Daily Archives: Jan 7, 2013

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Budget has a very good deal for Avianca-Taca LifeMiles members for airport car rentals. According to their web page, you can get 500 bonus Avianca-Taca LifeMiles per day at participating airport locations worldwide.

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You can earn 50 miles per day at most of other Budget airline partners. Earning 500 miles per day is a very good offer especially for longer rentals. [click to continue…]

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Yesterday, I wrote about the changes that were coming to free night awards with Priority Club. They are introducing nine award categories and going away with bran dependent bands.

Priority Club New Award Categories
Priority Club New Award Categories

The new award categories are going into effect on January 18, 2013, but Priority Club will honor the old award levels, if they are lower, until Match 18, 2013. But, how can you find out the older award category, as Priority Club refuses to publish a list of properties moving in categories? [click to continue…]

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The registration for SPG’s Power Up promotion (that I originally wrote about on December 12) is now open and required by February 28. 2013. You can earn maximum of 18K bonus Starpoints for 20 nights during the promotion period from January 15 to April 15, 2013. You can access Starwood’s website for this promotion here.

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You will earn 2000 bonus Starpoints for every four nights (4/8/12/16) you stay during the promotion period for up to 8000 bonus points after 16 nights. You will receive 10000 additional bonus points for staying 20 nights during the promotional period. You will not receive bonuses for more than 20 nights. [click to continue…]

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Club Carlson just launched their first quarter 2013 bonus points promotion that is for triple points for stays between January 8 and March 15, 2013. You need to register for this promotion before of your first stay during the promotional period for the bonus to kick in.

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Our Triple Points promotion is back, and it’s as easy as ever to earn triple points on hotel stays and food and beverages charged to your room. Simply fill out the registration form on this page and complete an eligible stay between January 8 and March 15, 2013 at any of our more than 1,000 Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide. You’ll be on your way to a free night stay three times faster. [click to continue…]

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Myanmar is going through very fast growth due to country opening up and many countries like US withdrawing the trade sanctions. The downside is that everybody seems to be flocking to the country simultaneously and the tourism infrastructure cannot keep up.

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I was just reading this Myanmar special that I picked up from my hotel in Bangkok. There is truly a shortage of hotel rooms in Yangon and nothing is going to happen in short notice. It is going to get only worse because there are going to be more international events scheduled for the city in 2013. [click to continue…]

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In the past month, I wrote extensive articles about the good and not so good things about Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest. I just went back and did some small changes to them based on the feedback that I have received and what else have come to my mind.

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I got some requests to do similar write ups about some other programs  such as Le Club Accorhotels and Club Carlson. Unfortunately, I have not had nowhere near as many nights with these two chains as I have any of the above five of which I have spent anywhere between 300 to 700 nights each.

What do you especially LIKE or DISLIKE about any of these five hotel chains and/or their loyalty programs? Leave you comments below. [click to continue…]