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

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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

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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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This is part eleven of a fourteen part trip report from my travels to the UK, Malta, and Mallorca. This picture trip report includes my stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Guilford, which is located about 40 minutes outside of London.

I was working in Guildford and the Radisson Blu was the most convenient hotel to work and the only chain property in the area. The hotel is new to Guildford and the rates are a bit steeper than the non-branded properties. Rates were GBP 121.50 for a non-refundable standard room, GBP 135 for the same standard room at the best available rate, 44,000 points for a standard award, or 66,000 points for a premium award.

Radisson Rates

I reserved a standard room and was hoping for an upgrade with my Club Carlson Gold status…though I wasn’t expecting one based on my previous Radisson Blu experiences and lack of loyalty recognition. Not surprisingly, upon check-in I was given a standard room and was told that upgrades could only be processed by the hotel manager who was no longer on duty and that I could ask again the next morning.  OK… off to the room through the modern and fun lobby.

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There’s a library, an outdoor seating area with bar and food services behind the front-desk, a separate bar and restaurant outside the main door, and several comfy seats throughout the lobby.

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The room was nice but TINY…

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The bathroom was also nice and seemed clean…except for the toilet. Now, I don’t know if you can see it if you click the picture below, but the toilet looked clean on the surface but had a ton of “guck”. I flushed the toilet a few times but it didn’t go anywhere. I called downstairs and they immediately brought up a key to another room. Five doors down and the same “guck” in that toilet. The employee from the front desk was truly embarrassed and asked me to wait in the room while he talked to his manager (I thought he wasn’t back till the next day…). Back upstairs he came with another key for a deluxe room two floors higher. Up we went…but the “guck was there too”. At this point I was done moving rooms and put my bags down.

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Well, at least I got that upgrade. The room was much larger with a King size bed (instead of the queen) and different decor…

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Multiple outlets on both sides of the bed and at the desk, including a standard US outlet.

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There were excellent shower heads with pretty good water pressure…

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there’s the “guck” again…

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Now, I think for everyone, but especially those with a blog, internet is a requirement in any hotel. The Radisson Blu has free internet for all and it was HORRIBLE.  The mornings weren’t so bad, but anytime between 6-11pm resulted in an extremely slow connection (we are talking slower than dial-up) or simply a failed connection. Several nights the internet went down completely with no wifi signal even being transmitted. I spoke to the front desk on numerous occasions and they  would tell me that they could see the wifi connection on their iPhones and that it was up. That is until I went downstairs and had them try to access a webpage or email…a complete fail. Each time they were going to “contact the IT support team in London” but nothing ever changed. On several occasions I had to walk to the McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks or Subway down the street to get online. Not acceptable! I’m actually having a similar problem currently at the Hilton Old Town Prague. I can get online but it’s just extremely slow, more on that in a future review.

Guildford is the county town of Surrey, England and is situated 27 miles southwest of London. It’s about a 39-42 minute train ride or about an hour in the car during rush-hour. High Street has some nice restaurants, while the town has a castle and some quaint shops. Not bad for a few nights but you’ll most likely get bored after more than a night or so.

In any case, I liked my room (after being upgraded..the standard was really small), the bathroom (minus the guck) and the convenient location to work and the train station. Walking to the station to get into and out of London really wasn’t bad at all.

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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 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

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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.

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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Marriott Rewards Unexpected BonusMultiple different offers, log in here for your offer, valid for stay May 15th – September 2nd, register by July 31st.

I received the promo for up to two free nights at a category 1-5 hotel

Other potential offers as per Loyalty Traveler:

  • 35,000 bonus points: Earn 25,000 points after 15 nights and another 10,000 bonus points after 20 nights
  • 35,000 bonus points: Earn 25,000 points after 15 nights and another 2,000 points per night for up to 10 addi­tional nights.
  • 45,000 bonus points: Earn 35,000 points after 20 nights and another 10,000 bonus points after 25 nights
  • 55,000 bonus points: Earn 35,000 points after 20 nights and another 2,000 points per night for up to 10 addi­tional nights.
  • Up to 3 Free nights at Cat­e­gory 1–4 hotels: Earn one free night cer­tifi­cate for a cat­e­gory 1 to 4 hotel after every two stays. Max­i­mum of 3 free nights.
  • Up to 2 Free nights at Cat­e­gory 1–5 hotels: Earn one free night cer­tifi­cate for a cat­e­gory 1 to 5 hotel after every two stays. Max­i­mum of 2 free nights.

