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

There are number of very good hotel promotions going on at the moment. Club Carlson has better than free night promotions in each of their four different brands. Marriott Rewards has their summer Mega Bonus for extra points or free night certificates. Best Western is offering a free night certificate after three stays.

Le Club Accorhotels

There are no current promotion for Accor. Sign up for our email alerts to be notified when they launch a new global promo.

Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is offering a free night certificate after three stays. This promotion started on June 17th and ends on August 19th. You can only earn ONE free night certificate.

Best Western Rewards Summer Bonus Offer SUM12 – Free Night Voucher After Three Stays

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The alternate promo is 2000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles per stay for up to three stays. The bonus is 1750 miles per stay.

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

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Carlson has come up with the most exciting summer promotion this year. You can register for four different promotions and earn enough points for a free night and then some from each one of them. You only need to register and try out each of their different brands once.

You can get 50000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Big Night Giveaway and have a stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu property worldwide

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Radisson Big Night Giveaway Promotion Is Now Live

Then there is the Country Inns & Suites version of this promotion. You can get 44000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Stay 1 Get 1-promotion and staying a night at any of their Country Inns & Suites.

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

And Club Carlson’s third promotion is for the Park Inn-brand. You will get 44000 bonus points after registering for their Stay One Get One-promotion and staying at any of the Park Inn locations by July 22nd.

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Club Carlson Park Inn by Radisson Promotion Get 44K Bonus Points for a Stay

The newest of the four is the promotion for the Park Plaza-brand. You can get 50000 bonus points after a paid stay. You need to register and watch the video first.

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Club Carlson Park Plaza Ultimate Night Giveaway – Earn 50K Bonus Points

If you are new to the Club Carlson, you can read about the various status levels with the program and the status match opportunities:

Club Carlson Red, Silver, Gold, & Concierge Status Levels Explained

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Choice is offering 8000 Choice Privileges points for every two stays that you can redeem for $50 gift cards with number of retailers. Note that the definition of a stay is TWO nights at select Choice properties.

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Choice Hotels Summer Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn $50 Gift Card

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s 3rd quarter promotion is for double points for weekday stays and triple points for weekend ones. Please note that the number of properties that have opted out of this promo is rather long.

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Hilton HHonors 3rd Quarter “Triple Your Trip” 2012 Double or Triple Points Promotion

You can also get 2000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for your first Home2 Suites stay.

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

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.

Hyatt Gold Passport Summer 2012 Promotion for up to Five Times the Miles

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

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

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

Last week, I wrote about eight Priority Club bonuses that one should sign up for. These were offers that were emailed to a number of Priority Club members and are supposedly “targeted”. With Priority Club these targeted offers are open for anybody, however.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know that you can achieve

Priority Club Summer Promotion 1000 Bonus Points Per Night

You can get 1000 bonus Priority Club points per night (capped at 20K) for stays until September 3rd.

15K Bonus Points + Gold Status for 6 InterContinental Nights

This is a nice bonus points promotion for InterContinental stays in the Americas.  You need to get the stays in by the end of July, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

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

This promotion cannot be combined with the 15K Bonus + Gold after 6 stays. This offer is valid until the end of July, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

2000 Bonus Points for Priority Club Surveys

You can get couple of thousand bonus points for completing bunch of short quizzes.

Marriott Rewards

Marriott summer promotion started on June 1st and is valid until August 31st. You needed to register by June 30th. There are number of variations of the offer.

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

Marriott also has a MegaMiles promotion from July 1st to October 31st, 2012 for triple airline miles with selected airlines. Note that you need to change your earning from points to miles before you can sign up for this.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

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

Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Status Match – Taste of Platinum & Gold Challenge

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 exciting Extraordinary Returns promotion starting on July 15th and ends on October 15th, 2012. You can get 30000 bonus points for a stay of 4 days or longer.

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

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood launched their much anticipated SPG Nice Choice promotion on May 1st that hasn’t gone down too well. You can read about the initial leakmy 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. Note that you needed to choose what you would like to earn and when by June 30th, 2012.

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 doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

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. Both of these promotions are ending on July 8th, 2012.

