Starwood Hotels in Europe, Africa and Middle East have a promotion through December 31 for the third night free at a city hotel or two free nights on a six night resort hotel stay when paying with a Mastercard. Nonrefundable, prepaid advance reservations are required.
EMEA MasterCard promotion registration is required. Promotion code = MTA for rate searches.
This promotion is similar to Starwood’s Exclusive Hotel Escapes and Resort Escapes ongoing promotions for discounted multi-night stays, except you need a MasterCard for this EMEA offer and there are no day of week restrictions for your three night stay. The third night free offer using Z3H (Exclusive Hotel Escapes) requires a Thursday-Saturday check-in date for your stay. I found 3rd night free rates using the MTA promotion for a Monday-Thursday stay at some hotels.
Bottom line is that I did not find any lower rates using this EMEA MasterCard offer for five hotel checks, but there may be some discounted rates considering over 200 hotels are participating in this offer.
Sheraton Bratislava, Slovakia showed availability for a three night Monday-Thursday Aug 23-26 stay using the MTA code. The Exclusive Hotel Escapes link using Z3H offer stated promotion unavailable. But the MTA rate availability was a moot point considering the 3rd night free MTA rate was 200€/night or 133.33€ per night for a 3 night stay. A default search returned a prepaid 119€ nightly rate for the same room category. The 3rd night free offer was not the best deal for these dates at the Sheraton Bratislava.
Sheraton Luxor Resort, Egypt showed incredibly low rates for a six night stay August 23-29, 2010 at just $54 per night for four nights and two nights free. $216 + 24% tax for six nights at the Sheraton Luxor Resort. After tax the nightly rate is just $45 per night for a six night stay. This rate was found using the MTA link, however, the rate code used was Z6R, the same rate used for Resort Escapes which does not require a MasterCard payment.
Promotion analysis conclusion: The MTA MasterCard payment rate for 3rd night free or two free nights with a six night stay at an EMEA resort may not necessarily be the best deal, but you should at least give this rate search a whirl to see if there is a bargain to be found for your hotel stays through the remainder of 2010 in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.