Starwood Coming Up With a New Logo?

Starwood (Preferred Guest, Inc.) has filed a trademark registration back in February for the following trademark:

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It somehow reminded me of a BP logo that has a similar star device:

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Even if Starwood has filed for this trademark, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will use it in the future. When Starwood introduced the new benefits levels back in January, they had filed for trademarks for them previously.

United Airlines Mileage Plus – 30% Discount When Buying Miles

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UPDATE: Seems that United has had problems with their www.ualmiles.com website. It has been down for the day.

I received an email offer from United over the weekend for 30% discount on bought miles that is going to end up later today.

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United doesn’t run these as often as US Airways does that is currently offering a 100% bonus on bought miles. You can use miles from both programs for redemption tickets on Star Alliance carriers. United allows one-ways and US does not. There are other small differences as well.

LoyaltyLobby: Get 100% bonus when buying US Airways Dividend Miles

If you need some miles to top off your account for an international first or business class ticket on partner airline, now is probably right time to buy them.

Here are the terms of this offer:

  • Offer expires June 18 at 11:59pm CDT
  • Buy Personal Miles or Give Miles for $24.50 per 1,000 miles plus a 7.5% excise tax
  • Purchase up to 100,000 MileagePlus Personal miles or Give Miles per account per calendar year
  • Credit card will be billed immediately for purchase
  • Mileage rates and other applicable fees are subject to change
  • Miles are available in increments of 1,000
  • Minimum purchase 2,000 miles
  • Allow 48 hours for miles to post to MileagePlus account
  • Personal Miles and GiveMiles are non-refundable
  • Purchased miles do not count toward elite qualification (TB8874/TB8875)

Starwood Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Rate Promotion

Starwood has launched a new rate promotion for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. There are several options from a third night free to 25% discount of stays of five days or longer that vary from hotel to hotel.

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Sometime these rates are good and sometimes they are not. These discounts are based on the Best Flexible Rate that can be rather high at times. It always pays to check ALL the rates before making the reservation. Apparently these rates are prepaid, non-cancellable and non-changeable. So, only book if your plans are FIRM.

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Here’s a rate example from Royal Orchid Sheraton hotel in Bangkok. I chose the third night free option, and for the dates that I was looking at it was indeed the lowest rate.spg-thailand-vietnam-cambodia-ros-rates

Here are terms and conditions of this rate promotion:

  • Offer is valid for stays booked and completed by December 31, 2012.
  • Offer is subject to availability.
  • Minimum and Maximum length of stay varies by Hotel/Resort. Credit Card is required at time of reservation.
  • Consecutive night stay for paid nights and a free night is required.
  • Offer is valid for new bookings only. Consecutive reservations for this offer will not be honored.
  • These offers are based on Starwood’s best available unrestricted retail rates.
  • Basic room rates do not include additional per room per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
  • Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability.
  • A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates and additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.
  • Blackout dates are applicable and vary differently from city to resort properties.
  • Offer not applicable to groups or with other special offers.
  • Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.
  • Void where prohibited by law. Not to be combined with other offers or promotions.
  • Starpoints, SPG, Starwood Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, Le Meridien, The Luxury Collection, Element, Westin, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates.

United Airlines Million Miler Welcome Pack

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Once my United Airlines Mileage Plus and Continental Onepass accounts were merged back at the beginning of this year, I became a one million miler on United. There are certain benefits associated with this status, although they were somewhat watered down during the merger process, like the lifetime Premier Gold. Regardless of my future United activity, my Mileage Plus status won’t be lower than this. The main benefit for me is the lifetime Star Alliance Gold status.

So, I was eager to find out what was the United’s Million Miler package like. I had previously received 1 and 2 Million Miler packages from American Airlines that didn’t blew me away. United’s was better, but could have been somewhat more substantial.

The One Million Miler box came by UPS Express

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There was a personalized One million miles-leaflet inside.

