Using Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price” to Save on Hotels

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Over the years, I have saved a lot by using Priceline for hotel bookings. As a matter of fact, Priceline got me hooked on hotel programs, when you were able to get a Hyatt hotel for $50 bucks and it would be a qualifying stay for both  promotional purposes and a stay credit as long as you had a minimal charge and used a MasterCard to settle the bill.

Those days are long gone, but there are still lots of opportunities to save on hotel stays using Priceline. I usually try first getting a decent deal by booking direct, but sometimes it just doesn’t produce the rates that I am happy to pay.

There are several websites that can provide tips and assistance on Priceline bookings. The two that provide the most information are BiddingForTravel (www.biddingfortravel.com) and BetterBidding (www.betterbidding.com). Both of these sites contain list of successful bids for various cities that bidders have successfully gotten on Priceline and other useful information about Priceline strategies etc.

My Bidding Experience for Vancouver BC

The other weekend I was in Vancouver. The rates at the downtown hotels were on the high side and I decided to give a Priceline a try.

First, I checked both the BetterBidding and BiddingForTravel to get an idea about the hotels that one might expect to receive and the price range. Both websites also provide a list and star rating of hotels that are available in each of the Priceline zones.

I was targeting a hotel in either of the two zones in downtown Vancouver. It didn’t matter if the hotel is in the downtown or entertainment district, but I needed something four stars according to the Priceline.

Priceline Zones

For Vancouver area Priceline has 11 different zones. These help with rebidding as only 4 of the zones has four star properties. I could rebid total of 8 times if I include the two downtown zones to get the best deal around.

You have to be very careful with the Priceline zones. Sometimes Priceline has a hotel that is exactly on the border of the zone.

Placing the First Bid

As always I want to get some cashback for my online purchases. There are several sites that offer cashback for Priceline. This time I decided to use TopCashBack that had 3% rebate for Priceline “Name Your Own Price” bookings.

Priceline is now offering three different kind of bookings; the traditional hotel booking that shows the name of the hotel and the price, the Name Your Own Price bidding, and Express Deals. You need to choose the “Name Your Own Price” tab for the best savings. I have not found the conventional prices on Priceline to be anything worthwhile, although I used them once for a Best Rate Guarantee with Marriott.

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When you choose the “Name Your Own Price”, you will be then presented with a “Lighbox” to enter the city and the dates.

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I chose the Downtown Vancouver zone.

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Then you need to choose the star level of the hotel. I chose four stars. There is a box on the bottom next to the bid amount that “shows” the supposedly median price for a four star property in downtown Vancouver. Priceline basically just tries to get you to overbid. You can just completely disregard it.

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Based on the reports on both BetterBidding and BiddingForTravel, I decided to start at $76. There were fairly recent winning bids on the downtown zone for around $80 per night. The total price with the Priceline fees with this bid amount came to $95.30. The real tax rate in the Vancouver is 15.74%. The Priceline’s fee in this instance would have been in excess of $7.

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You should always decline the “garbage” Trip Protection Offers that all the travel websites are offering. They are there to fatten their bottom line. You should, however, have comprehensive travel insurance.

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It is good idea to familiarize yourself with the Priceline’s rules. Basically all these “Name Your Own Price” bookings are nonrefundable and noncancellable. Do NOT book through this service if your plans are not firm. I only use Priceline for same or next day bookings when I am already in the city. Then you need to fill out your credit card and address information.

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You will then see a Priceline “negotiator” screen for few seconds while Priceline is trying to match hotel offers with the price that you bid.

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If your bid was not successful but  was close to a price that Priceline could offer, you are then presented an offer to up your bid to a certain amount, on this instance to $89, without having to choose any other options. You should always decline this offer as you can get the hotel at significantly less through the rebidding process.

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As I pointed out earlier, there are numerous rebidding opportunities in the Vancouver area where there are no 4 star hotels offered by Priceline. I decided to up my bid by $1 at a time and just go through number of different zones.

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After adding couple of different zones my bid had been upped to $79.

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This time I received a message that Priceline was working on my request. This is usually a sign that your offer has been accepted.

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My bid of $79 was accepted at the Renaissance Harbourside hotel. This suited me well because I am a Marriott Platinum member and the status benefits typically are extended to Priceline stays as well.

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The lowest rate on Marriott website was 239 CAD for the night in question before the taxes.

How was my stay at the Renaissance?

It was not the most modern Marriott chain hotel and obviously they do have some sort of revenue problem if they need to dump rooms on Priceline for $79 per night during the height of the summer season.

I received probably the smallest room I have had so far this year, but all the Platinum benefits including welcome amenity and lounge access were extended. Cannot really complain considering the price I paid.

Conclusion

You should always keep in mind that there is an option of bidding hotel rooms through Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price”. The savings are usually significant enough to put up with the bidding process and the time it requires.

Priceline works remarkably well in North America but not so in some other countries.

Why Am I Hooked to Chain Hotels?

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Over the past eight years Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental, Marriott and Starwood hotels have been my home. When traveling, I have hard time staying at other brands due to benefits associated with the top tier statuses I have.

