Hyatt July Edition of the 48 Hour Sale – C48JUL

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 between August 1st and November 7th, 2012. The promotional dates for individual properties vary. You need to use promotion code C48JUL when making the reservation.

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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 July 24th and 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday July 25th Central Daylight Time, for travel between Wednesday August 1, 2012 and Wednesday November 7, 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 C48JUL 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.

The End of Hilton Diamond Force For Award Bookings

One of the best benefits of being Hilton HHonors Diamond member has been the ability to force an award room in an otherwise sold out hotels. This is usually referred as Diamond Force, although the Hilton calls this the Diamond Special Arrangement. There is only a small list of hotels where this facility is not available as I found out when I tried to use this to get me a room at the Conrad Koh Samui last month.

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This has now come to an end for award bookings, however. Diamond special arrangement was already watered down last year. Previously you could force an award room if the award room category only was sold out. After Hilton introduced Premium Room Rewards last year, you were forced to use them in a case that the base level room, where regular awards book, was sold out. If the hotel didn’t have ANY availability, you could them use the Diamond Special Arrangement to “force” an award room. This change, which was buried in the Terms and conditions, was first pointed out by FlyerTalk member stifle on his post.

Conclusion:

I don’t like the way how Hilton changes the Terms and conditions of its program and doesn’t give any prior notice. This is really a sneaky way trying to dilute the benefits of the Diamond status. Probably not many used this, but it was invaluable in a situation where the hotel was sold out and there was no general availability. I used Conrad Singapore as an example where I forced an award room few months ago. This was the biggest differentiator of the Hilton HHonors Diamond status compared to other programs.

LoyaltyLobby Hotel Videos YouTube Channel

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Have you already subscribed to our YouTube channel? I normally upload new hotel videos couple of times a month before I have had time to do a review of the hotel. As of today, there are close to 150 hotel videos uploaded.

Here are five that I should have the review ready in the next 10 days:

InterContinental Koh Samui Pool Villa 510

Conrad Bali Suite 1502

Conrad Macau Suite 2612

Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213

Pullman Bali Legian 1703

Governor’s Residence Hotel Yangon, Myanmar – Review of My Stay

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Back in July, I had a dilemma. I was going to Yangon for the first time, but there were no chain hotels besides Traders, and I don’t participate to Shangri-La’s Golden Circle program. Also, the prices of the hotels appeared to be out of whack.

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Then, I found out that Orient-Express had a property in Yangon called The Governor’s Residence hotel and that you could get it at a good discount through Luxury Link. I was able to lower the price of my three night stay from $800++ to $340 all taxes included. You can read my about my experience with booking through Luxury Link here.

Pre-arrival & Arrival Experience

The package that I had booked included airport transfers both ways. I would normally just get a local cab. I contacted the hotel through the web form on their website to inform them about my incoming flight details. TO my surprise they got back to me in a day and informed that a Guest Relations Officer would be waiting for me at the airport.

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The hotel representative was holding a sign board with my name in the arrivals hall. It took some time for the car to arrive to the pickup point from the parking area.

Location of the Hotel

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The Governor’s Residence is located in the Embassy District of the Yangon. The Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, and Lao embassies are all next door. It is couple of kilometers from the downtown’s hustle & bustle. It is remote enough that you can just relax by the pool and thing that you are somewhere else, but close enough to even walk to the city by foot.

Check In

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As the hotel was aware of my arrival due to the car arrangement, everything was ready at the time we pulled at the hotel. I was on the morning flight from the Bangkok and arrived hotel way before the official check in time. Getting the room was not a problem as the July is not a high season in Myanmar.

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You can get the best idea about the room by watching the video and looking at the pictures that I take. It was fairly spacious room that had a work desk and a separate sitting area in addition to the bed.  The television unit was tiny.

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The bathroom was fairly sized but the bath tub shower combo just felt out of place in this setting.

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Overall I wouldn’t use word luxurious to describe the room I had, but rather boutique.

Fitness Center / Pool

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The hotel doesn’t have a fitness center and they don’t have an arrangement with any of the hotels that have to give guests a complimentary access. If you want to access a gym, you need to visit any of the downtown hotels and pay the guest entrance fee.

