Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program

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The other month, I gave a promise that I would try to tackle the issue about the most rewarding hotel rewards program this spring. I haven’t forgotten it. I have been contemplating the best way to incorporate the number if variables to the review to get objective results. Today I will have the first hotel program evaluated: Club Carlson.

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In the next three weeks, I will tackle two programs per week; Club Carlson and Hilton HHonors this week, Hyatt Gold Passport and InterContinental Hotels Group next week, and Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest the week after that.

SPG Hear The Music Promotion – $50 Ticketmaster Cash Code For Every 3 Nights

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SPG has a new promotion for stays between April 5 and May 5, 2013, for $50 Ticketmaster cash code for every 3 nights and $10 code for one linked Foursquare hotel check in. You need to register for this promotion here.

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This promotion is valid worldwide (Foursquare component only for US residents), but according to the terms and conditions, the Ticketmaster cash codes can only be used for “select” events in the United states.

Starwood Cheating On Award Category Changes?

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On March 5th, Starwood changed the award categories up on approximately 20% of its properties and less than 5% went down. You can read my article about the change here.

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One of the properties that went down from category 3 to category 1 was the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel.

Hotel Promotions Update April 2013

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Here’s monthly update on current hotel promotions. Most Priority Club one time bonus offers expired on March 31, 2013, and we will do a post about new valid one time offers next week. Club Carlson doesn’t have a global promotion right now.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here:Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

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SPG Double Take Promotion For Double Starpoints & 500 Points For Booking Mobile May 1 – July 31

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SPG just announced their “Double Take” summer promotion that is for double Starpoints at participating properties + 500 bonus Starpoints per stay (all properties participate) for bookings made at Starwood’s mobile website, Android or iPhone applications for stays between May 1 and July 31, 2013.

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The registration for this promotion is not open yet, but you can access the Starwood’s website for this promotion here. The registration deadline is June 30, 2013.

SPG Gold Qualification Gift For 2013

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Last week, I wrote about the Platinum qualification gift that you can expect to receive from SPG for meeting the status threshold in 2013. You can access that article here. Once you have qualified for the Gold status in 2013 for the 2014 membership year, you can access the web page for selecting this gift here.

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Now, there is a separate version for Gold members as well that is almost identical. The only difference is that the award discount is 25% on the Gold version compared to 35% on the Platinum one. You can choose between this or double points for a month option.

US Airways Dividend Miles 50% Hotel Conversion Bonus

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US Airways is again offering 50% bonus on hotel points conversions to Dividend Miles between April 1 to 30th, 2013. Note that converting of SPG Starpoints to Dividend Miles is excluded from this offer unlike in 2012. You can access US Airways page for this offer here.

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The hotel conversion partners are:

SPG Ambassador Program In-Room Advertising Video

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Starwood has had an Ambassador program for few years to cater more important guest. In 2012 Starwood extended this program to all SPG members that had at least 100 nights with the chain within a calendar year.

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The goal of the program is to communicate the traveler’s preferences to hotels, monitor his/her stays, and take care any possible problems that may arise. Each of the members are assigned an Ambassador that he/she communicates with.

Gift From SPG For Staying At All Of Their Brands In 2012

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SPG has sent out a gift for those members that stayed at all of the 9 SPG brands (Aloft, Westin, W, Sheraton, St Regis, Four Points, Luxury Collection, Element & Le Meridien) in 2012. You can expect to receive something via FedEx soon if you have fulfilled this requirement.

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You will receive some SPG branded chocolates, but the best part is the 3 free night awards that can be used for category 1 to 6 hotels. These award expire on December 31, 2013, so you have 9 months time to use them.

SPG Earn Your Drams Rate Promotion For Double, Triple or 3000 Bonus Starpoints Per Stay

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SPG’s Earn Your Dreams rate promotion has returned for 2013 and is valid until the end of the year. The email that I received from Starwood claims that the offer is valid for stays in Europe, Middle East & Africa, but the website indicates that these would be valid for properties in Asia as well.

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You will receive double Starpoints for booking rate code SETPKGBA, triple Starpoints for SETPKGBB and 3000 bonus Starpoints for SETPKGBC. Not all participating properties have all of the rate plans loaded. You can access this offer on Starwood’s web page here.

Will Marriott & Hyatt Start Counting Award Nights Towards Status Qualification?

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Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group (soon) and SPG are all counting consumed award nights towards their loyalty program qualification requirements. Would it now finally be the time for Hyatt and Marriott to start counting them as well?

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Hilton has counted the award nights to yearly qualification requirement as far as I can remember. Starwood did the switch couple of years ago and IHG announced the other day that they will star count them later this year.

SPG Platinum Qualification Gift For 2013

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Starwood has historically sent a $25 voucher off of a hotel stay for those that have requalified for the SPG status. Redeeming these $25 vouchers have sometimes been an uphill battle at the property level, however.

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In 2013 SPG seems to have a different approach, as this email that I received from a LoyaltyLobby reader illustrates.

Unannounced SPG Hotel Award Category Changes

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Starwood made an announcement on February 20, 2013, about the yearly award category changes that would take effect on March 5, 2013. I wrote a piece about the change that you can access here.

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SPG said that there might be some further changes before March 5. One of the properties that moved up in award category was Royal Orchid Sheraton in Bangkok that went from category 2 property to category 3.

Starwood No Longer Sending Membership Cards In 2013 (Without Request)

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Starwood just sent an email to a family member that was downgraded to Gold status this year that he could request a new membership card to be send out. Apparently SPG no longer mails cards out without request.

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I am not sure if this only applies for Gold members, as I have not received (qualified SPG Platinum) any emails from Starwood yet regarding 2013 credentials.

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