The Santa Barbara Agricultural Commissioner fined Hydrex, a California pesticide company, for improperly using the poison Avitrol in bird feeders around Santa Barbara’s Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort to control a pest problem with pigeons and sparrows.

The Environmental Defense Center received reports between February and April 2014 claiming bird feeders at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort were being used to poison birds. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Santa Barbara Agricultural Commissioner investigated and concluded bird feeders contained the bird poison Avitrol with improper supervision.

The pesticide warning label states: “Avitrol must not be exposed in any manner that may endanger desirable and protected bird species.”

A couple who walked their dog regularly along Cabrillo Blvd by the beachfront hotel noticed and spoke with Hydrex employees earlier this year and were warned to keep their dog away from the poison. They reported the poisoned bird feeders to the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara.

EDC’s Brian Trautwein reported the poisonings to CDFW. “The hotel is one of Santa Barbara’s best-known resorts so we were surprised when we received calls saying the Doubletree is poisoning birds,” said Trautwein, an Environmental Analyst / Watershed Program Coordinator with EDC. “Birds are important to people’s quality of life. They are an important part of our food web, helping to control nuisance insects like mosquitos and flies. No one should be killing birds or putting out pesticides – especially without following the label instructions. We hope and expect that the Doubletree will stop its inappropriate and troubling practice of killing songbirds and using harmful poisons.”

Under the food and Agricultural Code § 11879, the County Agricultural Commissioner’s office has ordered the Doubletree to immediately cease and desist the application of Avitrol in violation of unsupervised handling and exposure to endangered bird species. Practices such as this must not go unheard not only for the protection of non-target species, but also for pets, children and loved ones.

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According to Santa Barbara NoozHawk, the bird feeders were removed from Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in June.

Fess Parker hotel general manager Matthew La Vine said he wasn’t aware of any poisoning of birds at the hotel, and confirmed the feeders were no longer there.

“If I knew we were poisoning birds, we would’ve stopped this awhile ago,” La Vine said.

Santa Barbara NoozHawk – Company Fined After Ag Commissioner Confirms Bird Poisoning at Fess Parker Resort

Source: Environmental Defense Center August 25, 2014.

August 25, 2014
Fess Parker Doubletree in Hot Water for Bird Poisoning
The Fess Parker Doubletree in Santa Barbara was investigated and found in violation of regulations related to its poisoning of up to roughly 21 protected and desired bird species at its Cabrillo Boulevard location. After complaints were filed by the Environmental Defense Center (EDC), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner investigated this matter and have concluded that the Doubletree applied a bird poison known as Avitrol in bird feeders and illegally used this poison with the intention to control pigeons and sparrows near the hotel’s rotunda.

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50% off rewards stays JW Marriott Costa Rica and Ritz Carlton Canary Islands are two items with an advance preview for Marriott Rewards Flash Perks 24-hour sale starting 12 noon Central time Thursday, August 28.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Costa Rica = 17,500 points per night. Marriott Rewards FlashPerks link.

JW Marriott Guanacaste

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa hotel page link.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is the TripAdvisor #1 rated hotel for the beach resort area of Costa Rica and a 2014 Travelers Choice Luxury Hotel.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Live an authentic Costa Rican experience in a luxury hacienda style resort. This oceanfront property is located next to an 18-hole golf course with a coastal layout designed by Mike Young. Off-site activities such as canopy tours, surfing, horseback riding, white water rafting and tours to nearby parks and volcanoes are arranged on site. The property features a spectacular infinity pool, outdoor hot tubs, gym, Kids Club, biking and jogging trails, one of the top five spas in Latin America, five restaurants and two bars.

• Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost
• $25 spa credit per room per night
Stay Dates: October 1 – 14
• Up to 10 rooms available per night

Dates are limited to a two week period in October. Marriott Rewards FlashPerks T&C restrict your reward stay to a maximum four nights with this offer. You can book two consecutive stays from two different account numbers if you and a spouse or friend want more time at the JW Marriott and both members have points to redeem this deal from separate accounts.

Room rates are about $250 per night.

Ritz Carlton Abama, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain = 25,000 points per night.

Ritz Carlton Abama

Ritz-Carlton Abama is ranked #3 of 6 Guia de Isora hotels on TripAdvisor.com with two Gran Melia Resorts rated more highly.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, a part of Spain that is off the coast of southern Morocco.

Google Maps Tenerife

Flights are relatively inexpensive for the 1,100 miles distance from Madrid with RyanAir providing service between Madrid to Tenerife Airports TFN or TFS for under $150 roundtrip in December and Iberia flying MAD-TFN for $200 roundtrip.