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Right now, I am here in Bangkok that has great number of very good hotels that are not associated with any of the five chains mentioned above, but I have very hard time trying any of them and here is why.

1. Upgrades

If I stick to any of the hotels, where I tend to stay here, I am almost always guaranteed a suite upgrade i.e. Renaissance, JW Marriott, InterContinental, Royal Orchid Sheraton, Plaza Athenee, Le Meridien, Westin, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, St Regis etc.  I have learned to bypass the Hilton properties here in Bangkok, where their elite treatment is the minimum required by the Hilton HHonors.

2. Lounge access

When traveling in the United States, I could care less about the lounge access, but here in Asia the lounges are actually worth something; the breakfast spread tend to be quite good, you often have afternoon tea and evening cocktails with some substantial food offerings as well.

3. Breakfast

I am not normally a breakfast person, but you can easily turn them into an early lunch like I did this morning. Quite a few of the hotels let you choose whether you prefer to have the breakfast in the lounge or in the hotel restaurant.

4. Early Check In/Late Check Out

Most of the chains guarantee you a 4PM check out that comes handy if you have a flight out in the evening. Hotels tend to charge a half day rate for late check outs if you are not an elite member.

5. Problem resolution

Few times a year the hotel stay doesn’t just go as smoothly as one would expect. It is just reassuring to know that the chain will back up their service promise even when the specific hotel has dropped the ball. I end up lodging a complaint four/five times a year and typically have resolution in couple of days if not sooner.

6. Points/Free Nights/Promotions

If you plan your hotel stays around the numerous promotions, it is rather easy to rack up lots of points and/or free night certificates. I essentially consider these as a rebate of the price I pay. For the most part the hotel chains are interchangeable for me. I can stay at a Marriott or Starwood property, but the chain that offers a better value proposition when points/promotions are factored in, gets my business.

When I don’t care about the benefits?

Sometimes I am arriving very late and then leaving very early in the morning. Unless there is a stellar promotion from one of the chains, I could practically care less about the hotel/brand as long as they have working and free wireless internet and the bed is comfortable. I might even use Priceline to get a rock bottom price for the night.

Conclusion

Having a top tier status with one or more of the global hotel chains can make your traveling a smoother if you take advantage of the associated benefits. I would love to try more independent hotels but the benefits package that I receive from the international chains if hard to beat.

Hotel Promotions Update (August 2012) Le Club Accorhotels, Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club, Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest & Wyndham Rewards

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There are number of bonus points opportunities with number of hotel chains at the moment. Remember that you need to register for most of these promotions before your stay for the the bonus points/miles to post..

Le Club Accorhotels

There are current no global promotions for Le Club members. You can, however, earn 500 Air Canada Aeroplan or Delta Air Lines SkyMiles for singing up for Le Club membership.

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Sign Up For Le Club Accorhotels Membership And Get 500 Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

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Le Club Accorhotels & Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Promotion – Get 500 Mile For Signing Up

Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is offering a free night certificate after three stays. This promotion started on June 17th and ends on August 19th. You can only earn ONE free night certificate.

Best Western Rewards Summer Bonus Offer SUM12 – Free Night Voucher After Three Stays

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The alternate promo is 2000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles per stay for up to three stays. The bonus is 1750 miles per stay.

Best Western Rewards Aeroplan Bonus Offer – 2000 Miles Per Stay for up to 3 Stays

Best Western is also offering 1000 bonus points for stays in South America. You need to stay at least two different Best Western properties to be eligible for this.

Best Western Bonus Points Offer For South America 1000 Bonus Points

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

The Big Night Giveaway promotions for Radisson/Radisson Blu, Country Inn & Suites, and Park Inn are now over. The Park Plaza version of this promotion is valid until August 28th, however. The 50K bonus point version is oversubscribed, but they have an offer for 15K bonus points for a stay up for now

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Club Carlson Park Plaza Ultimate Night Giveaway – Earn 50K Bonus Points

Radisson has an offer for Europe, Middle East and Africa for 3rd night free + 2000 bonus points when paid by American Express. This is valid until September 30th, 2012. There is a separate offer for double points at selected Club Carlson properties.

Radisson & Radisson Blu 3rd Night Free + 2000 Bonus Club Carlson Points

Club Carlson Double Points in Europe, Middle East & Africa at Participating Hotels

Club Carlson has a separate promotion for Asia Pacific region. You will receive 10000 bonus points for stays of 2 nights or longer.

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Club Carlson Asia Pacific Promotion “Two Nights. 10,000 Points” – 10K Bonus Points For Stays Of Two Nights Or Longer

If you are new to the Club Carlson, you can read about the various status levels with the program and the status match opportunities:

Club Carlson Red, Silver, Gold, & Concierge Status Levels Explained

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Choice is offering 8000 Choice Privileges points for every two stays that you can redeem for $50 gift cards with number of retailers. Note that the definition of a stay is TWO nights at select Choice properties. This promotion ends on August 15th, 2012.

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Choice Hotels Summer Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn $50 Gift Card

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s 3rd quarter promotion is for double points for weekday stays and triple points for weekend ones. Please note that the number of properties that have opted out of this promo is rather long.