Club Carlson10,000 bonus Gold Points per two-night stay through July 21st. Register here.

Stay two or more consecutive nights anytime between May 13 and July 21, 2013 at any oft the more than 1,000 participating Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide to earn 10,000 bonus Points for each eligible stay.

Starwood Preferred Guest -Double points on all eligible stays from May 1st through July 31st. Register here.

Like last year, the promo is once again double points on all eligible stays at participating hotels and resorts worldwide from May 1 through July 31, 2013. You can also receive 500 bonus points for each eligible booking made through the spg.com mobile site, the SPG App for iPhone, or the SPG App for Android, even for those properties excluded from the double points promo. Speaking of excluded hotels, the list is smaller than in previous years but still spans the globe.

Hilton HHonors1,000 bonus points each week night and 2,000 bonus points each weekend night April 1st – June 30th. Register here.

Registered HHonors members will receive 1,000 bonus points for each week night of their stay and 2,000 bonus points for each weekend night of their stay during the promotion period at participating hotels and resorts.  For the purpose of this offer a weekend night is defined as Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for all regions except for hotels within the Middle East and Africa where a weekend night is defined as Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

Choice Privileges -Receive a $50 gift card at your choice of multiple retailers after your second stay. Valid May 23rd – August 21st. Register here.

Book at ChoiceHotels.com or 800.4CHOICE and after your second qualifying trip with arrival between May 23 and August 21, 2013 you’ll receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem for a $50 gift card of your choice for a participating dining, shopping, or gas retailer. Elite Diamond and Elite Platinum members can book directly with a hotel; however, if they book through ChoiceHotels.com these members receive 100 additional Choice Privileges points with every qualifying trip. Trips at Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, or MainStay Suites hotels must be a minimum of two consecutive nights.

Best Western Rewards - Stay 3 separate times between  6/17-8/18/13. 2013 at Best Western branded hotels and earn a $50 USD Best Western Travel Card. Register here.

Register now and stay 3 separate times between April 22 and June 9, 2013 at Best Western branded hotels and earn a $50 USD Best Western Travel Card.

IHG Rewards (Priority Club Rewards) - From June 1 through July 31, 2013, earn Double Points or Double Miles on every qualifying stay, starting on your second stay. Stay at Staybridge Suites® hotels or Candlewood Suites®hotels and you’ll start earning double on your first qualifying stay. Now, go discover all the world has to offer and earn while you’re thereRegistration required here.

Melia RewardsUp to 30% off, 2,000 welcome points, free upgrade. Check out the deal here

Loews – Summer Break Sale – Starts in 5 days. Check it out here.

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Every little bit counts, especially if you are trying to keep a frequent traveler account active. Here are some smaller offers for US/UA/AA/AS and SPG as well as a 1K offer from Club Carlson and a 300 point offer from La Quinta.

Club Carlson – 1,000 miles for liking their Facebook page and becoming a fan

Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) – 250 miles each week for the next three weeks via a game on their Facebook page.  If you don’t collect Asia Miles they can be traded via points.com for 237 US Airways miles, 164 United miles, 124 Alaska Airlines miles, 118 Delta miles, etc. HT WideOpenSpaces on Flyertalk.  Thanks to MarkLAX for the tip!

Update – All Asia Miles points for this week have been given out.  Check their page again next week for 250 more points. Thanks DaninSTL!

La Quinta – 300 points for watching three La Quinta Travel Advisor videos, one on Florida, one on Texas, and one on California. Once you answer some questions you are then brought to a longer video. After watching that video you are directed to this page to collect your 300 points. HT WideOpenSpaces on Flyertalk. Thanks Eric in MIA for the tip!

