Marriott Rewards has launched a fall discount campaign for elite member stays at Marriott Vacation Club resorts between September 7 – November 20, 2014.
The discount of 30% to 40% varies between region and day of the week.
IHG Rewards Club is bringing back its Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean 50% off award sale for stays between September 1 – October 1 , 2014.
The booking window will open on August 18 and close on September 6. The discount will be valid at select properties and I hope that we get a preview list before the sales starts like we did last time. You can access the list of hotels on sale last time here.
Marriott Rewards announced earlier this month (read more here) that they would launch FlashPerks on July 17, 2014, for 12 week period. Their goal is to have 10 – 15 deals every week for 24 hours or before they sell out.
Seems that that there are quite a few nice deals for hotels discounts both using points & cash. I am not very impressed about the experiences or merchandise rewards (these are entirely missing this week).
RocketMiles has extended United MileagePlus member offer of 5,000 bonus miles for the first hotel booking of three nights or longer by August 31, 2014, that is consumed by December 31, 2014.
RocketMiles is a hotel booking service that awards airline miles for hotel stays. They have had similar bonus miles offers with number of airlines and United previously.
Hyatt has brought back under its flag the very first Hyatt House hotel that opened back in 1954 and formed the Hyatt Hotels when it was incorporated in 1957.
Radisson LAX has now been rebranded as The Concourse Hotel Los Angeles International Airport. The hotel is going through public space refurbishment this year and the rooms in 2015. Once the renovation is complete, the hotel will get the Hyatt Regency name.
IHG Rewards Club revamped the number of points earned at InterContinental hotels outside of the Americans starting on July 1st, 2014, and supposedly discontinued the Ambassador accelerator bonus at the same time.
There has been no communication from IHG Rewards Club regarding the discontinuance of the Ambassador Accelerator that used to pay 20,000 bonus points for every 15 qualifying nights.
Hotel chains have very strict (and thick) brand standards manuals that dictate pretty much every aspect of how a hotel operates to ensure uniformity to a certain extent.
It seems, however, that when commercial or business strategy concerns are important, these standards get thrown out of the window to ensure that the chain has a presence in certain markets.
Le Club Accorhotels is offering double points and up to 40% off at participating hotels in Africa for stays between July 1 – August 31, 2014, that are booked by August 15.
The offer also includes a breakfast. It is unclear what exactly the participating properties are. There is a grid of 8 properties on the Accor’s web page, but the terms and conditions are not clear.
Thai Airways announced last month (read more here) about upcoming changes to its Royal Orchid Plus program that were supposed to take place on September 1, 2014.
Award ticket prices for business and first class would have often doubled, although fliers on premium fares would have earned more miles as well. The higher earnings would not have offset the higher award mileage requirements even for them.
Last year, SPG combined Starpicks and Beat The Timer for Hot Escapes. Now that the program is established, I will have a weekly post on Wednesdays about the current offerings.
This is still work in progress. We try to find a better way to present the availability and pricing in the coming weeks in compact format. The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.
PointsHound, which was recently acquired by Points.com (both based in Canada), has introduced three new partners; Turkish Airlines, JetBlue and Cathay Pacific.
To celebrate this they are now offering 1,000 bonus miles for bookings of 3 nights or longer in New York, Hong Kong or Istanbul that are made by August 8, 2014.