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

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In addition to the Radisson Big Night Giveaway, Club Carlson is simultaneously running a promotion for their Country Inn & Suites brand. You can combine these two promotions, and Cub Carlson is going to have one for their Park Inn properties as well starting next week.

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Basically you need to register (watch a short promotional video first) and have a paid stay at any Country Inn & Suites location by July 15th, 2012 to be awarded 44000 bonus Club Carlson points. Please note that you don’t have to burn these points at Country Inn & Suites, but they are freely usable at any Club Carlson family of hotels.

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According to the terms and conditions this offer is valid for the first 35000 people that register for this. Once you have done the registration online, you will also receive an email confirmation.

This is a great way to get bunch of Club Carlson points cheaply. It is really a no brainer to do a stay at Country Inn & Suites and earn 44000 bonus points in the process.

If you don’t have a Club Carlson account yet, you should open one using the eRewards promo (4500 bonus points but might have expired) or using another link (2000 bonus points). If you have status with a competing chain, Club Carlson can also match it. I wrote about how to do a Club Carlson status match couple of days ago.

The first 35,000 people to register for the SO GO! (Stay One, Get One) Event will be eligible to receive 44,000 bonus Gold Points® – enough for a night at any Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM hotel worldwide.

Here Is How It Works:

  • Register for the SO GO! Event by clicking on the “Register Now” button below. You’ll need to be a Club CarlsonSM member to register. Not a member? No problem, just follow the “Join and Register” link below after the video.
  • Watch a short video showcasing Club Carlson and complete the short online form.
  • Complete a qualifying stay at any Country Inns & Suites hotel around the world between May 15 and July 15, 2012.
  • The 44,000 bonus Gold Points will be credited to your Club Carlson account after completing your qualifying stay. That’s enough points for a night at any Country Inns & Suites location around the world.

Added Bonus:

The 44,000 bonus Gold Points® are in addition to the number of standard Gold Points® awarded for your stay. PLUS, if you book your stay on countryinns.com, you will earn at least an additional 1,000 bonus Gold Points® with our online booking bonus.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer:

The SO GO! (Stay One, Get One) Event (“Promotion“) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at http://www.sogocountry.com (“Registration“), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of the Qualifying Stay, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels“). You must check in for the Qualifying Stay on or after May 15, 2012 and check out must be completed by July 15, 2012 (“Promotion Period“). A “Qualifying Stay“ is defined as a stay of one or more consecutive nights in the same room at a Participating Hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs on a rate for which Gold Points® are awarded in accordance with the Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions . Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at the time of check-in and check-out and enrolled in Club Carlson and registered in the Promotion at the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visit www.clubcarlson.com ). The first 35,000 guests who complete the Registration and a Qualifying Stay will receive 44,000 Bonus Gold Points® after the completion of the Qualifying Stay. After the first 35,000 registrations, every guest who completes the Registration and a Qualifying Stay will receive 15,000 Bonus Gold Points® after the completion of the Qualifying Stay. These Bonus Gold Points® are in addition to the standard Gold Points® awarded for a stay. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Points®. Maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award will be credited to a member with a Qualifying Stay under the Promotion regardless of the number of Qualifying Stays completed by the member during the Promotion Period. Allow 6-8 weeks for the Bonus Gold Points® to post to the member’s account. The Promotion and Gold Points® are subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary. Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability. Participating Hotels are subject to change without notice. Promotion void where prohibited by law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time with or without notice. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is not responsible for: interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, computer hardware or software or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website accessibility or availability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of Registration information or any late, lost, inaccurate or misdirected Registration Information. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Radisson Big Night Giveaway Promotion Is Now Live

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Radisson had a similar promotion at the end of last year. It must have been a very popular for them as it returned for the 2012 as well.

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All you need to do is to watch a short promotional video after which you can register for the promotion. If you don’t have a Club Carlson account yet, you should open one using the eRewards promo (4500 bonus points but might have expired) or using another link (2000 bonus points).

After the registration you need to have one paid stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu property worldwide by July 15th, 2012 and you will be then granted 50000 Club Carlson bonus points. This is in addition to the usual points that you will earn from the stay.

This promotion is available for the first 100000 registrants. Last year, they didn’t close the registration. Not sure how they are going to handle it this time around. If you are planning to do a Radisson stay during the promotional period, you probably should register now.

