Today is the penultimate Marriott Rewards Flashperks offers with a focus on JW Marriott luxury brand hotels. There are at least two JW hotels offering 50% off reward nights in D.C. and Orlando. This is a Marriott Rewards Flashperks preview. All these offers go live at 1pm Eastern, 10am, Pacific time.

Points discount offers

  • Half off of the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC, plus a pair of tickets to a Hamilton Live music event or $50 food and beverage credit (20,000 points per night, regularly 40,000 points; available dates: October 10-12, 17-19; October 31 – November 2; November 6-9) [offer link].
  • Half off of the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, with a guaranteed upgrade to a Lake Front View Room and two complimentary Starbucks beverages of your choice (17,500 points per night, regularly 35,000 points; available dates: October 10, 11, 17, 18, 31; November 1, 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29; December 5, 6) [offer link].
  • Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for a Nachtmann Aspen Whiskey Decanter Set (12,500 points, regularly 25,000 points). [offer link]
  • Half off the regular Marriott Rewards redemption cost for J.A. Henckels 12 Pc Block Set (15,000 points, regularly 30,000 points) [offer link]

Hotel Rate Discounts with Perks

30% off rate for JW Marriott Chicago Package (offer link)

    • 30% off Room With a View Package
    • Two passes to the Willis Tower Sky Deck
    • Complimentary valet parking
    • Two complimentary Skyscraper cocktails in the Lobby Lounge
    • Stay dates: Thursdays-Sundays from Nov 13-16, 20-23 and Dec 4-7, 11-14 & 18-21
    • Up to 10 rooms available per night
    • Prepay in full, non-refundable, no change

Spa by JW at JW Marriott Houston Sleep & Soak Deep Relax Package (offer link)

    • Pamper yourself in the comfort of your own suite at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown
    • you can save 30% off of the $399 Sleep & Soak Deep Relax Package and enjoy it at the FlashPerks-only rate of $279.

A 30% discount to the Afternoon Tea Experience Package at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, which includes complimentary breakfast for two and Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Park Room (available dates: October 9 – December 15) [offer link].


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

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Club Carlson 3-for-2 weekend extender rate is available at participating hotels in the Americas for stays completed by November 30, 2014. You must have a Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night for this rate. The hotels I checked using this rate offered the lowest rates I could find for the dates compared to advance purchase and AAA rates.

Promotional Code: WEEKENDX

This rate offers the third night free, so depending on the hotel, there can be a better rate with one of the combinations of days, if your dates are flexible.

  • Thursday – Saturday
  • Friday – Sunday
  • Saturday – Monday

Also the third night that is free still counts as an elite qualifying night for Club Carlson elite membership.

Carlson weekendX 3-for-2 rate

Rate Analysis

Here is a rate analysis for Radisson Blu Mall of America using WEEKENDX.

Thursday-Saturday Oct 16-19

  • WeekendX = $450 or $150 per night with Saturday night free.
  • Advance purchase rate = $189.83 per night.
  • AAA rate = $201 per night.

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Radisson 5,000 points for 2-night weekend at EMEA hotels when you stay 2 or more nights and arrive Thursday through Sunday at participating hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa from September 4 through October 15, 2014.

Registration for Club Carlson Weekend Special required by October 15, 2014 and before check-out on your eligible stay.

This Offer is valid for a single new booking made between 04 September 2014 and 15 October 2014 for a minimum two-night stay at a rate eligible to earn Gold Points completed on or before 15 October 2014 with an arrival  on a Thursday through Sunday (an “Eligible Stay”).

