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August 2014 Hotel Promotions Guide

Loyalty Traveler August 2014 Hotel Promotions Guide

Best Western Rewards: Stay 3 times and earn one free night good for any hotel in USA, Canada or Caribbean. May 19-September 1, 2014. Free night voucher expires January 31, 2015. Hotel stays globally are eligible stays for this offer.

Best Western Rewards AAA rates 1,500 bonus points to September 1, 2014

Choice Privileges: Stay 2 times and earn 8,000 total points May 22 to August 22, 2014. There are some good deals in Europe like Comfort Hotel Diana in Venice for 10,000 points per night through September 15, 2014.

Club Carlson 3x points Country Inns & Suites June 1-August 31, 2014. Registration and booking for this offer had a May 31 deadline.

Club Carlson Club Carlson 10,000 bonus points at Canada Radisson Hotels to August 31, 2014.

Club Carlson Asia-Pacific Hotels 2x/3x points April 28-August 31, 2014.

Club Carlson Gold elites 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 rates in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Loyalty Traveler post May 29.

Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip 2x/3x August 1 to October 31, 2014 (nearly 1,400 hotels worldwide not participating with most hotels opting out in USA). Loyalty Traveler: Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip 2014 Q3 Promotion fully loaded.

Hyatt Gold Passport 3x Miles with 8 airlines May 1-August 31, 2014.

Hyatt Gold Passport Elite members buy Hyatt points with 40% bonus until August 18, 2014

Hyatt Gold Passport Earn up to 3,000 Hyatt bonus points for every three Las Vegas Mlife nights to Dec 31 2014 (August 10, 2014)

IHG PointBreaks Hotels for 5,000 points reward nights for stays by September 30, 2014. IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks July 28 to September 30, 2014.

IHG 4 nights, Pay 3 in Europe or 30% off Best Rate July 4-September 4, 2014. Loyalty Traveler post May 29.

Kimpton Karma Kimpton Karma Double Elite Credit July 23-Sep 30, 2014

Marriott Rewards 2x points June 1-August 31, 2014.

Marriott Rewards points + 1,000 United Miles per stay, up to 5,000 miles July 23-October 31, 2014 – Earn United miles and Marriott Rewards points July 23-Oct 31, 2014 (July 26, 2014)

Marriott Rewards Plus Points social media campaign May 8-Nov 8, 2014. This is the promotion that changed from earning 250 points per Twitter ‘Follow’ to 25 points two months into the promotion. Earn 2,000 free points every 30 days (LT post on original offer) Marriott Rewards Plus Points now need 80 actions to earn 2,000 points (July 15, 2014) for connecting Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts to Marriott Rewards Plus Points. Then, ‘Follow’ hotels and brands, use hashtags in social media and post geotagged photos. Easy and quick to simply follow a different hotel for 25 points, up to 100 points per day to max out 2,000 points every 30 days offer.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton Rewards 50,000 bonus points after 5 nights July 1 to October 31, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest Double points + 10,000 bonus points for stays at two of six different Aloft Hotels in Mexico, Central America and Colombia June 1 to September 30, 2014. Promotion registration required by July 31, 2014.

Wyndham Rewards Unpack Your Bonus July 1 to September 15, 2014. Register and then select a suitcase to unpack and see your bonus offer of 2x, 4x, 5x or 10x points for first four stays.

Loyalty Traveler Research and recent info: Which Hotel Programs count award stays for elite membership? (July 8, 2014)

Hyatt and Starwood brands average room rates compared (based on 2014 Q-1 average rates by brand) (July 12, 2014)

Average Hotel Rates for Hilton and Marriott brands (July 15, 2014)

Use Google Flights to find low cost routes around Europe (July 20, 2014)

Finding low airfare routes with Skyscanner (July 22, 2014)

Norwegian Air USA to Europe under $500 round trip August-September 2014 (July 24, 2014) Norwegian Air $89 checked bag fee OAK-Stockholm comes with assigned seat and meals (July 25, 2014)

InterContinental Chicago O’Hare rebranded to Loews Chicago O’Hare and YouFirst Benefits (July 25, 2014)

Marijuana-friendly Colorado hotels and lodging (August 8, 2014)

Hyatt Hotels global initiative to procure seafood responsibly in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (August 8, 2014)

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Accor Hotels – Le Club Accorhotels

Hotel Brands: Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, Suite Novotel, The Sebel, Ibis, Ibis Styles, Adagio, Thalassa Sea & Spa.