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The hotel had a fairly nice pool and I did even see some people lounging around it. I was somewhat surprised because I wouldn’t come to Yangon to spend time by a hotel pool. According to the hotel, they are very popular starting and ending point of tours that take people around Myanmar to various cities and people like to relax before flying out.

Breakfast

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Breakfast was quite extensive, although not as extensive as you would find at most hotels in Bangkok. There were plenty of cold items and eggs/pancake stations. You could sit inside or outside depending on the mood and weather.

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The quality of the items was good, but not excellent. One morning I pointed out that the lettuce had seen its better days and they were promptly replaced.

Lunch

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On the day of departure, I decided to use the lunch offer that was part of the Luxury Link deal that I got into. The gazpacho was good, but didn’t quite like the risotto I had. The desert was melting down by the time I got it. I was charged $16 for the bottle of San Pellegrino and pot of tea.

Bars

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The hotel had a ground floor Kipling bar and second floor Mindon bar. The second floor one was a wonderful open space that has a pool table as well. As one might expect, the prices at both were very high.

Check Out

My flight was leaving early in the evening and my request of 5PM check out was granted. The hotel doesn’t have credit card facilities on hand, but they rather invoice all credit card transactions through their sister property in Laos. They just fill an authorization form that you need to sign and probably fax these once a day to Laos to be processed. This procedure will likely change once all the sanctions are lifted.

Conclusion

This is a lovely hotel and I wouldn’t hesitate to return, if I would be able to get a similar price per night as I got this time through Luxury Link. The hotel is more boutique than a luxury one in my opinion.

Radisson & Radisson Blu 3rd Night Free + 2000 Bonus Club Carlson Points

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Club Carlson has an interesting offer for the Europe, Middle East & Africa. When you book for 3 nights using promotion code NIGHT3FR and pay using American Express card, you will get a 3rd night free and 2000 bonus Club Carlson points. This promotion is only valid at Radisson & Radisson Blu hotels from July 15th to September 30th, 2012.

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This promotion code seems to work just fine. I was searching for a hotel in Helsinki using the NIGHT3FR. Unfortunately none of the hotels in Helsinki proper are apparently participating. The only Radisson Blu hotel, where this rate is valid, is actually located in Espoo. It did, however, lower the rate from 150 euros per night to an average rate for 100 euros per night by giving the third night free.

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Conclusion

You should always check the other rates such as advance purchase, friends & family, and Gold/Concierge offer of 4 for 2 offers as well, before making the final decision. 2000 Club Carlson bonus points is a nice little extra, but not worth a lot.

Club Carlson Double Points in Europe, Middle East & Africa at Participating Hotels

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Club Carlson just sent an email to their members in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. I have already written about the award sale at 50% discount, but there was another valuable offer for double points as well.

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Club Carlson is offering double points at number of their hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa from August 1st to September 30th, 2012 for stays of two nights or longer. You need to use promotional code CCDOUBLEPOINTS when making the reservation online or over the phone.

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Note that this offer is valid only at participating hotels. You can access the list here or just scroll down.

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I was trying to test the CCDOUBLEPOINTS code, but the website wouldn’t recognize it at all. According to the terms and conditions, this should be valid at ALL points’ eligible rates.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotions:

This Double Points offer (“Offer”) is available to Club Carlson Elite members only at participatingRadisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. An Elite member who completes and pays for a minimum 2-night stay (“Eligible Stay”) will earn 20 Gold Points® per U.S. Dollar spent (“Bonus Points”) in addition to the standard 20 Gold Points per U.S. Dollar spent for reservations made between 15 July and 29 September 2012 for stays beginning 1 August 2012 and completed no later than 30 September 2012 (“Promotional Period”).  The Offer must be booked using your Club Carlson member number online atclubcarlson.com or via the hotel brand website, or with Member Services available at +44 207 949 0378. Be sure to use promotional code CCDOUBLEPOINTS when you make your reservation. Bonus and standard Points are awarded based on the amount spent during an Eligible Stay on the room rate(s) and eligible food and beverage charged to your room, exclusives of any taxes, levies, charges and fees. Only one Club Carlson account may be credited with Bonus Points for each Eligible Stay. Bonus Points will be credited to the Member’s account when the standard points are credited for the Eligible Stay. Regular eligibility rate rules apply. Offer Bonus Points are not eligible for elite member bonus point earning. This Offer, and your membership in Club Carlson, is subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. The Offer is not valid for existing reservations. We reserve the right to add, modify, or discontinue this Offer with or without notice. Offer is void where prohibited by law. By booking the Offer, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Here’s the list of participating properties for this offer:

AUSTRIA 

Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna

AZERBAIJAN 

Park Inn by Radisson Azerbaijan, Baku

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Baku

BELGIUM

Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Park Inn by Radisson Liege Airport

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Radisson Blu Balmoral Hotel, Spa

Radisson Blu Palace Hotel, Spa

Radisson Blu Park Lane Hotel

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels

BULGARIA

Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia

CROATIA 

Park Plaza Verudela Pula

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

CZECH REP. 

Park Inn by Radisson Ostrava

Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague

DENMARK 

Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel & Conference Center, Copenhagen

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

EGYPT

Park In by Radisson Sharm El Sheikh Resort

Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis

Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm el Sheikh

Radisson Blu Resort,Taba

ESTONIA 

Park Inn By Radisson Central Tallinn

Radisson Blu Hotel, Tallinn

ETHIOPIA

Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

FRANCE 

Park Inn by Radisson Arcachon

Park Inn by Radisson Lyon Ouest

Park Inn by Radisson Nancy

Park Inn by Radisson Nice Airport

Park Inn By Radisson Orange

Park Inn by Radisson Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes

Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris

Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port

Radisson Blu Hotel, Toulouse Airport

Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero

Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel

Radisson Blu Resort, Arc 1950

GEORGIA

Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi

GERMANY 

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Country Inn & Suites Timmendorfer Strand

Park Inn By Radisson Chemnitz-Hartmannsdorf

Park Inn by Radisson Dortmund

Park Inn By Radisson Dresden

Park Inn by Radisson Frankfurt Airport

Park Inn by Radisson Hamburg Nord

Park Inn by Radisson Kamen Unna

Park Inn by Radisson Mannheim

Park Inn By Radisson Munich

Park Inn By Radisson Munich-East

Park Inn by Radisson Nurnberg

Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart

Park Plaza Prenzlauer Berg Berlin

Park Plaza Trier

Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin

Radisson Blu Badischer Hof, Baden Baden

Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel, Dresden

Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cottbus

Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg

Radisson Blu Hotel, Hannover

Radisson Blu Hotel, Karlsruhe

Radisson Blu Hotel, Neubrandenburg

Radisson Blu Hotel, Rostock

Radisson Blu Media Harbour Hotel, Dusseldorf

Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Dusseldorf

HUNGARY 

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Park Inn by Radisson Sarvar

ICELAND 

Park Inn by Radisson Island Reykjavik

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik

IRELAND 

Park Inn by Radisson Cork Airport

Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport

Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick

Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

ITALY

Radisson Blu Hotel, Milan

KAZAKHSTAN 

Radisson Hotel, Astana

LEBANON 

Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut

LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA 

Al Mahary Radisson Blu Hotel, Tripoli

LITHUANIA 

Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas

Park Inn by Radisson Klaipeda

Radisson Blu Astorija Hotel, Vilnius

Radisson Blu Hotel, Klaipeda

MALTA

Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s

NETHERLANDS

Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport

Park Plaza Eindhoven

Park Plaza Utrecht

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam

Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam

NORWAY 

Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen

Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen, Oslo

Radisson Blu Hotel, Alesund

Radisson Blu Hotel, Bodo

Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Oslo

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen

POLAND

Park Inn by Radisson Krakow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Szczecin

Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw

RUSSIAN FEDERATION 

Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk

Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor

Park Inn by Radisson, Nevsky St Petersburg

Park Inn by Radisson, Pulkovskaya St Petersburg

Park Inn by Radisson, Veliky Novgorod

Radisson Blu Belorusskaya Hotel, Moscow

Radisson Hotel, Kaliningrad

Radisson Royal Hotel, St. Petersburg

SAUDI ARABIA 

Al Muna Kareem Radisson Blu Hotel, Al Madinah

Radisson Blu Hotel, Jeddah

Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel, Jeddah

SLOVAKIA 

Park Inn Danube, Bratislava

Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava

SOUTH AFRICA 

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

SWEDEN 

Park Inn by Radisson Malmo

Park Inn By Radisson Solna

Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm-Arlanda

Park Inn By Radisson Uppsala

Radisson Blu Hotel Uppsala

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Goteborg

SWITZERLAND

Park Inn by Radisson Lully

Park Inn by Radisson Zurich Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel

Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen

TUNISIA

Park Inn by Radisson Ulysse Resort & Thalasso Djerba

Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Djerba

TURKEY

Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul

Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara

UKRAINE 

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah

Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai

The Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina

UNITED KINGDOM 

Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen

Park Inn by Radisson Bedford

Park Inn By Radisson Birmingham Walsall M6 J9

Park Inn By Radisson Birmingham West

Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre

Park Inn By Radisson Cardiff North

Park Inn By Radisson Doncaster

Park Inn By Radisson Harlow

Park Inn By Radisson Leigh

Park Inn By Radisson Manchester Victoria

Park Inn By Radisson Northampton

Park Inn By Radisson Rotherham

Park Inn By Radisson Sheffield

Park Inn By Radisson Thurrock

Park Inn By Radisson York

Park Inn Heathrow

Park Inn Watford

Park Plaza Cardiff

Park Plaza County Hall London

Park Plaza Leeds

Park Plaza Nottingham

Park Plaza Riverbank London

Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London

Park Plaza Victoria London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Plaza on the River

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Leicester Square

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street

Radisson Blu Edwardian, New Prividence Wharf

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Sussex

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport

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Club Carlson 50% Redemption Discount At Select Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

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Club Carlson is offering a 50% discount on number of points required for a free night at select properties in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. You need to use promotional code 50REDEEM when searching for the hotels for the discounted number of points to show up. Club Carlson had a similar redemption sale last year for EMEA.

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The discount if for stays between August 1st to September 30th, 2012. The booking window is open already, however. The list of participating hotels is not as great as last time. There might be some hotels that are participating for this sale, but that are not on the list that Club Carlson put up on their website. Using the 50REDEEM promotional code, when searching for the hotel, will bring up all the participating hotels for the city, if any.

Decided to check the availability of this offer at three hotels; Radisson Blu Baku, Radisson Blu Addis Ababa, and Radisson Blu Budapest.

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I have always wanted to visit Azerbaijan and the 50% discount offer came up without a hitch. The paid rates tend to be on the high side for all the hotels that I have ever looked at for the Baku.

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Addis Ababa is an interesting city. I have transited through couple of times and have entertained an idea of a short stopover of a day or two to check the city out. The discount rate showed up here too.

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Budapest is a wonderful city to visit and I have been there couple of times. The hotels in the city tend to be rather competitive prices and I have never used points here. The 14K Club Carlson points per night is not a bad offer, but the paid rates start at just 64 euros per night as well.

Conclusion

This is a good offer, if you happen to be on the city like Baku or Addis Ababa, where hotels are expensive. August is the traditional summer vacation month in Europe and the paid rates in business hotels tend to be on the low side. It always makes sense to check all the rates.

Here’s the list of participating properties for this promotion:

AUSTRIA 

Park Inn by Radisson Linz

AZERBAIJAN 

Park Inn by Radisson Azerbaijan, Baku

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Baku

BELGIUM 

Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Radisson Blu Park Lane Hotel

ETHIOPIA

Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

FRANCE 

Park Inn by Radisson Lyon Ouest

GERMANY 

Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart

Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel, Dresden

Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul

HUNGARY 

Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest

IRELAND 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

LITHUANIA 

Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas

NETHERLANDS 

Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport

Park Plaza Eindhoven

Park Plaza Utrecht

NORWAY 

Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen

Radisson Blu Hotel, Alesund

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen

POLAND 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk

Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Park Inn by Radisson Astrakhan

Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk

Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor

Park Inn by Radisson, Kazan

Park Inn by Radisson, Pulkovskaya St Petersburg

SAUDI ARABIA 

Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel, Jeddah

SPAIN 

Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

SWEDEN 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmo

Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel, Stockholm

SWITZERLAND 

Park Inn by Radisson Lully

Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen

UKRAINE 

Radisson Blu Resort Bukovel

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island

UNITED KINGDOM 

Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen

Park Inn by Radisson Bedford

Park Inn by Radisson Doncaster

Park Inn by Radisson Manchester Victoria

Park Inn By Radisson Northampton

Park Inn by Radisson Rotherham

Park Inn by Radisson Telford

Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

This 50% off Award Night offer (“Offer”) is available to Club Carlson members only at participating Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Award Night bookings made between now and 29 September 2012 for stays beginning 1 August 2012 and completed no later than 30 September 2012. The Offer must be booked using your Club Carlson member number and promotional code 50REDEEM at clubcarlson.com or by phone with Member Services available at +44 207 949 0378. This Offer reduces the number of Gold Points® normally required to be redeem for a standard Award Night by 50%, as determined by the applicable hotel redemption category. The Offer is valid for standard room Award Nights only and is subject to availability. Points + Cash bookings are not eligible for this Offer. This Offer, and your membership in Club Carlson, is subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions; if you are not a member, enroll at clubcarlson.com. The Offer is not valid for existing reservations. We reserve the right to add, modify, or discontinue this Offer with or without notice. Offer is void where prohibited by law. By booking the Offer, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

1500 (Maybe More) SAS Eurobonus Points For Watching Videos & Taking Quiz

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SAS has an interesting game going on in Swedish, but it is not too difficult to understand with the help of the Google Translate. You can earn 1500 SAS Eurobonus points for watching (not required) few videos and answering to few quizzes that are based on them. You can try as many times as you wish to get the correct answer.

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This is supposed to only work for new account, but it works for the old ones as well. All you need to do is to change the Eurobonus number and the first and the last name on the address bar. This was first reported by 21H21J on FT.

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http://gui.flysas.net/eb-welcome/?eb=EBB123456789&name=FirstName+LastName

As I recently became SAS Eurobonus Gold member by a status match that SAS was offering for China Hong Kong, I decided to play the game. I was able to speak and understand Swedish at some point in my life, but those are really not needed to successfully complete these quizzes. You can answer as many times as you need to get your answer right.

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After I had successfully completed the quiz, I logged to my Eurobonus account. The bonus points had already posted. That was fast!

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Now, here’s another thing. Apparently you can do these multiple times by changing the EBB prefix to EBS, EBG, EBP or SK. I did the quizzes five times and got the bonus posted three times. Do this at your own risk!

Club Carlson Asia Pacific Promotion “Two Nights. 10,000 Points” – 10K Bonus Points For Stays Of Two Nights Or Longer

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Club Carlson is just starting to roll out their new promotions. You can earn 10K bonus Club Carlson points for stays of two nights or longer at any of their properties in Asia Pacific. This promotion is valid for stays between July 17th and September 30th, 2012. You can earn the bonus points unlimited times.

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You need to register for this promotion prior to your stay or before the points for the stay have posted.

Here are the full terms and conditions of this offer:

The “Two Nights. 10,000 Points.” Promotion (“Promotion”) is only available for Club CarlsonSM members for Eligible Stays at Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza® hotels in Asia Pacific (“Participating Hotels ”). To enroll as a Club Carlson member, please visitwww.clubcarlson.com.The Promotion is subject to all Club Carlson program rules and conditions (“Program Rules”).

Members who register online for the Promotion at clubcarlson.com/10000points (“Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in, and pay for their stay will earn 10,000 bonus Gold Points® (“Bonus Points”) per Eligible Stay. An “Eligible Stay” is a stay of two or more consecutive nights on a Gold Points eligible rate at a Participating Hotel, regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs during the stay, beginning on or after July 17, 2012 and completed September 30, 2012 (“Promotional Period”). Both the check-in and check-out dates of the Eligible Stay must take place within the Promotional Period.

