The Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like a normal Florida resort with a large beach ball on top. However, that beach ball isn’t actually a design element, it instead doubles as a complex military radar installation. With permission from the Associated Press:

The combination resort hotel and military test site opened in late May in an unusual partnership between the military and private business in a time of tighter military budgets. In exchange for allowing the Innisfree Hotel company to build the 152-room resort on Air Force land, the military was able to construct a rooftop station that receives radar signals and a secure conference room for classified meetings. The dome hiding the military equipment is painted red, white, blue and yellow like a beach ball.

While the Air Force has done other projects with private companies before, this is the first time it has ever merged a base with a hotel, said Mike Spaits, the base spokesman. The dome was added to the radar installation to make it “less military and more visitor-friendly,” said Wesley Mason, a contractor who helped develop the project. The military presence is unobtrusive and limited to a few people, often contract employees without uniforms, who work on the roof.

The hotel was a win for both sides. It allowed the military to make use of small section of beachfront it owns on Okaloosa Island that is cut off by commercial developments from the rest of the Eglin’s more than 17-mile expanse of beach, Spaits said. The military couldn’t make good use of the land for beach training exercises or test missions without building a tower or other structure to place equipment above the surrounding hotels, restaurants and shopping centers. Innisfree is paying the military about $190,000 a year in rent, the Air Force said. It allowed the hotel company to build on a prime beachfront site surrounded by popular attractions.

Chris Nixon, who oversees testing at the range, said Test Site A5 is a coveted posting for workers who monitor testing and equipment because of its view overlooking the pool and the beach.“It is a popular place to work,” he said with a laugh. The most important benefit of the partnership however is the morale boost it provides military families who get discounted rates at the resort. “Young airmen who would never get a chance to stay in place like this can bring their families for some R and R,” he said.

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Every little bit helps right? Here’s a link to a quiz that will earn you 100 IHG Rewards Club points after correctly answering three questions…all answers below. The points will show in your account activity right away but allow 24 hours for your balance to be updated.

Answers

  1. All of the above and more,
  2. A free night you can redeem online anytime,
  3. All of the above and more

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PS – Check out the comments section for other easy IHG points thanks to Delta Points & Credit Card Joint

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It’s hotel promo reminder time! Check out the rundown of the numerous Q1 promos that have been released across all the major hotel brands:

Hyatt – Endless Possibilities Promotion  -

Hyatt Q1 Promo 2014

Choose Free Nights - Earn a free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel after you stay five eligible nights. Enjoy 4 free nights (valid through July 31, 2014) after you stay 20 nights. Register for free nights hereOR

Choose Bonus Points - Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first five nights, and then more for every additional five nights, up to 50,000 bonus points. Register for bonus points here.

Hyatt Endless Possiblities Q1 2013

Things to Remember:

  • Once you’re registered, you CANNOT switch your selection. Now, all stays will count towards the promotion retroactively which means it might be smartest to WAIT to register until you figure out your travel plans. The total nights you plan to spend in Hyatt properties during the promotion will help you determine which choice is better. If you’re saying just a few nights, the free nights seems like the better option, but obviously plot out what works best for you. JUST REMEMBER to register by the March 31st deadline…bullet two below
  • You need to register for your choice by March 31st
  • Eligible stays are from January 15th – April 30th at any Hyatt hotel brand worldwide

Starwood – Bring on the Earnings Promotion 

SPG Bring on the Earnings Q1 2014 Promo

Earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights you stay from January 5 through April 30, 2014 — up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 eligible nights. Plus, get an additional 5,000 bonus Starpoints when you hit 25 eligible nights, for a total of 15,000 bonus Starpoints.

Things to Remember:

  • You must register by February 28, 2014
  • Earn on all eligible stays at any of the hotels and resorts in the SPG program. No exclusions
  • Eligible stays dates are January 5 – April 30, 2014

Marriott MegaBonus – 

Marriott MegaBonus Q1 2014

Multiple different offers, log in here for your personal offer. I received “earn a free night (category 1-5) after 2 stays, up to 2 free nights.” However, other reported offers include the same as mine above but the free night is only for a category 1-property, earn 35,000 points after 20 nights and another 15,000 bonus points after 25 nights up to 50,000 points, and earn 25,000 points after 15 nights and another 15,000 bonus points after 20 nights up to 40,000 bonus points, and earn 35,000 points after 20 nights plus an additional 2,000 bonus points after each additional night  – up to 55,000 points. Also see - Marriott 1 Free Night After 2 Stays, Stackable w/ MegaBonus!