Ritz-Carlton Abama Marriott Rewards FlashPerks link.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Abama, offers unparalleled facilities in a unique ocean-front environment. Asian and African influences and scents of herbal flower essences complement the power of the ocean, the healing qualities of plants, the sounds of tropical birds and the warm rays of the sun. The spa features ten lavishly outfitted rituals rooms; a Garden Spa relaxation area; and additional treatment rooms for hydrotherapy, scrubs and wraps  for you to lose yourself in an oasis of well-being.

• Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost
• Once daily access to the spa water circuit for two adults
Stay Dates: December 1 – 14
• Up to 10 rooms available per night

Regular room rates start around 230 EUR per night during this December time period.

Both of these hotels offer more than $12.50 per 1,000 points redemption value with 50% off reward rates.

Marriott Rewards members can buy up to 50,000 points at the rate of $12.50 per 1,000 points if you need more points.

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

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SPG points to AAdvantage miles in less than 48 hours is simply a data point to let readers know that my transfer from Starwood Preferred Guest to American Airlines AAdvantage miles was initiated Sunday morning at 10:30am and the miles have posted to my AAdvantage account this morning.

The last time I transferred more than 100 Starpoints to airline frequent flyer miles was 2003 when I made a transfer of 20,000 Starpoints to 25,000 British Airways Executive Club for a First Class award ticket.

As a former SPG Platinum member I earned thousands of frequent flyer miles in promotions requiring airline partner transaction activity. SPG Platinum members have no minimum transfer level and there were a few times when exchanging 10 points or 100 Starpoints into frequent flyer miles earned thousands of bonus miles.

SPG Gold members are restricted to a minimum 1,500 Starpoints transfer for frequent flyer miles. SPG base members have a 2,500 Starpoints minimum transfer requirement.

There is no minimum Starpoint transfer requirement for Platinum members with most airlines. Gold members have a minimum transfer requirement of 1,500 Starpoints, and Preferred members have a minimum transfer requirement of 2,500 Starpoints.

Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Partners

This transfer to American Airlines allows me to book round trip economy class tickets from Monterey, California to Europe for the TBEX Athens travel blogger conference in October for 20,000 miles each way on AAdvantage MileSAAver awards. These discount awards for travel between USA and Europe are available October 15 through May 15, 2015. I plan to fly soon after October 15.

My thoughts are to either book flights in and out of two different Greek island airports or purchase a low cost under $100 flight between Greece and Italy and spend a few days in Rome or Venice, Italy.

United Mileage Plus charges 30,000 miles each way between USA and Europe and has a more convenient schedule from Monterey, California directly to Athens, Greece but I decided to save those miles since 30,000 miles is the same one-way award ticket price for summer travel.

AA.com awards AAnywhere, but Athens is my post from yesterday describing the difficulty of booking an online award ticket to Athens, even though there are at least eight other airports in Greece with widely available award space using AAdvantage miles.

I was reluctant to transfer Starpoints to airline miles, since 3,000 points is a free category 2 weekend night. But in a way, the 3,000 Starpoints I transferred to American Airlines saves me 30,000 United miles for a better use at a later date. It seems like a good trade-off at the moment.

Bottom line: SPG points to American Airlines transfer took less than 48 hours.

AA.com mileage balance

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Frontier Airlines Ice Bucket Challenge Sale today only, August 26. Fares start at $32 one-way. A contribution will be made to the ALS Association in the amount of $3 for each ticket purchased as part of this one day sale.

I priced San Francisco – Denver at $129.20 round trip for November travel.

Here are routes and dates with lowest fares:

Denver $32 Fares

Frontier DEN-32

Trenton/Princeton $32 Fares

Frontier Trenton-32

Cleveland $32 Fares and Washington Dulles $32 fares

Frontier CLE-IAD-32

Wilmington, Delaware $32 Fares

Frontier DE-32

Denver $52 Fares

Frontier-DEN-52

Cleveland $52 Fares

Frontier-CLE-52

One small personal bag carry-on is free of charge. Carry-on and Checked Bags are extra fees at $20 at time of booking or more at airport check-in.

Seat Assignments are additional $3 to $25 per seat.

Terms and Conditions: Ice Bucket Challenge Sale

Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, August 26, 2014. Fares are one way for domestic travel to select destinations on select dates. Travel valid September 2014, October 2014, and November 2014.

Roundtrip purchase not required. Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable. Tickets may be transferred for a fee of up to $50, or reissued for alternate flights for a fee of up to $75, as well as a fare difference. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.

