Belong Anywhere is the meaning of the new airbnb symbol.

Airbnb symbol

TechCrunch calls the Airbnb symbol a a hippy-dippy concept that airbnb community members will buy into. Read More…

This post includes an updated Loyalty Traveler table showing the points and money components needed for Hilton HHonors Points and Money Rewards with a column showing the cost for HHonors points saved.

HHonors Points and Money Rewards require 40% of the points needed for a HHonors Standard Reward, plus a cash component ranging from $30 to $200 per night as shown in the Loyalty Traveler Hilton HHonors Points and Money Rewards table below.

Hilton HHonors does not have a table of Points & Money Reward rates. The effect of Seasonal Rewards pricing makes it difficult to determine the Points & Money Reward rate based on the designated HHonors hotel reward category.

In the old HHonors system I knew HHonors Category 6 meant a hotel reward night was a fixed rate of 40,000 points per night. The current system of HHonors Seasonal Rewards means a HHonors Reward Category 6 hotel can float by calendar month through a range of reward rates. Read More…

Hilton HHonors Loyalty Traveler guide is an overview of the hotel program with links to Loyalty Traveler 2013 and 2014 articles about Hilton HHonors. The articles cover hotel reward searches, hotel reward category changes, seasonal rewards, Hilton Worldwide hotel brands, average daily rates and elite qualification requirements with links to elite member benefits.

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Hilton HHonors 2014 Q3 double and triple points promotion prematurely launched last week when there was a promotion registration page. I registered for the new Triple Your Trip promotion and wrote about the 2014 Q3 offer seven days ago.

Loyalty Traveler: Hilton HHonors 2x and 3x points August 1 to October 31, 2014 (July 9, 2014).

HHonors 2014 Q3 registration

You are registered for Hilton HHonors 2014 Q3 Triple Your Trip promotion August 1 to October 31, 2014

The next day Hilton HHonors removed the 2014 Q3 promotion registration page. For most of the past week the HHonors.com/Triple went to a ’404 Not Found’ page. Now the link redirects to a message “Hilton HHonors promotion coming soon”.

HHonors promotion soon

Hilton HHonors promotion coming soon page currently shows when clicking HHonors.com/triple link.

Basic Information on Hilton HHonors Double and Triple Points

Hilton HHonors 2x and 3x points August 1 to October 31, 2014 gives 30 points per dollar earning for hotels stays on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night and 20 points per dollar for stays on Monday to Thursday nights.

HHonors 2x/3x Promotion FAQ shows how bonus points are calculated on this page from the 2013 same offer. This is the only link that currently works.

The big question for HHonors members is which hotels have opted out of this offer? There is a link to nonparticipating hotels with the message ‘Coming Soon”.

Hopefully Hilton will get the promotion registration page back online soon with a list of nonparticipating hotels. I suspect the missing link delaying this 2x/3x offer is the list of non-participating hotels. Until we know which hotels opt out, this offer is hard to evaluate. Triple points is a high value bonus from HHonors – if you are staying weekend nights at a hotel participating in the promotion.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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Google says I am trending in summer 2014 staycation. Google analyzed hotel searches and year-over-year searches for ‘staycation’ to find a 10% rise for local travel in summer 2014. I am trending this July with summer staycation in Monterey, California.

The month of June started out tough as I resisted my enforced staycation mode. The fog days of summer in Monterey darkened the sky along with my mood in a gray mist. My eyes were on a PointBreaks excursion to Holiday Inn Express Gold Miner’s Inn Grass Valley, California, 250 miles away in the northern Sierra foothills. That hotel lasted longer than I expected as a PointBreaks award considering average room rates were about $175 per night for all of June or $35 worth of IHG Rewards Club points.

Getting away in June was impossible with wife-the-teacher in the last two weeks of the school year ending and all the associated kids and parents present shopping. Then, wife-the-patient had foot surgery and I became a nurse maid for the second half of June and first week of July.

Google search for 'staycation' saw 10% year-over-year rise for summer 2014

Google search for ‘staycation’ saw 10% year-over-year rise for summer 2014

 

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil and Tour de France 2014 saved me. Read More…

Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International are natural market place competitors for USA and global hotel traffic. This post looks at the average hotel rates for Hilton and Marriott brands and compares the number of hotels in the similar market segments for competitive brands in Hilton and Marriott.