Things to Remember:

  • You must register by March 31, 2014 but all stays during the promotion period prior to registration will count towards the bonus
  • You must stay between February 1 – April 30, 2014
  • Eligible stays dates are January 5 – April 30, 2014

IHG (Priority Club) – The Big Win -

IHG The Big Win

The Big Win  is an expansion of the original “The Big Win” which provides customized offers to win points or airline miles. Registration is already open at The Big Win dedicated site and provides points or miles for any IHG hotel stay between January 1st and April 30th. For this one, you must register PRIOR to your stays but registration will remain open until the promotion ends.

Hilton HHonors More Nights, More Points -

Hilton HHonors More Nights More Points Q1 2014 Promo

Stay two nights and get double points, stay three nights and get triple points, stay four nights and earn quadruple points for your stay.

Things to Remember:

  • The offer is valid for stays completed between October 10, 2013 and January 31, 2014 at any participating hotel or resort in the Hilton HHonors portfolio (click here for hotels who have chosen to not participate).
  • You must register prior to your stay in order to earn the bonus points, no retroactive credit!

Club Carlson – Stay 3 Nights. Get 1 Free. -

Club Carlson Q1 Promo

Stay 3 nights between January 6, 2014 and April 13, 2014 at any of the participating hotels worldwide to earn 38,000 bonus points (1 free night).

Things to Remember:

  • Only one bonus per member will be awarded.
  • Stays or nights paid for using Points + Cash are not eligible for this Promotion.
  • Members only need to register once, but registration must be received before checkout of the first Eligible Stay to qualify.

Best Western Rewards - 1,500 and 1,000 Online Booking Bonus Promos -

Best Western Q1 2014 Online Booking Promo

Best Western Ride Rewards members who register for the promotion PRIOR to their stay and book a qualifying reservation online will receive 1,500 bonus points per stay before February 2nd, 2014. OR register PRIOR to booking a qualifying rate on bestwestern.com and receive 1,000 bonus points per stay before February 2nd, 2014. Elite members get 500 more bonus points per stay. Use the 1.5K and 1K links above.

Expedia - $25 off your next mobile booking - Save $25 on your first hotel booking on the Expedia app of $100 or more. Book by 3/31/14 Coupon Code: MOBILE25

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It’s hotel promo time! Check out the tips, strategies, and details for each of the numerous Q1 promos that have been released across all the major hotel brands.

Hyatt – Endless Possibilities Promotion  -

Hyatt Q1 Promo 2014

Choose Free Nights - Earn a free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel after you stay five eligible nights. Enjoy 4 free nights (valid through July 31, 2014) after you stay 20 nights. Register for free nights hereOR

Choose Bonus Points - Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first five nights, and then more for every additional five nights, up to 50,000 bonus points. Register for bonus points here.

Hyatt Endless Possiblities Q1 2013

Things to Remember:

  • Once you’re registered, you CANNOT switch your selection. Now, all stays will count towards the promotion retroactively which means it might be smartest to WAIT to register until you figure out your travel plans. The total nights you plan to spend in Hyatt properties during the promotion will help you determine which choice is better. If you’re saying just a few nights, the free nights seems like the better option, but obviously plot out what works best for you. JUST REMEMBER to register by the March 31st deadline…bullet two below
  • You need to register for your choice by March 31st
  • Eligible stays are from January 15th – April 30th at any Hyatt hotel brand worldwide

Starwood – Bring on the Earnings Promotion 

SPG Bring on the Earnings Q1 2014 Promo

Earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights you stay from January 5 through April 30, 2014 — up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 eligible nights. Plus, get an additional 5,000 bonus Starpoints when you hit 25 eligible nights, for a total of 15,000 bonus Starpoints.

