LHW 1928 RIP
The Good News: Some people got the $19.28 rate for a luxury hotel during the revamped 1928 promotion last Thursday.
The Bad News: I wasn’t among the lucky. Although Lucky, BoardingArea.com blogger of “One Mile at a Time,” was successful. His online name fits.
Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) promoted their October 1, 2008 online 80-minute sale heavily in September. The hype was so widely promoted that their reservations system crashed. Three weeks later the sale was back on.
Thursday, October 23, 2008 I logged on 7am and dutifully filled out the form for only two hotels, although the option for four choices was available. The deal was good, but no so good that I would fly across the country or to another country just for a two-day cheap stay at a luxury hotel.
My primary objective was to get a night at the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley so I could create a review for my future CarmelTraveler.com website. $400 per night is above my economic comfort level, even though it can be a business write-off in my case. I don’t make the kind of money with Loyalty Traveler (yet) to be throwing down $400+ per hotel night.
My second choice was Sedona’s Enchantment Resort and Spa and I picked dates when I knew I would be able to drive to Arizona for the stay.
I submitted my reservation request in minute 4 of the 80 minute time frame. From what I have read on FlyerTalk, there does not appear to be anyone, or very few, who had a successful request from minute 4 to minute 80 of the promotion. It truly was a speed event.
Even more unfortunate to those of us who actually planned viable hotel stays was the LHW hotel request option to receive any hotel reservation at the discretion of LHW. Several persons posted in the FlyerTalk thread that the LHW hotel and/or dates given are not a viable option and the guest has no intention of using the successful $19.28 hotel reservation.
I held out hope for a discount room until today, a week after submitting my hotel request, and I received the following email from LHW:
We appreciate your support and interest in our brand, and hope to bring you more celebratory offers in the future. As previously promised, all personal information obtained from you with regard to this promotion will be removed from our database. Should you wish to receive updates and news from The Leading Hotels of the World, please feel free to sign up for our e-newsletter at www.lhw.com.
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.
Congratulations to all the successful guests.
As for this Loyalty Traveler – LHW 1928 – Rest in Peace.
My prior post on the LHW 1928 promotion has links to the earlier Loyalty Traveler LHW 1928 posts or you can link to all the LHW posts using the Categories links on the left side of page through Category “Leading Hotels of the World”.