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Hilton HHonors 3rd Quarter “Triple Your Trip” 2012 Double or Triple Points Promotion

You can also get 2000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for your first Home2 Suites stay. This offer is valid until August 15th, 2012.

Hilton Home2 Suites Bonus Offer – 2000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for First Stay

Hilton HHonors and Delta has teamed up offering triple Delta SkyMiles at selected Hilton family of hotels until September 20th, 2012.

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Triple Delta SkyMiles for Stays at Selected Hilton Family of Hotels

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

It can make sense to use Virgin Atlantic as Double Dip partner and then transfer the miles back to Hilton. You can read more about this here:

Hilton HHonors Double Dip Strategy with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt has teamed up with number of airlines; Air China, Air France-KLM, ANA, American Airlines, British Airways, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar, Southwest, and United to offer up to five times the miles or points.

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Hyatt Gold Passport Summer 2012 Promotion for up to Five Times the Miles

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

Sometimes it makes sense to use Hyatt Stay Certificate instead of paying. You can read about more of them here:

Hyatt Stay Certificates – Way to Save Money On Hyatt Stays

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

As always, Priority Club has number of promotions that you should sign for.

You should sign up for onetime bonuses that Priority Club also has. These were offers that were emailed to a number of Priority Club members and are supposedly “targeted”. With Priority Club these targeted offers are open for anybody, however.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know that you can achieve

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Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

Priority Club is offering gift cards for bookings made online.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

Priority Club has an offer for meeting planners. You can get triple points for meetings.

2000 Bonus Points for Priority Club Surveys

You can get couple of thousand bonus points for completing bunch of short quizzes.

Marriott Rewards

Marriott summer promotion started on June 1st and is valid until August 31st. You needed to register by June 30th. There are number of variations of the offer.

Marriott Summer Promotion of Free Night Certificates or Bonus Marriott Rewards Points

Marriott also has a MegaMiles promotion from July 1st to October 31st, 2012 for triple airline miles with selected airlines. Note that you need to change your earning from points to miles before you can sign up for this.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Marriott has already announced their fall 2012 MegaBonus that starts on September 15th, 2012

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Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Status Match – Taste of Platinum & Gold Challenge

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton has exciting Extraordinary Returns promotion started on July 15th and ends on October 15th, 2012. You can get 30000 bonus points for a stay of 4 days or longer.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood launched their much anticipated SPG Nice Choice promotion on May 1st that hasn’t gone down too well. You can read about the initial leakmy ability to confirm that the leaked information was real, and the strategy that you should take. Essentially, this is a double or triple Starpoints promotion that is very weak compared to free night promotions that SPG was running during 2010 and 2011. Note that you needed to choose what you would like to earn and when by June 30th, 2012.

Westin Kierland and Sheraton Wilde Horse Pass have exciting bonus points opportunity. Stay once at both properties and earn 10000 bonus Starpoints.

Stay at Westin Kierland & Sheraton Wild Horse Pass for 10000 Bonus Starpoints

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Rewards is offering quadruple points or miles starting from the second stay for up to four stays.

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Wyndham Rewards Summer 2012 Promotion for Quadruple Miles or Points

New Priority Club Point Breaks List Is Out (Very Limited)

Priority Club just released their latest list of Point Breaks hotels that you can book for only 5000 points per night. The list is not as good as the previous three this year, but you may find something that suits you. Let’s hope that the next one out sometime in October is a better one.

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You can access the list of Point Breaks hotels that you can find also below by going priorityclub.com/pointbreaks.

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There are no Point Breaks this time for either Middle East or Oceania.

My tips booking Point Breaks hotels:

1. Book NOW if you see something that you can use. Hotels often drop off the list soon.

2. Make separate bookings for each night of your stay. If you later need to drop off dates, this will allow you to do that.

Here’s the complete list of Point Breaks hotels that is valid until October 15th, 2012.

United States

ALABAMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HUNTSVILLE-UNIVERSITY DRIVE

ARKANSAS
HOLIDAY INN JONESBORO

ARIZONA
HOLIDAY INN PHOENIX-WEST

CALIFORNIA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL OAKLAND SOUTH-UNION CITY
HOLIDAY INN PALMDALE-LANCASTER
HOLIDAY INN SAN DIEGO NORTH MIRAMAR

CONNECTICUT
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SOUTHBURY

DELAWARE
HOLIDAY INN DOVER-DOWNTOWN

FLORIDA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL JACKSONVILLE-RIVERFRONT

IDAHO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BOISE-MERIDIAN

ILLINOIS
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHICAGO-NORTHBROOK
HOLIDAY INN GURNEE CONVENTION CENTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO NW-VERNON HILLS

KENTUCKY
HOLIDAY INN LOUISVILLE-SW(FAIR & EXPO CTR)

