Make a reservation through Friday, March 20, 2009 for a stay at Hyatt Place or Hyatt Summerfield Suites between April 8, 2009 and June 5, 2009 and save 30% off Hyatt’s Best Available Rate at 150 hotels.

Reservation must be prepaid and is non-refundable and non-changeable.

Hyatt Place Reservations 30% Discount link or call 1-888-492-8847 and use code: LTO401

Hyatt Summerfield Suites 30% Discount link or call 1-866-974-9288 and use code:  LTO401

Sample Savings:

Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport North,

Thursday, April 23, 2009

1 King Bed room

$150    Hyatt Best Available Rate

$143    Hyatt.com rate – nonrefundable

$135    AAA promo rate

$105    Hyatt Limited Time Offer 30% discount rate

Hyatt Place room

Hyatt Place room layout is spacious

The Los Angeles Westin Bonaventure began a promotion today to give away 50 free rooms over four weekends beginning March 27-28, April 3-4, April 10-11, April 11-18 as part of its “Instant Tax Relief” campaign.  45 rooms each weekend will be given out to the first 45 website entries. Winners can choose a Friday or Saturday night.

5 rooms each weekend will be given away exclusively through Twitter to the first five tweets.

Twitter @Bonaventure #U.O.Me

 

Today, March 17 between 9am-12pm Pacific Time was the first date for the room giveaway for stays over March 27-28 weekend. There were not very many tweets on the #U.O.Me pages today.

 

Entries for remaining weekends can be made beginning 9am the Tuesday before the weekend.

 

Next Tuesday, March 24 at 9am you can try for a free room for Friday, April 3 or Saturday, April 4.

 

 

Winners also receive a 10% off coupon for the hotel restaurant or 20% off if you book a paid second night.

Westin Bonaventure Hotel website

Free Room Promotion link

Promotion terms and conditions

Press release link (discusses twitter)

25,000 points for two IHG hotel stays is for hotels in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East at most IHG brand hotels in participating countries.  InterContinental  Hotels are not included.  USA hotels are not participating in this promotion. This promotion is a great opportunity for someone traveling to Europe, Africa, or the Middle East by the end of April 2009. Registration is required.

This promotion is a great value for new members to try Priority Club, however, the promotion is open to new and existing members. The offer has high leverage value for hotel guests who do not normally stay in Priority Club hotels of Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Expressm Hotel Indigo, and Staybridge Suites brands as the promotion guarantees 25,000 points for two stays by April 30, 2009.

A guest could choose to fulfill the promotion with two one-night stays. 25,000 points earned June 15, 2009 are sufficient for many Priority Club hotels with daily rates of $300 or more.

This offer has more subtle terms and conditions than most hotel loyalty promotions

Stay two times at a participating IHG Priority Club hotel in the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, or Hotel Indigo in Europe, Middle East, or Africa and receive a minimum 25,000 points for the promotional period.  See list below for participating countries.

Important Note About Registering for this Promotion:

Points earned prior to registration for this promotion do not count towards 25,000 point total.  If you are currently registered for the 3,000 points every three nights promotion and earning lots of bonus points from that deal, then do not register for this promotion until your last two stays before April 30, 2009. The fine print states the promotion does not apply retroactively to stays prior to registration.

This promotion will guarantee 25,000 points bonus in your account for two qualifying stays during the promotional period of March 9 to April 30, 2009. Priority Club will issue the difference in points between the total points you earn during the promotional period for stays and bonuses (points are only counted after you register for the promotion) and 25,000 points total for this promotion.

This means the fewer points you earn during the promotional period after registering for this promotion, the greater your bonus points to take you to 25,000 points.

 The promotion is of greatest value to someone who will only have two hotel stays during the promotional period.  Hypothetically, a guest could spend $75US per night and $150 for two stays. The member would earn 1,500 points for the two stays. This promotion will earn an additional 23,500 points to the Priority Club member’s account on June 15, 2009.  The member can then redeem a free night at most IHG brand hotels.