Fares reflect purchase at FlyFrontier.com. Baggage and advance seat assignments, are available for purchase separately at an additional charge.

Other restrictions may apply.

A contribution will be made to the ALS Association in the amount of $3 for each ticket purchased as part of this one day sale.

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

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Portland, Oregon is getting hotel branded with one of the initial Curio Collection by Hilton hotels planned for 2016 opening as a 300-room hotel at Southwest Second Avenue and Jefferson, a 600-room Hyatt Hotel by the Convention Center to open in 2017 and plans for a new 13-story AC by Marriott hotel at Southwest Third Avenue and Taylor Street on a city owned vacant lot.

AC Hotels are a Spain-based hotel chain acquired by Marriott in 2011. Portland is part of a plan to open 30 or more AC Hotels in the USA and Americas. The hotel is in the style of Aloft and Hyatt Place as a brand aimed at younger, social travelers.

Curio Collection is the new independent boutique hotel brand from Hilton. The first hotel member is SLS Las Vegas opened this week.

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Apparently ad payouts for blogging are ‘down the toilet’ summer 2014. Do credit cards really need to advertise on blogs when the travel bloggers already personalize the commercials for them in their content?

So expect lots of catch phrase titles with less content as the travel blogosphere struggles with the new normal of lower advertisement payments.

Do you want to be my deep-pockets sponsor of Loyalty Traveler?

Now back to regular programming.

Monday and Marriott eBreaks.

Boise or bust? Marriott eBreaks Labor Day weekend, 2014 had Idaho catch my eye this week as I thought about some mileage runs in 2003 flying Alaska Airlines on 35 flight segments with a few nights spent in Boise, Idaho and Portland, Oregon for the journey.

Read more about Boise after the Marriott eBreaks list.

Hey, this is the new norm for Marriott’s weekly post, so I’ll add more content to my eBreaks hotel list blog post.

Here are the Marriott eBreaks links for discount hotel stays August 28-31, this Thursday through Sunday, Marriott eBreaks Labor Day weekend, 2014.

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District Of Columbia

Florida

Idaho

Indiana

Kentucky

Michigan

Minnesota

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Outside of U.S.

Canada

Mexico

Alaska Airlines 100,000 mile bonus mileage runs Autumn 2003.

Alaska Airlines went on an airline industry challenge in 2003. First, they offered a status match for United Mileage Plus members and I received Alaska Mileage Plan Gold MVP for my United 1K status. Then, a promotion came out offering 100,000 bonus miles for flying 35 Alaska Airlines/Horizon segments.

[That tripped me out just now to see the news release dated August 25, this date eleven years ago.]

There was a fare from San Jose, California to Portland, Oregon in eight flight segments on Horizon Air prop airplanes for $158 round trip. Routings took me along a route of San Jose – Boise – Lewiston/Spokane – Seattle – Portland. I purchased four tickets and took 32 flight segments with overnights in Boise and Portland. The final three segments for 100,000 bonus miles were completed in a November Thanksgiving trip to Vancouver, British Columbia.

alaska 100K

Alaska Airlines 2003 promotion for 100,000 bonus miles.

Of course the best part was complimentary microbrew beer served on Horizon Airlines flights to any passenger of legal age.

Sacajawea

Sacajawea and Pomp, Idaho Historical Museum Boise, Idaho

Sacajawea and Pomp, Boise, Idaho.

I met several wonderful people living in Idaho along my journey through the Pacific Northwest and even found myself drinking inflight beer with one FlyerTalker making the same San Jose to Portland mileage run on one of my four trips.

Horizon Airlines

Horizon Air October 2003

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Being one of the travel bloggers who extol the virtues of economy class travel, the current offer to buy AA miles up to 25% off for purchases by August 31, 2014 is one I find has interesting value potential. Or perhaps I am simply too lazy to sign up for new credit cards every 90 days to earn more miles than I need.

AA buy miles discount

American Airlines AAdvantage miles 10% to 25% discount through August 31, 2014.

Here are the price points at different levels. There is a one-time $35 transaction fee on top of the price levels shown below.

  • 1,000 points = $29.50 + $35 = $64.50
  • 6,000 points = $148.50 + $35 = $183.50
  • 14,000 points = $346.50 + $35 = $381.50
  • 15,000 points = $350.63 + $35 = $385.63
  • 39,000 points = $911.63 + $35 = $946.63
  • 40,000 points = $880.00 + $35 = $915.00
  • 64,000 points = $1,408 + $35 = $1,443.00
  • 65,000 points = $1,340.63 + $35 = $1,375.63
  • 80,000 points = $1,650.00 + $35 = $1,685.00

American Airlines AAdvantage awards

MileSAAver Level 1 (Off-Peak) award varies by date.