MICHIGAN
HOLIDAY INN ALPENA

MINNESOTA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL MINNEAPOLIS WEST

NORTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

NEBRASKA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES NORTH PLATTE

NEW JERSEY
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL ENGLEWOOD

NEW MEXICO
STAYBRIDGE SUITES LAS CRUCES

NEVADA
HOLIDAY INN RENO-SPARKS

NEW YORK
HOLIDAY INN ELMIRA-RIVERVIEW
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LATHAM

OHIO
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CINCINNATI BLUE ASH
INTERCONTINENTAL SUITES HOTEL CLEVELAND

OKLAHOMA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES OKLAHOMA CITY

OREGON
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL PORTLAND-LAKE OSWEGO

PENNSYLVANIA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL PHILADELPHIA-BUCKS COUNTY
HOLIDAY INN ALLENTOWN CENTER CITY
HOLIDAY INN MORGANTOWN/PA TURNPIKE EX 298
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS EXTON-LIONVILLE

RHODE ISLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MIDDLETOWN/NEWPORT

TEXAS
HOLIDAY INN DALLAS-RICHARDSON
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES DENTON UNIVERSITY AREA
HOTEL INDIGO HOUSTON AT THE GALLERIA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES SAN ANTONIO-AIRPORT

UTAH
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES PRICE

VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN PETERSBURG NORTH- FORT LEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WASHINGTON DC SW – SPRINGFIELD

WISCONSIN
HOLIDAY INN MANITOWOC

Canada

NEW BRUNSWICK
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL FREDERICTON-LORD BEAVERBROOK

ONTARIO
HOLIDAY INN CAMBRIDGE-HESPELER GALT
STAYBRIDGE SUITES TORONTO-MARKHAM

Mexico

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL MONTERREY
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL MEXICO CITY NORTH-TLALNEPANTLA
HOLIDAY INN TOLUCA
HOLIDAY INN CD. DEL CARMEN

Central & South America

BRAZIL
HOLIDAY INN PORTO ALEGRE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CUIABA

EL SALVADOR
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SAN SALVADOR

NICARAGUA
INTERCONTINENTAL REAL METROCENTRO MANAGUA

Europe

CYPRUS
HOLIDAY INN NICOSIA CITY CENTRE

CZECH REPUBLIC
HOLIDAY INN BRNO

FRANCE
HOLIDAY INN TOULOUSE AIRPORT

GEORGIA
HOLIDAY INN TBILISI

GERMANY
HOLIDAY INN FULDA

ITALY
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL PADOVA

MACEDONIA,REPUBLIC OF
HOLIDAY INN SKOPJE

RUSSIA
HOLIDAY INN SAMARA

SLOVAKIA
HOLIDAY INN BRATISLAVA

TURKEY
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL ISTANBUL – ASIA

UNITED KINGDOM
HOLIDAY INN RUNCORN
HOLIDAY INN BOLTON CENTRE

Africa

EGYPT
HOLIDAY INN CAIRO – CITYSTARS

SOUTH AFRICA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SANDTON – WOODMEAD

Asia

CHINA-PEOPLES REPUBLIC
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL JINAN CITY CENTRE
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL WUHU
HOLIDAY INN DAYA BAY
HOLIDAY INN SHAOXING
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TIANJIN BINHAI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HEFEI SOUTH
HOLIDAY INN GWANGJU, KOREA

THAILAND
HOLIDAY INN CHIANGMAI

TAIWAN
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KAOHSIUNG E-DA WORLD

Priority Club Targeted One Time Bonuses July 2012

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This is a monthly update of Priority Club one time promotions that are valid. These are all combinable with other promotions as long as they are not conflicting. If the code doesn’t work for you, you have signed up for the same or variant of the same promotion previously.

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These eight promotions and the surveys should work for all. The Elite member next stay bonus probably requires a Gold or higher status with Priority Club, however. The weekend 5K bonus points may require an address in the United States.

Remember to sign up for the other on going Priority Club bonus points offers that you can find here.

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points or More

There are number of surveys that you can do in number of different languages for a quick 2000 Priority Club points, if you haven’t done any of them earlier. This is a quick way to get some points. My points posted immediately.

Sign Up For Priority Club Shopping Emails & Get 500 Points

You can get 500 Priority Club points for just signing up for the shopping email.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102

This is most lucrative of the offers. You will get additional 1000 Priority Club points per stay for 90 days after your sign up.  Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion. Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221

This works for sure if you are a Platinum member, but could work for Gold’s as well. Doesn’t hurt to sign up, right? You will get 3000 bonus Priority Club points for your next stay. You will need to have the stay within 90 days after signing up. You can only earn this once.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120

You will get 1500 Priority Club bonus points for one stay after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days.

New Member Bonus – 3107

This is a new member bonus, but works for existing members as well. You will get onetime 1500 Priority Club bonus points after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days after registration.

Next Stay Bonus – 5109

This should be open for elite and non-elite members. You will get onetime bonus of 1500 Priority club points after a paid stay. The stay must be within 90 days after registration.

