Priority Club Olympics Offer – Stay 6 Nights at Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express Hotels in the UK Get a Panasonics Limited Edition Digital Camera + Enter to Win Olympics Tickets + 1000 Priority Club Bonus Points Per Stay

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Priority Club has launched an Olympic package offer that is partially targeted at the UK market. There are three different components of this promotion, so I will cover them separately. You can register for the digital camera and bonus points offer at priorityclub.com/register and inputting your account details and the promotion code 4669.

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Complimentary Panasonic DMC-S3WKIT-2012 Digital Camera After Six Nights

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Priority Club has an interesting offer for the UK market. Stay six nights at any Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express hotels in the United Kingdom, and you will receive a limited edition Panasonic DMC-S3WKIT-2012 digital camera that appears to be selling for 80 GBP.

The promotion for the free digital camera is valid from 14th of May to 15th of July 2012. You need to register and complete six nights, can be consecutive or not, at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in the UK. It doesn’t appear that this offer would be valid only for the UK members of Priority Club per the terms and conditions.

1000 Bonus Priority Club Points Per Night From June 1st to September 3rd

Please note that this is the summer promotion that Priority Club released information earlier. There is a separate offer for liking Priority Club on Facebook and signing up using the Facebook application that will start this promotion from 15th of May instead of June 1st.  You probably cannot sign up for both.

There is an additional bonus of 250 Priority Club points per stay for up to five stays that are booked at any IHG family of website. The 1000 Priority Club bonus points per night is capped at 20000 Priority Club points.

Win Olympic Game Package

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This offer is from Visa and requires you to be a UK resident and a Visa card holder.

Here are the terms and conditions of the camera and bonus points offers:

Terms & Conditions

Panasonic Camera Promotion
1. The “London 2012 Stay & Get” Promotion (“Promotion”) is available for new and existing Priority Club® Rewards members (“PCR Members”). PCR Members will receive a Reward for their Qualifying Stay (defined below).

2. “Qualifying Stay” means six (6) nights or more spent in a Participating Hotel throughout the Promotional Period. The six (6) nights or more may be consecutive or separate and may be in the same Participating Hotel or a number of Participating Hotels.

3. “Promotional Period” means 00:01 BST on 14th May 2012 until 23:59 BST on 15th July 2012.

4. “Participating Hotels” means all Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in the UK and Ireland.

5. “Reward” means a limited edition Panasonic Lumix S3WKIT – 2012 compact digital camera and Olympic case. The camera model supplied may be black or white. Should the Olympic model not be available a substitute will be arranged to the nearest specification. The Reward will be sent to PCR Members at the address provided on their PCR Members account between 23rd July 2012 and 31th August 2012. PCR Members are responsible for ensuring the address provided on their PCR Members account is correct. If the Reward is returned as undeliverable, PCR Member forfeits the Reward.

6. The Promotion is only available for PRC Members. Becoming a PCR member is free and can be completed at any hotel in the InterContinental Hotels Group estate of hotels, or by visiting www.ichotelsgroup.com/priorityclubLink will open in new browser window., and following the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration. Applicants must be aged 18 or over at the time of registration and standard terms and conditions apply.

7. Standard booking terms and conditions apply at each Participating Hotel.

8. The Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions.

9. All components of the Promotion are subject to availability at the Participating Hotels.

10. Bribery and Corruption Participation in the Promotion and the awarding of incentives are void when prohibited by law (including, for the avoidance of doubt, United Kingdom and United States bribery laws which apply internationally) and subject to any applicable government regulations.

11. The Promotion is promoted by InterContinental Hotels Group Services Company, Broadwater Park, Denham, Buckinghamshire, UB9 5HR, England.

1000 Priority Club Rewards Bonus Points Promotion
Must be a Priority Club® Rewards member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion.

1,000 bonus points or 200 bonus miles with participating airline partners will be awarded on every qualifying night at InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Express by Holiday Inn™, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide between 1 June 2012 and 3 September 2012. Maximum bonus award is 20,000 bonus points or 4,000 bonus miles. Most business and leisure rates are qualifying.

You must be a miles collector with a preferred alliance to collect airline miles. See below for participating airlines. Frequency/partner credits may be issued in currencies other than miles. All airline program terms and conditions apply. For details the on airline miles earning structure, click here. For details on the points earning structure, click here.

Only one room per member per night at participating hotels will be awarded the applicable bonus. No retroactive bonus points or miles will be awarded for nights prior to registration. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards Membership Terms and ConditionsLink will open in new browser window..

Online Booking Bonus
250 bonus points will be awarded for each qualifying stay, up to 5 qualifying stays, at InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Express by Holiday Inn™, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide when stay is booked through an IHG brand or mobile site between June 1, 2012 and September 3, 2012. For a complete site list please visit www.priorityclub.com/websitesLink will open in new browser window.. This offer is only valid for the recipient and may not be forwarded. A stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Miles earners will be awarded bonus points for their stays. Bonus points will be posted to the member account within 2 to 3 weeks.

Participating Airlines

Americas Airlines
United Airlines
American Airlines
Alaska Airlines
US Airways
Delta Airlines
Aeromexico
Lanchile
Varig Brasil
Continental Airlines
Air Canada
AIR MILES Reward Program

Asia Pacific Airlines
Air China
Asia Miles
China Airlines
China Eastern
China Southern
Eva Air
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
Japan Airlines
Jet Airways
Korean Airways
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas Airways Limited
Singapore Airlines
Thai Airways International
Virgin Blue Velocity
Asiana Airlines

Europe, Middle East and Africa Airlines
Etihad Airways
Emirates
Gulf Air
Jet Airways
Saudi Arabian Airlines
South African Airways
Air Berlin
Air France/KLM
British Airways
Virgin Atlantic

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer – Stay Two Weekend Nights Get $75 Pre-Paid MasterCard

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Now, InterContinental Hotels Group is offering a $75 prepaid MasterCard for two night weekend stays (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) worldwide, but the offer is only valid for US residents. There is separate $50 offer for two night weekday stays going on as well.

