sat down at the bar, my first surprise was to learn the beer was free. Regular readers probably know I have a fondness for Stella Artois beer. This was the second time in six hours I had stumbled upon a place on Main Street Park City during #Sundance to find bottles of Stella Artois being served for free. A couple of the Sundance music venues I had been inside during the intervening hours charged $4 or $6 for a bottle of Stella Artois.

More importantly for readers is the second discovery I made regards a campaign sponsored by Stella Artois to raise money for water.org.

buyaladyadrink.com

buyaladyadrink.com #buyaladyadrink

Buy a Lady a Drink

Now, I already have several Stella Artois chalices at home. But to my surprise the glass chalice holding my beer was a design I had not seen before.

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I looked at the glass chalice intricate design. After having been on the streets of Park City for nearly 12 hours, it took me a little while to piece together that the Stella Artois Sundance lounge had a higher purpose than getting movie buffs drunk on free beer.

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The glass was engraved with the words “Water India”.

Then I looked around and saw water.org on signage, on displays and on video screens around the room.

Water.org

Water.org is a non-profit organization co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White to help bring clean water to communities around the world.

Stella Artois is sponsoring the Buy a Lady a Drink campaign to sell chalices for $12 in support of water.org.

stella Artois buy a lady a drink water

I looked at the chalice in my hand and noticed two other designs on the bar counter.

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There are three Stella Artois chalice designs for Ethiopia, Honduras and India.

Stella Artois lounge water

Disappointingly, the people working the lounge were not able to tell me how one goes about buying a chalice.

Here is the link for http://www.buyaladyadrink.com/. The chalices are sold for $12 each through Amazon.com. Unfortunately, they are sold out at the time I published this article, but they should be back in stock soon.

Stella chalices

Every chalice purchased will provide 5 years of clean water for one person in the developing world.

That kind of ROI makes it worthwhile to Buy a Lady a Drink today.

Big news today with the announcement Marriott International has signed a deal to acquire Delta Hotels 38 properties in Canada for about $135 million USD. Delta Hotels & Resorts are located in 30 Canadian cities. The acquisition is expected to be completed in Q2-2015. The deal will make Marriott the largest hotel chain in Canada with more than 120 hotels.

Marriott International has grown quickly in the past few years to more than 4,100 hotels worldwide in 79 countries. Different hotel brands acquired by Marriott include AC Hotels (Spain), Protea (South Africa) and now Delta Hotels (Canada).

There are currently about 49 million Marriott Rewards members.

Why bother coming to Sundance Film Festival without a festival ticket?

Besides standing on the street looking for recognizable faces in media for photo opportunities, I found plenty to keep me busy all day over the past two days on the streets of Park City during the Sundance Film Festival 2015. There were panel discussions on film and creativity and music performances and plenty of free Stella Artois beer to be found. So many festival attendees are standing around looking for movie stars when the stars of the future are all over the place, approachable and willing to talk to you at length if you take the initiative to strike up a conversation.

Sundance film tickets sold out weeks ago. There is a daily opportunity to buy day of film tickets, but you have to be waiting in line at 8am for that opportunity. I wanted a breakfast buffet instead at the Hyatt Escala Lodge at 8am.

One of my sisters enjoys the arts and I knew she would be disappointed in me if I came to Sundance Film Festival and did not see a film. After breakfast Monday morning, I checked the Sundance Film Festival Schedule and learned I could waitlist for a film.

One of the films that interested me was the description of a film The Tribe.

Ukraine. 2014, 127 min., color sign language.

Set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film’s narrative unfolds purely through sign language without the need for employing subtitles or voiceover, resulting in a unique, never-before-seen cinematic experience that engages the audience on a new level.

DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER Myroslav Slaboshpytskly.

I read somewhere in one of the papers I picked up around town that this was a unique film with no spoken dialog or music soundtrack. This seemed like the Sundance experience I was looking for as an opportunity to watch a film that would be unlikely to appear on TV.

I waitlisted for the film online. Normally films are $20 for a ticket, but the price is $15 if you get in on a waitlist.

Sundance The Tribe

My waitlist number was 140. There were about that many seats remaining for the screening and immediately I received a message stating 36 people had dropped from the waitlist. You have to register and you can only waitlist for one film at a time. You have to be in line at the theater to buy the ticket with cash 30 minutes before the start of the film.

Getting to the MARC theater was the next challenge.

Park City offers free transportation year round in public buses. There are additional festival buses during Sundance making the loop around about ten different theaters. The MARC theater where I needed to go is actually a residential neighborhood Fitness Club that is converted into a theater during the 11 days of Sundance Film Festival. It took two buses and nearly 45 minutes to get five miles from The Canyons area where Hyatt Escale lodge is located to the theater and the deadline had already passed for the e-waitlist when I arrived 15 minutes before the film screening. Fortunately the film was not sold out and tickets were for sale. Before I made it to the ticket booth a woman approached me wanting to sell three tickets. I paid her $15 for one ticket and entered the theater.

