Category Archives for Chicago.


Choice Hotel BRG free night claim

Best Rate Guarantee claims are one of my main strategies for hotel rate discounts. Over the course of a calendar year, Best Rate Guarantee claims save me several thousand dollars on the published rates for chain hotels while still allowing me to earn promotion bonuses and elite stay credit. Today I experienced a successful Choice…

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Scratching the surface of SPG Hot Escapes

Another week of SPG Hot Escapes limited time rate discounts shows a big list of properties at 185 hotels globally. These hotel rates are available through Saturday, February 22. Also, these rates are prepaid and nonrefundable. A few weeks ago there was a list with over 300 hotels. On the surface, the listing of 20…

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Starwood Birth Rate or SPG Cash & Points

One of the primary decisions to make when traveling is whether to burn cash or burn points. Earning points primarily through credit card spend may give less consideration to paid stays. Other travelers want paid stays for elite status and hotel stay promotion bonuses. I primarily earn points from hotel stays. For my Chicago April…

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Marriott Rewards 2,500 bonus points in Chicago to March 30, 2014

Marriott Rewards is offering an additional 2,500 bonus points for 2-night weekend stays, Thursday to Sunday, from January 1 – March 30, 2014. This offer is for downtown Chicago Marriott brand hotels. Requires special rate code: MRP. JW Marriott Chicago Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel Courtyard…

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Marriott Chicago Area Holiday Discount Code

One of the common misconceptions among leisure travelers is hotel rates are high during Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks when so many families take to the road. In my experience, these are two of the best weeks of the year for finding deep hotel rate discounts. There are few business travelers during these holiday weeks and…

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