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

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

Create Your Own InterContinental Hotels Group Asia, Middle East and Africa Edirectory

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You can now create your own InterContinental Hotels Group edirectory, but unfortunately it only includes hotels in Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

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You can search for individual hotels or certain brand etc. This can come very handy at times when you need more information about a specific hotel.

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Here’s the info about InterContinental hotel in Phnom Penh, where I am going to stay again later today.

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If you have trouble with distinguishing between different IHG brands, the directory also has a brief introduction of each one of them.

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It also lists the number of IHG properties by brand and then in the Asia, Middle East, and Africa region as of December 2011. Still more than two thirds of IHG hotels are Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express ones.

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Current Public Priority Club Promotions

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Last week, I wrote about eight Priority Club bonuses that one should sign up for. These were offers that were emailed to a number of Priority Club members and are supposedly “targeted”. With Priority Club these targeted offers are open for anybody, however.

Besides these eight there are number of ongoing public promotions that one should take advantage of:

Quarter 2 Stay bonuses

These will come to an end on June 30th, 2012. There are still few days left

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These will start on July 1st and end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know that you can achieve

15K Bonus Points + Gold Status for 6 InterContinental Nights

This is a nice bonus points promotion for InterContinental stays in the Americas.  You need to get the stays in by the end of July, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

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

This promotion cannot be combined with the 15K Bonus + Gold after 6 stays. This offer is valid until the end of July, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

2000 Bonus Points for Priority Club Surveys

You can get couple of thousand bonus points for completing bunch of short quizzes.

Two InterContinental Ambassador Amenity Gifts

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Part of the InterContinental Ambassador program are the gifts that both Ambassador and Royal Ambassador members are supposed to receive. This is actually written on the terms and conditions of the program. You do receive them most of the time, but I rarely found them good enough to take with me, however.

On LoyaltyLobby: InterContinental Royal Ambassador program.

Here are two good ones from the past month. One of them is better thought than the other though.

InterContinental Manila – Really nice USB charger with number of different plugs

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I think that this is probably the best Ambassador amenity I have ever received, and it really cannot cost the hotel more than a buck or two when they buy them in large quantity. Who wouldn’t have a use for charging cable that has built in number of tips for various cell phones and devices? It is also small enough and includes a pouch as well that reminds you about the property every time use it.

InterContinental Singapore – Swiss Army Branded Knife

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This is nice, but not convenient for a traveler that doesn’t check bags. You are not supposed to have even a small knife like this in your carry on.

These were the two gifts that were memorable from the past couple of months. Both were good actually. The latter one is not suitable for business traveler, however.

Eight Priority Club Promotions to Sign Up For – June Update

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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. If the code doesn’t work for you, you have signed up for the same or variant of the same promotion previously.

These eight promotions should work for all. The Elite member next stay bonus probably requires a Gold or higher status with Priority Club, however. The weekend 5K bonus points may require an address in the United States.Remember to sign up for the other on going Priority Club bonus points offers that you can find here.

You can register for these promotions at priorityclub.com/register.

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102

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 earnings.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per paid stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion.

Edit: These two bonuses above are combinable.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221

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.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120

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

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

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

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. Please note that I have had two weekend stays at InterContinental hotels after registering for this promo, but I have not received these bonus points. They might post later.

Edit: It is very likely that you need to have your Priority Club address in the United States for this promo to work. It did post to my recent weekend stay two weeks later after I had switched my address back to the States. It didn’t post to a previous weekend stay, when my address wasn’t in the States. 

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168

Not sure exactly how this works, but here’s the info about this offer: 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!

InterContinental Bonus Offer: 15K Bonus Points, Gold Status, 10% off for Staying 6 Nights and Paying Using Amex

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InterContinental has had this promotion already since May 1st and it is valid until the end of July. You will get 15K bonus Priority Club points for staying 6 nights in the Americas and Caribbean (excluding the InterContinental Alliance resorts), & Gold status with Priority Club rewards.

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You can register for this promotion at priorityclub.com/register by inputting the promotion code 2933.

If you are going to have 6 stays at InterContinental hotels, it would make sense to sign up for the Ambassador Program and get Gold status and other benefits immediately.