Things to Remember:

  • You must register by February 28, 2014
  • Earn on all eligible stays at any of the hotels and resorts in the SPG program. No exclusions
  • Eligible stays dates are January 5 – April 30, 2014

Marriott MegaBonus – 

Marriott MegaBonus Q1 2014

Multiple different offers, log in here for your personal offer. I received “earn a free night (category 1-5) after 2 stays, up to 2 free nights.” However, other reported offers include the same as mine above but the free night is only for a category 1-property, earn 35,000 points after 20 nights and another 15,000 bonus points after 25 nights up to 50,000 points, and earn 25,000 points after 15 nights and another 15,000 bonus points after 20 nights up to 40,000 bonus points, and earn 35,000 points after 20 nights plus an additional 2,000 bonus points after each additional night  – up to 55,000 points.

Things to Remember:

  • You must register by March 31, 2014 but all stays during the promotion period prior to registration will count towards the bonus
  • You must stay between February 1 – April 30, 2014
  • Eligible stays dates are January 5 – April 30, 2014

IHG (Priority Club) – The Big Win -

IHG The Big Win

The Big Win  is an expansion of the original “The Big Win” which provides customized offers to win points or airline miles. Registration is already open at The Big Win dedicated site and provides points or miles for any IHG hotel stay between January 1st and April 30th. For this one, you must register PRIOR to your stays but registration will remain open until the promotion ends.

Hilton HHonors More Nights, More Points -

Hilton HHonors More Nights More Points Q1 2014 Promo

Stay two nights and get double points, stay three nights and get triple points, stay four nights and earn quadruple points for your stay.

Things to Remember:

  • The offer is valid for stays completed between October 10, 2013 and January 31, 2014 at any participating hotel or resort in the Hilton HHonors portfolio (click here for hotels who have chosen to not participate).
  • You must register prior to your stay in order to earn the bonus points, no retroactive credit!

Club Carlson – Stay 3 Nights. Get 1 Free. -

Club Carlson Q1 Promo

Stay 3 nights between January 6, 2014 and April 13, 2014 at any of the participating hotels worldwide to earn 38,000 bonus points (1 free night).

Things to Remember:

  • Only one bonus per member will be awarded.
  • Stays or nights paid for using Points + Cash are not eligible for this Promotion.
  • Members only need to register once, but registration must be received before checkout of the first Eligible Stay to qualify.

Best Western Rewards - 1,500 and 1,000 Online Booking Bonus Promos -

Best Western Q1 2014 Online Booking Promo

Best Western Ride Rewards members who register for the promotion PRIOR to their stay and book a qualifying reservation online will receive 1,500 bonus points per stay before February 2nd, 2014. OR register PRIOR to booking a qualifying rate on bestwestern.com and receive 1,000 bonus points per stay before February 2nd, 2014. Elite members get 500 more bonus points per stay. Use the 1.5K and 1K links above.

Expedia - $25 off your next mobile booking - Save $25 on your first hotel booking on the Expedia app of $100 or more. Book by 3/31/14 Coupon Code: MOBILE25

Expedia

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Yesterday, IHG launched their Q1 promotion, “The Big Win.” which is an expansion of the original “The Big Win” which provides customized offers to win points or airline miles. Registration is already open at The Big Win dedicated site, which provides points or miles for any IHG hotel stay between January 1st and April 30th.

From the press release:

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is kicking off 2014 in a big way by offering loyal IHG® Rewards Club members more opportunities to earn free travel through the next installment of its hotel rewards promotion, “The Big Win.” This is a first of its kind promotion, which provides each loyal guest with an individually tailored set of offers.

“We have found that introducing tailored offers through “The Big Win” has been beneficial for both our guests and our hotels,” said Jim Sprigg, director, Database Marketing & CRM Solutions, IHG. “So, this January, we are launching a new and improved version of ”The Big Win” promotion based on guest feedback, with offers that are even more relevant and appealing to diverse types of guests who are loyal to the IHG family of hotel brands, including select offers with a greater focus on our individual hotel brands.”

Pre-registration for “The Big Win” promotion begins on Dec. 16, 2013 here. Once registered, members will begin earning IHG® Rewards Club points or airline miles when they stay at any IHG®-branded hotel between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2014.  This includes the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels, Holiday Inn Resort® Hotels, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels, Staybridge Suites® Hotels and Candlewood Suites® Hotels brands. IHG’s scale and diversity means that our hotels can meet our guests’ needs whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Sprigg added, “Other hotel promotions still tend to be one-size-fits-all, whereas every offer in “The Big Win” promotion varies based on a guest’s travel pattern.”

