Pay Your Birth Year Discount at Starwood Hotels

Starwood’s Pay Your Birth Year offers a discount where you pay a full rate for the first night and then your birth year (last two digits) for the second and the third night.  Some hotels will add $100 for the rate of the second and the third night (see the terms and conditions below). This offer applies to stays of two or three nights depending of the hotel. According to the terms and conditions, you are not allowed to have consecutive reservations under this offer. You can access this offer here.

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This rate is not offered at all Starwood hotels and is not always available as some blackout dates apply. The current offer expires on December 31, 2012, but these rates have been available for quite some time. It is likely that Starwood will extend the offer in some form early 2013.

The rate is offered in North America. The pull down menu lets you choose between United States, Canada, The Caribbean, Netherlands Antilles and French Polynesia. The latter one is most definitely not in North America.

The current promotional codes that Starwood uses for this offer are BRTHYR and DAYBAR on the internet and NRB over the phone.  Starwood has previously associated this rate with a promotion code PAYAGE.

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It is easy to see the dates when the rate is available using the availability calendar.

Here are some rate examples:

Le Meridien Versailles Montreal

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Their lowest prepaid rate is $125 and the Pay Your Birth Year rate is $169. If you were born earlier than 1981, the Pay Your Birth Year rate offers a lower rate for a two night stay. For three night stay, the average rate for a person born in 1981 would be $110.

Sheraton Nassau

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The rate is not available on dates I checked in December. This hotel seems to have a nasty resort fee of $40.

Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles

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This hotel only allows Thursday to Sunday arrivals using this rate. The Pay Your Birth Year offer $179 is $10 higher than Best Flexible rate. The lowest available rate is $135. As long as you are born earlier than 1991, the promotional rate offers lower average daily rate.

Four Points Punta Cana

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Rate is offered but not available in any date before the end of the year.

The good thing about this rate is that it is not prepaid. Make sure that you check the cancellation penalties, but most hotels seem to allow it until the day of arrival or day before.

Conclusion

This SPG Pay Your Birth Year rate promotion may work for you on stays of two or three nights. The earlier you were born in the 20th century the better.

Just a reminder that you should always check ALL the different rate codes and not to rely this one to be the lowest.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Offer is valid at participating Starwood Hotels & Resorts in North America for stays booked and consumed before December 31, 2012.
  • Advance reservations are required and may be made online or by calling 877-782-0108 and mentioning Promotion Code NBR.
  • This offer is valid for stays of two or more nights. Rate discount applies only to the second night. Select properties may allow this discount to apply to the second and third nights. Best available rate prevails thereafter.
  • Length of stay requirements may vary by participating hotel. Please see individual property terms and conditions for details. (moved to a new line)
  • The rate at certain hotels for the second and third nights of the stay will be $100 + the value of the guest’s birth year. For example, if the guest’s birth year is 1970, then the rate for the 2nd and 3rd night would be $170 per night. Properties that charge $100 + Birth Year include, but are not limited to:
    • Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis
    • Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
    • The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont
    • The Fairfax at Embassy Row, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Washington, D.C.
    • The Liberty Hotel, Boston
    • The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
    • The New York Helmsley Hotel
    • The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida
    • The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
    • The Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant
    • W Atlanta – Midtown
    • W Atlanta – Buckhead
    • W Chicago – City Center
    • W Chicago – Lakeshore
    • W Dallas – Victory
    • W Fort Lauderdale
    • W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
  • The rates for the second and third night of stay will be confirmed at check-in upon presentation of valid ID and confirmation of birth year. Please note that your ID will not be photocopied and your birth date will not be added to our records.
  • The rate for reservations containing multiple rooms will vary based on the age of the oldest adult staying in each room. Valid ID and confirmation is required for the oldest guest staying in each room.
  • Must be 18 or older to participate in this promotion.
  • Consecutive reservations for this offer will not be honored.
  • Stay and arrival restrictions may apply. Please see individual property terms and conditions for details.
  • Reservation rates are quoted in local currency and are subject to currency fluctuations.
  • Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
  • A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates.
  • Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
  • Offer not applicable to groups
  • Not to be combined with other offers or promotions and subject to change.
  • Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time.
  • Starpoints, SPG, Starwood Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Element, Westin, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates

US Airways Shuttle Promotion- Earn Up To 18K Bonus Miles After 6 US Shuttle Segments

US Airways have an interesting promotion for travelers in the US North East. You can earn bonus miles for US Airways Shuttle segments between Boston (BOS), New York (LGA) , and Washington DC (DCA). This offer is valid from November 1 to January 31, 2013. You need to register for this offer before taking your shuttle flights.

