Apr042010

Act on April 5 – Element Hotel Free Night for Recycling 10 plastic bottles

April 5, 8:33am California time: This thread on FlyerTalk regarding the element hotel free night promotion sounds like the promotion was poorly executed. A couple of people who tried booking the element hotel in Lexington, MA were told the hotel started taking reservations on April 1 when this promotion was first announced rather than April 5 as reported in the Starwood Hotels promotion press release.

Nobody on FlyerTalk reports being successful in acquiring a free room reservation. I had planned to go for the Las Vegas Summerlin element only to be told it was not a participating property for this promotion. A free night is nice, but I learned a long time ago not to book  great hotel deals without a plane ticket already in place if it means a flight is necessary.

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“I am not a plastic package” campaign is a Starwood Hotels Element extended stay brand hotel promotion for a free night over Earth Day weekend from April 22-25, 2010. The first 100 callers to reserve rooms at 1.877.ELEMENT (1-877-353-6368) on April 5, 2010 (starting midnight local time of hotel) and reference promotion code:

“GoGreen”

will receive a free room by bringing in 10 single use plastic bottles to be recycled.

Element hotels are currently open in Lexington, MA, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Denver, Dallas, Houston and Ewing, NJ. 

I was told by element hotel customer service agent that the Las Vegas Element is not participating in this promotion. Figures since Nevada doesn’t recycle using bottle deposits. In fact, Massachusetts is the only state of the six states with element hotels that participates in beverage container redemption deposits. 

Story link: http://www.hotelinteractive.com/article.aspx?articleid=16605

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  1. “I learned a long time ago not to book great hotel deals without a plane ticket already in place if it means a flight is necessary.”

    Oh, I dunno.

    * Le Meridien Khao Lak Presidential Oceanfront Villa with private pool, $33/night including breakfast

    * 6 nights ocean view suite at Hilton Nassau for $600 all-in over New Years

    * 5 nights ocean view room at Hilton Barbadaos for ~ $150 all-in during December.

    * Hilton Tokyo $3/night for Executive Floor rooms

    * Hilton Moorea Overwater Bungalow $100/night including meals

    * W San Diego Extreme Wow Suite $1/night

    * Prince de Galles Hotel $50/night

    .. I’ve booked plenty of hotel deals without airfare in place, and worried about the ‘getting there’ later. 😉

  2. Good point Gary.

    I guess “great” is relative. One night at the Element Hotel is not adequate incentive to schedule a plane trip.

    A week in an oceanside resort at a “great” discount might motivate me to make the plunge and worry about the airfare later.

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