How it works:

  • Current IHG® Rewards Club members and new members can register for the “Big Win” hotel rewards promotion here.
  • Receive custom offers to win points or miles such as: stay more and earn morestay on the weekend to win or explore our brands
  • Stay  to start “winning”
  • Track your offers and rewards via a customizedRewards Tracker here

IHG’s family of brands across 4,600 hotels ranges from an award-winning InterContinental resort to a city-center Holiday Inn hotel.

IHG Rewards Club, formerly Priority Club® Rewards, is the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program, with industry-leading benefits including no blackout dates for Reward Nights, fast-track to Elite status when guests explore the IHG brand portfolio and points that never expire.

Visitors and guests can sign up online for IHG Rewards Club and all its benefits, on the spot, free of charge at any IHG hotel.

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IHG Rewards (Priority Club), is currently hosting another 48 hour flash sale with reward nights at selected properties discounted 50%-75% off the regular points price. The rates are good for stays November 20th – December 20th, except US properties which have valid dates of December 1st – December 20th. All “standard award rules” are in place, which means you can cancel any award nights you book using these highly discounted rates within the normal hotel cancellation period! There are some pretty sweet deals (including suites), take a look at the full list here

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IHG Rewards (Priority Club), is currently hosting a 24 hour flash sale with reward nights at selected properties discounted 50%-75% off the regular points price. The rates are good for stays between Oct. 23-Nov. 22. All “standard award rules” are in place, which means you can cancel any award nights you book using these highly discounted rates within the normal hotel cancellation period! There are some pretty sweet deals, take a look at the full list below:

People’s Republic of China
Holiday Inn Express Shangdi Beijing (50% Off) Crowne Plaza Hangzhou Grand Canal (75% Off)
Crowne Plaza Chengdu City Center (75% Off)

Philippines
InterContinental Manila (75% Off)

Taiwan
Holiday Inn Express Taoyuan (50% Off)

Thailand
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort (75% Off)

Canada
Holiday Inn Express Airdrie-Calgary N. (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Montreal Centre-Ville Dwntn (75% Off)

Germany
Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe (75% Off)

Greece
Crowne Plaza Athens-City Centre (50% Off)

Spain
InterContinental Madrid (75% Off)

Switzerland
Crowne Plaza Geneva (50% Off)

Turkey
Crowne Plaza Antalya (75% Off)

United Kingdom
Holiday Inn Maidstone-Sevenoaks (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Exeter M5, JCT. 29 (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express London-Croydon Holiday Inn Express Inverness (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Manchester-MediacityUK (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express London-Stratford (75% Off)
Holiday Inn London-Gatwick Airport (75% Off) Holiday Inn Edinburgh (75% Off)
Hotel Indigo London-Paddington (75% Off)

Mexico
Holiday Inn Queretaro Zona Diamante (50% Off) Holiday Inn Express Merida (50% Off)
Holiday Inn Ciudad de Mexico-Trade Center
Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco (50% Off)

United Arab Emirates
Holdiay Inn Dubai-Al Barsha (75% Off)

Dominican Republic
Crowne Plaza V Centario Santo Domingo (75% Off)

United States
Arkasas
Holiday Inn Express Jonesboro (50% Off) Holiday Inn Express Malvern (75% Off)

Arizona
Holiday Inn Express Phoenix Tempe-University (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Surprise (75% Off)

California
Holiday Inn Laguna Beach (50% Off) Holiday Inn Express Century Beach (50% Off)
Holiday Inn La Mirada (75% Off) Holiday Inn San Clemente (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express San Diego-La Mesa (SDSU Area) Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Rancho Mirage-Palm Springs Area (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express San Diego-Sorrento Valley (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express San Diego-Sea World (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco-Airport N. (75% Off) Staybridge Suites Anaheim-Resort Area (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Marina (75% Off)

Colorado
Holiday Inn Express Longmont (75% Off) Staybridge Suites Denver Intl Airport (75% Off)

Connecticut
Holiday Inn Express Meriden (50% Off) Holiday Inn Danbury-Bethel @ I-84 (50% Off)