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You will earn 6000 bonus miles after three shuttle segments and another 12000 bonus miles after three more shuttle flights. Note that connecting itineraries that include shuttle flights are eligible but only shuttle segments count to this promotion.

Conclusion

This is a nice bonus promotion for those that take these shuttle flights that don’t normally earn that many flights due to short distances between these three cities in question. Just remember that you need to register for this promotion in order to be eligible for the bonuses.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

Registration is required. Travel on any 3 US Airways Shuttle flights between November 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013 and earn 6,000 bonus miles. Travel on an additional 3 US Airways Shuttle flights (for a total of 6 flights) between November 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013 and earn an additional 12,000 bonus miles. A maximum of 18,000 bonus miles can be earned in this promotion. A US Airways Shuttle segment is any nonstop flight operated between Washington, DC (DCA), New York City (LGA) and Boston (BOS). Customers with itineraries that do not contain a US Airways Shuttle flight are not eligible for bonus miles. Customers with itineraries that contain a US Airways Shuttle segment will only receive the bonus for that segment. (Example: If you fly from New York (LGA) to Washington, DC (DCA) to Phoenix, you’ll earn the promotional bonus only on the New York (LGA) to Washington, DC (DCA) US Airways Shuttle segment.) Bonus is earned on base flight miles only on flights operated by US Airways Shuttle. Bonus miles will not count toward Preferred status. Please allow 1 – 2 weeks after you register and complete travel for bonus miles to post to your account. All Dividend Miles terms and conditions apply. US Airways reserves the right to interpret and apply all promotional rules

Qatar Airways December Easy Deals – Awards Up To 50% Off

Qatar Airways just launched December easy deals. Every month Qatar Airways will have number of destinations at up to 50% off of the usual number of miles required both in economy and business class. You need to pay the usual taxes/fees and fuel surcharges.

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You need to register for this promotion at least 24 hours prior making the award booking. The booking window is open from November 15 to December 31 for travel from December 1 to December 31, 2012.

Here’s the list of destinations:

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Quite often the fuel surcharges spoil these sale deals. The YQ’s (fuel surcharges) are somewhat reasonable on Qatar Airways, however. Here is an example from Doha to Stockholm and back on business.  The YQ is 1200 QAR ($330).

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Conclusion

These Easy Deals are very good for passengers either originating or terminating in Doha.  Qatar charges for point to point so you can save something on award trips that incorporate some of these flights on sale.

Here are the terms and conditions of this Qatar offer:

  • Only applicable on Qatar Airways operated flights on select routes.
  • All types of Award seats (including Easy Deals) are limited and subject to availability
  • Easy Deals Award levels are applicable only for award tickets redeemed online at qmiles.com.
  • Members need to register for the offer at least  24 hours prior to booking an award ticket.
  • Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Redemptions are valid for anyone the member chooses. Each redemption may include up to 9 passengers on the same transaction.
  • Qmiles plus Cash option and award upgrades are excluded from Easy Deals Awards.
  • Date changes not within the offer period or route changes not part of sectors on offer will be subject to the corresponding fees and additional Qmiles will be charged.
  • If some sectors of your trip are not within the offer period or part of the promotional sectors, those sectors will be charged at regular Qmiles.
  • Regular award tickets Terms and Conditions apply.

OMNI Hotels Black Friday to Cyber Monday $99 Sale

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OMNI Hotels is having a four day sale for their properties in North America.  The $99 rate is available for stays between now and January 31, 2013 that are booked by Monday the 26th of November. You can access this offer here or you can use rate code CYBER when making the reservation.

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Note that this rate doesn’t appear to be prepaid. The OMNI Montreal has a cancellation property of free cancellation day before until 12PM and credit card is not charged at the time of reservation.

You can find a list of properties that participate to this promotions below:

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Here’s rate example for OMNI Montreal

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I couldn’t get the $99 rate to come up on weekday nights that I tried but seems that it is widely available during the weekends.

Conclusion

This is a nice sale and the rate is very attractive. If you have stays coming up at OMNI hotels or if you are planning to stay at one before the end of January, it probably pays to check the rates using this promotion.

Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for Signing Up (New Link)

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I have had the Platinum status by request available for the past few months and it still is. Now, someone has (again) posted a link on a public website for instant Platinum status. These public links tend to die within a day or two.

