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Here’s a comprehensive look at promotions for March 2017 from all major hotel loyalty programs. Remember to forward me promotional offers by email that you receive.

Hotel Promotions Update March 2017

2016 is over and most hotel loyalty programs have already introduced their offers for the first few months of 2017. Let’s see if Hyatt will reveal anything soon. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) made an announcement about their yearly award category changes last month that will take place on March 7, 2017. This is your last chance to book properties at their current point rates.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Award Category Changes March 7 2017

There are total of 325 that will change in award category. 120 hotels will become more expensive using points while 205 hotels will require less. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has launched a new Buy Points Bonus campaign for buying Starpoints at up to 30% off between March 1st – April 30th, 2017.

You can purchase a maximum of 30,000 Starpoints per calendar year for your account or receive points as a gift. The account that receives Starpoints must have been open for a minimum of 14 days. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes March 1 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email couple of weeks back about finding copies of passports and visa pages at Starwood affiliated Design hotel in Kolkata called The Park.

The Park Kolkata PP Copies Closer

Remember that you can always email us, send us a Facebook message or Tweet about the issues you have with hotels, airlines and other travel providers. [click to continue…]

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I’m going to stay a few nights in Doha next week and decided to go for a points redemption this time as the rates in Qatar are really quite high and found huge discrepancies between SPG & Marriott Rewards.

As we’ve covered multiple times already you can interchange both currencies in real time as well as match your status so you can always pick the best redemption value. [click to continue…]

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A reader contacted me today saying that Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) confirmed to him that they’re having problems with posting stays from individual properties to member accounts for over a week now.

Usually SPG posts stays to the members account within 24 hours now (often faster) though for the past week or so members are reporting that no stays have hit their account. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes February 22 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards has several ways of getting Gold or Platinum status including having status with United Airlines and utilizing their RewardsPlus partnership, doing the status match on the SPG side and use the status transfer between the programs or Taste of and/or Road to-offers that sometimes are open for all and other times targeted.

Marriott Rewards Status Match 2017

The main difference is that the Taste Of-offer usually gives the Gold or Platinum status up front for the duration of the challenge while Road To-offer only at the end of completing it. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes February 15 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) used to offer straight status matches from competitors’ programs but discontinued this a couple of years ago. Now that the hotel company is part of Marriott it is a good time to take advantage of this match/challenge opportunity for the last time.

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You can request the “Gold Challenge” or “Platinum Challenge” (preferably both) that require 9 or 18 paid nights during a 90-day window. This challenge doesn’t require you to have any status with other hotel chains. [click to continue…]