Top Hotel Promotions August 2013

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Here’s my pick of the five most lucrative hotel promotions that you can take advantage of this month. There are rarely promotions at the Ritz-Carlton and their promo for a free night after two stays is a good one.

1. Ritz-Carlton Free Night Certificate For Every Two Stays

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Summer 2013 Promotion: Free Night Certificate For Every Two Stays

Ritz-Carlton has a promotion for a free night category 1-3 certificate for every two stays between July 1 and October 31, 2013.

Marriott Forcing Password Changes – Accounts & Passwords Hacked?

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Last week, I wrote about the email that I had received from Marriott Regarding my Marriott Rewards account with a suggestion that I should change my password (you can read the article here). Today, when I was trying to log into my account, I was presented with the screen below.

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Marriott was forcing me to change the password that I had on file with them. The text below makes no sense at all. To ensure more “secure” passwords, Marriott doesn’t allow any special characters such as *, &, %, _, – etc.

Marriott Rewards Fall 2013 MegaBonus September 15 – January 15

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Marriott Rewards just launched their fall 2013 MegaBonus that is valid for stays between September 15 and January 15, 2014. You need to register for this promotion by November 15, 2013 (Marriott usually allows late registrations by contacting customer service).

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Here are the options for the Marriott Rewards Fall 2013 MegaBonus:

Marriott Rewards “Welcome Back To More Rewards” Promotion (Targeted)

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Seem that Hyatt and SPG are not the only two trying to woo rewards members that have not had stays for a while. Now, Marriott has sent the following “Welcome Back To More Rewards” offer to members that have not had stays for some time.

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If you received this offer, you have been auto-enrolled for getting a free night category 1-4 certificate for every two stays during the sign up month + following three months. The maximum number of certificates that you can earn is maxed at two.

Hotel Promotions Update (Q3) August 2013

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Here’s the monthly update on current hotel promotions. There are interesting promotions from IHG Rewards Club, Marriott & Ritz-Carlton.

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Hyatt still doesn’t have a global promotion for third month in a row (long break), but launched targeted promotions for few stays. SPG is taking a break this month as well, but have already informed us about the Take Two promotion that starts on September 1. Not sure what Club Carlson is up to, as they only have promotion for bonus points in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa).

Marriott’s Email About Hacked Accounts

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Marriott sent the following email two weeks ago about unauthorized attempts to access some accounts. There has been reports from people who have had their Marriott accounts drained out of points.

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What is Marriott doing wrong here?

Marriott’s Press Release About U.S. News Travel Rewards & No Blackout Dates

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Earlier in the week, I started suddenly feel sick and almost threw up, when I was reading Marriott’s press release about their winning of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rewards (access the news piece here) and citing “No Blackout Dates” being one of the reasons for this.

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Marriott’s “No Backout Dates” and “Standard Room Availability” is extremely misleading compared to more honest programs such as Hyatt, Starwood and even Hilton that TRULY have no black out dates and awards are available as long as standard rooms are available for sale.

Marriott Gift Card Purchase Bonus: Get 12 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Per USD

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Marriott has a new promotion for Southwest Rapid Rewards members that purchase Marriott Gift cards between August 1 and September 26, 2013, for up to 12,000 Rapid Rewards points for $1000 gift card purchase.

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You can access Marriott’s web page for this promotion here. Note that you need to have your Southwest Rapid Rewards number available before you are able to access this offer.

Switching Between Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Rewards Accounts & Promotions

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If Marriott Rewards & Ritz-Carlton Rewards accounts would be same (they actually really are) officially, it would be far easier to take advantage of the promotions that they have for Marriott family of hotels and for Ritz-Carlton ones.

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You are not supposed to have an account for Marriott Rewards and another one for Ritz-Carlton Rewards, but you can freely switch between these two by just contacting the rewards customer service. Your membership number doesn’t change.

Marriott Gift Card 10% Purchase Bonus

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Marriott is offering 10% bonus on purchase of Marriott gift cards valued from $25 to $1500 between July 1 and August 31, 2013.

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You need to use promotional code AMT at the time of purchase and Marriott will add the 10% purchase bonus on the balance of the card. There is no special web page for this promotion, buy you can access Marriott’s website for buying gift cards here.

Marriott Gift Card Purchase Bonus: Get 5 United Miles Per USD

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Marriott is about to launch a new promo for buying gift cards. You can get 5 United miles per USD for a maximum bonus of 7,500 miles for buying $1500 Marriott gift card.

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This offer is valid for purchases made between August 7 and September 7, 2013, and you can access this offer here.

J.D. Power North America 2013 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study Is Out

J.D. Power has just released their 2013 North America Hotel Guest Index Study and winning hotels have been busy sending out their press releases.

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This is the 17th year that this study has been released and it is based on 68,700 guest responses from United States & Canada between June 2012 and May 2013.

Marriott Rewards Just For You Promotion: 5,000 Bonus Points For Every Second Stay

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Marriott Rewards has a new “Just For You” targeted promotion for 5,000 bonus points for every second stay for stays between August 15 and November 15, 2013, for maximum of 50,000 bonus points after 20 stays.

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This promotion is based on STAYS and not on NIGHTS. You can access the web page for this promotion here. You can only access the page, when signed in to your Marriott Rewards account and you have been targeted for this.

Reminder To Book Hotel Stays Both Paid & Award Night By Night

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It would be a time to remind all the readers that they should consider booking paid and award stays one night at a time even for longer stays. I have again received couple of emails from the readers in the past week that have run into problems, when trying to shorten award stays.

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1. Reader booked a stay under the old Hilton HHonors award schedule

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