Florida
Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville-South (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Clearwater/US19 N (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Miami Airport Doral Area (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Ft Lauderdale N.-Exec Aiport (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Columbus-North I-185 (50% Off) Holiday Inn Express Thomasville (50% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Hiawassee (50% Off) Holiday Inn Express Cordele North (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Valdosta West-Mall Area (75% Off)

Iowa
Holiday Inn Express Urbandale Des Moines (75% Off)

Illinois
Holiday Inn Express O’Fallon/Shiloh (75% Off) Holiday Inn Chicago-Midway Airport(75% Off)

Indiana
Holiday Inn Express Terre Haute (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Valparaiso (75% Off)
Staybridge Suites Indianapolis-Fishers (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express South Bend-Notre Dame (75% Off)

Kansas
Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35 (50% Off)

Massachusetts
Crowne Plaza Boston-Natick (50% Off) Holiday Inn Cape Cod-Hyannis (75% Off)

Maryland
Holiday Inn Washington D.C.-Greenbelt MD (75% Off) Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Aiport (75% Off)

Michigan
Holiday Inn Express Holland (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Ludington (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express St. Joseph (75% Off)

Minnesota
Crowne Plaza MSP Airport-Mall of America (75% Off)

Missouri
Holiday Inn Express St. Louis Airport-Riverport (50% Off) Holiday Inn Express N. Kansas City (75% Off)
Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Clayton (75% Off)

Mississippi
Holiday Inn Express Biloxi-Ocean Springs (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Clinton (50% Off)

Montana
Holiday Inn Express Great Falls (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Missoula NW (75% Off)

North Carolina
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park (75% Off) Staybridge Suites Durham-Chapel HIll (75% Off)
Crowne Plaza Asheville (75% Off) Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown (75% Off)

New Hampshire
Holiday Inn Express Durham-UNH (75% Off) Holiday Inn Portsmouth (75% Off)

New Jersey
Crowne Plaza Monroe S. Brunswick (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express N. Bergen-Lincoln Tunnel (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Absecon-Atlantic City Area (75% Off)

New York
Holiday Inn Express NYC-Wall Street (50% Off) Crowne Plaza Lake Placid-Golf Club (75% Off)

Ohio
Holiday Inn Express Columbus E.-Reynoldsburg (75% Off) Staybridge Suties Toledo-Maumee

Oklahoma
Holiday Inn Express Oklahoma City NW (75% Off) Holiday Inn Oklahoma City Airport (75% Off)

Pennsylvania
Holiday Inn Philadelphia NE-Bensalem (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg East (75% Off)

South Carolina
Holiday Inn Express Charleston US Hwy 17 & I-526

South Dakota
Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza (75% Off)

Tennessee
Holiday Inn Express Memphis Southwind (50% Off) Holiday Inn Knoxville-Strawberry Plains (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Alcoa (Knoxville Airport) (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Brentwood N.-Nashville (75% Off)

Texas
Candlewood Suites Houston IAH/Beltway 8 (50% Off) Holiday Inn Houston NW Willowbrook (50% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Nacogdoches (50% Off) Holiday Inn Express Houston N-Spring (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Austin Round Rock (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Austin-Sunset Valley (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Express Fort Worth Downtown (75% Off)

Utah
Holiay Inn Express Moab (75% Off)

Virginia
Holiday Inn Express Waynesboro-Route 340 (75% Off) Crowne Plaza Hampton-Marina (75% Off)
Holiday Inn Petersburg N.-Fort Lee (75% Off) Holiday Inn Express Alexandria-Fort Belvoir (75% Off)

Washington
Holiday Inn Express Bothell-Canyon Park (75% Off) Holiday Inn Downtown-Everett (75% Off)

Wisconsin
Candlewood Suites Milwaukee Airport-Oak Creek (50% Off) Holiday Inn Green Bay Stadium (75% Off)

IHG Rewards

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On Monday, Hilton previewed their Q4 promo which runs from Oct 10 – Jan 31, 14. Below, find this promotion as well as a list of other Q3 and Q4 promos from the major chains.