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You will receive an email confirmation after successful registration for this promotion. If you have status with a competing chain, Club Carlson can also match it. I wrote about how to do a Club Carlson status match couple of days ago.

Here is How it Works:

  • Register for the Promotion by clicking on the “Register Now” button below. You’ll need to be a Club CarlsonSM member to register. Not a member? No problem, just follow the “Join and Register” link after the video.
  • Watch a short video showcasing Club Carlson and complete the short online form.
  • Complete a qualifying stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel around the world between May 15 and July 15, 2012.
  • The 50,000 bonus Gold Points® will be deposited into your Club Carlson account within 6 – 8 weeks of completing your qualifying stay. That’s enough points for a night at any Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel around the world.

The terms and conditions of this offer:

The Big Night Giveaway Promotion (“Promotion”) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at http://www.radissonbignightgiveaway.com (“Promotion Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of the Qualifying Stay, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any Radisson® or Radisson Blu hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels”). Guest must check in for the Qualifying Stay on or after May 15, 2012 and check out must be completed no later than July 15, 2012 (“Promotion Period”). A “Qualifying Stay” is defined as a stay of one or more consecutive nights in the same room at a Participating Hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs on a rate for which Gold Points® are awarded in accordance with the Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at both the time of check-in and check-out, enrolled in Club Carlson at or before the time of check-in, and registered in the Promotion no later than the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visit www.clubcarlson.com). The first 100,000 guests who complete the Promotion Registration will receive 50,000 Bonus Gold Points® after the completion of their Qualifying Stay. After the first 100,000 Promotion Registrations, every guest who completes the Promotion Registration will receive 15,000 Bonus Gold Points® after the completion of his/her Qualifying Stay. These Bonus Gold Points® are in addition to the standard Gold Points® awarded for a stay. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Points®. Maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award will be credited to a member with a Qualifying Stay under the Promotion regardless of the number of Qualifying Stays completed by the member during the Promotion Period. Allow 6-8 weeks for the Bonus Gold Points® to post to the member’s account. The Promotion and Gold Points® are subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary. Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability. Promotion void where prohibited by law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Radisson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time with or without notice. Radisson is not responsible for: interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, computer hardware or software or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website accessibility or availability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of Promotion Registration information and any late, lost inaccurate or misdirected Promotion Registration information. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Club Carlson Sign up Bonus 2000 Points – NSB2K12

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Last week, I wrote about a Club Carlson sign up bonus of 4500 that had been going on for few months. That offer has now expired. You can still get 2000 Club Carlson bonus points by signing up using the following offer that is directly from Club Carlson.

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This offer is valid until December 31st, 2012. You must be a new Club Carlson member to be eligible. If you are planning to have few stays and have a status with a competing chain, it probably makes sense to get a status match.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Must enroll by December 31, 2012 to be eligible.
  • To qualify for 2,000 bonus Gold Points, a point-eligible stay must be completed at a Carlson hotel within 90 days after new enrollment.
  • Offer only valid for new members without an existing account.
  • Bonus points for eligible stays will be posted to the member’s account with first stay occurring after the date of enrollment.
  • Offer is valid only to the recipient, is non-transferable, and may not be sold. Club Carlson reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer without notice.
  • By enrolling in Club Carlson and participating in this offer, you agree to the Club Carlson program terms and conditions.

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 4 Pay 2

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Club Carlson has had this elite offer going on for couple of years for weekend stays.

4 for 2 Nights – Promotion code RSGP2P2

You need to stay for Wednesday and Thursday or Thursday and Friday, and you will get Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday for free. This offer is valid at participating Club Carlson locations in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Here’s a search that I made for Dubai for checking in on 23rd of May for four nights:

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The only available property was the Radisson Blu resort in the neighboring Sharjah. This is only 20 to 30 minutes away from Dubai in a cab. Just did the ride couple of weeks ago.

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As you can see from the rate details, the charge is 300 AED per day for the first two days and the day 3 and 4 are free. The average daily rate is only 150 AED.

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This 300 AED rate is not the lowest as the hotel is offering rates that are discounted by 10%. But it is definitely not a bad deal.

There are quite a few hotels in Dubai where this rate is not available at all. Then there are hotels where it is available, but just not during the dates I was looking at. You can pull up the rate calendar and instantly see the dates when the rate is offered.

