Holiday Inn Resorts Winter Break Offer of Free Night Certificate After Two Night Stay

Holiday Inn Resorts have stated a Winter Break Promotion for a free night certificate after two night stay. The offer is valid for stays between November 23 and February 28, 2013. You need to register for this offer here or you can use priority.com/register and use promotional code 7842. This promotion sounds nice but the terms and conditions really kill it.

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After you register for the promotion, you will receive an email confirming the registration and you can check the status of the offer on My Offer Status tab on Priority Club’s website.

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Here’s the list of participating properties:

Holiday Inn® Waikiki Beachcomber Resort
Holiday Inn Resort® Aruba
Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All Inclusive
Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco
Holiday Inn Resort Puerto Vallarta
Holiday Inn Resort Castle I-Drive
Holiday Inn Resort Daytona Beach Oceanfront
Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
Holiday Inn Resort Wilmington E-Wrightsville Bch
Holiday Inn Resort Lake George-Turf
The Lodge at Eagle Crest, a Holiday Inn Resort
The Lodge at Running Y Ranch, a Holiday Inn Resort
The Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Galveston-On the Beach

When you have look at the terms and conditions of this promotion and how you can redeem the free night, you may found out all the hurdles and inconveniences you need to go through:

  1. The “free” night is only applicable for 2 night stay that you need to book using a dedicated phone number. You lose the cashback on the paid night that you could have earned using one of the cashback portals.
  2. You need to request the use of the free night at least 45 days in advance of your stay.
  3. The rate you need to book in conjunction of the free nights is Advance Purchase.
  4. You need to claim the award on specific website within 30 days after receiving an email that you have earned it but after claiming have one year to use it.
  5. The maximum value of the free night is capped at $400 and is used for the least expensive night.

There is special option for the Holiday Inn Waikiki. Two night stay at this property earns you two free nights at the same property for up to a maximum value of $600. Not sure if you need to book a four night stays to be eligible for the two nights. Most likely, I guess.

Conclusion

If all the nights are same value, the value of this award is basically 25% off. You have to pay for total of 3 nights to get one “free”. This promotion first sounds much better than it actually is.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  1. Offer is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., including DC.
  2. You must register your Priority Club® Rewards Number in advance of your two night stay at www.holidayinnresorts.com/freenight and your stay must be completed between November 23, 2012 and February 28, 2013 to be eligible for free night Award. If you are not already a Priority Club Rewards member you may join for free at www.priorityclub.com. A stay is defined as two 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. Qualifying Room Rates do not include the following reduced room rates: net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, Priority Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, complimentary hotel stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate. Also excluded are opaque rates and “name your own price” rates (where hotel name, location and/or rate not visible until after booking is submitted).
  3. You must claim your Winter Break Promotion Award (“Award”) online within 30 days of receipt of the Award email at www.activateaward.com before using it (“Award Registration”). Only the person who initially received the Award can claim it and redeem it and must be the traveler. A toll free number to make Award travel reservations will be provided upon Award Registration. Award travel reservations must be made through this number.
  4. Award travel must be completed within one (1) year of Award Registration.
  5. Questions regarding the promotion may be emailed to support@otbterms.com
  6. Your Award may be redeemed for a single free hotel night at any Holiday Inn Resort location in North America, excluding the Waikiki Beachcomber, up to a maximum value of $400. For a list of eligible resorts visit: www.HolidayInnResorts.com. If you stay at the Waikiki Beachcomer property for two (2) consecutive nights, you will be eligible for two (2) free nights, up to a maximum value of $600, for redemption for another stay at the Waikiki Beachcomer property, using the same process as described herein.
  7. Stays to utilize the Award must be a minimum of two consecutive nights, and the Award’s value will be used to cover the cost of the night(s) with the lowest cost. The Award’s value will be applied to a standard room. If you wish to stay in a higher category room you may apply the Award’s value to that room’s cost by paying the difference in rate.
  8. Awards redeemed for stays in Hawaii require the purchase of airfare to Hawaii. Airfare and the hotel nights must be booked at the same time.
  9. Room inventory is subject to the availability of IHG’s Advance Purchase Rate. Blackout dates may apply.
  10. Full payment of any amount beyond the value covered by the Award must be made at the time of booking using a major credit card.
  11. All Award travel must be booked through ATG (CST# 2001330-10 and Florida Seller of Travel Registration #35395, and Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No. 240000054), using the toll-free phone number provided upon Award Registration.
  12. Travel must be booked at least 45 days in advance of departure.
  13. The office that will book your travel is open from 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday, and closed on holidays. Please consider the hours of operation when booking your travel. You may need to call more than 45 days in advance of departure to reach an agent during business hours.
  14. This offer is subject to the availability of hotel and airline inventory at the time of reservation, so the farther in advance you can make your travel plans the easier it will be to accommodate your specific preferences.
  15. Travelers are subject to all rules and regulations of the issuing airline and/or hotel property, including but not limited to refunds, exchanges, cancellations or changes of itinerary. The names of the travelers cannot be changed. Changes or cancellations to the original booking may be subject to additional fees charged by the airline or hotel. Changes and/or cancellations to the original booking must be made through ATG. If changes are made directly with the hotel or airline, the Award will be voided and the discount may be charged back to the purchaser’s credit card.
  16. Only one Award can be redeemed per trip. This Award cannot be combined with any other promotional program.
  17. ATG has no control over schedule changes, cancelled or oversold flights. Remedies for these situations are at the discretion of the validating carrier and subject to federal regulations.
  18. ATG has final authority on all ticketing, pricing, and availability decisions.
  19. Only one award may be redeemed per trip per household. Multiple awards may not be used for guests in the same party.
  20. Terms and conditions are subject to change. For complete, up-to-date information, please go to www.holidayinnresorts.com/freenight

Priority Club Canada Stay Offer of 1000 Points for a Stay

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Priority Club has a 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada. You can register for this promotion using a promotional code 7620 and your email address or Priority Club account number at priority.com/register.