On the other hand — A frequent guest signed up for the 3,000 points every 3 nights promotion and this 25,000 points for two stays promotion who spends $75 per night for 9 nights during the promotion period will earn $675 x 10 points/$1 = 6,750 base points + 9,000 bonus points for the every third night promotion = 15,750 points.

This frequent guest will only earn an additional 9,250 bonus points on June 15, 2009 to bring the member’s account total for the promotion period to 25,000 points. This is why a member should wait until the last two stays to register to minimize the points counted towards the 25,000 point total.

A Priority Club member who stays 15 nights at $100 per night by April 30, 2009 would earn 15,000 base points and 15,000 bonus points for 3,000 points every 3 nights. This member does not earn any bonus points for the two stays promotion since the member earns 30,000 points from the other promotions. This member can still benefit by waiting until the last two stays before April 30, 2009 to register for this 25,000 point promotion and increase the earning from this separate bonus offer.

Priority Club does a great job with their table showing different stay patterns and points earned on the promotion page.  They did much of my job for me in analyzing this promotion in an easy to read table.

Important points to remember for this promotion:

 

1.    A stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out.

 

2.    A stay is qualified when paying qualifying room rates, which include most business and leisure rates.

 

3.    No retroactive points or miles will be awarded for stays prior to promotion registration.

 

4.    You must have recorded a preference to earn Priority Club Points in your Member Profile to participate. Priority Club members with a preference to earn Miles are not eligible for this Holiday Nights promotion.

 

5.    No retroactive points will be awarded for stays which awarded Miles during the promotional period, regardless of registration for the promotion. The calculation of the additional points required to receive the minimum of 25,000 points will include all points earned from all hotel stay-related activities between the promotional dates only.

 

6.    All points will be credited to the member’s accounts by 15 June 2009. The free night will only be available to take after the points have been credited into the members account on 15 June 2009.

 

Promotion Terms and Conditions link.

Registering for this promotion automatically registers you for the 3,000 points after 3 nights promotion.

Pay attention to participating countries for this 25,000 point bonus. This offer is not valid for USA hotels or for hotels in several European countries.

Western Europe

·         UK,

·         Germany,

·         France,

·         Belgium,

·         Netherlands,

·         Italy,

·         Spain,

·         Switzerland,

Middle East/Africa

·         Bahrain

·         Egypt

·         Ghana

·         Jordan

·         Kenya

·         Kuwait

·         Lebanon

·         Mozambique

·         Oman

·         Saudi Arabia

·         South Africa

·         Tanzania

·         UAE

·         Yemen

·         Zambia

·         Zimbabwe

Example fulfillment of promotion:

Holiday Inn Cannes Le Cannet, France 90 EUR April 13, 2009

Holiday Inn Nice Port St. Laurent Resort 105EUR April 16, 2009

Spend about $275USD for two nights and you earn points sufficient for a free night at about 4,000 IHG Priority Club hotels around the world.  Your points will be worth more than $275 per night at some hotels. 

Say you spend $550 for four nights. Redeem your free night next summer at a $300 per night hotel and you get a better than 50% rebate on your international travel, as long as you are in one of the participating countries before the end of April to take advantage of this 25,000 bonus points promotion.

I came across this blog today through FlyerTalk. I realized Geoffrey is blogging his Around the World in First Class trip and he has just reached his first stopover of the journey in Singapore today.

The blog looks like it may be a good read for an armchair experience of a First Class Round the World month long trip as it is in progress.

http://gpalcher.wordpress.com/

His itinerary shows several fine hotels. The Conrad Centennial in Singapore is one of my favorite all-time hotels. I have good memories of my stays.