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Conclusion

This is a fantastic discount offer for Club Carlson Gold and Concierge level elite members. You can save a significant amount of money by saving over the weekend. Also, the rates that the discount is given are not inflates as is often the case with some other chains like InterContinental.

I wrote apiece about getting a status match with Club Carlson if you have a status with a competing chain.

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

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Club Carlson is offering direct status matches up to the Gold-level in their program. I have previously covered Starwood Preferred Guest, Hilton HHonors, Marriott, and Hyatt Gold Passport status match procedures. If you are Rezidor shareholder, you qualify for Gold status as a shareholder benefit.

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Club Carlson matches to their Silver or Gold level only. The highest status with the Club Carlson is Concierge, but this is, at least officially, off-limits when it comes to matches status. Club Carlson matches Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood status.

Here’s what you need to do

1. Open a Club Carlson account if you don’t already have one.

2. Take a screenshot from your Hilton, Hyatt, Priority Club, Marriott, or Starwood online account statement that shows your status.

3. Send an email to goldpointsplus@carlson.com and include a copy of the screen shot, your Club Carlson account number, and a few words that you would like to get matched to Gold status with their program.

You should hear back from Club Carlson normally within one business day. I emailed my request during the weekend and heard back from them on Monday.

As you can see from the email I sent, I mistakenly requested a Platinum match. Club Carlson doesn’t have a Platinum status, but only Silver, Gold, or Concierge.

Radisson Big Night Giveaway Just Got Better

Yesterday, I wrote about the upcoming sequel to the last years Radisson Big Night Giveaway. This time, however, they are running a similar promotion with all of their three different brands, and according to their social media representative, you can sign up for all of them. (Hope that Dana is right!)

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So, if you manage to swing by and stay a night at each of these three different brands during the promotional period, you should earn 138000 Club Carlson bonus points. Highest category award nights require 50000 Club Carlson points per night, although redemptions start at 9000 points.

There is the Radisson & Radisson Blu version for 50000 Club Carlson points for a stay

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Another version is for Country Inns & Suites for 44000 Club Carlson points for a stay

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And yet another one for Park Inn properties for 44000 Club Carlson points for a stay.

The link for this specific website doesn’t seem to be up yet.

The Big Night Giveaway Promotion (“Promotion”) is available only to Club Carlson members. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at http://www.radissonbignightgiveaway.com (“Promotion Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of the Qualifying Stay, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels”). Guest must check in for the Qualifying Stay on or after May 15, 2012 and check out must be completed no later than July 15, 2012 (“Promotion Period”). A “Qualifying Stay” is defined as a stay of one or more consecutive nights in the same room at a Participating Hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs on a rate for which Gold Points are awarded in accordance with the Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions.

Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at both the time of check-in and check-out, enrolled in Club Carlson at or before the time of check-in, and registered in the Promotion no later than the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visit www.clubcarlson.com). The first 100,000 guests who complete the Promotion Registration will receive 50,000 Bonus Gold Points after the completion of their Qualifying Stay. After the first 100,000 Promotion Registrations, every guest who completes the Promotion Registration will receive 15,000 Bonus Gold Points after the completion of his/her Qualifying Stay. These Bonus Gold Points are in addition to the standard Gold Points awarded for a stay. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Points.

Maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award will be credited to a member with a Qualifying Stay under the Promotion regardless of the number of Qualifying Stays completed by the member during the Promotion Period. Allow 6-8 weeks for the Bonus Gold Points to post to the member’s account. The Promotion and Gold Points are subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary.

Radisson Big Night Giveaway Returns

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Last year Club Carlson run a similar promotion for 50000 Club Carlson bonus points for a stay at Radisson or Radisson Blu property by December 30th, 2012.

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This time the terms and conditions are not officially out there yet, but the details of the promotions should be as following:

1. Register for this promotion starting on 15th of May

2. Stay once at Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel by July 15th, 2012

3. Receive 50000 bonus Club Carlson points

If you don’t have an account with a Club Carlson yet, you should open it using an offer from e-Rewards to get 4500 bonus points.

You can also get a status match if you have a status with a competing chain. You can just email the request to goldpointsplus@carlson.com with a copy of an online account statement from the competing chain. When I did this back in February, I received a response from Carlson within one business day.

Club Carlson Sign up Bonus 4500 Points

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Club Carlson is again offering bonus points for signing up for their program. This offer was emailed to e-Rewards members, but you should be able to take advantage of it as long as the registration form includes the ERWD2012 promo code. I already posted about this offer back in March, but thought that it would be good time to remind about it now.