Hilton’s More Nights, More Points Promo - Beginning October 10, 2013, stay two nights and earn double HHonors Points for your entire stay. Stay three nights to triple your points, and four nights or more to quadruple your points. Stays must be booked at any of the 4,000 hotels before January 31, 2014 (there are several excluded properties, check out the list here).  Note that the registration link above is active but will not yet allow you to register.

Hilton Q4 Promo

Also, don’t forget Hilton’s 1,000 point per mobile booking app promotion.

Hilton Mobile Booking Bonus

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – Take Two Promotion - Earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays from September 1st – December 15th. Plus get 2,500 bonus points for every five eligible nights up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 nights.  Members must register online at spg.com/taketwo by October 31, 2013, midnight Eastern Time (ET) and registration will open some time in late August. A list of properties not participating in this promotion can be found at spg.com/taketwo. Award stays and Cash & Point stays are not eligible earning stays for this promo.

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Also, don’t forget to check whether you were targeted for a special SPG offer -

  • Complimentary SPG Gold status through February 2015
  • One free night at a category 1-5 property redeemable through December 31st after staying at least one night at any SPG property between August 1st and October 31st.
  • Two free nights at a category 1-5 property redeemable trhough December 31st after staying two nights or more at any SPG property between August 1st and October 31st.

Marriott MegaBonus – Multiple different offers, log in here for your offer, valid for stays September 15th – January 15th, register by November 15th. My promo is “earn a free night at a category 1-5 hotel, up to two free nights, for every second paid stay. Other reported offers include:
Earn 25K points after 12 nights and 15K more points after 18 nights, up to 40K points
Earn 25K points after 15 nights and 15K more points after 20 nights, up to 40K points
Earn 35 points after 20 nights and 15K more points after 20 nights, up to 50K points

MarriottMegaBonusFall2013Promo

Hyatt’s New Possibilities -

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To earn Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points, travelers must:

  • Be a Hyatt Gold Passport member;
  • Register for the New Possibilities promotion from September 9 through October 31, 2013 by visiting goldpassport.com/possibilities;
  • Stay at least five eligible nights from September 9 through November 30, 2013 (nights are cumulative); and
  • Provide a Hyatt Gold Passport membership number at the time of reservation and check-in.

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Club Carlson Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promotion – Book 2 nights and get the third for free when you check-in on a Thursday and check-out on a Sunday at participation Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, or Park Inn in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Book you stay between July 22nd – October 24th for stays between August 1st (September 1st at select resorts) – October 27th. Use promo code WBUY2F2.

ClubCarlson Buy 2 Get 1 Free

IHG Rewards Club (Priority Club) -  Big Win Promotion –  Stay between September 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 to earn 1,000 bonus points or 500 miles for your first night’s stay. After the first stay, you’ll receive a “tailored offer” with a chance to earn up to 50,000 bonus points or 10,000 bonus miles for stays during the promotional period.

IHG The Big Win Promo

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – Take Two Promotion - Earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays from September 1st – December 15th. Plus get 2,500 bonus points for every five eligible nights up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 nights.  Members must register online at spg.com/taketwo by October 31, 2013, midnight Eastern Time (ET) and registration will open some time in late August. A list of properties not participating in this promotion can be found at spg.com/taketwo. Award stays and Cash & Point stays are not eligible earning stays for this promo.

SPGTakeTwoFall2013Promo

Also, don’t forget to check whether you were targeted for a special SPG offer -

  • Complimentary SPG Gold status through February 2015
  • One free night at a category 1-5 property redeemable through December 31st after staying at least one night at any SPG property between August 1st and October 31st.
  • Two free nights at a category 1-5 property redeemable trhough December 31st after staying two nights or more at any SPG property between August 1st and October 31st.

Marriott MegaBonus – Multiple different offers, log in here for your offer, valid for stays September 15th – January 15th, register by November 15th. My promo is “earn a free night at a category 1-5 hotel, up to two free nights, for every second paid stay. Other reported offers include:
Earn 25K points after 12 nights and 15K more points after 18 nights, up to 40K points
Earn 25K points after 15 nights and 15K more points after 20 nights, up to 40K points
Earn 35 points after 20 nights and 15K more points after 20 nights, up to 50K points

MarriottMegaBonusFall2013Promo

Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip Promotion – Stay Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights to earn triple HHonors points from July 9th through September 30th. Earn double points on Monday – Thursday at participating hotels and resorts. Registration required prior to check-out.