LoyaltyLobby.com: InterContinental Royal Ambassador status

You can also get 10% discount off of the Best Available rate by booking the IDICH rate code and paying using an American Express card. I am going to be in South America in July for couple of weeks, and planning to spend few nights at the InterContinental properties in Buenos Aires.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotions that appears to be somewhat contradictory. The promotion is for 6 nights and not 3 etc.

Offer valid when you register, book and pay with any American Express Credit or Charge Card. Registration can be completed at www.priorityclub.com/AMX15k. Fulfillment of the offer is the sole responsibility of the participating American Express merchant. Offer is not redeemable for cash, is not valid on previous stays or existing bookings and cannot be combined with any other promotions/offers/savings. Limit one offer per Cardmember. Offer valid based on single occupancy in a standard room. Offer does not include tax or resort fees. POINTS: Must be a Priority Club Rewards member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion. Bonus points will be awarded after the three qualifying nights between 1 May and 31 July 2012, at InterContinental locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and Latin America (excluding InterContinental AllianceSM Resort properties). Three qualifying nights do not have to be consecutive. 5,000 bonus points awarded after three qualified nights. A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Only one room per member per stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points. No retroactive points will be awarded for stays prior to registration. You must be a points collector with a preferred alliance in order to collect points. Only points will be awarded for this bonus point promotion. No other frequency/partner credits will be issued for the bonus points. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards Membership terms and conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting www.priorityclub.com. This exclusive offer is valid for original recipient only. 10% off Best Flexible Rate at InterContinental properties: Some restrictions apply and rate is for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and Latin America (excluding InterContinental Alliance Resort properties). American Express Rate Code IDICH must be used at time of booking in order to secure 10% off Best Flexible Rate. Specific discounts may not be available at all hotels. Offer does not apply to negotiated rates for groups of 10 or more, travel industry rates or employee rates. The rate offer does not qualify for InterContinental’s Best Price Guarantee. Program terms and hotels subject to change without notice. ©2012 InterContinental® Hotels Group. All rights reserved. Most hotels are independently owned and/or operated. POID ABOH:0001

Priority Club Air Canada Aeroplan Offer – 5000 Bonus Miles for a Stay

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Priority Club has a bonus offer for Aeroplan members that have a stay at any InterContinental Hotels Group property in Canada. You will get 5000 Aeroplan bonus miles for one stay that must occur between June 1st and September 30th, 2012.

To get the bonus miles you need to register for this promotion by using promotional code 7997 at priorityclub.com/register. You need to switch your point earnings for miles for this one stay for the bonus to kick in.

Please note that the communication implied that this offer is valid only for targeted recipients, but that has not typically been the case with Priority Club promotions. When I signed up for this promotion, it didn’t show up on My Promotions at Priority Club’s website. I am going to be in Canada later this summer and will have one stay at IHG property to find out if this works or not.

To earn 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on your next stay between June 1 and September 30, 2012, register for this promotion at priorityclub.com/register and enter promotion code 7997 where prompted.

You must be a Priority Club® Rewards member and must register your Aeroplan Number in advance to participate in this amazing promotion.

Only the recipient of this communication is eligible for this promotional offer. This offer is not transferrable. You must be a Priority Club® Rewards member and must register for this promotion at priorityclub.com/register and enter promo code 7997 where prompted. Earn 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on your next stay at a qualifying rate. Most business and leisure rates qualify. You must be a Priority Club® Rewards member with a preferred alliance to Aeroplan in order to earn miles. Only one room per member per stay will be awarded the applicable bonus miles. No retroactive miles will be awarded for nights prior to registration. Subject to standard Priority Club® Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions. For details on Priority Club® enrolment, miles earning structure and complete Priority Club® Rewards Terms & Conditions visit www.priorityclub.com.

Priority Club Stay Bonuses for 3rd Quarter

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We now have the information and the codes for the 3rd quarter 2012 Priority Club Stay-bonuses. As usually there are three different thresholds for 5000, 10000, or 15000 bonus Priority Club points. These are for stays from July 1st to September 30th, 2012.