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Conrad Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

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A nod to TravelZoo for this Qantas Airlines Australia sale fare alert, as low as $700 all-in :

http://www.travelzoo.com/Newsflash.ashx?553523-24703020

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Art on Yarra Riverwalk, Melbourne, Australia 

I love the historic charm of the Fairmont Hotels I have visited. There may not be a lot of Fairmont Hotels around the globe, but a lot of them are great hotels. Fairmont Hotels currently has 56 properties and is planning to open 20 more hotels over the next few years.

One of the other features I love about Fairmont Hotels is the entry to top elite status in Fairmont President’s Club only requires 10 stays or 30 nights in a calendar year. The top elite qualifying bar is much lower than Starwood or Hyatt at 25 stays or 50 nights.

Internet and local/800 phone calls are other complimentary benefits for loyalty members.

Fairmont President’s Club is a value-added loyalty program meaning there are no points to earn and redeem.  Leveraging low fares for free nights is a little more difficult with President’s Club. Elite status and promotions are routes to free nights with Fairmont Hotels.

 fairmont-empress-victoria-canada

Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Fairmont President’s Club

Table of President’s Club benefits: 

http://www.fairmont.com/EN_FA/FPCPublic/MembershipBenefits/MembershipBenefits

 

 

Fairmont regularly offers added value promotions for room rate discounts, a free night on extended stays and double airline miles. A platinum member can add frequent flyer miles quickly with hotel stays at Fairmont properties.

Airline partners are Air Canada Aeroplan, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and United Airlines. It looks like Fairmont may be in the process of renegotiating airline partnerships as the benefits footnote states “Airline partners will be updated shortly.”

Current promotions at Fairmont Hotels offer room rate discounts or a free night, and double miles.

 

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Rooftops of Fairmont Vancouver historic hotel (left) and newer Tower (right)

Waldorf Astoria Collection, the finer side of Hilton HHonors

This Waldorf Astoria Collection free night deal had me buzzing last weekend when I thought I found a high leverage promotion for a free vacation at the $500+ per night Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea Resort on Maui.

Then, the promotion fine print finally filtered through my brain to realize this deal has some leverage potential, but the deal is mitigated by the fact that to use the free night at Waldorf Astoria requires two paid nights in conjunction with the free night award. The deal is actually a third night free award on a future stay.

I am still confused on the fine print of the Great Getaway offer and the slight variations in Winter Escapes promotions with the same basic offer of $50 credit for two nights and a free night award. Different hotels seem to have different requirements for earning free night certificates and redeeming certificates.

The fine print of this offer is not consumer friendly in terms of stating the free night terms and participating hotels for redemption. It is confusing to see the promotion stating a $50 resort credit for a two night stay and an added bonus if booked and stayed by April 30, but then being told La Quinta Resort takes a three-night minimum stay to earn the free night award.

The confusing part to me is the promotion states “up to $400” in bonus offers, yet a free night at the Grand Wailea Resort in Hawaii is typically over $500 per night for the lowest priced room. The free night award participating hotels include the Grand Wailea Resort.

The Great Getaway and Winter Escapes offers:  Stay two or three paid nights (check with specific property to determine minimum stay for free night certificate) at a participating Waldorf Astoria Collection hotel (and some Hilton resorts) on a Winter Escapes rate by April 30, 2009.

Winter Escapes rate provides a $50 resort credit for every two nights of your stay.

The promotion also states that bookings and stays by April 30, 2009 will earn up to $400 in valuable bonus offers including a free night certificate for a future stay.  The third night free award is valid for a future Waldorf Astoria hotel stay between May 1 and December 15, 2009.

Type WAC into Group Field on reservations page or call 1-800-925-3673 for rates and reservations.

Waldor Astoria Collection Link:

The Waldorf Astoria Collection Great Getaway

Beach. Mountains. Desert. Amenity-rich destinations at every elevation. Enjoy a $50 resort credit after every second night of your stay. You will also earn a complimentary night stay gift certificate. Book and stay from March 1, 2009 – December 15, 2009. Learn more.