  • Hawaii: 17,500 miles one-way; January 12 – March 13, August 22 – December 15
  • The Caribbean and Mexico: 12,500 miles one-way; September 7 – November 14
  • Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela: 15,000 miles one-way; January 16 – June 14, September 7 – November 14
  • Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay: 20,000 miles one-way; March 1 – May 31, August 16 – November 30
  • Europe: 20,000 miles one-way; October 15 – May 15;
  • Japan and South Korea: 25,000 miles one-way; October 1 – April 30

I have been following American Airlines prices for Europe and the opportunity to buy 80,000 miles for $1,685 can be quite a savings on airfare. 80,000 miles are sufficient for two economy class award tickets from the USA to Europe.

Google flights SFO-Europe Oct 15

Google Flights SFO San Francisco October 15-22, 2014 show most destinations in Europe are in the $1,100 to $1,350 range.

This makes $842.50 per 40,000 mile award ticket a good deal for most destinations and there is relatively good award availability for different cities I have checked for October award travel on American Airlines, US Airways and AAdvantage airline partners.

Or jump on the credit card sign-up and manufactured spend train and enjoy your shopping and first class travel at bargain prices.

This is not my advice to buy miles. I might be flat out wrong that there is value in buying miles for economy class travel savings.

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

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Downtown Napa suffered some major damage from yesterday’s 6.0 earthquake. Andaz Napa, the luxury Hyatt brand hotel on 1st Street is temporarily closed. There was a piece on the Bay Area KTVU news about a Salt Lake City woman who suffered cut feet from broken glass evacuating the Andaz at 3:20am. Yahoo Travel News has a first-person account with photos of their Andaz hotel room chaos from a Texas couple who experienced their first California earthquake at Andaz Napa and then left the state before any wine tasting.

A live picture just shown on KTVU news at 7:30am this morning focused on Andaz Napa and 1st Street. Police tape blocks the sidewalk for the entire block with the Andaz hotel and there were no people visible on the street.

I did not feel the earthquake here in Monterey, about 150 miles south of Napa.

Andaz Napa shaken, not stirred

Andaz Napa

The Andaz Napa website states the hotel is currently closed.

Hotel Overview

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Andaz Napa operations are currently impacted by the Sunday morning earthquake in the area. The hotel is currently closed in the interim. Guests with reservations should call +1 800 323 7249 prior to arriving at the hotel.

Andaz Napa

KTVU news interviewed a person this morning hired by the hotel to clean up water damage. The hotel hopes to be open for Labor Day weekend.

I have not been to Napa since Avia was rebranded to the Andaz Hotel.

Napa 1 052

Downtown Napa 1st and Franklin Street with Andaz Napa hotel entrance in middle of the building complex (February 2011).

Not the Biggest Northern California earthquake in 25 years

Local news is good about saying the 6.0 earthquake was the biggest quake to rock the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years.

A vacationing Texas couple will never forget their first earthquake.

Shane Williams and his wife, Brittany, were on the first day of their trip to Napa when today’s 6.0 magnitude quake, Northern California’s most powerful tremor in 25 years, hit.

Yahoo Travel News

The reference to 25 years is the 6.9 magnitude October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that hit during the first game of the Battle of the Bay World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s.

Here is a geography and history lesson for Napa earthquake story writers.

Google Napa

There is another 350 miles of northern California north of Napa. And there was an even larger magnitude Cape Mendocino 7.2 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 1992 than the 6.9 October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in northern California. I recall with fear being inside a ballroom at the Red Lion Hotel Eureka when the 1992 earthquake hit before noon. There was a lot of stuff falling.

That being said, the Napa earthquake yesterday was a strong earthquake at 6.0 with significant damage. Napa is part of the San Francisco Bay Area waterways. The earthquake was closer to the surface than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and there were far more people living near the epicenter of the Napa quake than the 1992 Cape Mendocino quakes.

Here is my piece of advice for persons who were shaken by the Napa earthquake yesterday. For days, months or years you may be startled by what you perceive to be an earthquake starting to shake the room.

Place glasses (or plastic cups) of water around your house to check when you are frightened that the earth is starting to move. If the water is moving, then react. If the water is not moving, then calm down and try to relax. Our family needed that reality check for years after going through the Cape Mendocino quakes of 1991 and 1992.