Bonus Points are in addition to the standard 20 points per U.S. Dollar spent earned for the Eligible Stay. Bonus Points are awarded on a per stay basis for each Eligible Stay regardless of the total number of nights stayed. There is no limit on the number of Eligible Stays each Club Carlson member can complete during the Promotional Period. Bonus Points and standard points are only awarded on Gold Point eligible stays and regular eligibility rate rules apply. Only one Club Carlson account may be credited with Bonus Points for each Eligible Stay and the same Club Carlson account must be used for corresponding standard points (if applicable). Allow 6-8 weeks for bonus Gold Points to post to your account. Elite member bonus points and other bonus point earnings do not apply to, or qualify for, Bonus Points awarded under this Promotion.

Members only need to complete Registration in advance of check-in, or prior to check-out for their first Eligible stay and do not need to register for subsequent Eligible Stays.  In connection with the Registration, Club Carlson is not responsible for interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections miscommunications, failed telephone or computer hardware or software or telephone transmissions or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website inaccessibility or unavailability, 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.

Room rates do not include state/local taxes and may vary for each night of the Eligible Stay. This Promotion may not be used in conjunction with any other package, promotion, discounts or bonus points programmes. Participating Hotels are subject to change without notice. A limited number of rooms may be available for this Promotion and the Promotion is subject to room availability. To the fullest extent permissible by law, Carlson Hotels, Inc. reserves the right to amend, add, modify, or discontinue Promotion at any time without notice. Void where prohibited by law. By participating in this Promotion, you agree, accept and consent to these terms and conditions.

BMI Diamond Club & Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Partnership Ending on August 31st

It is not surprising that the partnership with BMI and Virgin Atlantic is coming to an end on August 31st, 2012 as most of BMI’s flights are transitioning to British Airways, a bitter rival of Virgin Atlantic. The operations of the BMI are slowly winding down.

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Virgin Atlantic just updated their partner page to include information about the ending of the partnership. You can no longer book awards on BMI using Flying Club miles past the August 31st. All existing award and paid tickets will be honored past September 1st, however.

From September 1st onwards you can no longer collect Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles on BMI flights.

There has been no communication from BMI about their partnership with Virgin Atlantic, but it is probably ending on August 31st, 2012 as well. It is unclear, however, if you can still book Virgin Atlantic flights using BMI Diamond Club miles beyond August 31st.

Wyndham Rewards Summer 2012 Promotion for Quadruple Miles or Points

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Wyndham just unveiled their summer 2012 promotion for quadruple miles or points between July 17th and September 13th, 2012. You can earn quadruple points or miles starting from your second stay after registering for this promotion. Note that you can earn quadruple points or miles for up to four stays.

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There are quite a few airline partners with Wyndham Rewards and the earning per partner varies by brand. The Wyndham branded hotels earn 500 base miles on most of the programs i.e. your second stay credited to American Airlines AAdvantage would earn total of 2000 miles. That is not bad at all.

If you collect Wyndham Rewards points, you would earn 40 points per dollar spent at all other brands besides Hawthorn, where the quadruple points would be 20.

You can read more about the airline partners and number of miles that you earn here. Remember to check that the country is participating list for the Wyndham Rewards. I recently stayed at a Ramada hotel in Sri Lanka and got no points.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

To qualify for the “Book Direct Quadruple Points or Miles” promotion and earn quadruple Wyndham Rewards® points, airline miles or rail points, the member must (i) register at wyndhamrewards.com/sweet or 1-866-996-7937, (ii) book a stay on wyndhamrewards.com, daysinn.com, ramada.com, wyndham.com, wingatehotels.com, hawthorn.com, super8.com, baymontinns.com, microtelinn.com, hojo.com, travelodge.com, knightsinn.com, dreamintl.com, nighthotelny.com, tryphotels.com or wyndhamhotelgroup.com, at a qualifying rate between July 17, 2012 and September 13, 2012  and complete their hotel stays by September 20, 2012 (“Promotion Period”), and (iii) provide a valid email address. Members will receive quadruple Wyndham Rewards points, airline miles or rail points starting with their second stay within the Promotion Period for up to four (4) separate qualified stays (for the second, third, fourth, and fifth qualified stays) with a maximum of 3 rooms per stay. Points, airline miles or rail points will be awarded based on earning preference selected in entrant’s member profile at time of second, third, fourth and fifth qualified stays. Member stays with check-out dates after September 20, 2012 will not be counted towards the promotion. Rates offered by most on-line travel agencies and certain other rates do not qualify. One stay includes all consecutive nights at the same hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. Members should allow six to eight weeks after completion of registration and stay(s) for the bonus points, airline miles or rail points to be credited to their account.