I will simply describe The Tribe as a great film production, a riveting story and a film that I would not recommend to anyone without warning. I don’t want to give away any of the story. Suffice to say that there were scenes when I looked around at the audience to see people crying, covering their eyes, gasping, walking out of the theater. I am glad I saw this film at Sundance Film Festival since I don’t think it will be on TV any time soon or ever in the USA. The film won many 2014 film festival awards. My impression is The Tribe is an unforgettable film that you may find yourself wishing you could forget.

And there was no spoken dialog or musical soundtrack. The Tribe is true grit cinema with only the natural sounds of the environment for two hours.

My wife is the only person I could talk to today about the details of the movie. I know it is a film she will never watch.

I have been Sundance experienced. After that film, I am satisfied to take advantage of all the free live music playing on Main Street Park City at places like the HP Sundance House, NY Lounge, ASCAP Music Café and the #takebackSundance Atticus Bookstore Indie Fresh Brew concerts.

Cinema is a powerful force for evoking emotions. I witnessed that today when watching The Tribe. Musical performances are also a powerful force for evoking emotional feeling. The difference is music is generally a much more positive and socially engaging experience. There is an interactive relationship between musicians and the audience.

I was Sundance experienced today in film and music. The music is the aspect of Sundance in Park City I have found more festive and socially engaging in this Park City Sundance Film Festival 2015.

I am off to bed after 12 hours Sundancing today. Tomorrow is my last day for the Sundance 2015 Experience before I head back to California.

Check out my Loyalty Traveler Instagram page for photos of Sundance Film Festival 2015 action.

Sundance Park City

I needed a hotel bed for seven hours before catching the bus to Park City, Utah for a few days hanging out around the Sundance Film Festival. Last week I visited several Salt Lake City Downtown hotels to check out their lobby and location. I knew precisely where several hotels with low prices are located in downtown SLC when I searched rates online. I debated between three hotels. Marriott had low prices, but this is the two week period between MegaBonus promotions, so that chain was out of consideration.

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My wife’s family left California during the last millennium for Colorado. I endured years of family visits to Denver with weird beer laws like no beer sales in supermarkets or alcohol sales in stores on Sunday. Over time the laws in Colorado changed. These days Colorado stores even sell marijuana on Sundays.

Utah still has some of the more restrictive alcohol laws in the country, yet the state is not as restrictive as I anticipated prior to my time in Salt Lake City last week.

Eyewitness report – beer seen in Utah.

Salt Lake City has seriously good availability of craft beer from several Utah breweries and beer is available in pubs, clubs, grocery stores, restaurants and the Utah State Liquor Store. There is a beer scene happening in Utah.

But Utah is not like California where alcohol is widely available. The primary restriction in California is a statewide law on no alcohol sales between 2am and 6am. Other than that 4 hour window, most food stores and gas station stores sell beer, wine and liquor.

Utah has far more restrictive laws.

Here is what I learned about the different places for buying beer in Salt Lake City in a pub, grocery store, restaurant and Utah State Liquor Store.

Pubs

Salt Lake City has pubs. Salt Lake Official Visitors Guide can be downloaded online or a 5.5 x 8.5” book you will find at the SLC Airport and most hotels. Salt Lake City has named itself ‘Ski City USA’.  Read More…

Last week I completed my first 3-night stay for the Club Carlson Extend Your Stay promotion. I hold Club Carlson Gold elite status as a Club Carlson Visa card member for 35% bonus points on base points earned.

Club Carlson SLC points

Country Inn & Suites West Valley City Utah

  • Room rate $220.50 for three nights = 4,410 base points.
  • Extend Your Stay Early Bird Bonus = 10,000 bonus points for registering by January 12 during the first week following the announcement of the Club Carlson Extend Your Stay promotion.
  • Extend Your Stay 3-night stay bonus = 30,000 bonus points.
  • Club Carlson Gold elite 35% bonus on base points = 1,544 bonus points.
  • Total spend = $249.38 after tax.
  • Total Club Carlson points earned = 45,954 points.

Country Inn & Suites West Valley City Utah was one of the worst hotels I have experienced in years. Fortunately I was not one of the guys who was staying at the hotel for school and scheduled to take a test the morning following a night with two false fire alarms sounding at the hotel. I took a nap that day.

Despite a rough hotel stay, my objective was met to earn points for Club Carlson hotel stays next summer in Europe when we fly to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Club Carlson Copenhagen

As a Club Carlson Visa card member, I get one free night on reward stays of two nights or more. That benefit is essentially a BOGO Buy One-Get One free deal on a 2-night stay. My $250 stay in SLC earned enough points to book two hotel nights in Copenhagen at Radisson Blu hotels with published rates of $500 to $700 for two nights.

Loyalty Traveler - Club Carlson Jan 12 to March 29, 2015 stays earn 15K for 2 nights, 30K for 3 nights (Jan 5, 2015)

Alaska Ski the West Fly 2 times, get one flight for tax only.

My objective for Salt Lake City was simple. Salt Lake City is the flight destination I scheduled for two trips on Alaska Airlines for the Ski the West promotion offered to residents of California, Oregon and Washington. Fly two round trips to any of ten ski destinations by February 23 and earn one free round trip ticket to return to any of the ten airports by April 30. My plan is to fly either to Montana or Canada with the free ticket.