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You can use this offer 4 times to get up to $300 back. Note that you don’t have to spend the prepaid MasterCard at IHG, but you are free to spend it anywhere where prepaid MasterCard’s are accepted.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Register for this offer at www.ihg.com/vacationpay

2. Stay two weekend nights at IHG hotels by September 3rd

3. Fill out the rebate form electronically at http://www.ihgrebate.com/promocenter/ihg/

4. Mail the registration form, copy of the folio, and your rebate form to IHG’s rebate center

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Like I have said it before, I am not a huge fan of mailing out rebate forms and then waiting for promised rebate checks/prepaid MasterCards to arrive. The rebate company that processes these is reliable and I haven’t had problems them with some other rebates.

And let’s face it, if there wouldn’t be all these hoops, the offer wouldn’t be this lucrative. IHG and the rebate processer surely know that there will be breakage at every point i.e. people forget to mail in the forms in time or actually use the prepaid MasterCard fully.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer from IHG:

Eligibility: Registration for promotion is required in advance of stay. Registration can be completed at www.ihg.com/vacationpay. Valid email address is required for registration. Must register on or after May 14, 2012 and book and stay at any IHG brand hotel worldwide on or after May 14, 2012 through September 3, 2012. Registration must take place prior to the booking the stay. IHG brands are InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Express by Holiday InnTM, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resorts, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. Open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who have attained the age of majority in the jurisdiction of their residence. A stay is defined as two consecutive weekend nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Qualifying Room Rates do not include the following reduced room rates: net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, Priority Club Rewards Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, Best Price Guarantee Free Reward rate, complimentary hotel stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate. Also excluded are opaque rates and “name your own price” rates (where hotel name, location and/or rate not visible until after booking is submitted). Guests of an InterContinental Alliance Resort (The Venetian or The Palazzo) must book their qualifying reservation through IHG channels (brand websites, call centers, and GDS) to become eligible, and such guests who book in any other way, including directly with The Venetian or The Palazzo or any other hotel, will be ineligible.

Rebate:

One$75 rebate ($75 Vacation Pay Prepaid MasterCard®) will be awarded on a qualifying minimum two-night weekend stay booked on or after May 14, 2012 at participating InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express® and Express by Holiday Inn™, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resorts, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels for U.S. resident stays worldwide between May 14, 2012 – September 3, 2012. Up to four qualified rebates awarded per household for stays during the promotional period. Limit one (1) rebate per qualifying rebate redemption form per weekend period.

Rebate documents required:

1) Copy of your Registration Confirmation, 2) Hotel folio with reservation number (bill) and 3) Rebate redemption form which can be found at www.ihgrebate.com along with copies of the other required documents as stated above to the address shown on the rebate redemption form. Rebate redemption form must be postmarked no later than October 3, 2012. Any rebate redemption form postmarked after October 3, 2012 will not be honored.

The Vacation Pay Prepaid MasterCard has no cash value and is not redeemable for cash or usable at any ATM. Terms and Conditions apply to the prepaid card and will be received with the prepaid MasterCard card. Subject to applicable law, a monthly maintenance fee of $3 (USD) applies, but is waived for the first six months after the card is issued. The card is issued by MetaBankTM pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated. Cards can be used wherever Debit MasterCard cards are accepted. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) reserves the right to substitute a check of equal value in lieu of a prepaid MasterCard card at its discretion.

Offer valid only on purchase of hotel room nights at IHG brand hotels as stated above. Your rebate rights cannot be transferred. Keep copies of all materials submitted: originals will not be returned. Warning: Fraudulent submission could result in federal prosecution under mail fraud statutes (Title 18, USC Sections 1341 & 1342). Your reward will be mailed within 6–8 weeks after receipt of all correct forms. If you have not received your reward within 10 weeks, visit www.ihgrebate.com or call 1-877-829-8587. Reward will be returned to the name and address designated on the required rebate form (U.S. addresses only) and will be fulfilled in U.S. dollars via a prepaid MasterCard card. Claims postmarked after applicable dates, incomplete or illegible submissions, counterfeit copies of forms or receipts, and duplicate submissions will be rejected. IHG is not responsible for loss of rebate forms or rewards due to lost or misdirected mail or for illegible entries. Good for actual purchases by end users only; excludes resellers and distributors of products and their families. Limit one reward per person, receipt, household, family or address per qualifying weekday stay. Maximum four (4) rewards per household during the promotion.

Club Carlson Adjusting Hotel Award Categories

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Club Carlson just released a list of hotels moving up/down in award categories. The number of hotels changing in award categories is 269. The change will take place on May 31st, 2012. You will have until May 30th, 2012 to book at the old levels. InterContinental Hotels Group, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Marriott already did their category changes earlier this year.

Club Carlson was kind enough to release a list of hotels moving up and down broke down by markets. It is quite surprising that the number of properties moving up 141 is closely followed by the number of properties moving down 128.

Here’s a reminder how many points per night different category Club Carlson properties require.  

Category 1 = 9000 points per night

Category 2 = 15000 points per night

Category 3 = 28000 points per night

Category 4 = 38000 points per night

Category 5 = 44000 points per night

Category 6 = 50000 points per night

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If we are looking the overall category shift, the largest number of properties moving up are in category 2 and 3. Move up from category 2 to 3 almost doubles the number of required points per night. Shift from category 3 to 4 is almost as bad.