Accor Hotels Brand Profile – Loyalty Traveler Jan 5, 2014.

Accor Hotels offers numerous promotions by global region and country that can be found on their website.

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Best Western Hotels – Best Western Rewards

Hotel Brands: Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier

Best Western Rewards May 19-September 1, 2014: Stay 3 times and earn one free night good for any hotel in USA, Canada or Caribbean.  Free night voucher expires January 31, 2015. Hotel stays globally are eligible stays for this offer.

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – Club Carlson

Hotel brands: Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn, Country Inn & Suites, Quorvus Collection.

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Club Carlson 3x points Country Inns & Suites June 1-August 31, 2014. Registration and booking was required by May 31, 2014.

Club Carlson Asia-Pacific Hotels 2x/3x points April 28-August 31, 2014.

Club Carlson Club Carlson 10,000 bonus points at Canada Radisson Hotels to August 31, 2014.

Club Carlson Gold elites 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 rates in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Loyalty Traveler post May 29.

10,000 bonus points per stay packages at six Radisson Hotels in USA.

MegaPoints 10,000 points per night at six Radisson Hotels in USA (Feb 20, 2014). This offer is a good deal on a rate $20 more than BAR. There is no main promotion page and no dates provided for the duration of this offer at six hotels:

New York City Radisson Martinique on Broadway and Radisson JFK Airport

Orlando Radisson Resort Orlando – Celebration and Radisson Hotel Orlando – Lake Buena Vista and Radisson Hotel Orlando – UCF Area

San Francisco Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf

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Club Carlson Hotel Brands Profile by Loyalty Traveler (Jan 8, 2014).

Club Carlson Hotel Loyalty Program Basics by Loyalty Traveler (Jan 8, 2014)

Analysis of Club Carlson award category increases at 114 hotels on March 15, 2014 (Feb 24, 2014)

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Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Hotel Brands: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn.

Earn 8,000 points after two stays May 22 to August 22, 2014.

Choice Privileges recurring promotion returns for 8K after every two stays. Econolodge, Rodeway, Suburban and Mainstay require 2-night stays to count as a stay for this offer. Choice Gold and Platinum members earn an additional 250 points for every stay booked on ChoiceHotels.com.

Loyalty Traveler post:  Stay 2 times and earn 8,000 total points May 22 to August 22, 2014 (May 22,2014).

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Choice Hotel BRG free night claim

Choice Hotels free night with approved Best Rate Guarantee. Here is a post on my experience claiming a successful Best Rate Guarantee with one free night (Feb 28, 2014).

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Hilton Worldwide – Hilton HHonors

Hilton hotel brands: Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf-Astoria Collection, Conrad Hotels, DoubleTree, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites.

Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip 2x/3x August 1 to October 31, 2014 (nearly 1,400 hotels worldwide not participating with most hotels opting out in USA). Loyalty Traveler: Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip 2014 Q3 Promotion fully loaded.

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Hilton HHonors Loyalty Traveler Guide (July 16, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post: Loyalty Traveler Hilton HHonors Points and Money Rewards table (July 16, 2014) – Hilton does not post a table for Points and Money Rewards on its website.

Loyalty Traveler post: Warning: Do Not Trust HHonors Rewards Pricing Tool (July 3, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post: Hilton HHonors 39 award category changes and 56 new hotels (July 3, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post: Marriott beats Hilton for category 1 and 2 hotels in USA (July 7, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post: Hilton HHonors Seasonal Reward Rates clarified (Jan 24, 2014).