You can sign up for the instant Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status using this link. Please note that you need to sign up using an email address that has not been previously associated with Le Club Accorhotels or A Club.

I signed up for the Platinum status last year and have had few Accor stays. The Mercure hotel in Nadi was not great, but the Novotel hotel in Lami Bay was actually nice. During my stay at the Hotel Muse, an MGallery collection hotel, in Bangkok I even received a Platinum gift that was a shirt. The Pullman hotel in Bali is good one too.

Conclusion

Once this public link is dead, you can always do the request for the link that I have outlined here.

Le Club Accorhotels Offer of 30% Discount in Middle East & Asia + Breakfast & 1000 Bonus Points in Middle East

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Le Club Accorhotels has a new offer for Qatar Airways frequent fliers (officially – but this offer is really open for all). You can get 30% discount on participating properties in Middle East & Asia for stays between December 10 and January 16, 2013. You can access this offer page here.

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Hotels in the Middle East have breakfast and 1000 bonus Le Club Accorhotels points included in the rate.

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The offer is available in the following countries.

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Here’s a rate example from Ibis hotel in Amman where the rate includes both the breakfast and the 1000 bonus points. The sale rate under this offer is not the lowest. You have to calculate if it makes sense to pay higher base rate for the extra points and the breakfast.

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Conclusion

You should consider this rate only if your plans are firm. Note that the breakfast and the bonus points are only included in the hotels within the Middle East. The discounted rate should be available in other locations as well.

Park Plaza 40% Off + 5000 Bonus Club Carlson Points

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Club Carlson has a promotion for select Park Plaza and art’otel hotels in Europe.  You can get 40% off of breakfast inclusive rate + 5000 bonus Club Carlson points per stay.  This offer is valid for stays between December 15 and March 31, 2013 that are booked by February 28.  You can access this offer here.

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Note that you need to book the stay 7 days before. The reservation is prepaid, non-refundable and noncancelable.

Rate example

For some reason the reservation box on the promo page didn’t work but the rates did show up using the regular rate search as well. Just make sure that the property that you book is on the participating property list and that you book the correct rate.

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The rate breakfast inclusive rate was about 25% lower than the best available rate for the date I was searching.

Here’s the list of participating properties:

United Kingdom: Leeds | London | Nottingham
– Park Plaza Leeds 
– Park Plaza County Hall London 
– Park Plaza Riverbank London
– Plaza on the River™ – Club & Residence London 
– Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London 
– Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
– Park Plaza Victoria London
– Park Plaza Nottingham

Germany: Berlin | Cologne | Dresden
– Park Plaza Prenzlauer Berg Berlin
– Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin
– art’otel berlin mitte by Park Plaza
– art’otel berlin city center west by Park Plaza
– art’otel berlin kudamm by Park Plaza
– art’otel cologne by Park Plaza
– art’otel dresden by Park Plaza

Hungary: Budapest
– art’otel budapest by Park Plaza

The Netherlands: Amsterdam | Eindhoven | Utrecht
– Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport 
– Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
– Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam 
– Park Plaza Eindhoven 
– Park Plaza Utrecht

Conclusion

This is a nice little promo that is lucrative for one night stays. Note that you can combine it with other system wide promotions that the Club Carlson is running during your stay.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

– Valid for stays between 15 December 2012 – 31 March 2013
– Book before 14 November 2012 and receive up to 50% off our Bed & Breakfast Rate
– Book between 15 November 2012 and midnight 28 February 2013 and receive up to 40% off our Bed & Breakfast Rate, when booking a minimum 7 days in advance of stay
– Regular Advance Saver rate of 5% – 20% discount off the Best Flexible Rate will be available for bookings made after 28 February 2013
– Subject to availability
– Rate includes English Breakfast and Value Added Tax
– Non-refundable and fully payable at time of booking
– No changes can be made once booked
– Credit card holder must be present upon arrival with credit card used for the booking
– Earn GoldPoints with this Rate
– From 15 November 2012 onwards Club Carlson members will earn an additional 5,000 bonus points for each Winter Super Saver booking.

Double AviancaTaca LifeMiles for Online Mall Purchases November 21-26

AviancaTaca LifeMiles is also offering bonus of double miles for online purchases made through their online shopping mall between November 21 and 26 for purchases over $50. You can access this offer here.

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Not sure why, but I keep getting all the communication from LifeMiles in Spanish. I was able, however, to find the same info on their LifeMiles website in English as well.

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You should compare the straight cashback rates that number of online shopping portals are offering to LifeMiles rates and then make a decision, whether cash or miles are a better choice.