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When we look at the category shift down, about 80% of the moving properties are in the same categories 3 and 4 as on the previous diagram.

Below you can find the category shift happening in different regions both up and down.

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Here’s the full list of properties changing in categories per Club Carlson.

The Americas

Property State/ Country Current Category Category effective May 31, 2012 Gold Points® Required for Award Night
Country Inn By Carlson, Oakville, ON CA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Jose CR 3 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Huntsville AL 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Montgomery at Chantilly Pkw AL 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Oxford I-20 AL 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Saraland AL 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Madison AL 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bessemer AL 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Daphne AL 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Denver Internationa AP 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bentonville AR 2 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Scottsdale AZ 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Phoenix Airport at Tempe AZ 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Barstow CA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Calabasas CA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ontario at Ontario Mill CA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Sunnyvale CA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ventura CA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Greeley CO 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Yulee FL 2 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Orlando Universal FL 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tampa/Brandon FL 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tallahassee I-10 East FL 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Conyers GA 2 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, LaGrange GA 2 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta Gwinnett Place Mall GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Augusta at I-20 GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Brunswick I-95 GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Calhoun GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Atlanta-Airport North GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Hiram GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Macon North GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Atlanta I-75 South GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Savannah-Midtown GA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens GA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta Airport South GA 1 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norcross GA 1 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta At Buckhead GA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta-NW at Windy Hill Rd GA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta-Six Flags GA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Hinesville GA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Kingsland GA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Council Bluffs IA 2 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Mason City IA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Northwood IA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Davenport IA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn By Carlson, Grinnell IA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ankeny IA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, O’Fallon IL 3 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, O’Hare South IL 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Schaumburg IL 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Chicago O’Hare NW IL 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Indianapolis-South IN 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Indianapolis-North IN 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Fort Wayne-North IN 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Michigan City IN 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Indianapolis Airport South IN 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Topeka West KS 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cincinnati-Airport KY 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lexington KY 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Georgetown KY 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Covington LA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Brockton MA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Holyoke MA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, BWI Airport MD 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Capitol Heights MD 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Grand Rapids Airport MI 2 3 28,000
Country Inn By Carlson, Holland MI 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Saginaw MI 1 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Coon Rapids MN 4 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rochester South MN 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Shakopee MN 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Chanhassen MN 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Plymouth MN 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bloomington at MOA MN 5 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cottage Grove MN 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Detroit Lakes MN 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson St. Cloud West MN 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Duluth South MN 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Roseville MN 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, St. Peters MO 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Concord NC 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, High Point NC 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Charlotte- I-85 Airport NC 1 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Asheville I-240 – Tunnel Rd NC 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Omaha West NE 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Manchester NH 1 2 15,000
Country Inn By Carlson, Millville NJ 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Absecon NJ 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albuquerque Airport NM 1 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Hobbs NM 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New York City in Queens NY 5 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbus-Airport OH 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dayton North OH 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Columbus-West OH 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Springfield OH 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Toledo OH 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Youngstown West OH 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Oklahoma City at Northwest OK 2 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Oklahoma City Airport OK 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Oklahoma City North OK 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Frackville PA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Harrisburg PA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, York PA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Hershey at the Park PA 4 5 44,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College, PA – Penn State Area PA 4 5 44,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbia SC 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Charleston North SC 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Watertown SD 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rapid City SD 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Knoxville- I-75 North TN 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cookeville TN 1 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Knoxville Airport TN 1 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Clinton TN 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson-Chattanooga North at Hwy 153 TN 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Cool Springs TN 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Goodlettsville TN 1 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Georgetown TX 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Waco TX 1 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Austin-North TX 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Midland TX 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Richmond I-95 South VA 2 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Newport News South VA 3 2 15,000
Country Inn By Carlson, Stafford VA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Chesapeake at I-664 VA 1 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Winchester VA 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Roanoke VA 3 4 38,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bothell WA 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, East Troy WI 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Stevens Point WI 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Appleton North WI 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Madison WI 4 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Washington WI 2 3 28,000
Country Inn By Carlson, Sparta WI 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Waunakee WI 2 3 28,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Summersville WV 3 2 15,000
Park Inn & Suites Montreal Airport, QC CA 2 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Schaumburg IL 2 1 9,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Toledo OH 2 3 28,000
Park Inn Harrisburg West PA 2 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Sharon PA 2 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Dallas-Love Field TX 2 1 9,000
Park Suite ITC Nova Faria Lima BR 4 5 44,000
Park Plaza Bloomington MN 2 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Maceio BR 5 4 38,000
Radisson Hotel Vitoria BR 4 5 44,000
Radisson Resort Grand Lucayan BS 5 4 38,000
Radisson Hotel Iquique CL 2 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Antofagasta CL 2 4 38,000
Radisson Europa Hotel & Conference Center CR 4 3 28,000
Radisson Royal Quito Hotel EC 2 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel & Suites Guatemala City GT 2 1 9,000
Radisson Hotel Hacienda, Cancun MX 2 1 9,000
Radisson Hotel Flamingos-Mexico City MX 3 2 15,000
Radisson Decapolis Hotel Panama City PA 5 4 38,000
Radisson Hotel Decapolis Miraflores PE 3 4 38,000
Radisson Hotel Phoenix City Center AZ 2 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport CA 4 2 15,000
Radisson Hotel Whittier CA 3 2 15,000
Radisson Suites Hotel Buena Park CA 4 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs Airport CO 4 3 28,000
Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration FL 3 1 9,000
Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront KY 4 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Baton Rouge LA 3 2 15,000
Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront MI 2 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Roseville MN 3 2 15,000
Radisson Hotel Duluth-Harborview MN 4 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Branson MO 3 2 15,000
Radisson Hotel Nashua NH 4 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside NY 3 2 15,000
Radisson Hotel Akron/Fairlawn OH 1 2 15,000
Radisson Hotel Portland Airport OR 3 2 15,000
Radisson Hotel Rapid City/Mt. Rushmore SD 3 4 38,000
Radisson Hotel at Opryland TN 3 4 38,000
Radisson Hotel Madison WI 2 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Milwaukee North Shore WI 2 3 28,000
Radisson Hotel Colonia del Sacramento UY 4 5 44,000