Audience Rewards – SPG – Speaking of small rewards, the next set of questions from Audience Rewards is out which allows you to earn 12 SPG points, 12 US Airways Dividend Miles, and 12 Delta SkyMiles. What’s Audience Rewards? Check out this previous post. The answers to the current questions are:

1. Jennifer Laura Thompson, of Nice Work If You Can Get It, has starred in all but which of the following shows on Broadway? Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
2. True or False? Maurine Dallas Watkins, original author of the play Chicago did NOT want her play turned into a musical. True
3. True or False? At the end of Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, one lucky audience member gets driven home by Ted Greenberg in a taxi. True
4. Who wrote The Last Five Years? Jason Robert Brown
5. The movie version of Mamma Mia! was made in what year? 2008

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This is a deal that’s been around for over two months but is set to expire on February 17th. To obtain the discounted rate, you need to make your booking by February 17th and stay at least 2 consecutive nights between now and December 31, 2013 at participating Carlson Rezidor Hotels in Asia Pacific. Eligible brands include Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, Park Inn, and Country Inn & Suites. “Asia Pacific” includes locations such as Australia, India, China, Fiji, Philippines, Thailand, Tahiti, Nepal, and Japan. Discounts are up to 30% and vary by property from 20-30% off the Best Available Rate. Stays are eligible for Club Carlson Gold Points accumulation. I had difficulty finding discount availability at any properties in Australia until April, but other locations were easier with some flexibility.  You can access full details and booking instructions for the promo here.

Also, don’t forget that Club Carlson is currently running their Triple Points promo for all stays through March 15th.

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Registration is now live for Q1 promos being offered by Starwood Preferred Guest and Club Carlson programs, plus catch up on the previously announced Hilton Double Points/Miles and Marriott MegaBonus promos:

SPG Power Up
Earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints after every four eligible nights, up to a maximum of 8,000 bonus Starpoints after 16 eligible nights. Earn an additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints once you’ve stayed 20 eligible nights. You can earn a maximum of 18,000 total bonus Starpoints for eligible nights from January 15, 2013 through April 15, 2013 and you must register for the promotion by February 28, 2013 midnight ET. Bonus Starpoints will post to the registered member’s account within 2–4 weeks after the qualifying stay posts that includes the 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th and 20th eligible night. Bonus Starpoints will be awarded after the complete stay posts, regardless of when the qualifying nights within a given stay occur. An eligible night is a night at any of the over 1,100 SPG-participating hotels and resorts paying an eligible rate during the promotion period. Nights do not have to be consecutive and can be accumulated across multiple stays. An eligible rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. Certain prepaid rooms where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com and orbitz.com) are not eligible rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify toward promotional earnings.


Club Carlson Triple Points
Earn triple points on all hotel stays and food and beverages charged to your room after completing the registration form and completing an eligible stay between January 8 and March 15, 2013 at any of the more than 1,000 Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide. To be eligible to earn 40 Gold Points per U.S. Dollar spent (“Bonus Points”) in addition to the standard 20 Gold Points per U.S. Dollar spent, members must register online for the Promotion, provide their Club Carlson number at the time of reservation or at check-in, and pay for a stay on a Gold Point eligible rate at participating Radisson Blu, Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza hotels worldwide beginning on or after January 8, 2013, and completed by March 15, 2013 (“Eligible Stays”). Bonus and standard Points are awarded based on the amount spent during an Eligible Stay on the room rate(s) and eligible food and beverage charged to your room, exclusives of any taxes, levies, charges and fees. Members only need to register once before March 15, 2013, but registration must be received in advance of the Eligible Stay or before checkout to qualify. Only one Club Carlson member account will be credited for each Eligible Stay.

Remember, Club Carlson & Avis are also running a 7.500 Gold Points promo that’s good all year long!

  • Now through December 31, 2013, Club Carlson members can earn 7,500 total Gold Points on qualifying rentals of 3 days or more at participating locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Use coupon # MUHA018 and present your Club Carlson number at the time of reservation or at the rental counter to earn your bonus points.

Previously announced Hilton & Marriott Promos:

Hilton Q1 Double Points or Double Miles Promo
Earn Double Points or Double Miles on your next trip when you stay at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton HHonors portfolio from January 7 through March 31, 2013.

Marriott MegaBonus Q1 Promo
Earn up to 3 free nights with MegaBonus when you stay at any participating Marriott hotel worldwide. To earn your free nights:

  • Register online or call 888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) by March 15, 2013
  • Stay twice at any participating hotel between February 1 and April 30, 2013
  • Earn 1 free night after every second paid stay, up to 3 free nights

Your free nights are ONLY GOOD at category 1 – 4 hotels.