You should register for the 3, 7, or 15 nights’ version of this promotion. Note that the bonuses are based on NIGHTS and not on STAYS. You can register at priorityclub.com/register. You can combine this promotion with other numerous promotions that the Priority Club has at the moment.

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4871 = Stay 3 Nights – Get 5K Points

4872 = Stay 4 Nights – Get 5K Points

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4873 = Stay 7 Nights – Get 10K Points

4874 = Stay 8 Nights- Get 10K Points

4875 = Stay 10 Nights – Get 10K Points

4876 = Stay 12 Nights – Get 10K Points

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4877 = Stay 15 Nights – Get 15K Points

4878 = Stay 18 Nights – Get 15K Points

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points (or more)

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Priority Club has been running the following surveys already for couple of years. Not sure why I hadn’t done them earlier. These were first noted on FlyerTalk by toflyornottofly back in 2010. They are still working, however.

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These surveys may or may not work for you. I hadn’t done any of them earlier and got 2000 Priority Club points out of them. Sometimes you may get an error message that you have already completed the survey earlier. Just try the next one.

Survey 1: 300 points

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Here’s the link for the main survey. You can also try doing this, this, this, this, and this.

Survey 2. 100 points

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Here’s the link for this survey. You can also try doing this, this, this, this, and this.

Survey 3. 100 points

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Here’s the link for this one. The other links for this survey are here, here, here, here, and here.

Terms and Conditions:
*Must be a Priority Club Rewards member. The number of bonus points, as indicated in the communication, will be deposited into member’s account within 48 hours after the quiz is submitted. Priority Club Rewards members are only eligible to receive the Bonus points once, regardless of the number of times the quiz is taken. Priority Club Rewards members who have chosen miles as their earning preference will be awarded points. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards Membership terms and conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting www.priorityclub.com. This exclusive offer is valid for original recipient only.

Earn Up To 20K Priority Club Bonus Points (1K Per Night) + Online Booking Bonus

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This promotion already had an early start for those who liked the Priority Club on their Facebook page. Now, however, the promotion is open for everyone. You can register for promotion at priorityclub.com/register and plugging in an offer code 1340 or by simply clicking this link.

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You can earn 1000 bonus Priority Club points per night for up to 20K bonus points during the promotional period from June 1st to September 3rd, 2012. These points are addition to the points you would otherwise earn and can be combined with all the other Priority Club point promotions as long as they are not “conflicting” ones.

According to the promotion this is open for airline miles collectors as well. The maximum number of bonus miles that you can earn is capped at 4000 miles. I would not, however, collect airline miles instead of Priority Club points unless you need some kind of hit for an airline related bonus like the previous and current Air Canada related ones.

Priority Club is also promoting that you will earn bonus 250 Priority Club points per STAY (not night) if you book your stay at any InterContinental Hotels Group family of websites.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this promotion:

Must be a Priority Club® Rewards member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion.

1,000 bonus points or 200 bonus miles with participating airlines and partners will be awarded on every qualifying night at InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Express by Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide between June 1, 2012 and September 3, 2012. Maximum bonus award is 20,000 bonus points or 4,000 bonus miles. Most business and leisure rates are qualifying.
You must be a miles collector with a preferred alliance to collect airline miles. See below for participating airlines. Frequency/partner credits may be issued in currencies other than miles. All airline program terms and conditions apply. For details on airline miles earning structure, click here. For details on points earning structure, click here.
Only one room per member per night at participating hotels will be awarded the applicable bonus. No retroactive bonus points or miles will be awarded for nights prior toregistration. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions.

Participating Airlines


Americas Airlines

United Airlines

American Airlines

Alaska Airlines

US Airways

Delta Airlines

Aeromexico

Lanchile

Varig Brasil

Continental Airlines

Air Canada

AIR MILES Reward Program


Asia Pacific Airlines

Air China

Asia Miles

China Airlines

China Eastern

China Southern

Eva Air

Air New Zealand

All Nippon Airways

Japan Airlines

Jet Airways

Korean Airways

Malaysia Airlines

Qantas Airways Limited

Singapore Airlines

Thai Airways International

Virgin Blue Velocity

Asiana Airlines


Europe, Middle East and Africa Airlines

Etihad Airways

Emirates

Gulf Air

Jet Airways

Saudi Arabian Airlines

South African Airways

Air Berlin

Air France/KLM

British Airways

Virgin Atlantic

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

There are currently promotions going on with number of chains. My personal choice for the June are the three Club Carlson promotions, Marriott’s promotion of a free night for every two stays capped at three free nights, and the InterContinental Hotels Group due to number of stackable promotions. The very confusing SPG promotions is going on depending what is the earning period that you will choose (no need to choose until the end of this month). Hyatt’s airline related bonuses are very good as well.