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Another set of drink coupons and the Premier 1K call instructions

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Leaflet explaining the Premier 1K benefits

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Personalized 1 Million Miler Premier 1K-card and luggage tags

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Overall, it is nice that United keeps recognizing their fliers that have reached this significant milestone. The first one million has been a somewhat bumpy ride with first the bankruptcy and then the merger with Continental.

What got me hooked on United was the Let’s Kill The Independence Air-promotion back in the 2004. I loved that promotion and got Star Alliance around the world in business class ticket out of it.

Hilton Be My Guest Certificate

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Earlier in the year, I had less than satisfactory stay at the Hilton Narita hotel. I wrote a quick email to Hilton Diamond desk about it and requested that they forward the matter to Hilton Guest Assistance department for resolution.

How to write a good hotel complaint letter? Read more.

Apparently the Hilton Narita didn’t reply to the file that the Guest Assistance department opened and they decided to send me a “Be My Guest” certificate that is valid at any Hilton property worldwide. I have received couple of these certificates in previous years, but they were valid only at domestic properties in the United States. These new certificates are valid worldwide.

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The certificate itself says that it is valid at “Hilton Worldwide” and “… valid at any Hilton Hotel Worldwide”. This is somewhat confusing because the chain is called Hilton, but includes number of other brands as well i.e. DoubleTree & Conrad. Supposedly these are only valid at the brand listed on the certificate.

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I was going to go Koh Samui and burn a last free night certificate from a promotion that Hilton had the previous year. There are actually two Conrad properties in Koh Samui; Conrad Koh Samui and the Conrad Koh Samui Residences. You cannot use a free night certificate at the residencies as apparently they don’t have any “standard” rooms. I decided to book the residences using the “Be My Guest” certificate.

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The going rate for the night was in excess of 40K THB for the night using the Best Available Rate. There was a discounted rate as well, but it would have been prepaid. The hotel accepted the certificate and I spent the second night at the two bedroom pool villa. I will later post a review and a video that I took about it.

You may wonder why these certificates are called “Be My Guest”. That was the name of the book that was written by Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton hotels.

UPDATE: British Airways Executive Club BMI Diamond Club Tier Match

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British Airways announced back in April that they would tier match BMI Diamond Club members to BA’s Executive Club. You can also start transferring BMI Diamond Club miles and BA Avios between accounts starting early July. Later in the year BMI Diamond Club will most likely cease to exist and the Diamond Club miles will turn to Avios.

I had a dilemma back in May. My Diamond Club year was soon over, and due to uncertainty with the situation surrounding the BMI, I hadn’t credited that many flights into the program. My status was downgraded to Silver sometime earlier in the year. After BA announced the tier matching, I decided to credit enough flights to BMI to make it back Gold. Having BA Gold, which is the highest Oneworld alliance status, can come handy at times due to a first class check in and lounge access regardless of the ticketed cabin.

So, after I got my BMI Diamond Gold status back, I decided to do the tier match with BA. This was very straightforward. I just filled a simple form after being logged in to my BA Executive Club account.

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It then prompted that it would take up to 21 days for Executive Club to confirm my BMI status, and another 28 days to receive my BA Gold credentials. Also, BA would email me about tier match success.

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I am not exactly sure when the upgrade of my Executive Club happened, but when I logged in yesterday it already indicated the Gold status. The whole process took less than five days. No emails from BA, however.

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As you can see, I haven’t really had too much activity on my Executive Club account lately. I had to convert one Hyatt stay from last year from points to BA miles to get the expired points reinstated once the stay hits my account.

Overall, this process was very easy. I am somewhat surprised, however, that it appears that BA gave the Gold status for basically two years. Great!

Air Canada Offering to Match BMI Diamond Club Status

BMI Diamond Club Silver and Gold members were able to take advantage of the Star Alliance wide status benefits until the end of May.  Also, if you have a Silver or Gold status with BMI Diamond Club, British Airways is doing a status transfer to similar level on their Executive Club.