Radisson 5K

Abu Dhabi

Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island


Radisson Blu Style Hotel, Vienna


The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa


Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels
Park Inn By Radisson Liege Airport


Radisson Blu Hotel Alexandria


Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport
Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso
Park Inn by Radisson Nancy
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel
Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero
Radisson Blu Champs-Elysées
Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille
Park Inn By Radisson Nice Airport


Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi


Park Inn by Radisson Erfurt-Apfelstaedt
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne
Park Inn by Radisson Bielefeld
Park Inn by Radisson Hamburg Nord
Park Inn by Radisson Nuremberg
Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel, Dresden
Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg
Radisson Blu Hotel, Bremen


Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest


Radisson Blu Martinez


Radisson Blu Astorija Hotel, Vilnius
Radisson Blu Klaipeda


Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo
Park Inn Tete


Park Inn by Radisson, Muscat
Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat
Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Residence Duqm


Radisson Blu Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi
Park Inn by Radisson Sochi City Centre
Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovo Airport St. Petersburg
Radisson Resort, Zavidovo

Saudi Arabia

Park Inn By Radisson Al Khobar
Radisson Blu Yanbu

Sierra Leone

Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel

South Africa

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
PRadisson Blu Port Elizabeth


Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne
Park Inn by Radisson Zurich Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen
Park Inn By Radisson Lully

The Netherlands

Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam Airport

United Arab Emirates

Park Inn By Radisson Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Downtown
Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai
Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina

United Kingdom

Radisson Blu Liverpool
Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City


Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka


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

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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Finishing my two week trip to Norway with two nights at The Thief Oslo by design placed this loyalty traveler vagabond in Oslo’s top luxury hotel.

Sitting at breakfast the first morning after a night at The Thief Hotel, I struggled to name the faces of the Londoners seated at a nearby table engaged in a long conversation with a staff member of The Thief. I could not name them despite a recognizable familiarity. I am not good at faces. Film types look so similar. Skinny. They commented that they were pleased with the hotel restaurant dinner the night before at Fru K. That is as close as I can offer to a recommendation for The Thief fine dining restaurant.

My dining at The Thief was limited to the complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. I stole away from The Thief after two nights with 40,000 fewer points in my Choice Privileges account, and a $0 check-out bill after two nights at this Ascend Collection brand hotel and #1 ranked hotel for Oslo on TripAdvisor.

Aker Brygge is the harbor quay across from Oslo Fortress. Follow it all the way to the end and you will find The Thief to the right after the last small footbridge. Read More…

When to write about SPG Hot Escapes is a question I ponder many weeks. The problem is more hotels are added throughout the day each Wednesday. Sometimes I think Thursday is a better day to write about the offers, but by then there have been several other bloggers with posts on SPG Hot Escapes and the news is not as new. And sometimes hotels have already dropped off the SPG Hot Escapes list by Thursday.

64 hotels on SPG Hot Escapes at 2:39am Pacific time this morning.

86 hotels on SPG Hot Escapes at 3:11am Pacific time this morning.

86 hotels on SPG Hot Escapes at 5:06am Pacific time this morning.

So perhaps the list is now complete for this week’s offers. This is a small list of hotels.

Vedema, Luxury Collection Santorini, Greece at $260 per night for several dates over next two weeks. Many of these Aegean Islands resorts close down for the season in mid-October.


Le Meridien Nice, France is $165 for much of October.

Le Meridien Nice

Still might be some good sun and warmth in these places.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca at $135 per night for many October dates.

SPG Spain

Westin Valencia might be a better destination. The stories that have come out of Mallorca this summer make me wary of travel to Mallorca. Rowdy summer traveler stories offer several posts of GrawliX-Files content for Loyalty Traveler. I simply struggle with how to write respectfully about the abhorrent trend of ‘mamading’. The recent experiences shared in blog posts by Kendra and Keri on Las Vegas kind of inspire me to write a post about guys who are dicks and the women they harass.

I am sidetracked since there are no hotels in the USA that really jump out as a good deal on this week’s SPG Hot Escapes, unless you want a cheap room in Florida or Arizona. Element Newark for $113 on weekends is a low rate to try out that apartment style Starwood brand.

But do you want to commute from New York and/or spend your Friday or Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey? Element is a good brand to bring groceries and settle in for a different apartment view.