HiltonFall2013Promo

Club Carlson Stay 2 Nights, Get 5,000 Bonus Gold Points – Receive 5,000 bonus Gold Points for a stay of 2 or more consecutive nights at any participating Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, or Park Inn in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Book from July 22nd – September 28th for stays August 1st (September 1st at select resorts) – September 30th.

ClubCarlsonFall2013Promo

Club Carlson Stay 1 Night, Get 2,000 Bonus Gold Points – Receive 2,000 bonus Gold Points for a stay of 1 night at any participating Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, or Park Inn in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Reservations must be made between July 22nd – September 29th for stays August 1st (some properties September 1st) – September 30th.

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Club Carlson Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promotion – Book 2 nights and get the third for free when you check-in on a Thursday and check-out on a Sunday at participation Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, or Park Inn in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Book you stay between July 22nd – October 24th for stays between August 1st (September 1st at select resorts) – October 27th. Use promo code WBUY2F2.

ClubCarlson Buy 2 Get 1 Free

IHG Rewards Club (Priority Club) -  Double Miles Promotion – Stay at participating hotels in Australasia, Southeast & Southwest Asia, Japan & Korea, the Middle East, and Africa to earn double miles now through September 30th. Registration required prior to your stay.

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Also, don’t forget about IHG’s $50 – $200 PrePaid MasterCard reward for Weekend Stays

Hyatt Promos through September 30th – Targeted Only – Hyatt has multiple promotions running through September 30th, however there is NO promotion registration page for any of these, you would have received an email with your offer if you were lucky enough to be selected. As per Loyalty Lobby, the promo variations include:

5K points for one stay
3K points per stay for up to three stays
5K points after two stays
2K points per stay for up to four stays

Targeted Offers

500 SkyMiles for Signing Up for Emails - This is a targeted 500 mile offer for signing up for special offers and promotions from Delta. It did not work for me (already subscribed) and one colleague who was not subscribed. However, it did work for another colleague who has only 12,500 SkyMiles and NO flown miles with Delta in all of 2012 and 2013.  No harm in trying…

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Starwood Targeted Surprise Promo  – I posted about this one two weeks ago but just in case you didn’t see it, SPG is running a targeted promo awarding one of three generous rewards:

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  • Complimentary SPG Gold status through February 2015
  • One free night at a category 1-5 property redeemable through December 31st after staying at least one night at any SPG property between August 1st and October 31st.
  • Two free nights at a category 1-5 property redeemable trhough December 31st after staying two nights or more at any SPG property between August 1st and October 31st.
  • NOTHING

I was awarded zilch and received the message below as a current SPG Platinum member close to re-qualifying. My Mom received the two free nights reward (she has NO SPG stays at all in 2013) and my Dad the one free night reward (12 nights in 2013). Nevertheless, it’s worth a shot…please post in the comments if you receive a reward not listed above. Good Luck!

 

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – Take Two Promotion - Earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays from September 1st – December 15th. Plus get 2,500 bonus points for every five eligible nights up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 nights.  Members must register online at spg.com/taketwo by October 31, 2013, midnight Eastern Time (ET) and registration will open some time in late August. A list of properties not participating in this promotion can be found at spg.com/taketwo. Award stays and Cash & Point stays are not eligible earning stays for this promo.

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Also, don’t forget to check whether you were targeted for a special SPG offer -

  • Complimentary SPG Gold status through February 2015
  • One free night at a category 1-5 property redeemable through December 31st after staying at least one night at any SPG property between August 1st and October 31st.
  • Two free nights at a category 1-5 property redeemable trhough December 31st after staying two nights or more at any SPG property between August 1st and October 31st.

Marriott MegaBonusMultiple different offers, log in here for your offer, valid for stays September 15th – January 15th, register by November 15th. My promo is “earn a free night at a category 1-5 hotel, up to two free nights, for every second paid stay. Other reported offers include:
Earn 25K points after 12 nights and 15K more points after 18 nights, up to 40K points
Earn 25K points after 15 nights and 15K more points after 20 nights, up to 40K points
Earn 35 points after 20 nights and 15K more points after 20 nights, up to 50K points

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Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip Promotion – Stay Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights to earn triple HHonors points from July 9th through September 30th. Earn double points on Monday – Thursday at participating hotels and resorts. Registration required prior to check-out.