Europe, Middle East & Africa

Property State/ Country Current Category Category effective May 31, 2012 Gold Points® Required for Award Night
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek AE 6 5 44,000
Park Inn by Radisson Linz AT 3 4 38,000
Park Inn by Radisson Uno City Vienna AT 3 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Hotel & Conference Centre, Salzburg AT 4 3 28,000
Park Inn By Radisson Brussels Midi, Brussels BE 3 4 38,000
Park Inn by Radisson Sofia BG 3 2 15,000
Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia BG 5 4 38,000
Park Inn By Radisson Zurich Airport CH 4 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne CH 5 6 50,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen CH 5 6 50,000
Park Inn Prague CZ 2 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson Hamburg Nord DE 3 2 15,000
Park Inn by Radisson Erfurt Apfelstadt DE 1 2 15,000
Park Inn by Radisson Hannover DE 2 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson Dusseldorf Kaarst DE 3 4 38,000
Park Inn By Radisson Dusseldorf Sud DE 3 4 38,000
Park Inn by Radisson Papenburg DE 3 4 38,000
art’otel dresden, by park plaza DE 3 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Resort, Rugen DE 3 2 15,000
Radisson Blu Resort Schloss Fleesensee DE 5 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Media Harbour Hotel, Dusseldorf DE 6 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cottbus DE 1 2 15,000
Radisson Blu Papirfabrikken Hotel, Silkeborg DK 4 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Hotel Olumpia, Tallinn EE 2 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Tallinn EE 3 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis EG 2 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo FI 5 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku FI 4 5 44,000
Park Inn by Radisson Nancy FR 3 4 38,000
Park Inn by Radisson Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport FR 3 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Aix-Les-Bains FR 5 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz FR 5 6 50,000
Park Inn by Radisson Leigh GB 1 2 15,000
Park Inn Watford GB 2 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson Peterborough GB 3 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Jersey GB 4 5 44,000
Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel GB 5 6 50,000
Radisson Edwardian Sussex Hotel GB 5 6 50,000
art’otel budapest, by park plaza HU 4 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway IE 5 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Cork IE 3 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Milan IT 4 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait KW 6 4 38,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Vilnius North LT 4 2 15,000
Park Inn by Radisson Luxembourg City LU 4 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga LV 2 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel, Riga LV 3 4 38,000
Al Mahary Radisson Blu Hotel, Tripoli LY 6 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands MT 4 5 44,000
Park Plaza Eindhoven NL 4 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen NO 5 6 50,000
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen NO 5 6 50,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Szczecin PL 2 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Hotel Lisbon PT 3 4 38,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Kazan RU 4 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Astrakhan RU 4 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Pulkovskaya St Petersburg RU 2 3 28,000
Park Inn by Radisson, Poliarnie Zori Murmansk RU 4 5 44,000
Radisson Hotel, Kaliningrad RU 5 4 38,000
Radisson Sonya Hotel, St. Petersburg RU 5 4 38,000
Park Inn by Radisson Uppsala SE 4 5 44,000
Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel, Stockholm-Arlanda SE 5 6 50,000
Park Inn Danube, Bratislava SK 3 2 15,000
Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava SK 5 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul TR 3 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme TR 4 5 44,000
Radisson Hotel, Alushta UA 4 5 44,000
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore ZA 4 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth ZA 5 4 38,000

Asia Pacific

Property State/ Country Current Category Category effective May 31, 2012 Gold Points® Required for Award Night
Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney AU 5 6 50,000
Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka BD 4 5 44,000
Park Plaza Beijing Science Park CN 2 3 28,000
Park Plaza Beijing West CN 1 3 28,000
Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing CN 2 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Hotel Liuzhou CN 5 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan CN 2 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Tianjin CN 3 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Hotel Pudong Century Park CN 4 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island FJ 4 5 44,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Mussoorie IN 3 1 9,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson – Ahmedabad IN 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson – Haridwar IN 3 2 15,000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Jaipur IN 2 3 28,000
Park Inn Jaipur Jai Singh Highway IN 1 2 15,000
Park Plaza New Delhi Hari Nagar IN 4 2 15,000
Park Plaza Ahmedabad, Ellis Bridge IN 4 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar IN 6 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Hotel Ranchi IN 5 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach IN 5 4 38,000
Radisson Blu Marina Hotel Connaught Place IN 4 5 44,000
Radisson Blu Hotel Greater Noida IN 3 5 44,000
Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit TH 4 3 28,000
Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach TH 4 5 44,000

Hyatt May Edition of the 48 Hour Sale May 15th to 16th – C48MAY

Hyatt is having their monthly 48 hour sale where you can save 15% to 30% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot. These rates are valid at selected US, Canada, and Caribbean hotels from the end of May to August. The promotional dates for individual properties vary.

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Sometimes it is actually better to book an AAA rate that might include some extras like a complimentary breakfast. AAA rates are also normally not prepaid and cancellable.