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Please note that this promotion doesn’t show up on your “My Offer Status” tab on Priority Club’s website, although you do get confirmation email, but the bonus points did post to a stay that I had in Canada last week.

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I do not have expiry date for this promotion. Let me know if it doesn’t post for a stay that you had in Canada after successfully registering.

Conclusion

This is a nice 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada. It appears that this is one time bonus only, but I will update this post if it posts to my subsequent stay at IHG property here in Canada that I’ll have in couple of days.

As always you should contact Priority Club if this doesn’t post for you stay in Canada unless you received an email/post card about this offer or were informed about it by a IHG property in Canada.

Priority Club Promotions for a New Account

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Couple of months ago, I wrote about getting a Platinum status with priority Club for just seven stays. Most of these promotions are still going on.

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First you need to sign up for all the promotions that I have listed here and here. Make sure that you are not missing on the cashback that you can earn from your Priority Club stay. You can have a look at promotions that you have then signed up for by going to My Offer Status  tab on your Priority Club account. Note that sometimes all the applicable promotions are not shown here.

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Here’s what you can expect to get on your first stay, if you are new Priority Club member. You will get 3000 points for “elite member next stay bonus”, “1000 bonus points for 60 days” this is for every stay after 60 days registering for this promotion, “welcome back bonus” of 1500 points, “Next stay bonus” of 1500 points,  and “New member bonus” of 1500 points. Close to 10K points for the first stays

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Then we can fast forward to stay number four. Stay number 3 triggered Gold status that you can get at when you have earned 20K Priority Club points. This triggered two more bonuses that are only applicable if you have lest Gold status with Priority Club; the “Elite member next stay bonus”  of 3000 points and “Anniversary bonus offer” 1000 points that you will get for each of your stay for the next 90 days.

My stays that were in the Asia Pacific region were eligible for the Roles to Rooms promotion that gives bonuses on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stays for a total of 15K bonus points. The fourth stay above gave the last bonus of 7500 Priority Club points.

Conclusion

It is very easy to get Gold or Platinum status with Priority Club. On my example above, the Gold status was reached on 3rd stay. The number of points earned on the 7th stay, should be round 55K Priority Club points that is 5K points short off Platinum status.

Priority Club is the only program that counts all the points earned towards the status. Not just the points that you earn for the base spent, but all the promotional points as well.

You can then turn these earned points i.e. 60K points to 12 free nights at Priority Club hotels, including InterContinental hotels, when you find a property that fits you on the Point Breaks list.

Priority Club Buy or Gift Points 50% Bonus Offer

Priority Club just sent an email earlier today regarding their latest offer to buy or gift points. This offer is valid for a week from November 15 to November 22, 2012.

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This offer is valid for both buying and gifting of Priority Club points. Members can purchase 50,000 points and receive as gift 50,000 points during a calendar year. You can do both.

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The price of a point is dependent of the number of points you purchase. If you buy more than 26K points, the price of a point after the 50% bonus has been applied is 0.77 cents per point.

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Note that you can “purchase” Priority Club points year around at $70 per 10K points by doing a partial Points + Money award. You can substitute 10K Priority Club points for $70.

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Priority Club is essentially selling and depositing the 10K points to your account and then withdraws the full amount required for an award night. If you cancel the award reservation, you will receive the full amount back and Priority Clun doesn’t reverse the points purchase.

Historically points purchased through these offers, not through Points + Money, have also counted towards the Priority Club Gold or Platinum level status.

Conclusion

This is about the lowest that you are able to purchase Priority Club points during the sales and the points should count towards reaching the status as well.

Sometimes it makes sense to use points, even purchased, instead of paying the headline price.

Problem with the 4th Quarter Priority Club Stay-Bonuses

The quarterly Stay-bonuses are the bread and butter with the Priority Club. They have had them for years and they are always very predictably coming out every quarter.

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Now, there has been a slight problem for stays qualifying correctly for this promotion. My stays at the turn of the month (early October) did qualify correctly. Then, there was a 5 to 10 day period when they didn’t count for this promotion and after middle of October the stays were tracking correctly.

You can see what stays were applied towards this Stay-promotion by choosing “View Offer Activity Detail”. It will show the stays that were applied towards this promotion.

Conclusion

There are occasional hiccups with Priority Club promotions. If you were originally targeted for the promotion version that you signed up for and you wouldn’t qualify for the promotion otherwise, I would only then call and inquiry about this.

When you call Priority Club, they sometimes have a look at all activity on your account. Not just what you are calling about.

Up to 20% Cashback Rebate for InterContinental Hotel Group Stays

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InterContinental Hotels Group (InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites & Candlewood Suites) tends to have the highest cashback rates of all the hotel chains. I recently wrote about getting cashback for your hotels stays and you can access the article here.

Now, they have even higher cashback rate that appears to be valid until November 30, 2012, although there is no guaranteed that it wouldn’t end up earlier. You don’t have to have your stays by that date, but rather make your reservations.

Getting cashback doesn’t affect the eligibility of the stay for Priority Club points and stay credits. Rates that are eligible are still even when you make the booking through a link from one of these web sites. They only take you to the InterContinental Hotels Group branded website to make the reservation. Make sure that you have also signed up for all the current Priority Club point promotions. I have listed them all here and here.