Napa is in recovery. Give it a couple of days or weeks for earthquake clean up and then take your tourism dollars to wine country and help finance the recovery of Napa.

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This weekend I have put many hours into travel planning for trips to Norway in September and Greece in October. My situation is I have sufficient miles for a one-way economy class award ticket between Monterey and Europe with American Airlines AAdvantage and United Airlines Mileage Plus. AA takes 20,000 miles and United takes 30,000 miles for one-way award tickets in October. My ultimate destination is Athens, Greece, but I don’t mind working in a couple of other destination cities on the journey.

Award routings I have found from California to Greece would allow an overnight with 20+ hours in Dusseldorf, Berlin, Vienna or Philadelphia. I have stayed in the German cities in the past decade. Vienna and Philadelphia have been a few decades since I have visited those places. Venice has been on my mind to try out Comfort Hotel Diana at 10,000 Choice Privileges points per night and that is an option with good AA.com award availability to or from Venice.

I can find online 20,000 mile AA.com awards aanywhere, but Athens.

Does American Airlines confuse Athens with mythological Atlantis?

Using AA.com, I can find award tickets for 20,000 miles to the Greek islands of Santorinni (JTR), Kos (KGS), Mytilene (MJT) on Lesbos, Rhodes (RHO), Chania on Crete (CHQ), Kerkyra on Corfu (CFU) and Heraklion (HER) on Crete.

AA SFO-HER

SFO-HER is 20,000 miles + $42.60 to fly four segments to Heraklion on  Crete, an island of Greece, yet AA.com will not return award flights to or from Athens, Greece.

Iberia flies nonstop between Madrid and Athens. British Airways flies nonstop between London and Athens. Yet, if I search AA.com with Athens as a destination, this response comes up:

There are currently no awards available on AA.com for your requested Origin and Destination. Please modify your request or contact AAdvantage Reservations for award opportunities on all AAdvantage participating airlines.

FlyerTalk has several threads of people trying to use AA.com to redeem miles for flights to Athens. Here is one started last month AA Miles to Greece.

So how do you Expert Flyers get to Athens using AA miles?

Is a telephone and customer service award fee unavoidable?

Reader recommendations for any of these island destinations?

This will be my first trip to Greece and since award availability to the islands is much easier to find online, any reader recommendations about these islands is appreciated. Starwood has some great looking resorts like Mystique on Santorini or Blue Palace on Crete.

Greek islands with AA.com award availability bookable online:

  • Santorini (JTR)
  • Kos (KGS)
  • Mytilene (MJT) on Lesbos
  • Rhodes (RHO)
  • Chania (CHQ) on Crete
  • Heraklion (HER) on Crete
  • Kerkyra on Corfu (CFU)

Santorini looks like a fun award ticket with a 22-hour overnight layover in Vienna, Austria.

AA SFO-JTR

San Francisco to Santorini, Greece with overnight in Vienna, Austria SFO-PHL-BCN-VIE-JTR for 20,000 miles + 59.00.

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

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Choice Privileges has a new promotion for double Southwest Rapid Rewards points for stays at any Choice Hotels brand. Earn 1,200 Southwest points for Choice Hotels stays August 14 to November 15, 2014. Simply request Southwest Rapid Rewards points at check-in and provide your frequent flyer number. There is no promotion registration required.

1,200 Rapid Rewards points are a $17 value for Southwest flights for Wanna Getaway fares. This is a decent rebate on low spend Choice Hotels stays. Many of these Choice brand hotels in the USA have rates under $60 per night, particularly in the Suburban, EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn brands.

Every Choice Hotels brand worldwide is participating in this global promotion for double Southwest Rapid Rewards points, excluding Nordic Choice Hotels countries in Europe which operate under their own Nordic Choice Club loyalty program.

  1. Comfort Inn®,
  2. Comfort Suites®,
  3. Quality®,
  4. Sleep Inn®,
  5. Clarion®,
  6. Cambria Suites®,
  7. MainStay Suites®,
  8. Suburban Extended Stay®,
  9. Econo Lodge®,
  10. Rodeway Inn®
  11. Ascend Hotel Collection®

Participating regions:

U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, Mexico, Central America, Australasia (including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji) or the Caribbean.

Excluded countries are those countries with Nordic Choice Hotels: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.

Terms: Valid Rapid Rewards number must be provided at booking or upon check-in for the stay to be eligible. Allow 6-8 weeks for points to post to your account. Standard amount of Rapid Rewards points is 600 per stay.

Choice Southwest 2x

Earn 1,200 Rapid Rewards points for Choice Hotels stays August 14-November 15, 2014

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

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