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There is a new Club Carlson promotion starting on 15th of May, and you probably should open up an account using this promotion to get additional 4500 points.

Terms & Conditions:

e-Rewards members must enroll in Club Carlson using the link provided via email by e-Rewards by May 31, 2012 (“Promotional Period”). This offer is limited to a maximum of 4,500 bonus Gold Points per person. Offer only valid for new Club Carlson members without an existing account.  Promotional bonus Gold Points will be posted to the member’s Club Carlson account within 6-8 weeks of enrollment date. The name on the e-Rewards program account and Club Carlson account must be the same.  Offer is valid only to the enrolled recipient, is non-transferable, may not be sold, and is subject to change or termination without notice.  By enrolling in Club Carlson and participating in this offer, you agree to the Club Carlson program terms and conditions.

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

Both Hyatt and Starwood had their new promotions starting at the beginning of May. Carlson Hotels, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton don’t currently have promotions going on. I will continue to patronize Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group due to their current promos and will probably max out the Hyatt’s airline related promotions as well. Personally I am very underwhelmed about the SPG’s summer promotion of 2012.

Accorhotels – Le Club

Accorhotels is offering triple points for weekend stays until June 10th, but these need to be booked by May 10th, 2012. Also there is an offer for 500 Le Club Accorhotels points for playing a game on their Facebook page (no Facebook account needed).

Le Club Accorhotels 500 Points for Free & Triple Points For Stays Including Weekend Night

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There is another offer for 1000 Delta SkyMiles or Air Canada Aeroplan miles for a stay by May 31st, 2012. You can earn this only once.

Le Club Accorhotels Offer of 1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

Best Western Rewards

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Best Western’s promotion for a $50 travel card started on April 15th and ends on June 3rd. You can also earn Air Canada AeroPlan bonus miles + bonus points for booking online and paying using Best Western MasterCard.

Best Western Rewards Spring Bonus Offer JUMP12 – $50 Travel Card for 3 Stays + Bonus Points & Miles

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

No promotions as of now.

You can get a Gold status with Club Carlson by being a Rezidor shareholder.

Club Carlson Gold Status for Rezidor Shareholders

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

You will earn 8000 Choice Privilege points for every two stays. Note that in lower quality Choice brand a stay is defined as two or more nights for this promotion. This promotion that started on March 8th runs until May 8th.

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Choice Hotels Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn One Free Night

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s second quarter promotion is for double points or miles. You need to choose one or the other, and you cannot change your selection.

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Hilton HHnors 2nd Quarter 2012 Double Your Honors Promotion – Double Points or Miles

You should sign up for the two promos below. Even if you are Diamond with Hilton, you can still get 40K HH for four Hilton stays.

Register Your Visa and Get 1000 Hilton HHonors Points + 4000 Bonus for Spending $100

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders + 40K HHonors Points After Four Stays (For All?

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

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

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

This time Priority Club has two parallel promotions. One is based on nights and the other is based on stays. You can earn 5000, 10000, or 15000 depending how many nights/stays you have during the promotional period until June 30th, and to which promotion you sign up for.

Priority Club 2nd Quarter Stay/Night Bonuses

Currently there are six different one time Priority Club bonus points offer that you should sign up for.

Six Priority Club Promotions to Sign Up For (UPDATE)

Then IHG has teamed up with Visa to offer you 1000 Priority Club bonus points for registering your Visa card + an additional 5000 points for using the same card to pay for a stay by July 31st, 2012.

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Priority Club Rewards On the Go – 1000 Bonus Points for Signing up + 5000 Bonus Points After a Stay

You can earn 2000 Priority Club bonus points for just signing up for three different Priority Club programs (no purchase required).

Priority Club Shopping Bonus – Receive 1000 Priority Club Points for Signup Up & Registering Your Credit Card + 500 Points Dining Bonus + 500 Points Sailing Bonus

Priority Club is offering 5K/10K/15K bonus points for 3/5/6 nights at InterContinental hotels in the Americas and the Caribbean by the June 30th, 2012.

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

Marriott Rewards

Marriott’s nest promotion starts on June 1st, 2012 and has the usual number of different variations.

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

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood just launched their much anticipated SPG Nice Choice promotion that hasn’t gone down too well. You can read about the initial leak, my 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.