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

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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Bloomberg World Hotel Index from May 2014 found Miami ranked #5 in the world for priciest hotels with an average room rate at $245 per night, making Miami a more expensive hotel city than New York which ranked #10 at $233 per night hotel rate average.

The methodology collected room rate data in early May 2014 for all hotels in a city and averaged rates for two periods in August 1-10, 2014 and February 1-10, 2015.

1. Geneva, Switzerland $308

2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates $273

3. Kuwait City, Kuwait $253

4. Zurich, Switzerland $250

5. Miami, United States $245

6. Hong Kong, China $242

7. Edinburgh, Scotland $241

8. London, United Kingdom $235

8. Singapore, Singapore $235

10. New York, United States $233

St. Regis Bal Harbour

Miami is more expensive hotel city than New York is what I experienced in 2012 after staying in New York and Miami Starwood Hotels. The most expensive hotel room I ever stayed was St Regis Bal Harbour, the town north of Miami Beach, during the last week of December 2012. The room rate for the basic room was $1,200 after tax. SPG American Express picked up the tab as part of a sponsorship of a few bloggers called SPG Amex Stars.

I stayed at three St. Regis luxury hotels in December 2012 with SPG Amex picking up the tab. I wrote on Loyalty Traveler in my reviews that the experience convinced me I do not particularly like luxury hotels. I was not asked to participate in the SPG Amex Stars program again for 2013. Mommy Points filled my slot. That was a good exchange of bloggers for SPG Amex. I was not a good fit for the program. Obviously, the PR company had not checked out my blog before inviting me or they would have known that I am not a promoter of credit cards.

Was a beach view room at St. Regis Bal Harbour on Collins Avenue nice?


St Regis Bal Harbour

Balcony view room #1110 St. Regis Bal Harbour, Florida

Would I ever pay $1,200 per night to stay there again?

Certainly not. I would not even consider spending 30,000 points per night either. That kind of resort is not my scene or where I want to be seen.

So who stays at these kinds of places?

I saw CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in shorts walking along the beach outside the St. Regis. That is an image I am still trying to forget.

Loyalty Traveler posts:

Where and What is Bal Harbour, Florida?

St. Regis Bal Harbour – The Hotel and Beach

St. Regis Bal Harbour – The Room

This week’s Marriott eBreaks offers 20% off at hotels for weekend stays from Thursday, September 25 to Sunday, September 28, 2014. These rates are eligible rates for earning Marriott MegaBonus credit for the promotion running September 15 to January 15, 2015.

Here are links to 25 states and 3 countries with participating hotels offering eBreaks discounts.




District Of Columbia








New Jersey

North Carolina




Puerto Rico

South Carolina

South Dakota







Outside of U.S.



St. Kitts

Terms and Conditions

  • Rates are per night. Thursday requires a Friday night stay. Sunday requires a Saturday night stay.
  • Rates are valid for dates specified in email at advertised hotels only.
  • eBreaks rates are exclusive to customers who subscribe to the eBreaks program. Therefore, these rates do not qualify for Marriott’s Look No further Best Rates Guarantee.
  • A limited number of rooms are available and will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Advance bookings are required and must be guaranteed with a credit card.
  • Rates are offered Thursday through Sunday Some hotels only offer eBreaks rates Friday- Sunday. These hotels indicated with an asterisk ( * ) next to rates.
  • Rates are standard room, per night and based on single are double occupancy.
  • Rates are non-commissionable and not include taxes, fees, or other costs or gratuities.
  • Rates cannot be used in conjunction with other offers and/ or discounts.
  • Does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms.
  • Canadian cities are quoted in Canadian dollars and US cites are quoted in US dollars. All other destinations are quoted in currency listed.
  • Rates are eligible for Marriott Rewards Points and miles credit.

Sleeping with the balcony door open all night without being disturbed by sounds made The Thief Oslo one of the most relaxing hotel stays of my 13 nights in Norway hotels. Hotel Review The Thief Oslo Room 603 is part one of a two part review. Part one covers the room and part two the hotel’s public spaces and dining.