Now that there are no Star Alliance benefits extended to Diamond Club members, it is time to explore status match opportunities with the Star Alliance carriers. I have already written about SAS offer for China/Hong Kong for Eurobonus Silver or Gold status that is valid until 2014. This is not limited to just BMI, but open to all. I used my Emirates Skywards Gold status.

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There hasn’t been a Star Alliance status match offer for only BMI Diamond Club members before today. Canada’s Air Canada just started a status math program to their Aeroplan.

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You have from June 15th to July 15th, 2012 to submit the required proof of your BMI Diamond Club status to Aeroplan by email to statusmatch.canada@aeroplan.com. Here are the instructions from Air Canada:

Submit your request between June 15 to July 15 2012, by email with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your current Diamond Club membership number
  • Your Aeroplan number. Don’t have one? Sign up now.
  • A scanned copy of your current bmi Diamond Club membership card. Please make sure the name, status and expiry date are clearly visible.
  • Your consent to the Terms and Conditions related to this offer.

The drawback is that the status is only going to be valid for the current membership year per the terms of this offer. To maintain the elite status with Air Canada you also need to have either 5 segments or 10K elite qualifying miles flown on Air Canada. The threshold for Star Alliance silver is at 25K EQM’s and for Star Alliance Gold 35K EQM.

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You can read more about Air Canada’s program on their website. I am going to put my status match in later today and will keep you updates about the process.

US Airways Dividend Miles Summer Hotel & Car Promotion – 50% Bonus

US Airways Dividend Miles is offering a 50% bonus on all hotel and car partner activity from June 11th to August 12th, 2012. You need to register for this offer first. The bonus doesn’t apply for points conversions from hotel partners.

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This is a very good offer for those that participate to Marriott’s promotion of 2000 bonus Dividend Miles per stay for up to 5 stays. Under this promotion you should earn more than 3000 US Airways Dividend Miles per stay. Rather unbeatable offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Eligibility: Registration required. Offer void where prohibited by law. Only miles earned after registration and between June 11, 2012 and August 12, 2012 are eligible (‘Eligible Activity Date’). Bonus miles do not count towards Preferred status. Earning bonus miles All Dividend Miles hotel and car rental partners are included in this promotion (‘Qualifying Partners’). Registered Dividend Miles members will earn a 50% bonus on all Dividend Miles earned directly from partners for hotels stays and car rentals (‘Qualifying Activity’). Please note: Hotel point conversions will not count toward a 50% bonus. In order to earn bonus miles you must request Dividend Miles from the partner when making your reservation, checking in or when requesting your points transfer. Bonus miles will post weekly beginning on July 1, 2012 and continue posting weekly until October 31, 2012. Eligible activity date Eligible Activity Date is based on the date the Qualifying Partner records the mileage transaction, and not necessarily the date on which the transaction occurred. US Airways assumes no responsibility for how qualifying partners record Eligible Activity Dates. The last date that activity from a qualifying partner can be received by US Airways for bonus miles consideration is October 30, 2012. General terms All Dividend Miles Terms and Conditions apply. You must be subscribed to US Airways e-Statement and Earn More Miles emails in order to register for this promotion. If you are not currently subscribed, we will automatically subscribe you using the email address you provide when registering. You may opt out of US Airways emails at any time. US Airways is not responsible for the quality or delivery of goods and/or services provided by Dividend Miles partners. All Dividend Miles partner terms and conditions apply. Partner offers are subject to change without notice. Hotel points transfers are subject to terms and conditions as stipulated in your agreement with your hotel program.

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

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Best Western has two promotions now going on. The main one is a for a free night certificate after three stays that I have already written about. The other one is this Aeroplan bonus offer of 2000 Aeroplan miles per stay for up to three stays between June 17th and August 19th, 2012. The promotion code is AEROSUM12.