Weekend Stay Bonus – 3136

This should be open for all. You will get 5000 Priority Club bonus points for a two night weekend stay. Weekend is typically defined Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. The stay must occur before the end of 2012. This promotion may require your Priority Club access to be in the United States. The promotion did post for me after a while.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168

Not sure exactly how this works, but here’s the info about this offer: We’re pleased you have continued to stay with us and are now even closer to earning exclusive Platinum Elite benefits and 5,000 bonus points. All you need to do is register and stay with us 5 more nights before 30th November 2012. It would be our pleasure to reward your loyalty with exclusive Platinum Elite benefits. Keep staying with us and you’ll soon be there. We look forward to helping you make it to the top: Platinum Elite status!

If you have feedback on any of these promotions or if I have missed any current promotion that should be included on the list, you can leave a comment below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

Priority Club Promotions for July 2012

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This is a new monthly feature of current public Priority Club promotions. Tomorrow, I will have an updated list of one time Priority Club bonuses.

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.  You can take your points earnings to a new level by making sure that you have sign up for all the offers. You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States. I take absolutely no guarantees what will post to your Priority Club account.  They may also conflict with a promotion that you have already signed up for and just return an error message.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and will end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know you can achieve

Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

15K Bonus Points + Gold Status for 6 InterContinental Nights

This is a nice bonus point promotion for InterContinental stays in the Americas.  You need to get the stays in by the end of July, 2012.

5K/10K/15K Bonus Points for 3/5/6 InterContinental Nights

This promotion cannot be combined with the 15K Bonus + Golf after 6 stays. This offer is valid until the end of July, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

You can get up to five codes that you can redeem for various gift card by booking online or mobile on any of IHG branded websites.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

You can get triple Priority Club points for meetings by switching your account to Priority Club Meetings Reward member.

Priority Club Any Hotel Anywhere Card Devaluation

Priority Club has again changed the number of points required to redeem for Any Hotel Anywhere cards. This change came unannounced.

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The old redemption table gave better value for redeeming $250 card compared to lower value ones.

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The new point requirement for these cards is flat. You get about the same value when redeeming for $100 or $250 one.

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The percentage devaluation is from 6% to 18%.

Any Hotel Anywhere cards are very handy at times. They are basically prepaid American Express cards that you can only use at merchants that are coded as lodging i.e. you cannot use them at grocery stores. Yes. I have tried. There is no need to use them at InterContinental Hotel Group properties, but rather they are valid at any hotel worldwide that takes American Express cards.

Why would you redeem for Any Hotel Anywhere card?

1. The stay paid by Any Hotel Anywhere Amex card is considered as a regular paid stay regardless of the hotel you are using it. You can book a Hilton property and get all the benefits associated with your Hilton status plus the points as well.

2. You will get a folio that shows the amount you paid for the hotel. This comes handy if you are reimbursed for your stays by other party. You can cash out your points.

3. With InterContinental hotels the vast majority of Ambassador or Royal Ambassador benefits officially don’t apply on award stays. You may or may not get them depending of the property, however. This is entirely dependent of the hotel in question. If you pay using Any Hotel Anywhere card, you will get all the benefits of a paid stay.

4. Sometimes it is better value than using points. There are some InterContinental hotels that require 30K to 40K Priority Club points per night, yet their paid rates are sometimes low. It is actually cheaper to redeem for these cards and pay for the stay than use the points. You should always consider the number of points that you would earn from a paid stays as well.

Conclusion

I really don’t like the sneaky way that Priority Club uses to devalue their program. They should announce devaluation like this few weeks before so that everybody could plan accordingly.

The number of points that one can earn from InterContinental Hotel Group stays is quite high if you sign up for all the available promotions.

In 2009, when these cards were introduced to the Australian market, Priority club ran a 50% sale on AUD denominated cards. I redeemed all the Priority Club points that I had at the time (more than a million) and received around $9K worth of these Amex cards. You could get close to 0.9 cents value out of each Priority Club point. Today the value is about one third of this.

Priority Club Buy Points Targeted Offer – Get 100% Bonus

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Priority Club has emailed an offer for number of Priority Club members for 100% bonus on purchased Priority Club points. You can buy maximum 50000 Priority Club points in a calendar year. During this promotion the maximum number that you can get is 100000 (50K + 100% bonus).

Buy Points – Exclusive offer just for you: Get a 100% Bonus!
As a special offer just for you; buy or gift points between July 10 -31, 2012 and get a 100% Bonus on your purchase. That’s DOUBLE the points!
Buying Points is the easy way to top up your account to get the award you want!

You may purchase points in 1,000 increments:
1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
26,000 – 50,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

Let’s say that you buy 50K points for $575. After doubling the price of the point is $0.00575. For simplicity you are paying $57.50 for every 10000 Priority Club points. You can currently “buy” Priority Club points by doing a Points & Cash reservation for $70 per 10K points.

This offer is targeted. My account was not eligible for it. You can check, whether your account is qualified by going through the following link and entering your information.

The benefit of buying points through this offer rather than doing Point & cash reservations, is that they count towards the Priority Club Gold or Platinum status.