Thief Patio

In general, luxury hotels kind of freak me out. I’d look more appropriate arriving at a hostel than a 5-star hotel in my typical travel gear of shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes and backpack pulling two small rolling suitcases. The six thin men in tailored suits conversing outside The Thief, and blocking the entrance, parted to let me roll into the hotel.

The Thief entry

The Statue of Liberty and an American cowboy in art greeted me in the lobby just before the blonde Norwegian receptionist said “Hei, Hei”, Norwegian for hello. Hei is pronounced the same as English, “Hi”, and repeated twice quickly as an informal greeting. I had grown used to being greeted by Norwegians with “hei, hei”.

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The Thief Oslo is ranked the number one hotel in Oslo, Norway on TripAdvisor. The Thief hotel has generated buzz since opening in January 2013.  The hotel location in Oslo is the upscale Aker Brygge waterfront district of high rise residences, trendy restaurants and the Astrup-Fearnley Museum of modern art.

How I stole 2 nights at The Thief Oslo with points is about using Choice Privileges points for the sixth and last Nordic Choice Hotels stay of my 13 nights spent in Norway in September 2014. Choice Privileges points allowed me to book one of Norway’s top luxury hotels for $80 per night.

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The opportunity to earn 7,500 miles with two Radisson hotel stays, earn 3,000 bonus points for booking these two stays using the Club Carlson mobile app and earn 60 points per dollar for hotel spend on the two stays is an intriguing analysis for stacking Club Carlson promotions on stays completed in the next two months.

Three Stacking Club Carlson Offers

1. Earn 3,000 points for up to 3 stays booked and completed by November 16, 2014 using the Club Carlson mobile app. This is the earliest promotion expiration date. Loyalty Traveler – 9,000 points for three Club Carlson mobile app bookings Sep 8 to Nov 16, 2014

2. Earn 7,500 bonus miles with American Airlines AAdvantage or Aeroplan after two Radisson Hotel brand stays by December 15, 2014. This is a brand specific promotion for the Radisson brand worldwide. Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson 7,500 AAdvantage or Aeroplan miles Sep 15-Dec 15, 2014

3. Earn Triple Points at participating Club Carlson hotels in Americas for stays with check-in Sundays through Thursdays and check-out Mondays through Fridays by November 30, 2014. Earn triple points for Sundays to Thursdays. Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson Triple Points BIZTIME3 rate for weekday nights to Nov 30

Promotions 1 and 2 can be earned with two stays at any Radisson Hotel worldwide. Promotion 3 is a special rate offer for triple points that may be combined with 1 and 2 at specific hotels in the Americas.

Analysis #1

Where I am coming from these days with my travel is focusing on trying to get by with around 10 paid nights every quarter of the year and try to earn 5 to 10 free nights every quarter of the year.

Offers from SPG and Hyatt that take 20 paid nights in a quarter are road warrior incentives to attract the big business spenders. I don’t have those kind of travel needs or budget.

This final quarter of 2014 has me looking closely at IHG Rewards Club where I can earn two free nights anywhere in the world with 3 paid nights with two of those 3 nights being a Holiday Inn Saturday night stay. That is my number one promotion completion goal for Q4-2014.

Club Carlson looks like another low budget, high value offer where two Radisson Hotel stays can earn 7,500 AAdvantage miles + 6,000 Club Carlson points + 60 points per dollar at specific Radisson Hotels.

Analysis #1 crunches the numbers to get an idea of what kind of hotel stay rebate I can get. I value my cash too much and this offer is not lucrative enough to book hotel stays I don’t need. My choice of hotel is truly based on picking a hotel where I might need to stay in the next two months.

Radisson Hotel Baton Rouge Louisiana

Sunday, October 5

  • BIZTIME3 Rate = $105 ($118.65 after tax).
  • AAA Hot Deal Rate = $84  ($94.92 after tax).
  • Both rates have same cancellation policy.