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SPG Nice Choice Promotion Finally Launched

Starwood seems to be promoting their Sheraton brand hard these days. There are three different promotions for Sheraton stays going on.

There is a promotion of 1000 extra Starpoints for booking a Club accommodation at Sheraton hotels and paying using an American Express card.

1000 Bonus Starpoints for Sheraton Club Floor Bookings

Some renovated Sheraton hotels are also offering 1000 bonus Starpoints.

1000 Bonus Starpoints for Staying at a Newly Renovated Sheraton Hotels

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

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.

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

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

Discover America Daily Getaways Announced for the 5th Week May 7 – 11

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The last week of Daily Getaways are finally out as well. Just a note. The better offers seem to sell out almost instantaneously, and it might be difficult to get into the deals. On this final week the Hyatt’s offer is really good, but the number of packages that they have available for sale is very low. I think that it is going to be borderline impossible to buy even one of them.

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You can get additional 10% discount off these prices, if you pay using an American Express branded card.

 

Best Western Rewards Monday, May 7th

Package available

10000 Best Western Rewards points for $67 835 packages

You can buy 5 sets of this offer.

 

Hyatt Gold Passport Wednesday, May 9th

Packages available:

24000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $260 100 packages

30000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $330 35 packages

36000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $415 15 packages

69000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $775 14 packages

Hyatt Gold Passport points at these prices is an excellent deal. You are only paying about a cent for a point. You can use 22K Hyatt Gold Passport points for a night i.e. at the Park Hyatt in Sydney or Maldives that are going for $500 to $800 per night.

You can buy one each of the Hyatt’s four offers, but I don’t think that it is possible due to the extremely low number of packages being sold.

 

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Thursday, May 10th

Packages available

50000 Club Carlson points for $194 142 packages

100000 Club Carlson points for $387 71 packages

You can buy two sets of each of these two offers for maximum number of four packages. Last year, Club Carlson was running an excellent promo for 50K Club Carlson points for a one stay. If you were able to find a property at a low price, you could have gotten 50K points for far less than $100.

There are some Radisson Blu properties that are very expensive, and buying points and then paying using points can make sense.

British Airways Offering 25% Conversion Bonus for Transfers from Hotel Programs

British Airways is offering a 25% conversion bonus for transfers from hotel programs to BA’s Avios. This offer is valid from transfer made from 20th of April to June 20th, 2012. You can stack this offer with possible transfer bonuses from hotel programs i.e. 20K SPG transferred to BA would become 25K BA + additional 25% conversion bonus from BA.

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Please note that you need to be logged in to your Executive Club account in order to see the offer details.

This transfer bonus applies for conversions from Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental Hotels Group, Carlson, Starwood, Shangri-La, Hyatt, and Accor programs.

British Airways revamped their program last year. Long haul redemptions became rather expensive using Avios, and you have to bear in mind that BA collects “fake” fuel surcharges on most of its awards. Expect to pay in excess of $1K in YQ’s for C/F redemptions between Europe and the United States or vice versa. B

A’s program does have some bright spots as well. Short haul redemptions in economy are quite good value especially between expensive markets.

Here’s how transferring Starpoints from SPG’s program would work:

Club Carlson Gold Status for Rezidor Shareholders

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The Rezidor Hotel Group that owns and operates Carlson hotel brands in Europe, Middle East, and Africa is a publicly listed company in the Stockholm stock exchange. The Carlson owns bit more than half of the shares of the Rezidor.

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Edited: The requirement has changed to 200 shares

There is a nice shareholder benefit, if you own any number of Rezidor shares. You will get a complimentary Club Carlson Gold status.

As a Gold Elite member, you will get the following benefits:

  • 50% bonus Gold Points® on top of what you would normally earn
  • A guaranteed room availability with bookings up to 72 hours in advance
  • A 15% discount at our all-day dining restaurants
  • Weekend Extend offer: up to 2 weekend nights free when staying during the week
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Welcome present in your room upon arrival

So, use your any of the online brokerages that can sell stocks listed in Stockholm and buy few Rezidor shares. Then email Investorrelations@Rezidor.com, who will update your Club Carlson account to Gold status.

This offer was first reported on a Swedish frequent traveler forum. You can access Rezidor’s website that explains this offer at here.

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

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Here’s the monthly hotel promotions wrap up.