Offer valid for bookings only between 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday May 15th and 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday May 16th Central Daylight Time, for travel between Friday May 25, 2012 and Saturday August 25, 2012 at participating Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Park Hyatt and Andaz properties in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance. Full non-refundable prepayment required at time of booking. Offer is for a limited time only. Simply request offer code C48MAY when you book your reservation and pay the 48 Hour Sale rate. Discount is off the Hyatt Daily Rate for the room type requested at time of booking. Rate is per room, per night, excluding service charges, taxes and other incidental expenses. Rate is based on double occupancy. Additional guests may be subject to additional hotel charges. Additional charges apply to room-type upgrades. A limited number of rooms are allocated to this promotion. Full, non-refundable, Prepayment due at time of reservation. No changes, amendments or cancellations allowed. Changing to a different property is considered a cancel and re-book, and is non-refundable. Canceled reservations and no shows will forfeit the full prepayment. Promotional blackout periods may apply due to seasonal periods or special events, and normal arrival/departure restrictions apply, including, but not limited to, minimum length of stay and day of week restrictions. Offer may not be combined with other offers or discounts. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this program at any time without notice. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts® encompasses hotels managed, franchised or leased by subsidiaries and affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The trademarks Hyatt®, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House™ and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2012 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved

Priority Club Summer Promotion 1000 Bonus Points Per Night

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Priority Club has launched their summer promotion first exclusively on Facebook. Officially the promotion starts on June 1st, but you can get in now, if you like Priority Club first and then fill out the form on Priority Club’s Facebook page.

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The promotion is very simple. You will earn 1000 bonus Priority Club points per night until September 3rd, 2012. The maximum number of points that you can earn is capped at 20000. There is also the airline option, but I would not recommend choosing it. Once you register on Priority Club’s Facebook application, you should then receive a separate email confirmation in two business days.

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Please note that you can combine this offer with numerous other Priority Club promotions like these six, current stay bonuses & some bonuses for InterContinental stays.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer:

Must be a Priority Club® Rewards Facebook “Fan,” a Priority Club® Rewards member, and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion.

1,000 bonus points, 200 bonus miles, or 25 AIR MILES®† reward miles with participating airline partners will be awarded on every qualifying night at InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Express by Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide between May 14, 2012 and September 3, 2012. Maximum bonus award is 20,000 bonus points, 4,000 bonus miles, or 500 bonus AIR MILES®+ reward miles. Most business and leisure rates are qualifying.

You must be a miles collector with a preferred alliance to collect airline miles. See below for participating airlines. Frequency/partner credits may be issued in currencies other than miles. All airline program terms and conditions apply. For details on airline miles earning structure, click here. For details on points earning structure, click here. Only one room per member per night at participating hotels will be awarded the applicable bonus. No retroactive bonus points or miles will be awarded for nights prior to registration. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, associated with, endorsed or administered by Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to InterContinental Hotels Group and not to Facebook.

Participating Airlines

Americas Airlines

United Airlines

American Airlines

Alaska Airlines

US Airways

Delta Airlines

Aeromexico

Lanchile

Varig Brasil

Continental Airlines

Air Canada

AIR MILES Reward Program

Asia Pacific Airlines

Air China

Asia Miles

China Airlines

China Eastern

China Southern

Eva Air
Air New Zealand* (5 Air New Zealand Airpoints up to 100 Airpoints)
All Nippon Airways

Japan Airlines

Jet Airways

Korean Airways

Malaysia Airlines

Qantas Airways Limited

Singapore Airlines

Thai Airways International

Virgin Blue Velocity

Asiana Airlines

Europe, Middle East and Africa Airlines

Etihad Airways

Emirates

Gulf Air

Jet Airways

Saudi Arabian Airlines

South African Airways

Air Berlin

Air France/KLM

British Airways

Virgin Atlantic

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Stay 1 Get 1 Promotion – 44000 Club Carlson Bonus Points

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In addition to the Radisson Big Night Giveaway, Club Carlson is simultaneously running a promotion for their Country Inn & Suites brand. You can combine these two promotions, and Cub Carlson is going to have one for their Park Inn properties as well starting next week.

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Basically you need to register (watch a short promotional video first) and have a paid stay at any Country Inn & Suites location by July 15th, 2012 to be awarded 44000 bonus Club Carlson points. Please note that you don’t have to burn these points at Country Inn & Suites, but they are freely usable at any Club Carlson family of hotels.

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According to the terms and conditions this offer is valid for the first 35000 people that register for this. Once you have done the registration online, you will also receive an email confirmation.

This is a great way to get bunch of Club Carlson points cheaply. It is really a no brainer to do a stay at Country Inn & Suites and earn 44000 bonus points in the process.

If you don’t have a Club Carlson account yet, you should open one using the eRewards promo (4500 bonus points but might have expired) or using another link (2000 bonus points). If you have status with a competing chain, Club Carlson can also match it. I wrote about how to do a Club Carlson status match couple of days ago.

The first 35,000 people to register for the SO GO! (Stay One, Get One) Event will be eligible to receive 44,000 bonus Gold Points® – enough for a night at any Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM hotel worldwide.

Here Is How It Works:

  • Register for the SO GO! Event by clicking on the “Register Now” button below. You’ll need to be a Club CarlsonSM member to register. Not a member? No problem, just follow the “Join and Register” link below after the video.
  • Watch a short video showcasing Club Carlson and complete the short online form.
  • Complete a qualifying stay at any Country Inns & Suites hotel around the world between May 15 and July 15, 2012.
  • The 44,000 bonus Gold Points will be credited to your Club Carlson account after completing your qualifying stay. That’s enough points for a night at any Country Inns & Suites location around the world.