Pro’s for buying points:

1. Qualify for status

2. Less than $30 per night if used to redeem for Point Breaks hotels

3. No need for doing a Points & Cash reservation and canceling

Con’s for buying points:

1. Cash outlay up front

2. Not very good value for other than Point Breaks hotels

Conclusion

Personally, I would pass this offer as I earn enough Priority Club points from my hotel stays by taking advantage of number of different promotional opportunities. Buying Priority Club points most definitely can make sense, if you can redeem them for InterContinental hotels, when they appear on the Point Breaks list.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

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Priority Club just launched a new promotion for getting people to book their hotels directly on IHG branded websites instead of Expedia’s of the world. You need to register for this offer at priorityclub.com/register and enter a promotion code 9983.

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Apparently this promotion is only available for those that have their Priority Club account address set to United States or United Kingdom. You can get up to five $25 reward choice certificates that you can then redeem for number of different national and regional retailers. Your stays must occur and the online bookings made between July 1st to December 31st, 2012 to qualify for this offer. In the UK the offer is valid for 25 GBP Marks & Spencer gift vouchers.

After your qualified stay, the Priority Club will apparently either mail or email a redemption code that you can then use to redeem for your choice of gift cards at rewardchoice.com/redeem. There is no way to check, what gift cards are available using this offer.

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As always with Priority Club promotions, there is a chance that the promotion won’t work for you. The system that Priority Club uses allows everybody to register and confirms the registration for the offer, whether they were targeted for the offer or not. More often than not, the non-targeted members that register for the promotion will eventually receive the points/certificates. If you have InterContinental Hotels Group stays lined up, it never hurts to sign up for this offer also, right?

Here are the terms and condition of this offer:

Must be a Priority Club® Rewards member, must be a U.S. resident, and must register member number in advance

A $25 Reward Choice Certificate will be awarded after each qualifying stay, up to a maximum of 5 qualifying stays at any InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® or Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide when stay is booked through an IHG brand or mobile site between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 (standard booking terms and conditions apply at each participating hotel).

A stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights 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. Only one room per member per stay will be awarded the applicable certificate. No certificates will be awarded for stays prior to registration. Certificates will be awarded within 6 weeks after the qualifying stay is completed.

This exclusive offer is valid for the original recipient only and may not be forwarded. Reward Choice Certificates are fulfilled by Hallmark Business Connections. Hallmark Business Connections is not affiliated with InterContinental Hotels Group (“IHG”). The Reward Choice Certificates are redeemable for gift certificates and gift cards to one of hundreds of national and regional retailers, catalogs, restaurants, and entertainment providers. The member may select their gift certificate or gift card at rewardchoice.com/redeem or by mailing in the redemption form on their certificate. Members must respond within 6 months to obtain the gift card. Merchants are not affiliated with IHG and do not sponsor, co-sponsor, or endorse this promotion. Merchant trade names and logos are the property of their respective owners and are used with permission. All rights reserved. Merchants are not liable for any claims related to this offer. Please refer to back of gift card/certificate for complete terms and conditions.

Here are the instructions for redeeming these reward choice certificates:

FAQs for Redeeming Reward Choice Certificates

What is the Reward Choice Certificate?

The Reward Choice Certificate is a unique reward that is redeemable for gift cards and certificates to more than 350 popular retailers, catalogs, restaurants, travel and entertainment providers. This reward allows recipients to select EXACTLY what they want.

I received a Reward Choice Certificate. How do I get my gift card/certificate?

It’s easy . The fastest, simplest way is to redeem it online at the website printed on your paper certificate. Enter your tracking number and full dollar value and click on “View Merchant Options” to begin the redemption process. Select your retailer and shipping method, and your gift card/certificate will be on its way to you. If you received your certificate via email, click on the link in your email to view your certificate and click the “Redeem Certificate” button above the certificate image to be connected to begin the redemption process.

You also can redeem your paper Reward Choice Certificate through the mail. (Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing your gift card/certificate.) Simply complete the form on your certificate and mail it to:

Hallmark Business Connections
Redemptions Dept.
7th Floor
121 S. Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Can I redeem my award from more than one merchant?

Yes. Gift cards/certificates are available starting at $10 in $5 increments. If you have certificates valuing $20 or more, you can select from multiple merchants.

Once my Reward Choice Certificate is redeemed, when will I receive my gift card/certificate?

Redemptions received by 2:00 p.m. Central time will be shipped the same business day. Redemptions received after 2:00 p.m. Central time will be shipped the next business day. Standard shipment is via U.S. Mail, so delivery can take up to 7-10 business days. However, upgraded shipping options are available so you can get your gift card/certificate even faster!

Does the Reward Choice Certificate expire?

Yes, the expiration date can be found on paper certificates next to the tracking number and on electronic certificates at the bottom of the certificate image. Expired Reward Choice Certificates cannot be redeemed or reissued. Also, some individual retailer gift cards/certificates may expire. Please call our Customer Service Consultants Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central time, at 866.601.5921 with questions.

Can I save up my awards and redeem them all at once for one larger denomination gift card/certificate?

Yes, you can redeem multiple Reward Choice Certificates. Be sure to enter the highest value first, this ensures you will have the largest merchant list to select from.

If I am using MSN™ Hotmail, Yahoo!® Mail, AOLSM Mail or GMail can I select a Virtual Gift Certificate?