Hilton has slightly more hotels. Marriott has more hotels in a slightly lower hotel market segment by room price. Both chains offer touches of luxury and a focus on more affordable functional hotels for frequent travelers.  Each chain has a large footprint with about 4,000 hotels spanning the globe in their different hotel brands. Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf-Astoria and Conrad are the luxury market hotel brands. Upper upscale Hilton, Embassy Suites, Marriott and Renaissance are their flagship brands. Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, Embassy Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites are the stay awhile in spacious rooms brands. Hampton Inn Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard and Fairfield Inn are the workhorse brands.

The USA is the dominant market for both Hilton and Marriott by number of hotels and hotel guests. 86% of the hotels in Hilton’s primary brands are located in the USA. Hampton Inn is a massive hotel brand with nearly 2,000 properties and 95% of those hotels are in the USA. Nearly 97% of more than 200 Embassy Suites hotels are located in the USA.

SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites offer 1,900 hotels with Marriott and each of these four brands have more than 95% of their hotels in the USA. For the US traveler there is a choice between Marriott and Hilton for extensive coverage of the 50 states.

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Marriott Rewards Plus Points apparently has decided giving away 2,000 points for five minutes of time to ‘Follow’ eight hotels on Twitter was not meeting its social media promotion objectives.

The terms and conditions for Plus Points changed July 11 and the 250 points earn rate for a Facebook ‘Like’ or Twitter ‘Follow’ are no longer available. Marriott Rewards Plus Points added many more hotel properties in the Marriott and Renaissance brands, however, the terms changed July 11 reducing the 250 points per Twitter account ‘Follow’ to just 25 points and eliminating the 250 points earned for each Facebook page ‘Like’. There is now a limit of four actions per 24 hours meaning a 100 points per day earning limit.

To Repeat: The new terms for Marriott Rewards Plus Points areduced Twitter Follows from 250 points to 25 points and eliminated the 250 points per Facebook page ‘Like’. FourSquare activity has been eliminated for earning Marriott Rewards points.

Whereas members could earn 2,000 points in the past two months with a quick eight Twitter account ‘Follows’, going forward members need 80 actions over 20 days to max out the 2,000 points per 30 day period.

Marriott Rewards Plus Points has now become a time hog activity for free points. Read More…

Best Western Rewards AAA rates earn 1,500 bonus points through September 1, 2014. This is a win-win offer combining a hotel rate discount and bonus points. AAA rates are up to 20% off the best available rate (BAR) for Best Western stays with a 10% discount most common. Members may earn the AAA rate 1,500 points online booking bonus multiple times for different stays during the promotion period.

This promotion requires Best Western Rewards member registration for AAA rates 1,500 bonus points online booking offer.

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The weekly Monday morning email for Marriott eBreaks now offers stories too.

This week’s email has 3 Questions with Carol Cain: Travel Blogger, Girl Gone Travel. A restaurant recommendation where there is always a three hour wait? Is that the choice I want to make on my vacation time?

Marriott eBreaks travel stories

Anyway, back to hotels and this weekend’s Marriott eBreaks offers at 20% off best available rates.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards 50,000 bonus points after five nights at Ritz-Carlton hotels is a new promotion offer for stays between July 1 and October 31, 2014. The bonus points may be earned twice for 100,000 points after ten nights. Registration required by September 30, 2014.

The webpage states this offer is targeted and you must be a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member at time of registration. You have nothing to lose trying to register for this promotion if this offer looks better for you than the earn one free night after two stays with Ritz-Carlton.

Loyalty Traveler: Ritz-Carlton free night after two stays July 1- Oct 31, 2014 (June 6, 2014). Ritz-Carlton Rewards member must register by September 30, 2014. Limit of two free nights during this promotion.

Also, Ritz-Carlton Rewards members receive double credit for elite qualification for stays at Ritz-Carlton hotels in 2014. This means 25 nights at Ritz-Carlton Hotels in 2014 earns Gold elite membership.

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