Hotel Elite Status & Guaranteed Room Availability

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Hotel loyalty programs often tout guaranteed room availability of 48 to 72 hours before scheduled arrival time as a status related benefit for their most loyal guests. This “guarantee” may come as at unusually high price as LoyaltyLobby reader found out:

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The main problems with this “guaranteed” availability are:

Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program Series: Earning Points Conclusions

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It is time for the conclusions on the Most Rewards Hotel Loyalty Program-series that I have been writing in the past month. I hope that you are still hanging there after all the spreadsheets that I have done.

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In order to evaluate the different hotel loyalty programs in terms of earning points and to capture the number of points that you earn on average, I constructed two scenarios:

Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: Marriott Rewards – Burning Points

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Now that we have established the number of points that you earn on average based on the spend as Marriott Rewards Gold or Platinum member (see here), it is time to have a look at the number of points that is required to get a free night/number of points earned per dollar.

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Spend Requirement For A Free Night As Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Member

Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: Marriott Rewards – Earning Points Gold/Platinum

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This is the fourth and second last installment on Most Rewarding Loyalty Program-series. You can read my earning points take on Club Carlson (here), Hilton HHonors (here), Hyatt Gold Passport (here), IHG Rewards/Priority Club (here) and Ambassador/Royal Ambassador (here).

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What we first need to do, is to establish the number of points that you earn on average per dollar spend taking into account elite amenity points, elite bonuses, and possible credit card tie-up.

Marriott Rewards Summer 2013 Promotion “Unexpected Bonus”

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Marriott Rewards has just launched their 2013 summer promotion “Unexpected Bonus” for stays between May 15 and September 2, 2013. You need to register for this promotion by July 31. You can access this promotions here.

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You can find out your targeted version by logging to your Marriott Reward’s account and going to Promotion Central. The new offer should be the featured one on the left column.

Marriott Losing Plaza Hotel In Buenos Aires

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The new owner of the Plaza Hotel (Sutton Group) in Buenos Aires has paid $5 million termination penalty to Marriott to terminate the management agreement that the previous owner had. You can read more about this on Spanish website here.

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Marriott Plaza is an iconic hotel in Buenos Aires that is in desperate need of renovation. I have stayed there several times and last time in July/August in 2012.

Marriott Rewards Targeted Offer: 5000 Bonus Points For Two Stays At Fairfield Inn/SpringHill/Courtyard

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Marriott Rewards has been sending out targeted brand specific offers for 5000 bonus points after two stays at Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites or Courtyard hotels in United States or Canada between May 1 and July 31, 2013.

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There are separate targeted offers for each of these Marriott brands. You may have received an email about this offer, you may receive a post card from Marriott, or you can just log in to your Marriott Rewards and choose the Promotion Central.

How Dirty Can The In-room Hotel Glassware Be? (Apparently VERY Dirty)

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What is the dirtiest in-room hotel glassware that you have come across? Is it or can it be any dirtier than this glass in my suite at The Stone, Marriott Autograph collection hotel,  here in Bali?

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I normally like to have tea and would prefer having a proper tea mug, when I am working. I hate those tiny coffee cups that many of the hotels have. Normally, I then just use one of the drinking glasses for my tea, but definitely not at this hotel.

Marriott Rewards’ Newest Partner Iberia Avios

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Marriott Rewards just announced their latest airline partner Iberia. You can now earn Iberia Avios for your Marriott stays, although this makes very little sense.

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Iberia is part of IAG (International Airlines Group), as is British Airways. You have been able to earn BA Avios for your Marriott stays for a long time. You can freely transfer Avios between Avios, BA Avios and Iberia Avios, so there has been a way to earn Iberia Avios for your stays for a long time.

Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program

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

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

Top Hotel Promotions For April (2013)

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It is already spring time and hotel programs are starting to launch their summer 2013 promotions. Most of the spring promotions are on their last leg.

1. Hilton’s promotion for quadruple Virgin Atlantic miles in London & Scotland + combining it with the Daily Grand

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Quadruple Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles At Hilton Hotels In London & Scotland

It is difficult to suggest participating to Hilton’s promotions after the huge devaluation last month, but combining these two promotions for stays in London & Scotland can earn you lot of points.

Hotel Promotions Update April 2013

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

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

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

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US Airways Dividend Miles 50% Hotel Conversion Bonus

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

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The hotel conversion partners are:

JW Marquis Dubai For Two Nights + 10K Qatar Privilege Club Miles For $199

Qatar Airways just added an interesting offer up on their website that requires attending to a 90 minute timeshare presentation during the stay. You can read more about this offer here.

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You will get two nights at the brand new JW Marqui Dubai (you can read my review of this hotel here) with breakfast + 10000 Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles for $199.

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