American Airlines AABRN Offer Get 30K Bonus Miles for 5 RT’s

There seems to be yet another Bourne movie coming out soon. American Airlines is offering a Bourne “theamed” promotion for up to 30000 bonus miles after five returns.

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This promotion is valid for tickets issued on July 18th or later and for travel from September 4th to November 15th, 2012. You need to register for this promotion prior to your travel for the bonus miles to kick in.

The number of bonus miles you earn depends on the number of return trips you take:

1 round-trip = 1,000 bonus miles
2 round-trips = 3,000 bonus miles, for a total of 4,000 miles
3 round-trips = 6,000 bonus miles, for a total of 10,000 miles
4 round-trips = 9,000 bonus miles, for a total of 19,000 miles
5 round-trips = 11,000 bonus miles, for a total of 30,000 miles

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Thing to note here is that this promotion is NOT valid on the lowest coach fares in N, Q, and O buckets. It is nice promotion nevertheless, if you are going to ticket fares that book into higher fare classes and can pocket the bonus miles in the process.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

To qualify, members must fly on eligible purchased, published-fares (excludes fares booked in N, O and Q) on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, American Eagle or the AmericanConnection carrier between September 4, 2012 and November 15, 2012. Registration prior to travel and before midnight, CDT, September 15, 2012 is required. Registration for the American Airlines AAdvantage Welcome To The Program Sweepstakes at AA.com/BourneLegacy before August 31, 2012 is also required to qualify for this offer. Travel must be booked between July 12, 2012 and September 15, 2012. The bonus is not retroactive to reservations booked prior to July 12, 2012. A round trip is defined as two one-way trips booked in a single reservation under one ticket number. A maximum of one round trip is permitted per reservation. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification. Members will earn 1,000 bonus miles after one (1) round-trip; 3,000 bonus miles after two (2) round-trips for a total of 4,000 bonus miles; 6,000 bonus miles after three (3) round-trips for a total of 10,000 bonus miles; 9,000 bonus miles after four (4) round-trips for a total of 19,000 bonus miles; and 11,000 bonus miles after five (5) round-trips for a total of 30,000 bonus miles. A maximum of 30,000 bonus miles may be earned from this promotion in conjunction with flying five (5) eligible round-trips. Bonus miles will be posted 4-6 weeks after round-trip travel is complete. This offer is only valid to AAdvantage members in the US and Puerto Rico.

Priority Club Targeted One Time Bonuses July 2012

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This is a monthly update of Priority Club one time promotions that are valid. These are all combinable with other promotions as long as they are not conflicting. If the code doesn’t work for you, you have signed up for the same or variant of the same promotion previously.

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These eight promotions and the surveys should work for all. The Elite member next stay bonus probably requires a Gold or higher status with Priority Club, however. The weekend 5K bonus points may require an address in the United States.

Remember to sign up for the other on going Priority Club bonus points offers that you can find here.

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points or More

There are number of surveys that you can do in number of different languages for a quick 2000 Priority Club points, if you haven’t done any of them earlier. This is a quick way to get some points. My points posted immediately.

Sign Up For Priority Club Shopping Emails & Get 500 Points

You can get 500 Priority Club points for just signing up for the shopping email.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102

This is most lucrative of the offers. You will get additional 1000 Priority Club points per stay for 90 days after your sign up.  Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion. Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221

This works for sure if you are a Platinum member, but could work for Gold’s as well. Doesn’t hurt to sign up, right? You will get 3000 bonus Priority Club points for your next stay. You will need to have the stay within 90 days after signing up. You can only earn this once.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120

You will get 1500 Priority Club bonus points for one stay after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days.