Yes. However, some e-mail service providers such as MSN Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or AOL Mail, allow users to filter out mail that might be perceived as ‘junk’ mail. Depending upon the sensitivity level that a user may select, e-mail from Hallmark Business Connections could be inadvertently filtered from an individual’s Mailbox. Since e-mail sent to them from the Reward Choice Certificate web site contains redemption information, we recommend that you adjust your e-mail filter settings to the service provider’s default or the lowest setting.

What if I have additional questions about redeeming the Reward Choice Certificate?

Contact our Customer Service Consultants, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central time, at 866.601.5921.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

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Priority Club has a triple points offer for Meeting Rewards members for meetings held in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. You must book your meeting by October 31st and hold it by December 30th, 2012.

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You will normally earn 3 Priority Club points per dollar charged, and this is now tripled to 9 points at participating properties. There is no need to register for this promotion, but you need to open Priority Club Meeting Rewards member account or switch your existing Priority Club account to it.

The offer for InterContinental Alliance Resorts (Venetian, Palazzo & Montelucia) is valid until September 30th, 2012. You can choose between triple points 5% off your master bill.

One benefit of being a Meeting Rewards member is Priority Club Gold status after one meeting and Platinum status after two meetings.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Meeting Planner and Referring Third Party must be members of Priority Club® Meeting Rewards prior to booking. Offer available at participating InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express® properties in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America for a qualified meeting. Qualified meeting must be booked by October 31, 2012 and conducted by December 30, 2012. Offer available at InterContinental® Alliance Resorts properties (The Venetian® and The Palazzo Resort® and Montelucia Spa and Resort®) for a qualified meeting held between June 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012. A qualified meeting or group stay requires ten or more paid guest rooms for at least one peak night of the event and must include qualified catering/banqueting events. Subject to availability and blackout dates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Not valid with group bookings affiliated with city-wide conventions. Planner must request bonus point’s offer and it must be recorded in the hotel sales contract at time of booking. Priority Club is a registered trademark of Six Continents Hotels, Inc. For full Terms and Conditions click here

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Hotel Changing Flags or Is Reflagged – What Happens to Paid/Award Reservations?

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When hotel changes flags or is reflagged, it is rebranded as other chain hotel, or the hotel is becoming independent non-affiliated hotel. This happens numerous times per year at all chains. Both the individual hotel in question and the chain are often contractually not allowed to inform about possible change before it actually happens or at most couple of weeks prior.

Here’s what you need to consider if you are holding a paid or award reservation at a hotel that is changing flags/reflagged.

Status benefits

The status benefits that you might have had with the original brand no longer apply. If the hotel is reflagged under other global brand with which you have status with, there is no necessarily change i.e. Starwood affiliated hotel moves to Hilton chain and you have Hilton Gold/Diamond status.

Reservation

If you no longer wish to stay at the hotel, you should work with the hotel and request them to cancel the reservation without any cancellation fees. You can always argue that the reason why you chose them in the first place was the affiliation with the previous global brand, and that the change thus is significant.

Prepaid Reservation

This could be bit trickier as the hotel already has your money, but they tend to be flexible if you decide to cancel. You need to work this out with the property. If the reservation department is inflexible, I would escalate the issue all the way to the General Manager of the hotel.

Award Reservation

This is somewhat trickier and there are really two different ways how these are normally handled:

1. Your award reservation is honored, but you won’t receive any possible status related benefits.

2. Your award reservation is canceled, but the chain is trying to accommodate you at their other nearby property. If the number of required points is higher, this is usually waived.

Conclusion

Normally the first sign, that something is going on, is when your reservation disappears from your upcoming reservations display. You might also get a call from the customer service regarding the award reservation you have.

Personally, I do care about the miles and points and the benefits that I receive from the programs that I participate to i.e. suite upgrades, club access, early & late checkouts. I really have hard time staying at hotels, where I don’t get any of these benefits.

You have to consider all the options on hand and proactively suggest options that suit you best. Hotels and chains are normally very eager to work with you to find an acceptable solution for both parties in a situation like this.

Sign Up For Priority Club Shopping Emails & Get 500 Points

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Priority Club is giving 500 bonus points for their Priority Club Shopping email sign ups.

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It is fast and easy. I just did it myself. Just click the link and give Priority Club Shopping permission to start sending you shopping related emails. Wait until the bonus points post and then you can unsubscribe if you so wish.

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Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For July

Priority Club just released a list of last minute reward nights for this coming weekend. You need to book them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights this coming weekend.

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These last minute rewards nights are offered at 50% discount of the usual number of points needed. This time they have 88 hotels on the list of which 11 are InterContinental hotels. There are 51 hotels in the United States and 21 in China on this list.

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Sometimes there are good values on the Last Minute Rewards list, but nothing really caught my eye this time around.

July Hotel Promotions Update: Accor Hotels, Best Western, Carlson Hotels, Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Starwood & Wyndham

There are number of very good hotel promotions going on at the moment. Club Carlson has better than free night promotions in each of their four different brands. Marriott Rewards has their summer Mega Bonus for extra points or free night certificates. Best Western is offering a free night certificate after three stays.