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Le Club Accorhotels

There are no current promotion for Accor. Sign up for our email alerts to be notified when they launch a new global promo.

There was a promo for triple points for stays until June 10th that include a weekend night. You had to book these by May 10th, however.

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

The offer for complimentary Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status is still up:

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

Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is offering a free night certificate after three stays. This promotion starts on June 17th and ends on August 19th. You can only earn ONE free night certificate.

Best Western Rewards Summer Bonus Offer SUM12 – Free Night Voucher After Three Stays

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Carlson has come up with the most exciting summer promotion this year. You can register for three different promotions and earn enough points for a free night from each one of the. You only need to register and try out their different brands.

You can get 50000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Big Night Giveaway and have a stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu property worldwide

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Radisson Big Night Giveaway Promotion Is Now Live

Then there is the Country Inns & Suites version of this promotion. You can get 44000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Stay 1 Get 1-promotion and staying a night at any of their Country Inns & Suites.

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

And Club Carlson’s third promotion is for the Park Inn-brand. You will get 44000 bonus points after registering for their Stay One Get One-promotion and staying at any of the Park Inn locations by July 22nd.

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Club Carlson Park Inn by Radisson Promotion Get 44K Bonus Points for a Stay

If you are new to the Club Carlson, you can read about the various status levels with the program and the status match opportunities:

Club Carlson Red, Silver, Gold, & Concierge Status Levels Explained

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Choice is offering 8000 Choice Privileges points for every two stays that you can redeem for $50 gift cards with number of retailers. Note that the definition of a stay is TWO nights at select Choice properties.

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Choice Hotels Summer Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn $50 Gift Card

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s second quarter promotion of Double Points or Miles is coming to an end on June 30th.

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

You can also get 2000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for your first Home2 Suites stay.

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Hilton Home2 Suites Bonus Offer – 2000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for First Stay

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?

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

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

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

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

You can get 1000 bonus Priority Club points per night (capped at 20K) for stays until September 3rd.

Priority Club Summer Promotion 1000 Bonus Points Per Night

You can get a $75 Vacation Pay MasterCard after a rebate for every weekend stay of 2 nights or longer.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer – Stay Two Weekend Nights Get $75 Pre-Paid MasterCard

Then there is a $50 rebate for two nights or longer weeknight stays.

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club Offering $50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stays

There is an offer for a free digital camera for 6 stays in the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express hotels in the UK.

Priority Club Olympics Offer – Stay 6 Nights at Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express Hotels in the UK Get a Panasonics Limited Edition Digital Camera + Enter to Win Olympics Tickets + 1000 Priority Club Bonus Points Per Stay

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 summer promotion started on June 1st and is valid until August 31st. You need to register by June 30th. There are number of variations of the offer.

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

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

Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Status Match – Taste of Platinum & Gold Challenge

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

There are no current promotional offers from Ritz-Carlton.

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood launched their much anticipated SPG Nice Choice promotion on May 1st that hasn’t gone down too well. You can read about the initial leakmy 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. Note that you need to choose what you would like to earn and when by June 30th, 2012.

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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

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 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

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

My Hotel Award Dilemma for Doha Qatar

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I have been to Doha few times in the past when flying on Qatar Airways. The city is an easy stop for a longish transfer of less than 24 hours or for a short stopover. Normally there are only a handful of people at the luggage claim as most of the passengers are on transit. The immigration has always been a breeze. Airport is close to the city center and the taxi fares are cheap

It is not the most exciting city in the Middle East, but there is enough to do for a couple of days.

I have checked out the W, InterContinental (old one), and the Sheraton hotels on my previous trips. There are new hotels popping up almost every few weeks and decided to try something else this time around. The headline prices for hotels in Doha seem to start at $200++.