You can make InterContinental reservation on Holiday Inn branded site and vice versa, and still be eligible for the cashback bonus. I have done it several times as the InterContinental-branded booking site is horrendous.

Here are the cashback percentage rates for some of the sites at the present (Friday 2, 2012). The ShopAtHome site indicates that this offer would be valid until November 30, 2012.

ShopAtHome 20%

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ShopAtHome seems to have the highest payout ratio at the moment. Thing to note is that you need a minimum of $20 for them to send you a CHECK. Yes. Not possible to withdraw using PayPal. Only works for those with US address and bank account

Upromise 18%

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I have an Upromise account and used to use it a lot. You can actually get a check out of them, but you may have to request it by sending a letter. My withdrawal was about $2K few years ago (all from shopping bonuses) and I had to get my bank to verify my signature. This is only available for US addresses.

TopCashback 15%

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They have a both UK and US sites. They pay out using PayPal so you can use them regardless where you are located.

Mr.Rebates 15%

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I have used Mr.Rebates a lot lately. They dispose the cashback by PayPal.

Ebates 13.5%

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Ebates is rarely competitive nowadays, but I have used them a lot in the past. They pay by PayPal.

Fatwallet 12%

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This is another site that I used a lot years ago. Nowadays, their cashback rates are rarely competitive.

Quidco 7%

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They have the highest regular cashback rates and I use them when there are no other offers available. Quidco is based in the UK. Maybe the higher offer is only available through the US sites?

Conclusion

Although ShopAtHome offers the highest cashback rate at the moment, I will most likely continue using either Mr.Rebates or TopCashback. I am not huge fan of high payout requirements and mailing out physical checks.

Note that if you sign up for above mentioned programs using the link, LoyaltyLobby may receive a referral credit.

Top Hotel Promotions for November

The year is slowly coming to an end and we should start hearing about 1st quarter 2013 promotions later this month. Some of the current promotions expire at the end of November and some are valid right up to the new year.

I have already maxed out three of the following five promotions for this quarter. Still working on the Starwood and Club Carlson ones.

Yesterday, I made an updated post of hotel promotions for this quarter. Here are the five that I am taking advantage of and I think that you should too:

1. Marriott Rewards – Free night certificate after two stays for up to 3 certificates

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This is an excellent promo for free night certificates. Only drawback is the categories where they can be used (category 1 to 4). Very useful in the Asia/Middle East but not so in the Americas.

Please note that the registration for this promotion has ended. If you signed up for the promotion, you have until January 15, 2013 to complete the required stays. The free night certificates will post to your account.

Just pay attention that your Marriott stays actually post your account. I have one stay during the promotional period that hasn’t. I need to contact the Marriott customer service to have it posted and to get the last certificate.

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2. Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Promotion for 15K Bonus Miles

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Hilton apparently doesn’t have Hilton HHonors point promotion for this month, but you can make your own by taking advantage of this Virgin Atlantic one. If you have FIVE stays at Hilton HHonors properties (no Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, or Home2 Suites), you will receive 15000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles in addition to 5000 base miles. You can transfer Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles then to Hilton HHonors points and you will receive 40000 Hilton points for 20000 miles.

The bonus miles will post within a day or two after your stay has posted. It will take couple of weeks before they hit your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account. however. I have already maxed this promotion.

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3. Priority Club Promotions here and here

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There are number of promotions that you can always take advantage of. Some of these “unpublished” but I have listed them all here on LoyaltyLobby. I will do the Q4 stay promo combined with the Roles to Rooms. With other bonuses, I will earn in excess of 50K Priority Club points for 7 stays. You can do even better if you start with a “fresh” account. I have maxed this promotion already. You can also get up to 20% cashback that doesn’t affect eligibility to earn Priority Club points.

4. Starwood Better By the Night + IOS Bookings Bonus or Android Booking Bonus + Air Canada Aeroplan Bonus

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You can actually combine all these promotions. The Better By The Night is lackluster but ok when you make the hotel booking using SPG’s iPhone app for 500 extra points per stay. Starwood just launched their Android app and you can get 500 bonus points for making the booking using it as well. You can combine these two with the Aeroplan bonus of 5K miles for 5 stays.

You cannot “max” this promotion, but I am planning to do at leas the 5 stays to get the maximum number of Aeroplan miles.

5. Radisson Free Night Promo: Stay One Night, Get One Night

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You can get a free night award just for staying for a night by December 31, 2012 at any Radisson/Radisson Blu property in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The free night award is valid until December 31, 2013.

The registration for this promotion have now ended. You still have time to do the required stay by December 31, 2012.

Conclusion

You should consider these five promotions that t, although I have already maxed three of them.

November Hotel Promotions Update

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Here our monthly blog post about hotel loyalty promotions. You can now find an updated list just by clicking the “Hotel Promotions” tab. This will be updated throughout the month when promotions expire and new ones are announced.

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You can forward emails about promotions that you receive from hotels and airlines to john@loyaltylobby.com. Most of the promotions are open to all, but sometimes well hidden.

Make sure that you take advantage of cashback rebates that you can get for booking your hotel stays online.

Getting Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings

Accor Hotels – Le Club

Le Club Accorhotels members can earn triple points for weekend stays until December 30, 2012. You need to make the booking by November 25.

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Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for Weekend Stays Worldwide

You can get instant Platinum status with Le Club Accorhotels just by signing up to the program.

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Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts

Le Club Accorhotels has a Facebook game for total of 2000 free points over four week period. You only need to match 10 hotels with correct cities on the map.

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Get 2000 Le Club Accorhotels Points for Matching Properties with Cities

Best Western Rewards

Best Western’s fall promotion for double/triple points is starting on September 23rd and ends on November 18th, 2012. You can read more about this promo by following the link.