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Club Carlson Stay 2 Nights, Get 5,000 Bonus Gold Points – Receive 5,000 bonus Gold Points for a stay of 2 or more consecutive nights at any participating Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, or Park Inn in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Book from July 22nd – September 28th for stays August 1st (September 1st at select resorts) – September 30th.

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Club Carlson Stay 1 Night, Get 2,000 Bonus Gold Points – Receive 2,000 bonus Gold Points for a stay of 1 night at any participating Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, or Park Inn in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Reservations must be made between July 22nd – September 29th for stays August 1st (some properties September 1st) – September 30th.

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Club Carlson Buy 2 Get 1 Free PromotionBook 2 nights and get the third for free when you check-in on a Thursday and check-out on a Sunday at participation Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, or Park Inn in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Book you stay between July 22nd – October 24th for stays between August 1st (September 1st at select resorts) – October 27th. Use promo code WBUY2F2.

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IHG Rewards Club (Priority Club) -  Double Miles Promotion – Stay at participating hotels in Australasia, Southeast & Southwest Asia, Japan & Korea, the Middle East, and Africa to earn double miles now through September 30th. Registration required prior to your stay.

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Also, don’t forget about IHG’s $50 – $200 PrePaid MasterCard reward for Weekend Stays

Hyatt Promos through September 30th – Targeted Only – Hyatt has multiple promotions running through September 30th, however there is NO promotion registration page for any of these, you would have received an email with your offer if you were lucky enough to be selected. As per Loyalty Lobby, the promo variations include:

5K points for one stay
3K points per stay for up to three stays
5K points after two stays
2K points per stay for up to four stays

UPDATE 8/22 – Hyatt has announced their fall promo open to all members. Click here for details

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Just a quick reminder that the IHG promo providing a $50 prepaid MasterCard for two consecutive weekend nights (up to $200 per household during the promo period) is still live until September 1st. The promotion is good for both US and Canadian residents at participating hotels worldwide including: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Alliance Resorts (Venetian, Palazzo) Crowne Plaza  Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo,  Holiday Inn,  Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Resort,  Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Staybridge Suites,  and Candlewood Suites. There do not appear to be any property exclusions, though there are booking requirements (see below).

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The big downside, the process is highly manual – printing out your registration and confirmation forms, completing a rebate request, and mailing in all required documentation:

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Eligibility: Registration for promotion is required in advance of stay.  A MasterCard card must be used to pay for the qualified stay.  Registration can be completed at www.ihg.com/vacationpay. Valid email address is required for registration. Must register on or after May 14, 2013 through September 1, 2013 and stay between May 31, 2013 – September 1, 2013. Registration must take place prior to the booking the stay. Open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and Canada who have attained the age of majority in the jurisdiction of their residence. A stay is defined as two consecutive weekend nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Qualifying Room Rates do not include the following reduced room rates: net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG Rewards Club Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, Best Price Guarantee Free Reward rate, complimentary hotel stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate. Also excluded are opaque rates and “name your own price” rates (where hotel name, location and/or rate not visible until after booking is submitted). Guests of an InterContinental Alliance Resort (The Venetian or The Palazzo) must book their qualifying reservation through IHG channels (brand websites, call centers, and GDS) to become eligible, and such guests who book in any other way, including directly with The Venetian® or The Palazzo® or any other hotel, will be ineligible.

Rebate: One $50 rebate ($50 Vacation Pay Prepaid MasterCard) will be awarded on a qualifying minimum two-night weekend stay booked on or after May 31, 2013 at participating hotels for U.S. and Canada resident stays worldwide between May 31, 2013 – September 1, 2013. Guest must use their MasterCard card to pay for the stay.  Up to four (4) qualified rebates awarded per household for stays during the promotional period. Limit one (1) rebate per qualifying registration confirmation per weekend period.

Limit one reward per person, receipt, household, family or address per qualifying weekday stay. Maximum four (4) rewards per household during the promotion. IHG reserves the right to request additional information regarding this claim. IHG reserves the right to terminate promotion at any time.

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