Added Bonus:

The 44,000 bonus Gold Points® are in addition to the number of standard Gold Points® awarded for your stay. PLUS, if you book your stay on countryinns.com, you will earn at least an additional 1,000 bonus Gold Points® with our online booking bonus.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer:

The SO GO! (Stay One, Get One) Event (“Promotion“) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at http://www.sogocountry.com (“Registration“), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of the Qualifying Stay, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels“). You must check in for the Qualifying Stay on or after May 15, 2012 and check out must be completed by July 15, 2012 (“Promotion Period“). A “Qualifying Stay“ is defined as a stay of one or more consecutive nights in the same room at a Participating Hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs on a rate for which Gold Points® are awarded in accordance with the Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions . Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at the time of check-in and check-out and enrolled in Club Carlson and registered in the Promotion at the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visit www.clubcarlson.com ). The first 35,000 guests who complete the Registration and a Qualifying Stay will receive 44,000 Bonus Gold Points® after the completion of the Qualifying Stay. After the first 35,000 registrations, every guest who completes the Registration and a Qualifying Stay will receive 15,000 Bonus Gold Points® after the completion of the Qualifying Stay. These Bonus Gold Points® are in addition to the standard Gold Points® awarded for a stay. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Points®. Maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award will be credited to a member with a Qualifying Stay under the Promotion regardless of the number of Qualifying Stays completed by the member during the Promotion Period. Allow 6-8 weeks for the Bonus Gold Points® to post to the member’s account. The Promotion and Gold Points® are subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary. Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability. Participating Hotels are subject to change without notice. Promotion void where prohibited by law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time with or without notice. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is not responsible for: interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, computer hardware or software or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website accessibility or availability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of Registration information or any late, lost, inaccurate or misdirected Registration Information. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Radisson Big Night Giveaway Promotion Is Now Live

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Radisson had a similar promotion at the end of last year. It must have been a very popular for them as it returned for the 2012 as well.

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All you need to do is to watch a short promotional video after which you can register for the promotion. If you don’t have a Club Carlson account yet, you should open one using the eRewards promo (4500 bonus points but might have expired) or using another link (2000 bonus points).

After the registration you need to have one paid stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu property worldwide by July 15th, 2012 and you will be then granted 50000 Club Carlson bonus points. This is in addition to the usual points that you will earn from the stay.

This promotion is available for the first 100000 registrants. Last year, they didn’t close the registration. Not sure how they are going to handle it this time around. If you are planning to do a Radisson stay during the promotional period, you probably should register now.

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You will receive an email confirmation after successful registration for this promotion. If you have status with a competing chain, Club Carlson can also match it. I wrote about how to do a Club Carlson status match couple of days ago.

Here is How it Works:

  • Register for the Promotion by clicking on the “Register Now” button below. You’ll need to be a Club CarlsonSM member to register. Not a member? No problem, just follow the “Join and Register” link after the video.
  • Watch a short video showcasing Club Carlson and complete the short online form.
  • Complete a qualifying stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel around the world between May 15 and July 15, 2012.
  • The 50,000 bonus Gold Points® will be deposited into your Club Carlson account within 6 – 8 weeks of completing your qualifying stay. That’s enough points for a night at any Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel around the world.

The terms and conditions of this offer:

The Big Night Giveaway Promotion (“Promotion”) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at http://www.radissonbignightgiveaway.com (“Promotion Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of the Qualifying Stay, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any Radisson® or Radisson Blu hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels”). Guest must check in for the Qualifying Stay on or after May 15, 2012 and check out must be completed no later than July 15, 2012 (“Promotion Period”). A “Qualifying Stay” is defined as a stay of one or more consecutive nights in the same room at a Participating Hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs on a rate for which Gold Points® are awarded in accordance with the Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at both the time of check-in and check-out, enrolled in Club Carlson at or before the time of check-in, and registered in the Promotion no later than the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visit www.clubcarlson.com). The first 100,000 guests who complete the Promotion Registration will receive 50,000 Bonus Gold Points® after the completion of their Qualifying Stay. After the first 100,000 Promotion Registrations, every guest who completes the Promotion Registration will receive 15,000 Bonus Gold Points® after the completion of his/her Qualifying Stay. These Bonus Gold Points® are in addition to the standard Gold Points® awarded for a stay. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Points®. Maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award will be credited to a member with a Qualifying Stay under the Promotion regardless of the number of Qualifying Stays completed by the member during the Promotion Period. Allow 6-8 weeks for the Bonus Gold Points® to post to the member’s account. The Promotion and Gold Points® are subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary. Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability. Promotion void where prohibited by law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Radisson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time with or without notice. Radisson is not responsible for: interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, computer hardware or software or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website accessibility or availability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of Promotion Registration information and any late, lost inaccurate or misdirected Promotion Registration information. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Hilton HHonors “Diamond Special Arrangement” Also Known as “Diamond Force”

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The best part of the Hilton HHonors Diamond benefits is the ability to “force” an award room in an otherwise sold out hotel. Sometimes this Diamond Special Arrangement is also called as a Diamond Force. This service was very beneficial until the summer of 2011 because you could force an award room also if only the award category rooms were sold out, but higher ones were available. Since Hilton introduced the premium room awards, this ability was taken away.

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Most of the time, I book my hotel at a very last minute. I am not one of those that books months in advance. The other day, I booked the Conrad Macau just 45 minutes before arrival. If you want to take advantage of the Diamond Special Arrangement, you need to contact the Diamond desk at least 48 hours before scheduled arrival time.

I am scheduled to arrive to Singapore later today. Last week when I was looking for hotel availability for a Tuesday night in Singapore, I realized that something was going on. Quite a few hotels were sold out and only higher category rooms were available at others. I was exploring quite a few options.