When there isn’t a stellar promotion around, I tend to check both the paid options and award options for quite a few chains. Preferably, I would have liked to have a stay at any of the three Club Carlson brands that are giving away points enough for a free night (see the promotions here, here, and here). Unfortunately there are no Club Carlson properties in Doha.

So, I decided to check Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham options for Doha and eventually settled for Points & Money option with the Hilton.

Hilton HHonors

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There was four options for Hilton; pay 820 QAR, use 40K HH points, Points & Money option of 20K HH and 254 QAR, or use the last free night certificate from the Hilton’s promo last year.

Hyatt Gold Passport

The Grand Hyatt in Doha is located close to the sports world complex and now burned Villagio mall. The location is horrible if you are planning to do sightseeing in Doha.

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With Hyatt there are basically two options, pay the 1000 QAR or use 15K Hyatt Gold Passport points. There is a nice promotion going on with the Hyatt for the airline points, but not worth paying the premium for this hotel, however.

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club

There are two InterContinental hotels in Doha. The old one, where I have stayed at previously, and the new one that is located in the city center, and is very close to the nice City Center mall.

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Both were in the 900 QAR range and would require 40K PC for the old and 30K PC for the new one. Hotels had points and money option available as well.

Marriott Rewards

To my surprise Marriott had the greatest number of properties in Doha and they would have been the best deal using points.

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The Renaissance and Courtyard hotels are both collocated at the City Center mall that I was referring earlier. You have direct access, at least from the Courtyard, to the mall itself. The number of points require for the Renaissance is 15K and for the Courtyard 10K. I think that both of these present exceptional point redemption value. Then there is the older Marriott that is located close to the airport. It also requires rather modest number of points (15K) considering the going rates of 950 QAR at this hotel.

There are also two Ritz-Carlton properties that are Tier 1 point wise in the Ritz-Carlton Rewards. I probably wouldn’t use points at these two properties, but could considering using a free night certificate that the Ritz-Carlton was giving on their last promotion.

Starwood Preferred Guest

There are three Starwood properties in Doha, and I have previously stayed at the W hotel right after it opened few years ago and at the Sheraton Doha Resort late last fall. I like the location of both of these hotels. There is a brand new St Regis in Doha as well, but the location of that hotel is disadvantageous.

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The Sheraton Doha Resort (category 6) is absolutely horrible value point wise. It would require 20K SPG and didn’t have any cash & points available.

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The W is category 5 hotel and would have had a price tag of 999 QAR for last night. The number of SPG points required for a free night would have been somewhat reasonable 12K, but the Cash & Points at 4800 points + 90 USD for the night is a great deal for Doha.

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The St Regis had the highest price at 1400 QAR and category 6 award level. Neither 20K SPG or 8K SPG + 150 USD would had represented any value for me.

Wyndham Rewards

I haven’t stayed too much at the Wyndham family for hotels. Last time when I stayed at the Ramada in Colombo, I later found out that I would not earn any points. This was not clearly presented on the website, but was rather hidden in the terms and conditions of the rewards program. You won’t earn any points for stays in Sri Lanka and number of other countries.

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Wyndham family would have had three options in Doha; two Ramada properties and one Wyndham. All these are located in the old city center of the Doha and are quite close to the airport.

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The cheaper Ramada property would have required 15K points and the more expensive 30K points.

Conclusion

It pays to be part of number of frequent guest programs as not all the chains has coverage in all cities or offer reasonable point based pricing.

On this trip I decided to check out the new Hilton in Doha and use Hilton’s Points & Money awards. I am going to be back next week for a night as well and have decided to stay at one of the Marriott Rewards properties as they are offering exceptionally good redemption value for Doha.

Sometimes SPG’s categories seem to be somewhat unreasonable as is the case in Doha. Both the old Sheraton and the brand new St Regis are very expensive to use points. The best Starwood option is the W that is still category 5 hotel.

Priority Club Member Exclusive Offer of up to 40% Discount

InterContinental Hotels Group is having an exclusive sale where Priority Club members can get up to 40% discount at number of hotels in Australasia, India/Middle East/Africa, South East Asia, and Japan/South Korea.