Conclusion

I have not made any purchases through LifeMiles relatively new online shopping portal. If their cashback rates in LifeMiles miles are competitive, don’t have a reason why I couldn’t try them out.

Update on Qatar’s Double Elite Qualifying Qpoints Offer

Yesterday, I wrote about Qatar’s double Qpoints offer for month of December. The offer that Qatar Airways had on 2011 was open to all Privilege Club members.

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This year, however, only the recipients of the email offer are eligible for the double elite qualifying miles on December. You can access the Qatar’s web page of this announcement here.

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Conclusion

You should check if you have received the invitation. If not, it is unlikely that you would have been targeted to this offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

The double Qpoints offer is valid only for Privilege Club Main Members who receive this communication and not for Family Members. To be eligible for the double Qpoints, travel dates must be from 1st December till 31st December 2012. Privilege Club Members may avail of this offer more than once during the offer period. The total Qpoints earned will be double the Qpoints shown in the list. Please ensure to quote your Privilege Club membership number at the time of booking or check-in. Please note, as per Privilege Club Terms and Conditions, Qpoints can’t be earned on codeshare flights, award tickets and Qmiles plus cash tickets.

Double Points for Stays of Two Days or Longer at Select Club Carlson Properties in EMEA

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Club Carlson is offering double points for stays of two days or longer at number of properties in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) from November 1 to December 31, 2012. Please note that you need to register for this promotion and you can do it here.

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Here’s a list of participating properties:

BELGIUM

Radisson Blu Palace Hotel, Spa

CROATIA 

Park Plaza Histria Pula

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

Radisson Blu Resort, Split

EGYPT

Park Inn by Radisson Sharm El Sheikh Resort

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm el Sheikh

FRANCE 

Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes

Radisson Blu Hotel Nice

GEORGIA

Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi

GERMANY 

Radisson Blu Resort Ruegen

Country Inn & Suites Timmendorfer Strand

ITALY

Radisson Blu Resort, Terme Di Galzignano

JORDAN

Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort

MALTA

Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands

SPAIN

Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

TURKEY

Radisson Blu resort & Spa , Cesme

UKRAINE 

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah

Conclusion

Double points never hurt. If you are staying at any of the locations above,  it can make sense to book a Club Carlson property to take advantage of this offer that is combinable with other promotions as well.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

We invite you to visit Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, Country Inn and Suites and Park Inn by Radisson hotels and enjoy double Gold Points® on your next stay at participating hotels.

All you need to do is book and stay 2 or more consecutive nights at any Club Carlson eligible rate and double Gold Points® will nicely help fill up your account after you complete your stay.

The offer is valid for bookings made between 29 October 2012 and 30 December 2012 for eligible stays starting from 1 November 2012 and completed by 31 December 2012 (check out 01JAN2013).

Register today to take advantage of this rich offer exclusive to Club Carlson members.

Qatar Airways Double Qpoints in December

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Qatar Airways is offering double qpoints from December 1 to December 31, 2012. They had similar offer in 2011 as well that had ten days longer qualification period.

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Unfortunately there is nothing up on the Qatar’s website about this offer yet. The offer was not targeted in 2011 and was open to all.

Conclusion

This is a good way to keep your Qatar Airways Privilege Club status that will become more valuable next year when the airline joins the Oneworld alliance. There isn’t too much time to take advantage of this offer, however. I will post more about it after I have received more information.

Marriott Seasonal Awards – New Award Option at 25% Fewer Points

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Marriott has just launched a new type of award category called “Seasonal Awards” at 25% discount on the number of points required.  This discounted award type is eligible for the fifth night free as well.

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The current list of participating properties for this award type is not very long. These “Seasonal Awards” are most likely offered during off season like Palm Springs during the summer time or European cities during the winter months.

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Here’s the current list of participating properties:

USA

Arizona

Camelback Inn®, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Canyon Villas

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

The Buttes, A Marriott Resort

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

California

Desert Springs, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas I

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge I-The Villages

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge II-The Enclaves

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Nevada

Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

The Cosmopolitan

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas Airport

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Springhill Suites Las Vegas Henderson

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

TownePlace Suites Las Vegas Henderson

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Summerlin

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Las Vegas Marriott

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Marriott’s Grand Chateau 1&2

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

SpringHill Suites Las Vegas North

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

New York

The Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Renaissance New York Hotel 57

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

The Carlton, Autograph Collection

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott East Side

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square South

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Chelsea

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott Downtown

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

US Virgin Islands

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

MVCI Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Worldwide

Aruba

MVCI Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

MVCI Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Austria

Vienna Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Renaissance Wien Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