Ski the West Destination Airports for free ticket promotion.

  1. Mammoth Lakes, California
  2. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  3. Sun Valley, Idaho
  4. Bend, Oregon
  5. Bozeman, Montana
  6. Kalispell, Montana
  7. Reno, Nevada (RNO)
  8. Salt Lake City, Utah
  9. Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  10. Vancouver, Canada

Loyalty Traveler - Alaska Airlines Ski the West Fly 2, Get 1 for tax only CA, OR, WA residents (Nov 6, 2014)

There are still four weeks left to take advantage of the Alaska Airlines offer. I booked two round trips earlier this month SFO-SLC for $96 each ticket. Yesterday, I saw prices were even lower to fly SJC-SLC.

My second trip to Salt Lake City departs today. I am headed to Sundance Film Festival in Park City this week.

Living the Loyalty Traveler poverty jet setter life in the mountains with movie and TV stars is not my typical vacation scene. I really have no idea what to expect at Sundance Film Festival.

My only real wish is I hope to meet Amy Goodman.

Park Plaza Europe Winter Sale is another discount rate from the Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group for stays from January 21 to April 30, 2015. This is a repeat of the January sale and a good value Club Carlson deal. You must book by 23:59 Central European Time CET February 8, 2015.

The sale is for hotels in Germany, Hungary, and UK for stays to April 30 and The Netherlands for stays to March 31. Croatia is primarily advertised as a summer stay 30% discount, but several hotels open in April and one hotel is a year round hotel open in Croatia.

Check out these rates for next week.

Park Plaza Winter Sale

Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin on the Adriatic Coast in Croatia is under $50 for Bed & Breakfast. This hotel is rated #1 of 10 hotels in Medulin, Croatia on TripAdvisor.com.

If you really feel a desire just to get away from everything and you have frequent flyer miles to burn, I imagine this would be a cool place to chill out on a budget by the Adriatic Sea in winter. Think of it as the poor man’s Venice. Medulin, Croatia is a place where July and August see tourists outnumber locals 3:1. If you want to meet locals, you have a better chance by visiting in winter.

Splurge at these Park Plaza rates and you can book Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin in a room with floor to ceiling windows, sea view balcony, breakfast and dinner for 71.40 EUR per night. This is prepaid and nonrefundable rate, but $214.20 EUR for three nights is $80 per night at today’s exchange rate for a room with breakfast and dinner by the sea.

That is almost all-inclusive if you don’t drink alcohol. And probably not much more if you do drink.

Park Plaza Medulin Croatia

There was a limited time offer JANSALE promotion at the beginning of January and I booked a 3-night stay for what I think is a good deal at what is now less than $90 per night in Amsterdam. The rates in Amsterdam are the same with the current Winter Sale as they were for hotels during the January sale.

The Euro has fallen off an economic cliff. Hope it stays this low next month (under 1 EUR = $1.13 on 1-23-2015).  My Amsterdam Park Plaza hotel stay will earn 30,000 bonus points with the current Club Carlson Extend Your Stay promotion. I view this Park Plaza deal as an opportunity to earn one free night in a hotel in London or Oslo or Copenhagen when rates are high priced for a hotel stay I need in Amsterdam when rates are low.

Loyalty TravelerPark Plaza Europe January Sale, book by Jan 7 for stays to April 12, 2015 (January 2, 2015).

Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson Jan 12 to March 29, 2015 stays earn 15K for 2 nights, 30K for 3 nights (January 5, 2015). Extend Your Stay promotion.

You have more than two weeks to plan Park Plaza hotel stays for dates to April 30, except Netherlands is March 31. That country gets tulip tourists and Queens Day National Holiday in April when hotel rates peak.

Sign up for the Club Carlson Extend Your Stay promotion to get a great rebate value through Club Carlson bonus points on a discount hotel stay in Europe.

I think this promotion can be a very good deal for many hotels and dates. Check out hotels if you plan to travel in Germany, Hungary, Netherlands or UK in the coming months.

Croatia looks like a fantastic vacation opportunity to me. Our April vacation is not yet booked for the week around Easter my wife has off work.

Park Plaza Europe Winter Sale

Terms and Conditions

*Applicable in participating Europe hotels only.

– Earn Club Carlson Gold Points with this rate.

– Subject to availability.

– Valid at participating hotels only.

– Book for hotel stays before 23:59 (CET) on Sunday 8 February 2015.

– Stay dates 21 January – 30 April 2015. Except for participating hotels in The Netherlands, stay dates are from 21 January to 31 March 2015.

– Blackout dates apply per hotel.

– Park Life Sale Rate Room Only and Bed & Breakfast Rate available.

– Minimum payment of 1 night only is pre-payable and non-refundable.

– Pre-payment element of one night is non-refundable but remaining nights are refundable.

– Penalty applies to all cancellations.

– Rate includes Value Added Tax.

– Rate excludes city tax in The Netherlands.

– Rate is excluding Tourist tax in Croatia – daily 1,00 Euro per adult and 0,50 Euro per child (12-18).

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