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This pre-sale is open for Priority Club members from May 28th to June 3rd, 2012 for stays between June 1st and September 30th. The discount for non-members after this pre-sale period is 30%.

Note that the terms and conditions of this offer such as minimum stay period, full prepayment or not, and other conditions may vary from region to region. The terms and conditions are not universal.

I have found out that it is always best to see if these sale prices are real. Here’s an example from InterContinental Asiana hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

The sale rate is $153

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The Luxury Weekends rate is $165

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The Best flexible rate is $189

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The sale rate is lower but not by a lot. If your plans are firm, these might be worth checking out. Also, as I noted above, the actual discount and the minimum stay requirements do differ.

Here are the terms and conditions of this sale by regions:

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Australasia

Rates are per room, per night and are subject to availability. Exclusive 10% discount has already been applied to rates. Full prepayment is required at time of booking, can not be amended and is non-refundable. Blackout dates may apply. Rates for the participating hotels are available from 28 May 2012 to 3 June 2012 for stays from 1 June 2012 to 30 September 2012 with a minimum of 2 nights stay, excepting InterContinental Fiji and Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu which requires a minimum of 5 nights stay.

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India, Middle east and Africa

Rates are per room, per night and are subject to availability. Exclusive 10% discount has already been applied to rates.Tax and service charges apply. One night non-refundable, non transferable deposit is required at the time of booking. Cancellation or failing to arrive results in forfeiture of this one night’s deposit.  Rates for the participating hotels are available from 28 May 2012 to 3 June 2012 for stays from 1 June to 30 September 2012. A minimum length of stay is required to qualify for the offer, which varies by country.

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South East Asia

Rates are per room, per night and are subject to availability. Exclusive 10% discount has already been applied to rates. Tax and service charges apply. Full prepayment is required at time of booking and is non-refundable upon cancellation. Rates for the participating hotels are available from 28 May 2012 to 3 June 2012 for stays from 1June to 30 September 2012 with a minimum of 2 nights stay. Advance booking is required and the stay period and lead time available with this discounted rate vary by hote

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Japan and South Korea

Rates are per room, per night and are subject to availability. Exclusive 10% discount has already been applied to rates.Tax and service charges apply. Full prepayment is required at time of booking. No refunds if cancelled or changed. Blackout dates may apply. Rates for the participating InterContinental hotels are available from 28 May 2012 to 3 June 2012 for stays from 4 June 2012 to 30 September 2012. Rates for the participating Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels are available from 28 May 2012 to 3 June 2012 for stays from 1 June 2012 to 30 September 2012. Advance booking is required and the stay period and lead time available with this discounted rate vary by hotel.

Why Hotel Websites (Hilton, Hyatt & InterContinental) Are So Unstable?

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When you are trying to make a booking around noon EST and there is a message about a “scheduled” maintenance, you can be 100% sure that there is nothing “scheduled” about it.

Yesterday, for the first time, all these three websites were down simultaneously when I was trying to make some reservations, check prices, and make sure that points/stays had posted correctly.

Hotels are trying to make their very best to channel as many bookings through their websites as possible. The main reason is that travel agents typically get a 10% commission of the room revenue, and websites like Expedia have much higher margins on their prepaid rooms.

Quite often only the bookings made through hotel chains own channels are eligible for stay/night credits and points, unlike with the airlines, where it doesn’t really matter whether you book on the Expedia’s of the world or the airlines own websites. I have always preferred online booking sites like Expedia over the airlines ones i.e. United.com.

This is the reason why it is imperative that the sites are actually up and running. Quite often I make bookings for the same day arrival, and I really don’t want to deal with the phone reservations. Hyatt has probably lost more than 10 stays from me alone in the past 14 months due to the non-functioning website that has these outages several times throughout the week. Sometimes, I have been able to make a reservation using the mobile site when the main site has been out.

I was somewhat surprised that yesterday

InterContinental Hotels Group was down:

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Hilton was down:

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Hyatt was down:

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Are all these hotel companies buying the infrastructure from the same vendors? Having non-functioning websites at this day and age is totally unacceptable.

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