Best Western Rewards Fall 2012 Promotion Double or Triple Points

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Club Carlson has a global “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points” promotion for up to 120K bonus points for 20 nights. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Club Carlson 4th Quarter Bonus Point Promotion “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points”

You can get a free night voucher for every two night stay at the Country Inns & Suites locations in the United States and Canada. This offer is valid from October 1 to November 30, 2012.

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Country Inns & Suites Bonus Offer: Stay for Two Consecutive Nights and Get a Free Night Certificate

You can get triple points + 2000 bonus points by booking a breakfast package. This promotion is valid until December 31st, 2012 at selected Radisson & Radisson Blu locations.

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Book Breakfast Package Rate & Get Triple Gold Points at Select Radisson & Radisson Blu Hotels

You can get triple American Airline miles (1500) for Radisson/Radisson Blu stays worldwide until December 20th, 2012.

Triple American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Radisson/Radisson Blu Stays

Club Carlson is offering award at 50% off at select hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa. This offer is valid until March 31, 2012.

50% Off Award Sale at Select Club Carlson Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Here are few other interesting posts about the Club Carlson program:

There is an elite offer for 2 for 1 and 4 for 2. You need to be a Gold or Concierge member to take advantage of these discounts that are valid in Europe, Middle East Africa.

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 2 Pay 1

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

You can get a Club Carlson Gold through a status match or being a shareholder:

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Club Carlson Gold Status for Rezidor Shareholders

If you have a friend or family member working for any Carlson hotel, you maybe eligible for the Friends & family discount:

Carlson Hotels Friends & Family Discount

Choice Privileges – Choice Hotels

Choice’s fall 2012 promotion is valid until November 14th, 2012. You will earn at the minimum 8000 points for every two stays.

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Choice Hotels Fall 2012 Promotion for Maximum of 8000 Bonus Points for Every Two Stays

Choice also has a promotion for Southwest Rapid Rewards points. You can earn 1200 Rapid Rewards points per stay. This offer is valid until November 15, 2012.
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1200 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points per Stay at Choice Hotels

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s next chainwide 4th quarter “1,000 Reasons” promotion kicks of on November 1 and ends on December 31, 2012. You will get 1000 bonus Hilton HHonors points per night for Thursday to Monday nights.

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Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Promotion Registration Now Open

Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Bonus Points Promotion for November – December

Hilton offers number of airline related bonus offers in the 4th quarter of 2012. I have summarized them all in one post.

Hilton HHonors: Second Look at Airline Related Promotions for the Fourth Quarter

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012. This offer is available at select hotels.

250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

You can earn 3000 Virgin Australia Velocity points per stay until October 31, 2012.

3000 Virgin Australia Velocity Points for Hilton Stays

Hilton is offering double points for Air Canada Aeroplan members until the end of December, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus points for Hilton hotel stays worldwide until December 31, 2012.

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide

You can also earn triple Asiana Club miles for Hilton stays until November 30, 2012.

Triple Asiana Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

You can earn up to 3000 bonus Avios (for BA Gold member) for a Hilton stay by December 31, 2013.

Up To 3000 Bonus Avios (British Airways) for a Hilton Family Hotel Stay

Hilton has a special “Be Yourself” package for Conrad resorts. Gold/Diamond members will receive 5000 bonus points per stay.

Conrad Hotels “Be Yourself” Offer of Breakfast/Room Upgrade or 5000 Bonus Points

Hilton is offering instant Gold status until 2014 and bonus points/miles for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin American frequent fliers. This offer is targeted.

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status Until March 2014 for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin America Frequent Fliers + Bonus Points & Miles (Targeted?)

You can get free 500 Hilton HHonors points for liking Hampton Inn on Facebook.

Get 500 Free Hilton HHonors Points by Liking Hampton Inn on Facebook

Here are some other important posts:

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’s fall 2012 promotion is valid from September 1st to November 30th, 2012. You will earn 5000 bonus points after 5 nights and 10000 bonus points for every additional five nights for maximum bonus of 65000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.

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Hyatt Gold Passport Autumn “Imagine the Possibilities” Promotion

Here are couple of other important posts:

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

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here. I have also written about different type of Priority Club promotions here and what you can expect to earn for your first stay if you sign up for an account 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.

There is an interesting “Roles To Rooms’ promotion for total of 15K bonus points for four stays. This promotion appears to be geographically targeted to Asia Pacific region.

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Priority Club “Roles to Rooms” Promotion: 15000 Bonus Points for Four Stays

Here’s an update about the “Roles to Room” promotion:

Priority Club “Roles To Rooms” Promotion Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Here’s second update about this promotion:

Priority Club “Roles to Room” Promotion Second Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Complimentary Intercontinental Ambassador Status After Three InterContinental Nights

You can get complimentary InterContinental Ambassador status that normally costs $200 for staying 3 nights at InterContinental properties by the end of November

Priority Club Candlewood & Staybridge Suites Promotion for 5000 Bonus Points

You can get 5000 bonus Priority Cub points for staying two consecutive nights at Candlewood or Staybridge Suites property in the United States by December 30th, 2012.

Triple Priority Club Points in Spain & Portugal – Need to Book IKTB2 Rate

Triple points for stays at select properties in the Iberian peninsula. Valid until the end of December.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

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These are valid from October 1st to December 31st, 2012. You should sign up for 5K, 10K or 15K variation of this offer depending how many IHG nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

Priority Club has a bonus offer for Meeting Planners that book a qualified meeting by February 28, 2013 for January 1 to March 31, 2013.