 

Participating Hotels: Initially I saw this Great Getaway offer for three Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotels: the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, and a  third resort Dakota Mountain Lodge, Park City, Utah that is not scheduled to open until summer 2009.

Further research detected a similar Winter Escapes deal for about a dozen Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Resort hotels including several in Florida, Puerto Rico, and California. Honestly, I have not sussed out the extent of this promotion.  Suffice to say, many more Hilton resort properties are participating than the three shown above.

Hilton is running the promotion between participating Hilton and Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotels, and LXR, luxuryresorts.com, is running this promotion among its hotels.  

The Value: Winter Escapes promotional rates tend to be higher priced than the lowest available rate for many hotel properties.  The deal may not be worth the effort unless you have definite plans for getting value out of the free night certificate. Advance Purchase and AAA rates will not have the benefit of a $50 resort credit per two nights or a free hotel night certificate, but may be a better deal overall.

This deal is best for someone who may have been planning a resort vacation at one of the participating properties for 2009. The Winter Escapes free night may allow you to get enough value out of free nights to pay for winter vacations over the next six weeks.

Paying less now with a nonrefundable internet or refundable AAA rate can be a huge savings at these luxury hotel properties and may work out to be a better value than going for this promotion if you just want to travel now.  This also means you are not held hostage to a future reservation at Waldorf Astoria hotels in 2009 to get the best value on your initial Waldorf-Astoria qualifying stay for the free night.

This deal is a per stay offer.  You could earn several free night awards with multiple two-night or three-night stays over the next six weeks (check the property requirement to earn free night). You can have luxury spring vacations and have discounted luxury hotel stays throughout 2009 since the free night awards are valid for most of the year.

Rate Analysis for Promotion:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa ($28 daily resort fee is in addition to room rates and total shown below)

Winter Escapes rate, Monday to Friday, 4-night stay, April 13-17, 2009

(cancel up to two days prior to arrival)

Rate includes $100 resort credit for 4-night stay and third night free certificate for 2009 stay

·         $259 Classic King Room (Total after tax = $1,163)

·         $289 Resort King (Total after tax = $1,298)

·         $309 Premier King (Total after tax = $1,388)

·         $699 Villa Suite (Total after tax = $3,169)

Advanced Purchase Rate (Nonrefundable prepaid rate, no changes allowed)

·         $179 Classic King Room (Total after tax = $804)

·         $200 Resort King (Total after tax = $898)

·         $214 Premier King (Total after tax = $961)

·         $483 Villa Suite (Total after tax = $2,169)

AAA group rate (cancel up to two days prior to arrival)

·         $190 Classic King Room (Total after tax = $853)

·         $212 Resort King (Total after tax = $952)

·         $226 Premier King (Total after tax = $1,015)

·         $263 King Club Level (access to Club lounge and Club pool) – (Total after tax = $1,181)

·         $292 Deluxe Club Level (Total after tax = $1,311)

·         $483 Villa Suite (Total after tax = $2,299)

I view the AAA rate as a vacation insurance policy worth the small premium for the higher room rate, but flexible cancellation policy as opposed to the lower-priced, nonrefundable Advanced Purchase rates.

The Winter Escapes rate at $1,163 for a Classic king room is $310 more than the AAA rate for this four night stay. The $100 resort credit is nullified and $210 of the free night certificate is lost due to higher room rates paid to earn the certificate.  The longer the stay and the higher price paid for a better category room makes the Winter Escapes deal even less valuable.

La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, California (Palm Springs area)

La Quinta Resort, near Palm Springs, had Winter Escapes rates as low as $159 per night that matched the lowest available rate, and a three night La Quinta Resort stay qualifies for the free night certificate good for the Grand Wailea Resort and several other Waldorf Astoria properties in the USA and Puerto Rico. 

$550 for a three night stay at La Quinta Resort will earn a free night at Grand Wailea worth about $550. The certificate requires paying two nights for the free night certificate, so you still have to spend the $1,100 for two nights at the Hawaiian resort to take advantage of the free night certificate.