Best Western Rewards

Best Western’s promotion for a $50 travel card won’t start before April 15th. You can also earn Air Canada AeroPlan bonus miles + bonus points for booking online and paying using Best Western MasterCard.

Best Western Rewards Spring Bonus Offer JUMP12 – $50 Travel Card for 3 Stays + Bonus Points & Miles

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Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

No promotions as of now.

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

You will earn 8000 Choice Privilege points for every two stays. Note that in lower quality Choice brand a stay is defined as two or more nights for this promotion. This promotion that started on March 8th runs until May 8th.

Choice Hotels Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn One Free Night

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Hilton HHonors

You should sign up for the two promos below. Even if you are Diamond with Hilton, you can still get 40K HH for four Hilton stays.

Register Your Visa and Get 1000 Hilton HHonors Points + 4000 Bonus for Spending $100

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders + 40K HHonors Points After Four Stays (For All?

Hilton’s second quarter promotion is for double points or miles. You need to choose one or the other, and you cannot change your selection.

Hilton HHnors 2nd Quarter 2012 Double Your Honors Promotion – Double Points or Miles

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The following promotion expires at the end of this month. You can get a free night certificate after five night resort stay or two after ten. You can also do two give night resort stays.

 ‘Resort Escapes’ Promotion – Free Night Certificate After Five Nights and Two After Ten Nights

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt’s promo that expires at the end of April is for up to 44000 extra Hyatt Gold Passport points after 16 nights.

Spring 2012 Promo – Earn up to 44000 Bonus Points

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InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

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

Double points or miles end on April 30th.

Double Points or Miles – 2X More

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Priority Club 2nd Quarter Stay/Night Bonuses

This time Priority Club has two parallel promotions. One is based on nights and the other is based on stays. You can earn 5000, 10000, or 15000 depending how many nights/stays you have during the promotional period until June 30th, and to which promotion you sign up for.

Three Priority Club Points Promotions That You Should Sign Up For

One is for 1000 bonus points per stay for 90 days after registering (this is the most lucrative if you have number of paid stays), another one is for 3000 bonus points after a stay, and the third one is for 1500 welcome back bonus.

There is a forth one that I have yet written about. It is 1500 Priority Club points after a stay. The promotional code for that one is 5109. I tested it last week when I was staying at an IHG property. It posted without a problem.

Marriott Rewards

Marriott has two promotions running until the end of April. MegaMiles and MegaBonus.

Spring 2012 MegaBonus Announced – Few Variations of the Offer.

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MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Up to 50K Bonus Miles

Marriott Rewards MegaMiles

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

You can get two free night certs after four stays. This promotion expires on April 15th.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards – Earn Free Night Certificate After Two Stays Promotion

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Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood promotion Better by the night is expiring on April 8th. We don’t have information about their next move.

Starwood Preferred Guest 1st Quarter 2012 “Better by the Night”–promotion

There is a promotion of 1000 extra Starpoints for booking a Club accommodation at Sheraton hotels and paying using an American Express card.

1000 Bonus Starpoints for Sheraton Club Floor Bookings

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Some renovated Sheraton hotels are also offering 1000 bonus Starpoints.

1000 Bonus Starpoints for Staying at a Newly Renovated Sheraton Hotels

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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.

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

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

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Club Carlson 4500 Bonus Points for Enrolling as an e-Rewards Member

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erewards-club-carlson_0Club Carlson is running a targeted promotion for getting e-Rewards members to sign up for their program. The sign up bonus is the same 4500 Gold Points that they offered last year through TGI.

It might be worthwhile to see if you have any e-Rewards invitations in your email inbox or spam folder.  According to the terms and conditions of this promotion you would need to be an e-Rewards member in order for the sign up bonuses to show up. YMMV, however.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer

e-Rewards members must enroll in Club Carlson using the link provided via email by e-Rewards by May 31, 2012 (“Promotional Period”). This offer is limited to a maximum of 4,500 bonus Gold Points per person. Offer only valid for new Club Carlson members without an existing account.  Promotional bonus Gold Points will be posted to the member’s Club Carlson account within 6-8 weeks of enrollment date. The name on the e-Rewards program account and Club Carlson account must be the same.  Offer is valid only to the enrolled recipient, is non-transferable, may not be sold, and is subject to change or termination without notice.  By enrolling in Club Carlson and participating in this offer, you agree to the Club Carlson program terms and conditions.

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