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Priority Club “50 Meetings” Meeting Planner Bonus of 50K Bonus Points for San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and New York

Priority Club “Sweetheart Deal” $100 Visa Prepaid Debit Card for Each 3 Night Stay within 90 Day of Wedding

Priority Club is offering a $100 rebate for every stay of 3 nights or longer within 90 days of your wedding, This promotion is valid until the end of 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 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.

Priority Club Welcome Survey for 1000 Bonus Points

Not sure what is going on with this promotion, but you can try to see if it works for you.

Install (Not Required) Priority Club Shopping Toolbar & Get 300 Points

You can get easy 300 points by installing a Priority Club shopping toolbar.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register. You need to have the email address associated with the Priority Club OR the Priority Club account number available AND the four digit code associated with the promotion.

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102 – 1000 Bonus Points

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 – 1000 Bonus Points

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 – 3000 Bonus Points

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.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 7489 – 3000 Bonus Points NEW

This is another 3000 bonus points for an elite member. It posts for sure if you are Platinum but might work for a Gold account as well. You need to do the stay within 90 days of registering for this offer.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120 – 1500 Bonus Points

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 – 1500 Bonus Points

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 – 1500 Bonus Points

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 – 5000 Bonus Points

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. This promotion can be done several times.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168 – 5000 Bonus Points

You need to be a Priority Club Gold or lower member and do the required number of stays to get the Platinum status + bonus points.

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!

Marriott Rewards

Marriott has their usual fall MegaBonus starting on September 15th and ends on January 15th 2013. You need, however, register for the promotion by October 31st, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Update on Marriott Fall 2012 MegaBonus Choices

You can earn triple airline miles tarting on your second stay on Marriott’s MegaMiles promotion that ends on October 30th, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Here are three other posts about Marriott Rewards:

You can get Southwest Rapid Rewards points for Marriott Gift card purchases.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points for Marriott Gift Card Purchases

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

Marriott Status Match Silver, Gold & Platinum – Taste of Silver, Gold or Platinum

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 an offer for 30K bonus points for a stay of four nights or longer. This offer is valid until October 15th, 2012.

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

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood’s next promotion Better By The Night begins on October 1st and ends on December 20th, 2012. You will receive double Starpoints for stays of 1 to 2 nights and triple points for stays of 3 nights or longer.

You can take advantage of four different promotions during this period. I have revisited the promotion after the bonus for FourSquare check ins was introduced.

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

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SPG Better By The Night Autumn 2012 Promotion for Double or Triple Starpoints

You can get 500 bonus points for booking made on the iPhone SPG app or 250 points for bookings made on spg.com.

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SPG Better By The Night Online & iPhone Booking Bonuses

You can now get 500 bonus points for making the booking using the SPG Android app just like if you had done it using the iPhone one.

SPG “Better by the Night” Promotion Just Got 500 Starpoints Better for Android Owners

You can get another 250 bonus points for FourSquare check ins during the promotional period.

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SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

Starwood has a promotion with Air Canada’s Aeroplan for maximum of 8000 bonus miles. This is in addition to the Starpoints that you earn. Promotion is valid from September 10 to December 9, 2012.

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

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 has been offering bonus points or free night certificate for new accounts that haven’t had stays

SPG Bonus Beginnings: 3K Bonus Starpoints or Free Night Award

Starwood has a Redeem & Rewards promotion for  30% to 50% discount on the number of points needed for a free night at 21 of their properties in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You need to register by November 30, 2012.

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SPG Redeem & Reward Promotion: Save 30% to 50% of Starpoints Required for an Award

Here’s a post about Starwood status match opportunity:

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’s promotion for 16K bonus points for a stay at any one of their 20 new properties in the United States has returned. You can earn this bonus maximum of 3 times. The promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Wyndham Opening Special (Rerun) – 16000 Bonus Points per Stay for Up To 3 Stays

Wyndham’s autumn promotion is extra points or miles for second and fourth stay before November 30, 2012.

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Wyndham Rewards Fall 2012 “Bonus Earnings” Promotion 11K Bonus Points or 2K Bonus Miles

Conclusion

You should always carefully all the promotion opportunities out there. I will have a new post up tomorrow for my personal top picks for November.

Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For November

Priority Club just released a list of last minute rewards nights for this coming weekend. You need to book them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights this coming weekend. You can access the full list of hotels by following this link.

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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 50 hotels on the list of which only one is InterContinental

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There are some good values on the Last Minute Rewards list like the InterContinental Chicago, although the hotel is usually rather cheap during the weekends, and that’s about it. There is one Holiday Day Inn Sydney Water Front, but that is NOT Sydney (Australia).

Conclusion

Maybe it is time for a weekend getaway? I always prefer using points when there is a reward sale around.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

Now you have even greater flexibility in how and where you redeem your points. Last Minute Reward Nights puts more control in your hands and helps you enjoy the freedom of spontaneity.

Enjoy a getaway during the first full weekend of every month for 50% less points.
Get more rewards for your points.  Choose last minute stays at hundreds of hotels across the globe and redeem 50% fewer points for your stays.  This offer is available on travel during the first full weekend of every month (the first full Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month).

When to book your Last Minute Rewards Nights.
Redeem points for Last Minute Reward Nights on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday proceeding the first full weekend of every month.  Then choose to stay that Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights.  You decide when to use your Last Minute Reward Nights.

Priority Club “Roles to Room” Promotion Second Update: 15K for 4 Stays

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Priority Club has interesting promotion for 15K bonus points after four stays. As is often case with number of Priority Club promotions, there is some confusion surrounding this promotion. I first wrote about this promotion at the end of August and had an update on it a week later.

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If you click the registration link on the web page that is dedicated to this promotion, it populates a promotion code 1114. The email that was sent about this promotion has a different promotion code 3145, however.