Winter Escapes

·         $50 Resort Credit per room for every 2 nights stayed/paid.

·         $100 Resort Credit for 4-night stay

·         $150 Resort Credit for 4-night stay

·         $200 Resort Credit for 4-night stay

Book and Stay at least 3 consecutive nights on Winter Escape rate by April 30, 2009 and receive an additional bonus offer including:

·         Third night free certificate for participating Waldorf-Astoria Collection hotels for a stay between May 1 and Dec 20 (some properties may have Dec 15 end date).

·         50% off second equally or lower priced spa treatment when at least $100 spent on one spa treatment.

·         One free ½ day session in Kids Club at participating hotels.

·         $30 to $35 discount on golf rates.

Some of the participating properties mentioned by the reservations agent for free night award certificate included:

EL CONQUISTADOR RESORT &
GOLDEN DOOR® SPA

THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Book Your Winter Escape Now.
Or call 877.202.1447

LAS CASITAS VILLAGE &
GOLDEN DOOR SPA

THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Book Your Winter Escape Now.
Or call 877.202.1447

EDGEWATER BEACH HOTEL
Naples, Florida
Book Your Winter Escape Now.
Or call 877.202.1447

CASA MARINA RESORT &
BEACH CLUB

THE WALDORF ASTORIA
COLLECTION
Key West, Florida
Book Your Winter Escape Now.
Or call 877.202.1447

NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT
THE WALDORF ASTORIA
COLLECTION
Naples, Florida
Book your Winter Escape Now.
Or call 877.202.1447

REACH RESORT
THE WALDORF
ASTORIA COLLECTION
Key West, Florida
Book Your Winter Escape Now.
Or call 877.202.1447

LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB
THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION
La Quinta, California
Book Your Winter Escape Now.
877.202.1447

ARIZONA BILTMORE RESORT & SPA
THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION
Phoenix, Arizona
Book Your Winter Escape Now.
877.202.1447

GRAND WAILEA RESORT HOTEL & SPA
THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Book Your Winter Escape Now.
Or call 877.202.1447

Carmel Valley Ranch Resort, an LXR property

Another company, LXR, luxuryresorts.com, owns a number of Hilton branded properties, Hyatt Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, and a variety of other resorts.  LXR is also running this promotion outside of HHonors.

LXR is offering the same free night certificate and $50 resort credit for stays through April 30, 2009.

The advantage of the LXR offer is the opportunity to expand the free night certificate to other properties outside of Hilton branded hotels like one of our local Monterey County resorts in Carmel Valley, about 8 miles from where I live.

Winter Escapes is available at the Carmel Valley Ranch Resort for April rates as low as $129 per night for a 650 square foot Santa Lucia suite. $149 will land you a Verandah Suite with 1,100 square feet of space and cathedral ceilings.

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Carmel Valley Resort Dining Area

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San Francisco seems like a good place to hang out for St. Patrick’s Day. There are quite a number of Irish pubs in the City.

Tuesday night hotel rates in San Francisco can be astronomical at any time of year.  Find yourself in town on a convention night and the upper upscale hotel room is going for $350+ per night. Hit a quiet weekend night or holiday and rates can plummet to $90 for a four star and $120 for a five star hotel and all its associated loyalty program benefits.

Starwood Hotel Rates

San Francisco,

Tuesday night March 17, 2009 (St. Patrick’s Day)

Westin St. Francis

$249

St. Regis San Francisco

$399

W San Francisco

$299

Westin Market Street

$189

Palace Hotel

$249

Le Meridien

$259

Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

$139

 

Fisherman’s Wharf is the best rate, but a Union Square/Market Street hotel is going to be more conducive to a pub crawl.

San Francisco has a 14% hotel room tax and at $189 for Westin Market, the one night hotel rate is going to cash out at $216 for a night. I want a better priced option than that.

