Starwood Asia Pacific Up To 50% Off Sale

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Starwood is currently having an Asia Pacific sale that ends on August 5, 2013, for stays until August 31 or until October 31 in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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You can access Starwood’s web page for this offer here. The rate code is DLY50 or Daily50, if you make the reservation over the phone.

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

SPG Paradise Just Got Closer 35% Off Redemption Promo

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SPG just launched a 35% off redemption promotion for stays at seven “specialty” properties for stays until March 1, 2014. You ca access SPG’s web page for this promotion here.

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This offer is only valid at the following seven properties and you can make it by PHONE only:

SPG Elite Thank You Certificates

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SPG has been mailing out Elite Thank You certificates in your membership pack, but they might have gone electronic this years, as they have been sending out emails to request them.

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You can get four certificates yearly or at the time of your status upgrade.

SPG Aloft Initiative: Smart Check-In

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has been sending out quite a few invitation this past for week for program members to participate to this Smart Check-In experiment at select few Aloft hotels in the United States.

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This program started in 2010 at Aloft Lexington and has slowly spread to handful of location and some more are coming online later this year. According to Starwood’s press release this May the program already has more than 10,000 participants.

SPG Friends Of Four Points Promotion

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SPG’s Four Points brand is offering award tokens at check in for stays on Monday to Thursday nights that can be exchanges for one of the four predefined perks that can vary from Buy One Get One Free beer to a complimentary specialty coffee.

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You don’t have to use the token at the time of stay and you can use it at any of the participating Four Points hotel by September 30, 2013. These tokens are offered between June 15 and September 15, 2013. You can access SPG’s website for this offer here.

SPG Restaurants & Bars Triple Benefits

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SPG has launched a new promotions to promote dining & wining at bars and restaurants that one can find at their hotels. SPG has already long given Starpoints for F&B spend even when you are not staying at the hotel.

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Now, you can get “triple” benefits for dining at restaurant venues between July 1 and September 30, 2013. The benefits vary by property and you can access the full list of them by property here.

Hotel Promotions Update (Q3) July 2013

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Here’s the monthly update on current hotel promotions. There are very interesting promotions from IHG Rewards Club, Marriott & Ritz-Carlton. Hyatt still doesn’t have a global promotion for second month in a row, but launched targeted promotions for few stays .

There are so many different IHG Rewards Club promotions that I wrote IHG Rewards Club Summer 2013 Promotion Guide.

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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SPG Promotion: 1000 Bonus American Airlines Miles At Aloft, Element & Four Points Hotels

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SPG has a new offer for American Airlines AAdvantage members that stay at Aloft, Element or Four Points hotels in North America between June 1 and December 31, 2013, for 1000 bonus miles per stay and $10 F&B (food and beverage) credit.

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You must choose airline direct deposit and have American Airlines as the airline partner. You need to book SSBMILES rate offer to be eligible for the bonus miles. You can access SPG’s website for this offer here.

SPG Starpoints To LAN Kilometers Conversion Change From 2 to 1.5 – Other Airline Changes Coming?

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has changed the conversion ratio of Starpoints to LAN’s LANPASS from 2 to 1.5 per Starpoint. This change was done unannounced on June 25, 2013.

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LAN uses and rewards LANPASS Kilometers (KMS) instead of miles. There have been some advantages to transfer Starpoints to LAN and then use them for award trips within South America, where LAN often has award sales.

Starwood Florida Rate Promo For 500 Bonus Starpoints

Starwood has a new rate promotion for stays in Florida until September 30 2013, for 500 bonus Starpoints per stay for booking a special rate code. You can access this offer on Starwood’s website here.

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The minimum stay for this rate usually starts at 2 nights and may include some extras such as parking and internet. The rate code this offer is LYPKG.

SPG Gold Status After One Stay In Asia For World & World Elite MasterCard Holders

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The promotion for complimentary SPG Gold status in the Asia Pacific region after one stay has returned. This offer is targeted to World or World Elite MasterCard holders and this time you need to input the first six digits of the card number to enroll for this promotion. Last time just signing up for the promotion was enough.

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This offer is valid until July 13, 2015, and you can access SPG’s website for this offer and register here.

Whine Wednesdays: “Forced” Donations OK Or Not?

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This is a new series called Whine Wednesdays that is not about me whining about wines (maybe if an airline serves non-Champagne sparkling wine as champagne), but rather some travel related issues that annoy me. These semi-forced donations that some hotels (mainly SPG ones in Asia) try to automatically collect is 3 on the 1 to 10 annoyance scale.

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Hotels outside of the Starwood ones in Asia don’t normally do this, but I came across this last week at the Hilton Aberdeen TreeTop hotel in Scotland. They had this display on the front desk that they were automatically adding a pound to each hotel folio to support Hilton Foundation.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral – Review Of My Stay

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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral opened in early March and I stayed there for a night in May during an overnight transit.

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Aloft is Starwood’s limited service brand targeted towards the W crowd. The slogan of the hotel is “A Vision of W Hotels”. There are quite a few Aloft hotels in North America and they seem to be slowly spreading to other parts of the world as well.

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