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Please note that you need to choose between the free night certificate or bonus Aeroplan miles. You cannot earn both.

Here are the frequently asked questions by the Best Western about this promotion:

Q. What is the current promotion offer for Best Western’s partner Aeroplan®?

A. Best Western Rewards members who have chosen Aeroplan as their earning preference and have registered for the promotion who stay at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide between June 17th and August 19th, 2012 will earn 2,000 Aeroplan Miles for each stay (up to 3 stays).  Bonus miles earned will be 1,750 per stay in conjunction with the standard earning structure of 250 miles per stay.

Q. Do Best Western Rewards members need to be REGISTERED for the Aeroplan promotion to be eligible to earn the bonus miles?

A. Yes.  The Best Western Rewards member must be REGISTERED for the Aeroplan promotion, prior to their stay (reference promotion code:  AEROSUM12).

Q. When will my bonus miles be posted after my completed qualified stays?

A. Bonus miles for Aeroplan members will be posted approximately 2-3 weeks after each qualified completed stay. There is a maximum of 5,250 bonus miles during the promotion period.

Q. Can a Best Western Rewards member earn the bonus miles for the Aeroplan summer offer AND the free night voucher for the summer promotion?

A. No.  Best Western Rewards members can only earn the bonus miles OR the free night voucher for the summer promotion, they cannot earn both awards.

Q. Why doesn’t Best Western automatically register all existing Best Western Rewards members into the seasonal promotions?

A. Asking customers to register for promotions engages them into our Best Western Rewards program and to our brand, and ensures that Best Western is in their consideration set.  It also helps us measure the effectiveness of our promotions allowing us to continue to promote some of the richest offers in the market today. We want you to have a choice.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Best Western Rewards® members residing in the U.S., Canada, the Bahamas or the U.S. Virgin Islands

who register for the Summer Promotion, have chosen Aeroplan as their earning preference and

complete a qualified stay* at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide between June 17, 2012 and

August 19, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) will earn 1,750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles (“Bonus Miles”) for their 1st

qualified stay and each qualified stay* thereafter, up to three (3) stays, during the Promotion Period.

Maximum of 5,250 bonus miles during the promotion period.

TO QUALIFY, PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST QUALIFIED STAY YOU MUST: (1) BE AN

EXISTING OR NEW BEST WESTERN REWARDS MEMBER; (2) HAVE SELECTED

AEROPLAN AS YOUR EARNING PREFERENCE; AND (3) REGISTER FOR THE

PROMOTION.

*A “qualified stay” for the purpose of this Promotion is defined as one or more consecutive nights at the

same Best Western hotel at a rate eligible for earning miles through Best Western Rewards. Only one

check-in/check-out permitted per stay.

Offer is based on the standard earning structure of 250 Aeroplan Miles per stay. Other restrictions may

apply. Offer not valid with any other promotion or discount. Promotion is subject to cancellation or change without notice. Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for Bonus Aeroplan Miles to post after completed stay. All Best Western Rewards program rules apply. See www.bestwesternrewards.com for additional program terms, including the standard earning structure for Aeroplan Miles. Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Best Western and the Best Western marks are service marks or registered service marks of Best Western International, Inc. ©2012 Best Western International, Inc. All  rights reserved.

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

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards has come up with a new promo that starts on July 15th and ends on October 15th, 2012. You will receive 30000 bonus points for a stay of four nights or more at any Ritz-Carlton Rewards participating property. Note that the nights need to be consecutive. You can only earn this reward once. You need to register for this promotion prior to your stay.

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These bonus points are enough for a free night at any Ritz-Carlton Rewards participating category 1 property. It is worth reminding that there are number of Ritz-Carlton properties that do NOT participate to Ritz-Carlton Rewards like Ritz-Carlton Millennia in Singapore.