Then I realized that because the Conrad hotel was sold out I could force an award room there. I had one night award certificate about to expire in two weeks and this would be absolutely the best way to use it. I thought that a simple phone call to the Diamond desk would have this resolved.

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The Diamond Reservation Guarantee is very clear:

Diamond Reservations Guarantee:

The Diamond Reservations Guarantee allows Diamond members to place a guaranteed reservation at a sold out hotel when made 48 hours prior to arrival, except during Extraordinary Demand Date periods, when the hotel becomes overbooked on inventory by more than 10%, and for some hotels when the hotel becomes overbooked on inventory by more than 2%.

48 hour guaranteed room reservations can be made by Diamond members online at HHonors.com by clicking “Reward Stays” or over the phone by calling the Diamond Member desk or the Hilton Reservations and Customer Care office nearest you. These reservations are only applicable to paid stay reservations for all room types and reward stay reservations for standard rooms. Promotional Rewards are not applicable for reservations booked under the 48-Hour Reservation Guarantee. For complete details, click here.

First the lady, who picked up my call, said that there is no way for her to make a reservation for a sold out hotel, and supposedly, according to her, I was already within 48 hours of arriving to the hotel that was most definitely not the case. I called them about 70 hours before my scheduled arrival time.

Then, I was quoting her the paragraph that I have pasted above, and she was still saying that there is nothing that she could. I asked how much the hotel was oversold and she said 5% to 10%. The reservation guarantee doesn’t apply if the hotel is oversold by more than 10% that was not the case here. There is a small number of hotels where the guarantee doesn’t apply at all and longer list where the hotel can only be oversold by 2%. Conrad Singapore is not on either of these two lists.

Obviously this lady wasn’t really up to the task, and I asked her to transfer the call to the supervisor. So, I got this another lady who worked for “escalations”. I requested her to make the reservation for me. She wasn’t very co-operative either. I asked her to do a “Diamond Special Arrangement”. She said that there had been a change to it lately and that she would need to read the memo they got. Anyway, she put my request in and gave me a case number.

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On Monday, I received a confirmation and an email from the Diamond desk that my request had been approved. When I checked the availability of the hotel, it was no longer sold out, and they would have had even award rooms available. Availability of hotels often firms up the day before, so it pays up to check the availability.

Conclusion

They answer as Hilton Diamond Desk to the phone calls, but I am not sure that one actually exists. The service that these “Diamond” agents provide  is very uneven.Even the supervisor didn’t know that Singapore is both a city and a country at the same time. She kept asking what city in Singapore and/or what country is Singapore at. You would imagine that they would know better?

I always try to deal with any issued that I have with Hilton by email, because they reply fast and most of the issued can be resolved this way.

You need to know the terms and conditions of the program and what you are entitled to. They didn’t volunteer to do the Diamond Special Arrangement or Diamond Reservation Guarantee. Why have these in place if it is like pulling a teeth to get Hilton to honor the terms of the program?

I was sure that they would come through at the end, but this is not the correct way to deal with supposedly your best customers aka Hilton HHonors Diamond members.

Club Carlson Sign up Bonus 2000 Points – NSB2K12

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Last week, I wrote about a Club Carlson sign up bonus of 4500 that had been going on for few months. That offer has now expired. You can still get 2000 Club Carlson bonus points by signing up using the following offer that is directly from Club Carlson.

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This offer is valid until December 31st, 2012. You must be a new Club Carlson member to be eligible. If you are planning to have few stays and have a status with a competing chain, it probably makes sense to get a status match.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Must enroll by December 31, 2012 to be eligible.
  • To qualify for 2,000 bonus Gold Points, a point-eligible stay must be completed at a Carlson hotel within 90 days after new enrollment.
  • Offer only valid for new members without an existing account.
  • Bonus points for eligible stays will be posted to the member’s account with first stay occurring after the date of enrollment.
  • Offer is valid only to the recipient, is non-transferable, and may not be sold. Club Carlson reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer without notice.
  • By enrolling in Club Carlson and participating in this offer, you agree to the Club Carlson program terms and conditions.

Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus Birthday Gift

Yesterday, I wrote about half off award sale that they have yearly. Another great feature of the program is the yearly birthday gift that they offer.

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On your birthday you will receive an email from Bangkok Airways. You just need to plug in the codes shown and you will receive 15 FlyerBonus points to your account in 30 days. This is a great gift considering that during the sale the oneway award trips start at just 50 points.

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I will do a more complete write about their program in the near future, but just for singing and taking couple of flights you will have enough points for an award during their sale.

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Here are the terms of their birthday offer:

FlyerBonus is delighted to offer you a special 15 points birthday gift in your birth month. Simply subscribe to receive our e-Newsletter at www.flyerbonus.com and a Birthday Wishes card will be emailed to you. Follow the easy instructions and 15 points will then be added to your account.

Promotion Complimentary 15 FlyerBonus points in your birth month when register for Special Birthday Gift through your private e-birthday card.

Validity From January 1 to December 31, 2012

Terms and Conditions

  1. An e-birthday card will only be sent to members who have successfully subscribed to receive e-Newsletters by following instructions on flyerbonus.com.
  2. This offer only applies to those members who have successfully subscribed to receive e-Newsletters at least three days prior to their birth date.
  3. The Birthday Bonus Gift is available to members via personal e-birthday card invitation only, subject to successful registration, and remains valid until the 15th day of the following month.
  4. Awards can be utilised once registration has been completed and offers are received via the personal e-birthday card channel.
  5. This is a one time only offer per member.
  6. Members who attempt to claim the special bonus points outside of their birth month period will not be eligible.
  7. Bonus points on offer will be credited to members’ accounts within 30 working days of the submission date.
  8. This offer does not apply to duplicate member accounts.
  9. Birth date alterations after initial enrolment are permitted with applicable legal documentation clearly indicating accurate birth date. Requests can be made by submitting a certified true copy of the member’s identification card or passport via facsimile +66 (0) 2273 8436.
  10. Bangkok Airways reserves its absolute right at any time to add, alter, modify, change or vary any or all of the terms and conditions stated herein.
  11. In case of any disputes, the decision of Bangkok Airways is final.
  12. Other Terms and Conditions of FlyerBonus apply.