Le Club Accorhotels

There are no current promotion for Accor. Sign up for our email alerts to be notified when they launch a new global promo.

Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is offering a free night certificate after three stays. This promotion started on June 17th and ends on August 19th. You can only earn ONE free night certificate.

Best Western Rewards Summer Bonus Offer SUM12 – Free Night Voucher After Three Stays

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The alternate promo is 2000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles per stay for up to three stays. The bonus is 1750 miles per stay.

Best Western Rewards Aeroplan Bonus Offer – 2000 Miles Per Stay for up to 3 Stays

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Carlson has come up with the most exciting summer promotion this year. You can register for four different promotions and earn enough points for a free night and then some from each one of them. You only need to register and try out each of their different brands once.

You can get 50000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Big Night Giveaway and have a stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu property worldwide

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Radisson Big Night Giveaway Promotion Is Now Live

Then there is the Country Inns & Suites version of this promotion. You can get 44000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Stay 1 Get 1-promotion and staying a night at any of their Country Inns & Suites.

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Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Stay 1 Get 1 Promotion – 44000 Club Carlson Bonus Points

And Club Carlson’s third promotion is for the Park Inn-brand. You will get 44000 bonus points after registering for their Stay One Get One-promotion and staying at any of the Park Inn locations by July 22nd.

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Club Carlson Park Inn by Radisson Promotion Get 44K Bonus Points for a Stay

The newest of the four is the promotion for the Park Plaza-brand. You can get 50000 bonus points after a paid stay. You need to register and watch the video first.

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Club Carlson Park Plaza Ultimate Night Giveaway – Earn 50K Bonus Points

If you are new to the Club Carlson, you can read about the various status levels with the program and the status match opportunities:

Club Carlson Red, Silver, Gold, & Concierge Status Levels Explained

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Choice is offering 8000 Choice Privileges points for every two stays that you can redeem for $50 gift cards with number of retailers. Note that the definition of a stay is TWO nights at select Choice properties.

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Choice Hotels Summer Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn $50 Gift Card

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s 3rd quarter promotion is for double points for weekday stays and triple points for weekend ones. Please note that the number of properties that have opted out of this promo is rather long.

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Hilton HHonors 3rd Quarter “Triple Your Trip” 2012 Double or Triple Points Promotion

You can also get 2000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for your first Home2 Suites stay.

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt has teamed up with number of airlines; Air China, Air France-KLM, ANA, American Airlines, British Airways, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar, Southwest, and United to offer up to five times the miles or points.

Hyatt Gold Passport Summer 2012 Promotion for up to Five Times the Miles

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

As always, Priority Club has number of promotions that you should sign for.

Last week, I wrote about eight Priority Club bonuses that one should sign up for. These were offers that were emailed to a number of Priority Club members and are supposedly “targeted”. With Priority Club these targeted offers are open for anybody, however.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know that you can achieve

Priority Club Summer Promotion 1000 Bonus Points Per Night

You can get 1000 bonus Priority Club points per night (capped at 20K) for stays until September 3rd.

15K Bonus Points + Gold Status for 6 InterContinental Nights

This is a nice bonus points promotion for InterContinental stays in the Americas.  You need to get the stays in by the end of July, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

5K/10K/15K Bonus Points for 3/5/6 InterContinental Nights

This promotion cannot be combined with the 15K Bonus + Gold after 6 stays. This offer is valid until the end of July, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

2000 Bonus Points for Priority Club Surveys

You can get couple of thousand bonus points for completing bunch of short quizzes.

Marriott Rewards

Marriott summer promotion started on June 1st and is valid until August 31st. You needed to register by June 30th. There are number of variations of the offer.

Marriott Summer Promotion of Free Night Certificates or Bonus Marriott Rewards Points

Marriott also has a MegaMiles promotion from July 1st to October 31st, 2012 for triple airline miles with selected airlines. Note that you need to change your earning from points to miles before you can sign up for this.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Status Match – Taste of Platinum & Gold Challenge

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton has exciting Extraordinary Returns promotion starting on July 15th and ends on October 15th, 2012. You can get 30000 bonus points for a stay of 4 days or longer.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood launched their much anticipated SPG Nice Choice promotion on May 1st that hasn’t gone down too well. You can read about the initial leakmy ability to confirm that the leaked information was real, and the strategy that you should take. Essentially, this is a double or triple Starpoints promotion that is very weak compared to free night promotions that SPG was running during 2010 and 2011. Note that you needed to choose what you would like to earn and when by June 30th, 2012.

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham has two promotions. One is for North America (US, Canada, and Mexico) and the other one is for rest of the world. In my opinion the rest of the world is better. Both of these promotions are ending on July 8th, 2012.

Wyndham Rewards Spring 2012 Promotion – Stay 2 Get 2 – Double Points or Miles + Up To 4 Movie Tickets

Wyndham Rewards Spring 2012 Promotion (non-North America) 10000 Bonus Points Every Two Stays – Max 30000 Bonus Points

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