Assume I book using mobile app and I am registered for 7,500 bonus American Airlines miles after two Radisson stays.

BIZTIME3 Rate earns $105 x 60 points/$1 = 6,300 points.

AAA Hot Deal rate = 84 x 20 points/$1 = 1,680 points.

BIZTIME3 rate earns 4,620 extra points.

An extra $23.73 for 4,620 points is $5.14 per 1,000 points.

That is a decent deal for Club Carlson points, but I could take it or leave it. This analysis kind of indicates that there is no reason to go for a Radisson Hotel on the triple points list. The real value of this promotion is in the 7,500 miles for two Radisson stays and 3,000 bonus points for mobile app booking.

Radisson Baton Rouge

Two stays Sunday Oct 5 and Tuesday, Oct 7

BIZTIME3 = $105 per night ($238 after tax for two stays)

Club Carlson Earnings

  • 7,500 AAdvantage miles ($75 to $150 in value)
  • 6,000 Club Carlson mobile app booking points.
  • 12,600 points with triple points bonus.
  • 3,570 credit card (10 points/$1) and 35% Gold elite bonus points (7 points/$1) for Club Carlson Visa members paying with card.

Total for $238 in hotel spend = 18,600 Club Carlson points + 7,500 miles for any Club Carlson member or 22,170 Club Carlson points + 7,500 miles for member paying with Club Carlson Visa.

The rebate value for two hotel nights booked as two separate stays is about equivalent to the cost of the hotel nights. You can book a Club Carlson category 2 hotel reward night for 15,000 points or a category 3 hotel reward night for 28,000 points.

Analysis # 2

Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport Sunday, November 9

BIZTIME3 rate is $106 for this hotel night. An even better deal is to pay $113 and get upgraded to Concierge Room with breakfast buffet for two included in the rate.

Radisson Ontario 3x rate

BIZTIME3 triple points rate is $106 per night. For only $7 more you can upgrade to Concierge room for the night. The major advantage of that rate is breakfast buffet for 2 adults included.

Assume no Club Carlson elite status.

$113 night with triple points = 6,780 points.

Mobile app booking = 3,000 bonus points.

This hotel stay for $128.61 after tax earns 9,780 points ($50 to $70 value) and includes breakfast buffet for two.

As Club Carlson Gold with Club Carlson Visa credit card payment, this hotel stays earns an additional 17 points/$1 for 1,921 points.

Now assume you do this hotel stay twice and also get 7,500 AA miles.

Or choose a different LA area hotel like Radisson Whittier at $119 for Tuesday November 11.

This is $131 after tax.  For $260 in hotel spend you earn 13,920 points on $232 in hotel rate spend. You earn 7,500 American Airlines miles. You earn 6,000 mobile app booking points.

$260 earns 20,000 Club Carlson points + 7,500 AA miles. This is just one example of how three stackable promotions give a Club Carlson rebate equivalent to the cost of two hotel nights.

Analysis #3

In this example I will ignore the Radisson promotion for AA miles and focus on triple points and booking bonus only. Country Inns & Suites Ventura, California is a good road trip hotel when traveling between northern and southern California. The location is out of the LA freeway traffic nightmare for a good coastal place to stop for the night after a day at Disneyland and heading north or a good place to stop when heading south before hitting LA.

Country Inn Ventura

Over Veteran’s Day weekend, this hotel has $71 triple points rate.

  • 3,000 bonus points mobile booking.
  • 4,260 triple points
  • Gold elite paying with Club Carlson Visa $71 x 17 points/$1 = 1,207 points.

$78 hotel night earns 7,260 to 8,400 bonus points. That is a $40 to $57 rebate value on a $78 hotel room night.

Bottom line is there are some good value hotel stay opportunities with these Club Carlson stackable promotions. Two stays at Radisson Hotels booked through the mobile app earn 6,000 bonus points + 7,500 frequent flyer miles. Those are good value on their own. Find a triple points hotel and the rebate value can potentially be more than the cost to stay at the Radisson Hotels.

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