The Imperial Riding School Vienna, A Renaissance Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Belgium

Brussels Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

British Virgin Islands

Scrub Island Resort, Autograph Collection

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman Marriott Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Costa Rica

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Curacao

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Czech Republic

Prague Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Denmark

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

France

JW Cannes

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Germany

Berlin Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Hamburg Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Heidelberg Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Munich Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Hungary

Budapest Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Mexico

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

CasaMagna(R) Marriott Cancun Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Netherlands

Amsterdam Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Poland

Warsaw Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Puerto Rico

La Concha, A Renaissance Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Saint Kitts and Nevis

MVCI Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Switzerland

Renaissance Zurich Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Booking Seasonal Award

If the property is offering this award type, it should come up during the regular award search. To get an idea what is available at the discount and when, it makes sense to check the Marriott website page for this ward type once in a while.

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Here’s an example booking Brussels Marriott for five nights in early January. The correct point price is applied and the fifth night is free.

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The regular rates during this time of the year are low and using points would be waste.

Conclusion

It is good that Marriott is starting to offer more discounted award types. It is likely that the rates at these hotels that you can find on the “Seasonal Awards” list are rather low when this award type is available unless there is something going on in the city.

Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards FAQ’s

What are Seasonal Awards?

Seasonal Awards from Marriott Rewards offers you discounts on redemption rates during certain times of the year.

What is the value of Seasonal Awards?

Hotels participating in Seasonal Awards offer a 25% discount off the Standard Award pricing. View redemption rates for each hotel category participating inSeasonal Awards.

Which Marriott brands participate in Seasonal Awards?

Seasonal Awards is a global program that includes these brands from the Marriott brand portfolio: JW Marriott®, EDITIONSM, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Marriott® Hotels and Resorts, Marriott® Conference Centers, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, Springhill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, and Marriott Vacation Club®. Please note that only select hotels in these brands participate.

Does The Ritz-Carlton participate in Seasonal Awards?

Yes. The Ritz-Carlton hotels offer Seasonal Awards at varying times of the year. Please note that only select hotels in these brands participate.

How do I find hotels offering Seasonal Awards?

The Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards homepage lists participating properties by U.S. cities and international countries. Alternately, Seasonal Awards will display in Search Results when available if the Use Marriott Rewards points box is checked.

Participating hotels change throughout the year, so you’ll want to visit often to see which hotels are available for your worldwide travels.

If a hotel is listed as participating in Seasonal Awards, will there always be availability?

Seasonal Awards are offered at hotels during specific times of the year. The hotels and time periods vary but availability is guaranteed during the participation dates under the Marriott Rewards No Blackout Dates program.

Are e-certificates available for Seasonal Awards?

Yes, they are available.

Are upgrades available with Seasonal Awards?

You may combine standard cash or point upgrades with Seasonal Awards when booking a redemption stay. However, Seasonal Awards do not affect the points required for upgrades.

Where can I get help with Seasonal Awards?

We’ll be happy to help you. Simply contact the Marriott Rewards Customer Service office closest to you.

Delta’s Very Short Holiday Bonus of Up To 2500 SkyMiles for Online Purchases

Delta has an offer for online purchases on their SkyMiles Shopping website. You can earn 250 bonus miles for every $125 you spend for up to 2500 bonus miles. This offer is valid only until November 22, 2012.

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You can access this offer here.

Conclusion

This is probably the worst of the current online bonuses that tend to be valid until the late December. Delta’s offer, however, is over this coming Friday.

Lifetime Marriott Silver, Gold & Platinum Requirements Are Changing

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Marriott made an announcement on their “Marriott Community” that the qualification requirements for the various Marriott lifetime statuses would be changing next year:

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The current qualification requirements are as I have posted earlier here:

Silver

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 1.2 million

– Number of Marriott nights 600

– Must have qualified as a Silver member at least once during the program membership

Gold

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 1.6 million

– Number of Marriot nights 800

– Must have qualified as a Gold member at least once during the program membership

Platinum

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 2 million

– Number of Marriot nights 1000

– Must have qualified as a Platinum member at least once during the program membership

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This “Michelle”, the official Marriott Rewards social media spokesperson, makes very little sense. The requirements of the lifetime statuses that I have listed above have been well known and most definitely are not urban legend.

Conclusion

It is interesting to see the “official” requirements for various levels that are supposedly made public early next year. The only hint that “Michelle” gives is that the number of year requirement is going away.

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