New Member Bonus – 3107

This is a new member bonus, but works for existing members as well. You will get onetime 1500 Priority Club bonus points after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days after registration.

Next Stay Bonus – 5109

This should be open for elite and non-elite members. You will get onetime bonus of 1500 Priority club points after a paid stay. The stay must be within 90 days after registration.

Weekend Stay Bonus – 3136

This should be open for all. You will get 5000 Priority Club bonus points for a two night weekend stay. Weekend is typically defined Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. The stay must occur before the end of 2012. This promotion may require your Priority Club access to be in the United States. The promotion did post for me after a while.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168

Not sure exactly how this works, but here’s the info about this offer: We’re pleased you have continued to stay with us and are now even closer to earning exclusive Platinum Elite benefits and 5,000 bonus points. All you need to do is register and stay with us 5 more nights before 30th November 2012. It would be our pleasure to reward your loyalty with exclusive Platinum Elite benefits. Keep staying with us and you’ll soon be there. We look forward to helping you make it to the top: Platinum Elite status!

If you have feedback on any of these promotions or if I have missed any current promotion that should be included on the list, you can leave a comment below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

AviancaTaca LifeMiles 100% Transfer Bonus (Buy Miles at 1.5 Cents)

AviancaTaca’s Lifemiles is now offering a transfer bonus for miles transferred between LifeMiles members. You have to pay a fee of $15 for every 1000 LifeMiles transferred. Essentially, you are buying miles at 1.5 cents each. This is very interesting because the airline joined the Star Alliance last month and just released an award chart for Star Alliance carriers.

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This offer is valid for transfer made from July 16th to July 31st, 2012. The minimum number of miles that you need to transfer is 1000 and the maximum 50000.

From July 16th to July 31st, for every 1,000 miles you transfer to the account of a relative or friend, we will double the miles transferred to your friend’s account. Pay USD $15 plus local taxes per each block of 1,000 miles.

Transfer now and enjoy with your friends flying with Avianca, TACA, AeroGal, Star Alliance member airlines, also at hotel stays, car rentals, tickets to amusement parks and many other options we offer your through our air and commercial partners’ network.

This promotion is available through LifeMiles.com, Avianca and /or TACA’s Information Centers and Call Center.

This is a great offer to get started on LifeMiles. You just buy few thousand miles first at the full price and then bounce them back and forth few times for $15 per 1K miles.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • This promotion is available at LifeMiles.com, Information Centers of Avianca and TACA and through our Call Center
  • This promotion applies between July 16th, 2012 and July 31st, 2012, as the last date of purchase.
  • Minimum transfer miles: 1,000
  • Maximum transfer miles: 50,000
  • The miles must be transferred in multiples of 1,000
  • Transfer fee for each block of 1,000 LifeMiles: USD $15 + local taxes
  • For residents in Colombia: block transfer fee of 1.000 LifeMiles is USD $15 + local taxes The values must be calculated at the Alaico rate of the date of transaction
  • For residents in Peru: the transfer fee for each block of 1,000 LifeMiles: USD $17.7, S. / 46.9. Rate change to July 1st, 2012: S /. 2.65
  • The amount paid for the miles’ transfer is not refundable
  • Form of payment through Call Center and LifeMiles.com: credit card or international debit card. Cash payments are only allowed at Avianca or TACA’s Information Centers
  • The miles transferred and earned with this promotion do not apply to achieve Elite status.
  • Redemption charges apply for award tickets. Award tickets (obtained by means of accumulation, purchase or transfer miles) have no commercial value because it cannot be sold to third parties. If the award ticket is sold to a third party, the ticket becomes invalid and cannot be used for transportation and the user’s account will be eliminated. Remember that for redemptions in our products “Limited Seats” and “Seat Sale” may not be availability on all flights and /or dates. The product “All Seats” is always available; you can check how many miles are required at LifeMiles.com or at your closest Avianca or TACA’s Information Centers
  • LifeMiles Terms and Conditions apply

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