Kayak.com Comparison for Hotel Rates

A quick survey of Kayak.com rates showed discrepancies between Westin Market Street displayed for $129 at Hotels.com and The Palace Hotel at $119 at HotelClub.net.

I tested the Palace Hotel with HotelClub.net and the system kicked me out near the end of the booking process. When I restarted my search the room rate for the Palace Hotel increased to $249. I also tried other sites still showing a $119 rate for the Palace Hotel and all searches resulted in a rate change with the third party online travel agency to the rate shown on Starwood Hotels sites.

I tried the Westin Market Street through Hotels.com and the rate actually came up even lower at $109 for a Traditional room and the rate was bookable. Even better, an added value certificate for $50 on a future two night Hotels.com booking would accompany the $109 room rate.

I rechecked the Starwood site and the lowest priced room for the Westin Market Street was $169 and called a Grand Deluxe. The Starwood Hotels internet rate had dropped $20 on the room between 6:11pm and 6:53pm.

The Palace Hotel had also dropped in price during the hour, from $249 to $211.

I filed a Best Rate Guarantee claim for the Westin Market Street citing the $109 rate at 6:57pm, March 12, 2009.

 

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Westin Market Street Hotel, San Francisco

The Day After

I checked my email this morning and there was nothing from Starwood Hotels Best Rate Guarantee.

I checked SPG.com for St. Patrick’s Day hotel rates in San Francisco. The Westin Market Street was still listed at $169 for a Grand Deluxe room at 8:00am, March 13.

I saw another opportunity for a BRG claim at the Le Meridien San Francisco for this weekend at $119 on Hotels.com compared to $139 at Starwood Hotels sites.

I checked a few times today looking for the Starwood BRG email, but nothing came.

5:40pm March 13, 2009; Starwood Hotels response came 22 hours, 43 minutes after filing my BRG claim for the San Francisco Westin Market Street. My claim was approved. The Starwood rate is $233.75 and if I book a room at that rate within 24 hours, then my rate will be adjusted to $109 and I will also receive 2,000 Starpoints (a $70 value) for a successful BRG claim.

The $233.75 rate puzzled me so I went to SPG.com and searched rates.  The Westin Market Street rate was displayed as $289. When I selected the hotel rate , the rate dropped to $159 for a Premier room. Premier is a higher category room for $30 less than last night’s initial search showing a Grand Deluxe San Francisco hotel room on the Starwood sites for $189.

The fundamental question I considered these past 24 hours was whether a hotel chain, not Starwood per se, but in general,  ‘Could a hotel skirt the best rate guarantee by just altering inventory to move cheap rooms through third party sites?’ 

A hotel chain could maintain higher category rooms at higher prices on its own sites at times for the guest who doesn’t search around to get better rates or from loyal customers who may not go elsewhere to compare rates.  Best rate guarantees that do go through could technically be voided because the room types are not the same when a lower category room is on a third party site and that room is not bookable online at the hotel chain’s own site.

The point was moot anyhow since Starwood Hotels honored my Best Rate Guarantee claim for $109, a rate $60 less than the $169 Starwood rate for the Westin Market Street, San Francisco, despite the room types being different between the Starwood Hotels and Hotels.com sites.

Hotels.com showed the rate at $229 for March 17, 2009 when I checked just after I received the email of my successful Best Rate Guarantee claim.

Offer: Pay for Friday and Saturday night and receive Sunday night free at participating InterContinental Hotels. Some hotels in Islamic countries offer Saturday night free with Thursday, Friday night paid stay.

Promotion Dates: for stays between December 17 and April 30, 2009

Participating Hotels: There are only about 25% of IC Hotels participating in this promotion.