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Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Registration is required. The Ritz-Carlton® Rewards members who register for this promotion by September 15, 2012 will earn30,000 bonus points after completing a paid stay of four or more consecutive nights between July 15 and October 15, 2012 at a participating Ritz-Carlton hotel. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Only one room per hotel per stay is counted toward earning for this promotion. Promotion excludes The Ritz-Carlton Millennia, Singapore, Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club®, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, and Partner Hotels. Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program as of June 14, 2012 and new members who were not previously members of the Marriott Rewards® program are eligible to receive this offer. A maximum of 30,000 bonus points can be earned with this promotion per member. Offer is non-transferable, subject to availability, does not apply to groups, and cannot be combined with any other offer.
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terms and conditions apply.

Lufthansa Miles and More Mileage Bargains

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Miles and More is not just Lufthansa’s frequent flier program, but includes the Lufthansa group of airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian and Brussels) and couple of smaller European Star Alliance carriers like LOT.

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Miles and More has extensive list of Mileage Bargains from number of European and international destinations. The booking and travel dates are sometimes quite limited, but if you can take advantage of these offers you can easily save close to 50% of the number of miles required.

It probably doesn’t make any sense to book economy awards using Miles and More miles because Lufthansa charges very extensive fuel surcharges on international awards. Sometimes these fuel surcharges can be more than a paid ticket on the same flights. Doesn’t make much sense, but does happen.

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Here’s an example of taxes/fees for a business class ticket from Atlanta to Berlin. The real taxes are about $200 and the Lufthansa “junk” fuel surcharge is $806.

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Mileage Bargains ain’t a bargain fee wise, but used correctly can save you a lot of money over business class tickets. Just don’t book economy.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa 50% Off

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There is currently a great offer until the end of this year for Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways frequent fliers (free to join). You can get 50% off of the Hyatt Daily Rate. This is the lowest rate that I have seen for this property after they stopped accepting the Hyatt stay certificates.

I visited this beautiful property back in August and wrote a piece about it, as I also did about the Male city. I also did a piece how to get a great deal using those now discontinued stay certificates or points packages that include dinner as well.

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The rates using the Qatar Airways and the promotional code PHMQA are same as the rate using the Etihad code. Note that the Qatar offer is set to end on November 30th, 2012. Who knows whether it will be extended? The rate rules that you can find on Qatar’s web page for this offer are bit different than those on Hyatt.com under rate rules for this rate plan. You can also earn double Qmiles, although I would recommend collecting Hyatt Gold Passport points instead.

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For the Etihad offer you need to use promotional code PHMEY1. This offer has the same rates as the Qatar one, but is valid until the end of the year.

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Both of these offer exceptional value for Park Hyatt Maldives. Of course getting to Maldives is bit pricey and you need to fork some cash for the internal flights as well. But it is most definitely worth it.

Here are the rate details for both offers

Qatar Airways

Rate Description:
Reduced rate for Qatar Airlines Loyalty Card holders:Tax Excluded: -Booking window: 01MAR12-01MAY12 -Stay dates: 15MAR12-30NOV12 -Guest must present Qatar Airlines Loyalty Card upon check in and choose miles for their stay.

Etihad Airways

Rate Description:
ETIHAD AIRLINES SPECIAL OFFER Reduced Rate:Tax Excluded: GUEST MUST CHOOSE MILES FOR THEIR STAY AND PROVIDE VALID ETIHAD LOYALTY CARD UPON CHECK-IN. – Valid 07DEC11-31DEC12

The additional charges are same for both:

Additional Charges:
6.000 Percent tax
10.000 Percent service charge
Bed Tax: 8 United States Dollars Per Person Per Night USD Other Charges   Cancellation Policy:
Cancel 2-14day 100percent Within 2 Days Full Penalty

Deposit Policy:
Deposit Required By June 13, 2012. Deposit By Credit Card Required. 1 Night(S) Deposit Will Be Charged To Credit Card.