The address that you can use to register for priority club promotions is priorityclub.com/register.

The promotional code 1114 requires that the address of the Priority Club account holder is in the Asia Pacific. The 3145 does not. The latter one allows registrations with European address as well, but apparently doesn’t work with an American one.

You may be able to register using the 3145 if your account address is in Europe. It is not, however, guaranteed that he promotional points will post. Some promotion may allow registration to go through but, if other requirements are not met, the promo points simply won’t post. Also, this promotion will not show up in my promotion in Priority Club’s website. The promotional points will post with the stay.

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There is date confusion when this promo is ending. The body of the text has an ending date of November 30, 2012, but the terms and conditions have an ending date of December 31, 2012.

Conclusion

InterContinental Hotels Group should hire more competent folks to work on their promotions department, although this would probably be bad considering the multiple promotions that one can combine.

This promo might work with a European address if you use the promotion code 3145 to sign up. It is not guaranteed though.

Priority Club Best Price Guarantee Tweaked Again

Priority Club announced their best price guarantee September last year. The main catch was and still is that you can get the first night free if you find a lower price from a competing website.

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There have been quite a few changes already since inception of this guarantee like requirement of both prices to be on the same currency and requirement of cancellation & payment policies to be same.

Now, Priority Club has enacted two new rules:

1. You or anybody living in your household cannot claim consecutive free nights at properties that are within 50 miles of each other.

2. Abuse of the program.

There must have been some that have been claiming consecutive free nights at different properties. Now, Priority club is trying to put an end to this. If you are traveling with someone, you can do separate BRG’s for different nights and it would be ok under this rule as long as you are not living in the same household

Abuse of the program? It is clear that if someone is trying to resell/barter these free nights that it is not ok. But let’s say that someone claims 50 free nights a year out of this program. Is it abusing it?

Conclusion

All the hotel chains have some sort of “Best Rate Guarantee”. The Priority Club one is not yet totally watered down, although introducing same currency requirement made it close.

If you are planning to take advantage of Priority Club’s guarantee, you should familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of this offer closely.

Here are the current terms and conditions of this guarantee:

Best Price Guarantee Terms and Conditions

Best Price Guarantee is our promise to guests who book directly on our branded websites. We have made additional adjustments to the Guarantee and to the Terms and Conditions to further define what claims will qualify and to further help identify and support valid claims.

Best Price Guarantee: Every hotel reservation booked through an IHG web site is guaranteed to have the lowest room price (room rate) or total room cost (including all taxes and fees) publicly available on the internet or IHG will provide the first night’s room price free and match the lower average nightly room price found for that stay for the rest of the nights of that stay, under the following terms and conditions:

  1. Book. Complete a valid (meaning a complete booking with an approved credit card) room booking with the lowest available price (room rate) on any IHG website for any IHG branded hotel using the “Best Available Rate Search.”
  2. Lower Price. If you find a lower room price that also has a lower total room cost (including taxes and fees) for a one-night stay, or a lower average nightly room price that also has a lower average total room cost (including taxes and fees) for a multi-night stay, on a non-IHG website within 24 hours after booking on an IHG websites for the same stay, we will provide you with the first night’s room price at the IHG hotel free and match the lower average nightly room price found for your entire stay for the rest of the nights of your stay after verification of the lower average nightly room price and lower average total room cost (including taxes and fees).
  3. Reporting an IHG of a Claim. Contact us using the online claim form or by contacting the Best Price Guarantee Support Desk within twenty-four (24) hours after your booking on any IHG website to make a claim under the Best Price Guarantee. The average nightly lower room price and lower total room cost must be available for booking at the time of claim verification and both must be lower than those found on an IHG website, as determined by IHG customer service representatives.
  4. Matching Rooms. The Best Price Guarantee is available only for the exact same room type. For example, if you book a king bed with a sofa bed room type on an IHG website, and are comparing it to a non-IHG website, you must find a price with the same king bed with sofa bed room type on the other website.
  5. Matching Terms. All terms for the room price, including, but not limited to pre-payment, deposit or other requirements must be equal to terms found on an IHG website to be used for comparison. For example, when you book a room that may be cancelled without penalty on an IHG website, you may not compare it to a room with a pre-paid or non-refundable price on a non-IHG website. The Best Price Guarantee is not available for bookings on websites where the booking details are unknown until after purchase.
  6. Matching Prices. For multi-night stays, the average nightly room price and the average nightly total room cost found on a non-IHG website will be compared to the average nightly room price and the average nightly total room cost for your multi-night reservation on the IHG website. The room price and the total room cost on the non-IHG website must be available in the currency of the hotel. The average nightly room price and the average nightly total room cost must each be a minimum difference of 1% or $1 USD (or the equivalent in the hotel’s currency) (whichever is higher) of the IHG room price and the IHG total room cost, respectively. In the event that the total room price, including taxes and fees, is the same on both the IHG website and the non-IHG website, then the claim will not be valid.. Coupons or vouchers may not be utilized to lower published room prices for the purposes of making a claim. The room price and the total room cost must be quoted, booked, and paid for in the currency of the hotel. The Guarantee does not include extra fees such as extra person charges, except as stated in paragraph 6.b. below. Regardless of the number of lower prices found, only one free night will be awarded per stay. For valid claims, each additional night’s room price during the stay will be lowered to match the average nightly price for the entire stay found on the non-IHG website.6. b. Japan. In Japan and on the ANA websiteLink will open in new browser window., the room price does include extra person fees. ANA hotels are not eligible for Best Price Guarantee rooms, but all other IHG hotels on the ANAIHG website are eligible.
  7. Comparison Prices Must Be Available to the General Public Online. The Best Price Guarantee applies only to prices both advertised and available to the general public on a non-IHG website at the time of verification. For example, this does not include prices offered on membership program websites; corporate discounts; negotiated prices; group, rewards program, incentive, meeting, convention, consolidator or interline prices; prices obtained via auction or similar process; or prices available only by using a coupon or other promotion not offered to the general public. The average nightly lower price may not come from a website where you call to get the price, or from an e-mail that you received.
  8. Packages Comparison. “Room prices that include food or beverage items such as breakfast or dinner, entertainment items such as tickets to a show, and/or free local calls, parking or other bundled items will be considered as packages. These package or inclusive prices must be compared to prices with the same type of inclusive items.”
  9. Rewards Points. Priority Club Rewards points are determined based on the price actually paid by the guest at the time of check out, assuming the price otherwise qualifies for points. Points are not awarded on free nights. The Best Price Guarantee does not apply to Priority Club Award Nights booked on an IHG website.
  10. Additional Free Night Restrictions. Once a valid claim has been made and approved by IHG for a specific date, no further claims by the same person will be accepted for the same date. If members of the same household make claims for consecutive nights at the same IHG hotel or at different IHG hotels within fifty (50) miles of each other, only the Best Price Guarantee claim for the first night will be honored. In the event of a valid claim, reservations are non-transferable after the claim is found to be valid, and the name on the reservation must remain the same as when the claim is verified and no additional names may be added to the reservation after the claim is found to be valid. Valid government issued ID is required upon check-in that matches the name found on the reservation. Employees of any IHG company or employees at any IHG hotel are not eligible for the Best Price Guarantee.
  11. Verification of Claims. All claims are subject to verification by IHG. IHG must be able to verify the lower room price and the total room cost (and, for multi-night stays, the average lower room price and the average total room cost) found on the non-IHG website at the time the claim is processed and verify that both the room price and the total room cost at the time of verification are lower than those found on IHG’s websites.
  12. Changes. IHG reserves the right to modify, restrict availability, or discontinue the Best Price Guarantee, at any time, for any or no reason, and without prior notice or liability to you. The IHG Best Price Guarantee Terms and Conditions that are in effect at the time of your booking will determine your eligibility under the Best Price Guarantee.
  13. Abuse of Best Price Guarantee. IHG reserves the right to cancel a previously awarded free night and to cancel the lower prices for the rest of the nights of a multi-night reservation if it is found that a customer has violated or circumvented the Best Price Guarantee Terms & Conditions. Resale of rooms eligible for the Best Price Guarantee is strictly prohibited. In the event IHG believes that a room eligible for the Best Price Guarantee has been resold, or the Best Price Guarantee is otherwise being intentionally abused or manipulated to circumvent its intent, we reserve the right to cancel the previously-awarded free room night and to cancel the lower prices for the rest of the nights of a multi-night reservation, and to reject future Best Price Guarantee claims from any persons who participated in such actions.
  14. Definitions. A “non-IHG website” is defined as a website not owned by IHG, that sells IHG rooms’ inventory directly to consumers, and that provides a confirmation of a completed reservation at the moment of completion of that reservation. Sites that do not reveal the hotel brand name until after the payment has been completed (including bidding sites) do not qualify for this Guarantee. A “stay” is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel location, regardless of frequency of check-in/check-out.

Published on 10/22/12

Priority Club One Time Bonuses for November

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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.

Priority Club always has number of ongoing promotions that you can sign up for. If you don’t, you are really not maximizing the number of points you can earn with the program. I will have an update post on the onetime bonuses on Wednesday morning.

You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here. I have also written about different type of Priority Club promotions here. By combining all the promotions, you can get Platinum status + 60K points in just seven stays.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States or Asia Pacific. 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.

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.

Priority Club Welcome Survey for 1000 Bonus Points

Not sure what is going on with this promotion, but you can try to see if it works for you.

Install (Not Required) Priority Club Shopping Toolbar & Get 300 Points

You can get easy 300 points by installing a Priority Club shopping toolbar.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register. You need to have the email address associated with the Priority Club OR the Priority Club account number available AND the four digit code associated with the promotion.

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102 – 1000 Bonus Points

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 – 1000 Bonus Points

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 – 3000 Bonus Points

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.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 7489 – 3000 Bonus Points

This is another 3000 bonus points for an elite member. It posts for sure if you are Platinum but might work for a Gold account as well. You need to do the stay within 90 days of registering for this offer.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120 – 1500 Bonus Points

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 – 1500 Bonus Points

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 – 1500 Bonus Points

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 – 5000 Bonus Points

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. This promotion can be done several times.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168 – 5000 Bonus Points

You need to be a Priority Club Gold or lower member and do the required number of stays to get the Platinum status + bonus points.

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!

Conclusion

If you are not taken advantage of numerous Priority Club onetime bonuses, you are leaving lots of points on the table. You can easily get Priority Club Platinum status in just + 60K Priority Club points in just seven stays as I have outlined above.

If I have missed any onetime bonus opportunity, you can always leave a comment below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

30% Hotel Points Conversion Bonus from United Mileage Plus

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United’s Mileage Plus just announced a conversion bonus of up to 30% for hotel points transferred to miles. This offer is valid between October 26 and November 30, 2012, and requires registration.

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The bonus is dependent on number of miles transferred in and is capped at 50K miles that will yield 15K bonus miles.

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You can transfer hotel points on number of programs. United will tally the total number of points transferred in and will then calculate the bonus. The maximum number of bonus miles you can earn is capped at 15K.