Loyalty Traveler post: Tutorial: Finding HHonors Points & Money and Standard Rewards (Jan 28, 2014).

Loyalty Traveler table: Hilton HHonors Points & Money Rewards table (there is no table on the Hilton HHonors site showing the cost of Points & Money Rewards by hotel category. I created this one.)

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Hyatt Hotels – Hyatt Gold Passport

Hotel Brands: Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Park Hyatt, Andaz

Hyatt Triple Miles (1,500 miles per stay) with 8 airlines. Maximum 14,000 bonus miles after 15 stays. Loyalty Traveler post April 29: Hyatt Triple Miles May 1–August 31, 2014 with 8 airline programs.

Participating Airline Partners

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Hyatt Gold Passport Elite members buy Hyatt points with 40% bonus until August 18, 2014

Hyatt Gold Passport Earn up to 3,000 Hyatt bonus points for every three Las Vegas Mlife nights to Dec 31 2014 (August 10, 2014)

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Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Montego Bay, Jamaica Grand Opening 50% off rate

Book by October 31, 2014 for stays through December 1, 2015.

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Loyalty Traveler Guide to Hyatt Gold Passport – Overview

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Guide to Hyatt Gold Passport Airline Partners

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Hyatt beats Starwood in USA for category 1 and 2 hotel awards

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Hyatt Gold Passport introduces Points + Cash Rewards Jan 7, 2014.

Loyalty Traveler post Jan 7.

Hyatt Points-Cash Table

The main problem is Points + Cash availability is not an online function. You have to call Hyatt to book Points + Cash reward stays. Anecdotal reports suggest availability is very good.

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InterContinental Hotels Group – IHG Rewards Club

Hotel Brands – InterContinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Hualux (China), Even.

Loyalty Traveler overview of IHG Rewards Club (Jan 6, 2014) – IHG Rewards Club in 2014: History, Award Nights and Elite Status

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IHG 4 nights, Pay 3 in Europe or 30% off Best Rate July 4-September 4, 2014. Loyalty Traveler post May 29.

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IHG PointBreaks Hotels for 5,000 points reward nights for stays by September 30, 2014. IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks July 28 to September 30, 2014.

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Winning Big with IHG Rewards Club bonus points. This Loyalty traveler post Jan 7, 2014 shows how stackable promotion codes earned big bonus points for my hotel stays in 2013 and where to find promotion codes on FlyerTalk thread.

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Marriott International – Marriott Rewards

Marriott hotel brands: Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Autograph Collection, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Vacation Clubs

Marriott Rewards points + 1,000 United Miles per stay, up to 5,000 miles July 23-October 31, 2014 – Earn United miles and Marriott Rewards points July 23-Oct 31, 2014 (July 26, 2014)

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Marriott Rewards Plus Points social media campaign May 8-Nov 8, 2014. This is the promotion that changed from earning 250 points per Twitter ‘Follow’ to 25 points two months into the promotion. Earn 2,000 free points every 30 days (LT post on original offer) Marriott Rewards Plus Points now need 80 actions to earn 2,000 points (July 15, 2014) for connecting Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts to Marriott Rewards Plus Points. Then, ‘Follow’ hotels and brands, use hashtags in social media and post geotagged photos. Easy and quick to simply follow a different hotel for 25 points, up to 100 points per day to max out 2,000 points every 30 days offer.

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Marriott spend-based Double Points Summer Promo June 1-August 31 Loyalty Traveler May 8.

Marriott double points begins with second stay and offers maximum 25,000 bonus points (equivalent to $2,500 in hotel spend; or more if staying at Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites).

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Free Night offer for New Members of Marriott Rewards, Earn one free category 1-5 hotel night certificate after two stays within 90 days of enrollment. This offer is reported stackable with MegaBonus free night offer. Loyalty Traveler post: New Marriott Rewards members earn one category 5 free night certificate after two stays in 120 days (Feb 6, 2014). Category 5 hotels include several hotels around the world that will run $300+ per night.