Club Carlson 3 Day Sale: Radisson, Country Inns & Suites & Park Inns

This should be of interest to those that are taking part of any or all of the current Club Carlson promotions for the free nights: Radisson/Radisson Blu, Country Inns & Suites by Radisson, and Park Inn by Radisson. I already fulfilled the Radisson part last week in Bangkok and got quite a few points.

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There are actually right now two different rate promotions. There is this 3 Day sale that is valid in North American and in Canada. The promotion code for this offer is LMD25OFF. This is for selected dates between June 13th and June 30th, 2012.

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The other rate promotion is an advance purchase rate that needs to be booked at least 14 days in advance prior to your stay. The promotion code for this offer is ADVPURCH.

You can book using the direct links above, but then you would lose the 10% cashback that you could get through TopCashBack. You can just go through the TopCashBack or any other cashback mall and pull up the promotional rates using the promotional codes that I have listed above.

Here are the terms and conditions of the 3 day sale offer:

  • The 3-Day Sale Offer (“Promotion”) is available for new reservations made between June 13, 2012 and 11:59 PM (CT) June 15, 2012 for Eligible Stays at select Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the United States (“Participating Properties”).
  • An Eligible Stay is defined as a booking at a Participating Property arriving beginning June 13, 2012 and completed by June 30, 2012 and for which the consumer specifically requested the 3-Day Sale Offer at the time of the reservation.
  • Guest who books and completes an Eligible Stay will receive 25% off the standard room rate for each night of the Eligible Stay. Excludes taxes and other incidental charges (such as resort fees, room service and room entertainment).
  • Rates for each night may vary.
  • Only standard rooms (single or double occupancy) are eligible for the Promotion. Extra person charges may apply if exceeding double occupancy.
  • Promotion is not valid for existing reservations and may not be used in conjunction with any other package, promotion, group or convention rate, or any other discounted rate.
  • Participating Properties are subject to change without notice.
  • Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson reserve the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion with or without notice.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.
  • Promotion is subject to availability and the number of rooms available may be limited and will vary by Participating Property. Blackout dates may apply.

Club Carlson members earn 1,000 bonus Gold Points®
Silver and Gold Elite members earn 2,000 bonus Gold Points®
Concierge Elite members earn 3,000 bonus Gold Points®

Here are the terms and conditions of the advance purchase rate:

ADVANCE PURCHASE/NON-REFUNDABLE RATE:
Advance Purchase offer valid at participating hotels only and requires an advance purchase period of 14 days. Non-refundable credit card prepayment for entire stay is required at the time of booking. Reservations cannot be cancelled, amended or adjusted after booking. If you do not arrive on the reservation date, your reservation will be cancelled without refund or credit. Offer discount of 15%, 20% or 25% off the standard rate varies by hotel and is subject to change. Rates for each night may vary. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. This offer is available for individual bookings made with the advance purchase rate only. Name on the reservation must be the same as the credit cardholder’s name and same individual must check-in for the stay. Club CarlsonSM members can earn Gold Points® with this offer. Offer is subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. Participating hotels are subject to change at any time without notice and the number of rooms available for this offer may be limited and may vary by hotel. This offer may be changed or discontinued at any time. Subject to applicable law and void or not applicable where prohibited by law.

Starwood Discontinues New York Best Rate Guarantee for Free Nights After 8 Days

Starwood launched their free night offer for number of New York hotels On June 4th. This promotion was supposed to last for THREE months. If you were able to find a lower rate from a non-Starwood website, they would give you a night free.

It is not typically that difficult to find lower rates on non-Starwood websites that would have qualified under this promotion. But it takes some time to find and research them, and by the time the claims are processed the prices might have changed anyway.

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Starwood did, however, put up the above announcement to their website few hours ago.

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I would like to know what are these “unforeseen circumstances” that made Starwood to withdraw this offer so soon? If I would have to guess, they probably underestimated the number of valid claims that they would end up getting. Properties in question probably weren’t too happy to give out free nights, and then…. Oh well. They decided to withdraw the offer.

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