Here are the hotel partners that you can use to transfer points in:

Marriott Rewards

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Doesn’t make too much sense to convert Marriott points to United Miles. You are better off by going the Marriott Travel Package route. For 270K Marriott Rewards points you would not only get 120K United Miles but also 7 days at category 1 to 5 Marriott property.

Hilton HHonors

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You would only get 1 per 10 Hilton HHonors points. You would need to transfer 500000 Hilton Points that would be enough for two weeks at the Hilton Bora Bora to get 65K United miles after the bonus.

Priority Club

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It is relatively easy to earn Priority Club points. 250K Priority Club points would transfer to 65K United Miles after the bonus that is fair.

Club Carlson

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You can get 18K United miles for every 100K Club Carlson. This is a fair transfer again. For 300K Club Carlson you would get 54K United that would be 69K United after the bonus

Hyatt Gold Passport

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50K Hyatt would be 25K United. You would need to transfer 100K Hyatt to get 65K United after the transfer bonus. 100K Hyatt is about five days at top tier Hyatt property. (Please note that I have corrected this after the first publications)

Starwood Preferred Guest

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Most of the other airlines would give you 25K miles for every 20K transferred, but United is 2 Starpoints per 1 miles. Transferring Starpoints to United miles make no sense at all.

Choice Privileges

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This is the only program that I don’t have an opinion of whether it makes sense or not to transfer to United.

Wyndham Rewards

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Earlier in the year, I transferred all my Wyndham points to AA. 128K Wyndham points would convert to 66200 United miles after 15K bonus that is ok.

Conclusion

The best time to convert hotel points to miles is when the airlines are offering transfer bonuses. But even then you should always figure out if it makes sense. I have tried to lay out above what makes sense and what doesn’t.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

MileagePlus Hotel Points-to-Miles Promotion Official Rules

  1. Eligibility: Offer valid only for MileagePlus® members residing in the United States.
  2. Registration: To qualify for this offer, members must register for the promotion between October 26, 2012 and November 30, 2012 (“Promotional Period”).
  3. Qualifying Activity: A member must earn a combined minimum of 5,000 award miles as a result of one or more points to miles conversion transactions from any combination of MileagePlus hotel partner programs that are conducted during the Promotional Period (“Qualifying Activity”) in order to qualify for MileagePlus Hotel Points-to-Miles bonus miles.
  4. Posting of Promotional Miles:At the conclusion of the promotion, all miles earned by each member from Qualifying Activity will be combined, and bonus miles will be credited into the member’s account on or before January 31, 2013, according to the following schedule:1,000 bonus miles will be deposited when Award Miles earned from cumulative Qualifying Activity is between 5,000 and 9,999;or 2,500 bonus miles will be deposited when Award Miles earned from cumulative Qualifying Activity is between 10,000 and 19,999;

    or 5,000 bonus miles will be deposited when Award Miles earned from cumulative Qualifying Activity is between 20,000 and 49,999;

    or 15,000 bonus miles will be deposited when Award Miles earned from cumulative Qualifying Activity is 50,000 or greater.

    No bonus miles will be awarded if total Award Miles earned by such member from hotel points converted during the Promotional Period is less than 5,000. The maximum bonus miles that can be earned by a member under this promotion is 15,000. MileagePlus will not be responsible for technical problems with partner miles postings, or failures or delays in miles postings by hotel partners, that would render any points to miles converted as ineligible under this promotion.

  5. General: This offer is not combinable with other MileagePlus offers. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time and without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the program. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to www.united.com.

Priority Club Promotions for October

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Priority Club always has number of ongoing promotions that you can sign up for. If you don’t, you are really not maximizing the number of points you can earn with the program. I will have an update post on the onetime bonuses on Wednesday morning.

You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here. I have also written about different type of Priority Club promotions here. By combining all the promotions you can get Platinum status + 60K points in just seven stays.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States or Asia Pacific. 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.

There is an interesting “Roles To Rooms’ promotion for total of 15K bonus points for four stays. This promotion appears to be geographically targeted to members whose account is based in Asia Pacific region. It may also required the stays to be in the same region.

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Priority Club “Roles to Rooms” Promotion: 15000 Bonus Points for Four Stays

Here’s an update about the “Roles to Room” promotion:

Priority Club “Roles To Rooms” Promotion Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Complimentary Intercontinental Ambassador Status After Three InterContinental Nights

You can get complimentary InterContinental Ambassador status that normally costs $200 for staying 3 nights at InterContinental properties by the end of November. Note that this promotion is not based on stays but on nights. It probably only works if you have not been an Ambassador member previously,

Triple Priority Club Points in Spain & Portugal – Need to Book IKTB2 Rate

Triple points for stays at select properties in the Iberian peninsula. Valid until the end of December.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

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These are valid from October 1st to December 31st, 2012. You should sign up for 5K, 10K or 15K variation of this offer depending how many IHG nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

Priority Club “50 Meetings” Meeting Planner Bonus of 50K Bonus Points for San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and New York

Priority Club has a bonus offer for Meeting Planners that book a qualified meeting by February 28, 2013 for January 1 to March 31, 2013.

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Priority Club “Sweetheart Deal” $100 Visa Prepaid Debit Card for Each 3 Night Stay within 90 Day of Wedding

Priority Club is offering a $100 rebate for every stay of 3 nights or longer within 90 days of your wedding, This promotion is valid until the end of 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. This offer is most likely targeted and won’t work for all.

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.

Conclusion

Make sure that you have signed up for all the promotions.

Word of caution! Even if Priority Club accepts the registration for the bonus offer, it doesn’t always trigger actual point posting. There is no point, pun intended, to call Priority Club about a promotion that you weren’t originally targeted for.

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