EUROPE

·         InterContinental Madrid

·         InterContinental Athens

·         InterContinental Vienna

·         InterContinental Berlin

·         InterContinental Frankfurt

·         InterContinental Cologne

·         InterContinental Dusseldorf

·         InterContinental Warsaw

·         InterContinental Budapest

 

AMERICAS

·         InterContinental The Barclay New York

·         InterContinental Toronto Yorkville

·         InterContinental San Francisco

·         InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

·         InterContinental Dallas

·         InterContinental Houston

·         InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

·         InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa

·         InterContinental San Juan Resort

·         Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort

·         Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa

·         InterContinental Tampa

 

MIDDLE EAST

·         InterContinental City Stars

·         InterContinental Taba Heights

·         InterContinental Abu Dhabi

·         InterContinental Al Ain

·         InterContinental Jordan

·         InterContinental Muscat

·         InterContinental Doha

·         InterContinental Jeddah

·         InterContinental Riyadh

·         InterContinental Mzaar

 

ASIA PACIFIC

·         InterContinental Hong Kong

·         Grand InterContinental Seoul

·         The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo

·         ANA InterContinental Tokyo

·         InterContinental Yokahoma The Grand

 

Priority Club points are not earned for free night, however, InterContinental Hotel stays earn 2,000 points per stay and free night should not impact points earned. 

San Francisco rates using the Sunday night free for Friday, March 20 to Monday, March 23 brings the nightly rate down from $169 to $113 per night at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. The InterContinental San Francisco nightly rate drops from $159 to $106 on a three night stay for the same dates.

$106 per night for the San Francisco InterContinental Hotel sure is cheap rooms.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco

InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco

InterContinental Ambassador

There is a new website for the InterContinental Ambassador loyalty program.  The annual membership fee of $150 comes with a Buy One Night, Get One Night Free (BOGO) certificate good for any InterContinental Hotel weekend stay. Ambassador members also receive benefits when staying at InterContinental Hotels including:

·         Guaranteed room upgrade

·         Fresh fruit and mineral water

·         4pm checkout

·         Complimentary Pay TV film per stay

·         Ambassador Accelerator for 20,000 points after 15 nights at IC Hotels (Ambassador Accelerator registration required.)

Waldorf Astoria is Hilton’s luxury hotel brand.  Two rebranded properties in Europe resulted in two new Waldorf Astoria Collection hotels.  The Hilton Cavalieri rebranded last fall into Rome Cavalieri – Waldorf Astoria Collection, and the rebranding of the Westin Trianon Palace to the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles, France.

Trianon Palace has four night reward discounts of 20% for stays booked and stayed by July 15, 2009.  The 40,000 points per night low season awards ended February 28, 2009.  The discounted per night rate was 32,000 points or 128,000 points for four nights in low season with a TR4LS Reward. 

Through July 15, 2009 the rate is a 20% discount on 60,000 points per night or 48,000 points per night.  The four night reward stay TR4HS is 192,000 points.

The Hilton HHonors Offer:

“Enjoy a 20% discount on reward stays of four nights at any of four luxurious Hilton Family hotels in the world’s most romantic city, including our newest addition to The Waldorf Astoria Collection. Offer valid for reward stays booked and completed between now and July 15, 2009.

Participating Hotels

Reward Code

 

Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

PCH4N  96,000

Hilton Paris La Defense

PLD4N 128,000

Hilton Paris Orly Airport 

POR4N  96,000

Trianon Palace Versailles, The Waldorf Astoria Collection

TR4LS* 128,000/ TR4HS** 192,000

   

 *TR4LS valid for reward stays between January 19 and February 28, 2009.
**TR4HS valid for reward stays between March 1 and July 15, 2009.Special Offer

Dates: January 19 – July 15, 2009

Terms and Conditions
All four-night reward stays must be booked and consumed by July 15, 2009 in order to receive the 20% discount.

 

http://www.trianonpalace.com/specials-and-packages/index.cfm

New Launch special rate of 279EUR per night includes breakfast buffet and spa pool access for Trianon Palace guests who prefer to earn points than spend points for the hotel stay.

 

I speak from experience when I dole out my advice:

Don’t book a Paris four night stay at an airport hotel.

 

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