Monthly Archives

Monthly Archives for December 2008.

Dec222008

Hotel Loyalty Winter 2009 Promotions Are Out

Hotel Loyalty Winter 2009 Promotions Are Out Hotel loyalty programs have posted 2009 offers in the past week.  Within a few days of the SPG 2009 promotion beginning January 7, four other promotions have been released. Is there a little Hyatt-Expedia love conduit going on with the frequentflier? Hyatt has still not detailed their promotion on…

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Dec182008

Monterey-Big Sur Winter Hotel Deals

I spent a day at the beach in Carmel last week.  There were the usual crowds walking along the boutique storefronts and across Ocean Street.  The pedestrian traffic subsided quickly once away from the commercial district of Carmel and the beach was a quiet place on a sunny December weekday. Carmel was voted #6 city…

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Dec182008

Starwood SPG Night after Night Promotion, Jan-Apr 2009

Starwood Lurker, the Starwood Hotels/SPG corporate representative on FlyerTalk, posted a link yesterday for the initial 2009 Starwood Preferred Guest promotion called Night after Night, and located at SPG.com/nights.  This promotion will award a 500 points per night bonus beginning with hotel nights on January 7 through April 30, 2009.  An additional 5,000 points will be…

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Dec162008

London Rates Down, and Hotel Guests Too

London average room rate in November 2008 dropped 5.6% to £130 per night from November 2007 rates. For Americans, that comes out to $200USD per night at today’s exchange rate of $1.54 = £ 1.  That sounds expensive , yet compared to November 2007 when the average room rate was over £137 per night and…

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Dec152008

Thailand – Luxury in 2009 on a Backpacker’s Budget?

Thailand – Luxury in 2009 on a Backpacker’s Budget? The Thailand hotel industry sees some luxury hotel properties drop to “single-digit occupancy rate” following recent turmoil in Bangkok, Thailand. The country’s primary international airport, BKK, was shut down for a week by protestors.   Tourism could be impacted by a decline in tourism due to negative…

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Dec152008

Rebranding a Westin Hotel in Versailles

Westin Trianon Palace, located in Versailles near Paris is leaving Starwood Hotels and Starwood Preferred Guest on January 15, 2009.  The hotel will be branded the Waldorf=Astoria Paris in the luxury segment of Hilton Hotels and HHonors.  This is the second Waldorf=Astoria rebranding for 2009 in Europe. The Hilton Rome Cavalieri was rebranded in September…

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Dec122008

New Year’s Eve Rooms Using Points – No Blackouts Policy Test

There is no better test of a “No Blackouts” Hotel Loyalty Program Points Redemption Policy than looking for hotel rooms using points for a New Year’s Eve stay. Loyalty Traveler studied the San Francisco hotel loyalty scene for New Year’s Eve rooms.  My search results were surprisingly consumer friendly for San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and…

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