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Marriott Rewards Refer-a-Friend for up to 50,000 points (August 1, 2014)

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Atlantis Resort Bahamas joins Marriott Autograph Collection (July 7, 2014)

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Marriott PointSavers hotels has about 60 hotels in USA and UK offering reward nights at one category discount. A category 5 hotel at 25,000 points per night is only 20,000 points with PointSavers award. These award discount rates also apply to 5th night free.

Marriott PointSavers Summer 2014 US and International List (May 28, 2014)

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Loyalty Traveler post: Marriott beats Hilton for category 1 and 2 hotels in USA (July 7, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post – Marriott Rewards Hotel + Air Package Rewards for United and other airlines (Feb 5, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post – Tutorial: Marriott’s Cash + Points Rewards with 5th Night Free (Jan 28, 2014)

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Marriott Points & Miles Deals – http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesSearchResults.mi

Marriott deals

There are hundreds of discount rates, package deals and points and miles bonus offers at Marriott hotels worldwide. My advice is to check the Marriott specials site and search your destination city for special offers at marriott brand hotels.

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Loyalty Traveler post – Marriott MegaBonus 16 days hiatus and why Category 4 Certificates have less value in 2014 (Jan 15, 2014).

Loyalty Traveler post – Marriott International hotel numbers by brand 12-31-13

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Starwood Hotels – Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

Starwood brands: Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, Aloft, Element, Luxury Collection, St. Regis, W Hotels, Le Meridien

Summer 2014 Promotions

Starwood Preferred Guest Double points + 10,000 bonus points for stays at two of six different Aloft Hotels in Mexico, Central America and Colombia June 1 to September 30, 2014. Promotion registration required by July 31, 2014.

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Loyalty Traveler post: Tutorial: SPG Browse Dates and Rates Feature (Jan 30, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler Guide to SPG Airline Partners, Transfers and Airline Direct Deposit program (July 1, 2014)

Starwood Preferred Guest Cash and Points Awards Guide

Hyatt beats Starwood in USA for category 1 and 2 hotel awards (July 3, 2014)

SPG 2014 Hotel Category Reassignment:

Loyalty Traveler post:Analysis of SPG Hotels outside USA rising in award category March 4, 2014

Loyalty Traveler post: 139 hotels down in Starwood Hotels award category reassignment March 4, 2014

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Starwood Hotels Birth Year rate can be a great savings at some hotels. Pay a set rate for the first night of your hotel stay and get the second and for select hotels third night at the nightly rate of your birth year. For example, born in 1975, then the room rate is $75. At some hotels this will be the lowest rate possible and can save a $100 to $300 on a hotel stay.

http://americas.starwoodoffers.com/payyourbirthyear

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Starwood Preferred Guest And Caesars Total Rewards Partnership

SPG has teamed up with Caesars Entertainment to reward points to each other’s members. This deal allows members to earn SPG points at Caesars properties. Redemption rates are generally poor using SPG points for Caesars Hotels.

Loyalty Traveler posts on SPG and Caesars partnership:

Caesars and Starwood Preferred Guest partner for points earning (Jan 21, 2014)

Redemption Value analysis using SPG points for Caesars award stays in Las Vegas (Jan 21, 2014).

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Wyndham Hotel Group – Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Hotel Brands: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Grand, Wyndham Garden, Tryp by Wyndham, Wingate by Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Microtel Inn & Suites, Dream Hotels, Night Hotels, Planet Hollywood, Ramada Worldwide, Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn.

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Wyndham Rewards Unpack Your Bonus July 1 to September 15, 2014. Register and then select a suitcase to unpack and see your bonus offer of 2x, 4x, 5x or 10x points for first four stays.

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Wyndham Rewards points-to-miles exchange rate was cut by half for hotel points transfer to frequent flyer program miles on January 31, 2014 without any prior member notice. Loyalty Traveler post: Gone with the Wyndham Rewards: points-to-miles rate cut by half Jan 31, 2014 (Feb 1, 2014).

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