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 4 Pay 2

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Club Carlson has had this elite offer going on for couple of years for weekend stays.

4 for 2 Nights – Promotion code RSGP2P2

You need to stay for Wednesday and Thursday or Thursday and Friday, and you will get Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday for free. This offer is valid at participating Club Carlson locations in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Here’s a search that I made for Dubai for checking in on 23rd of May for four nights:

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The only available property was the Radisson Blu resort in the neighboring Sharjah. This is only 20 to 30 minutes away from Dubai in a cab. Just did the ride couple of weeks ago.

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As you can see from the rate details, the charge is 300 AED per day for the first two days and the day 3 and 4 are free. The average daily rate is only 150 AED.

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This 300 AED rate is not the lowest as the hotel is offering rates that are discounted by 10%. But it is definitely not a bad deal.

There are quite a few hotels in Dubai where this rate is not available at all. Then there are hotels where it is available, but just not during the dates I was looking at. You can pull up the rate calendar and instantly see the dates when the rate is offered.

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Conclusion

This is a fantastic discount offer for Club Carlson Gold and Concierge level elite members. You can save a significant amount of money by saving over the weekend. Also, the rates that the discount is given are not inflates as is often the case with some other chains like InterContinental.

I wrote apiece about getting a status match with Club Carlson if you have a status with a competing chain.

Priority Club Summer Promotion + 2 Weeks Early for Facebook Fans

Priority Club is launching their summer promotion starting on June 1st, 2012 for 1000 extra Priority Club points for each qualifying night until September 3rd, 2012. The maximum number of points you can earn is capped at 20K. The link for registering this promotion is www.priorityclub.com/bonus20000. (It is activated on June 1st, 2012)

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There is a twist to this promotion as well. You will earn extra 250 Priority Club points per stay up to five stays, if you book online at any of the IHG family of websites.

If you like Priority Club on Facebook, you can register for this promotion two weeks early and start earning bonus points on May 14th, 2012.

Note that you can combine this promotion with number of other promotions that the Priority Club is having i.e. these six, current stay bonuses & some bonuses for InterContinental stays.

Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus 50% off Award Sale

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Bangkok Airways is offering all their routes at 50% off during this apparently yearly award sale. You can make the booking between May 10th to July 10th, 2012 for travel between May 25th and July 15th, 2012. This discount applies both oneway and return flights.

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Bangkok Airways have had this same sale in previous years as well, although I am not sure if I could call this a yearly feature of the program.

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The good thing is that they have reduced the price to half on all of their routes. I don’t see a point to redeem for their domestic flights in business class though. The seating is 2-2 instead of 3-3, but there is no alcoholic beverages served on domestic flights.

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Most of the domestic destinations are quite cheap due to competition from Thai Airways and Air Asia. The Koh Samui is different, however, as the Bangkok Airways owns the airport. Redeeming for Koh Samui makes sense.

There are international routes like Siem Reap and Maldives that tend to be rather expensive due to lack off lights from Bangkok. Especially flying to Maldives for 200 points oneway in business is a very good deal.

I will most likely redeem for an oneway to Sieam Reap or return to Koh Samui before this promotion is over.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • The 50% discount is only applicable for online redemptions booked through bangkokair.com/flyerbonus between May 15 and July 10, 2012
  • The valid travel period is between May 20 and July 15, 2012. Ticket validity extensions are not permitted in any case.
  • The 50% discount is applicable for both one-way and round-trip online award redemptions
  • The 50% discount is applicable for all FlyerBonus Members and Family & Friend nominees
  • The 50% discount is applicable only on the number of points required for an award ticket. Taxes and fees are charged separately and are not subject to any discounts.
  • Not valid with any other discount and promotion
  • All ticket redemptions are subject to seat availability at the time of booking
  • Award Tickets must be issued within 5 days of the redemption date. If award tickets are not issued and/or payment not completed within the allotted time limit provided on confirmation, the reservation(s) will be automatically cancelled.
  • Cancellation on airline award redemptions and point re-depositing are not allowed
  • Unless otherwise stated above, other Terms and Conditions of FlyerBonus apply
  • Bangkok Airways reserves the right to change any conditions without prior notice

Forced HKD to USD Currency Conversion by Citibank ATM at HKG Airport

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Just arrived to Hong Kong earlier yesterday. I needed to get some cash to buy a local SIM card. It is often a “battle” to find a normal ATM at the airport that doesn’t charge excessive fees for withdrawing money, or try to force you to a currency conversion done by the ATM owner. I wrote about my troubles with the Travelex ATM’s in London Heathrow and the often forced DCC’s (Dynamic Currency Conversion) in China.

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So, when I got to the City ATM at the airport, and tried to withdraw money, I was sure that Citi was trying to give me a ride. I was going to withdraw money from a THB nominated account in Hong Kong. The ATM, however, showed a currency conversion from HKG to USD instead.

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At this point, I was sure that Citi was trying to screw me on the foreign exchange, but it wasn’t actually the case. I run the exchange on XE.com and it was within 4 cents that the Citi’s ATM quoted. To be frank, I was really surprised by this. I still believe that they do make money by doing the HKG to USD exchange.

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