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Melia 1 Free Promo
Book a stay on melia.com at any of the hotels run by Melia Hotels International before December 31 and get 1 night free for your next stay. You can get 3 nights for the price of 2, 4 for the price of 3, 6 for 5 or 7 for 6.

Promotion conditions:
- Promotion valid for reservations and stays of minimum 1 night made and materialised between 10.23.2012 and 12.31.2012.
- Bookings must be made through melia.com or the Melia Hotels International Reservation Service and providing your mas Rewards card number.
- The promotion does not apply to reservations made with discounted or negotiated rates not available to the general public, promotions, group rates, crew rates, tour operator rates, mas Rewards points redemption or points / miles from other loyalty programmes.
- After the promotion ends on 1 January, we will send you a voucher for your next booking with your choice of a price of 3 for 2, 4 for 3, 6 for 5 or 7 for 6.

Radisson’s Stay One Night, Get One Night
Radisson’s Stay One Night, Get One Night promotion provides the first 50,000 Club Carlson members to register with a free night award that can be used at any Radisson Blu or Radisson Hotel in the US, Canada, or the Caribbean after one qualified stay.  The stay must be booked on the Radisson or Club Carlson website by October 31st (TODAY) and can take place at any US, Canadian, or Caribbean based Radisson or Radisson Blu property between October 1st and December 31st. See this previous post for full details on this promo.

Restaurant.com $25 Gift Certificates for $4
Restaurant.com has a special Halloween offer today, $4 for a $25 gift certificate valid at any participating restaurant when using code TREAT, click here for a full list of restaurants and for complete details. Also, see this post to obtain a free $10 restaurant.com gift certificate.

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Radisson’s Stay One Night, Get One Night promotion provides the first 50,000 Club Carlson members to register with a free night award that can be used at any Radisson Blu or Radisson Hotel in the US, Canada, or the Caribbean after one qualified stay.  The stay must be booked on the Radisson or Club Carlson website by October 31st and can take place at any US, Canadian, or Caribbean based Radisson or Radisson Blu property between October 1st and December 31st. Like everyone else, I was a much bigger fan of their Big Night Giveaway promotion earlier this year, as you received 50,000 points that could be used at any property worldwide, however this is still a great promo, especially if you can find a cheap rate in your area.

When looking for rates this weekend, I found several properties priced below $100, with airport locations usually offering the lowest options.  Remember, your free night can be used at any US/CA/Caribbean property, meaning that you can redeem it for a $300+ stay at the Radisson Blu Chicago, Radisson Blu St. Martin, or Radisson Martinique. Using October 6th – 7th as an example, here are some decent rates:

  • Radisson Hotel Orlando – UCF $69.30
  • Radisson Hotel Akron $84.15
  • Radisson Hotel Phoenix-Chandler $86
  • Radisson Suite Hotel YYZ – $87.99 CAD
  • Radisson San Jose, CA Airport $88
  • Radisson LAX Airport $95
  • Radisson Ontario, CA Airport $94
  • Radisson MCO Airport $99
  • Radisson Resort Orlando – Celebration $94
  • Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airpot $94

If you find a cheaper rate on any other website, you can submit a Best Rate Guarantee and save an additional 25% off the lower rate. You can also currently earn 8% (next two days only) cash back by starting your booking at TopCashBack or 5% by beginning your booking at BeFrugal.com. Both sites redirect you to Radisson.com, so your booking will still qualify for the promotion.  There are mixed reviews for both sites in terms of properly recording your booking and the timely credit of funds, however with the rates above, you won’t be out much if you don’t receive the cash back.

Also, make sure you register for Club Carlson’s Stay More Nights, Earn More Points promotion, offering bonus points for each night (including your Stay One Night, Get One Night stay) from October 1 – December 31.  You’ll receive 2,000 bonus points per night for your first 1-5 nights, 4,000 bonus points per night for 6-9 nights, and 6,000 bonus points per night for 10 to 20 nights.

If you’re not yet a Club Carlson member, sign up here for 2,000 points after your first stay.

*Points + Cash stays are eligible for both promotions*

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