Update on Qatar’s Double Elite Qualifying Qpoints Offer

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

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

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Conclusion

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

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

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

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

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

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Here’s a list of participating properties:

BELGIUM

Radisson Blu Palace Hotel, Spa

CROATIA 

Park Plaza Histria Pula

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

Radisson Blu Resort, Split

EGYPT

Park Inn by Radisson Sharm El Sheikh Resort

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm el Sheikh

FRANCE 

Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes

Radisson Blu Hotel Nice

GEORGIA

Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi

GERMANY 

Radisson Blu Resort Ruegen

Country Inn & Suites Timmendorfer Strand

ITALY

Radisson Blu Resort, Terme Di Galzignano

JORDAN

Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort

MALTA

Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands

SPAIN

Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

TURKEY

Radisson Blu resort & Spa , Cesme

UKRAINE 

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah

Conclusion

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

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

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

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

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

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

Qatar Airways Double Qpoints in December

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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Here’s the current list of participating properties:

USA

Arizona

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

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Canyon Villas

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

The Buttes, A Marriott Resort

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

California

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

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas I

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge I-The Villages

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge II-The Enclaves

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Nevada

Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

The Cosmopolitan

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas Airport

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Springhill Suites Las Vegas Henderson

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

TownePlace Suites Las Vegas Henderson

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Summerlin

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Las Vegas Marriott

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Marriott’s Grand Chateau 1&2

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

SpringHill Suites Las Vegas North

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

New York

The Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Renaissance New York Hotel 57

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

The Carlton, Autograph Collection

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott East Side

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square South

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Chelsea

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott Downtown

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

US Virgin Islands

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

MVCI Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Worldwide

Aruba

MVCI Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

MVCI Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Austria

Vienna Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Renaissance Wien Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

The Imperial Riding School Vienna, A Renaissance Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Belgium

Brussels Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

British Virgin Islands

Scrub Island Resort, Autograph Collection

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman Marriott Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Costa Rica

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Curacao

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Czech Republic

Prague Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Denmark

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

France

JW Cannes

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Germany

Berlin Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Hamburg Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Heidelberg Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Munich Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Hungary

Budapest Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Mexico

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

CasaMagna(R) Marriott Cancun Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Netherlands

Amsterdam Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Poland

Warsaw Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Puerto Rico

La Concha, A Renaissance Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Saint Kitts and Nevis

MVCI Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Switzerland

Renaissance Zurich Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Booking Seasonal Award

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards FAQ’s

What are Seasonal Awards?

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

What is the value of Seasonal Awards?

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

Which Marriott brands participate in Seasonal Awards?

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

Does The Ritz-Carlton participate in Seasonal Awards?

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

How do I find hotels offering Seasonal Awards?

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

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

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

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

Are e-certificates available for Seasonal Awards?

Yes, they are available.

Are upgrades available with Seasonal Awards?

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

Where can I get help with Seasonal Awards?

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

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

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

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You can access this offer here.

Conclusion

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

Lifetime Marriott Silver, Gold & Platinum Requirements Are Changing

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

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

Silver

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 1.2 million

– Number of Marriott nights 600

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

Gold

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 1.6 million

– Number of Marriot nights 800

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

Platinum

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 2 million

– Number of Marriot nights 1000

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

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

Conclusion

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

Triple JetBlue TrueBlue Points Until End of 2012

JetBlue has an offer for triple TrueBlue points on all of their flights and the offer apply both one ways and round trips. You need to register for this offer.

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Note that according to terms and conditions you need to register for this offer prior purchasing your flight and that the purchase should be made at JetBlue’s website jetblue.com.

You will earn 6 additional TrueBlue points per dollar spent in addition to the online booking bonus of 3 points per dollar spent and base True Blue points of 3 per dollar spend. You will earn total of 12 TrueBlue points per dollar spend.

Even if you have already purchased your JetBlue fligh(s) you should register for this promotion. Maybe you get lucky and the point posts anyway?

Conclusion

Getting extra points for flight never hut. If you are planning on buying JetBlue flights before the end of this year, you should sign up for this offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

You must register for this Triple Points promotion at trueblue.jetblue.com/group/trueblue/triplepoints and be a TrueBlue Member with your account in good standing. Offer valid only for JetBlue flights (one-way or roundtrip) that are purchased and flown between now and 12/31/2012 (11:59 PM. ET). Flight must be purchased online at jetblue.com. You must register prior to booking in order to receive Triple Points for eligible travel. Booking and travel must be completed between now and 12/31/12 (11:59 PM ET). TrueBlue members generally earn three (3) points per dollar spent on their individual JetBlue flight plus three (3) bonus points per dollar for flights booked on jetblue.com. Triple points are awarded on the base TrueBlue point offer only, meaning that Members qualifying for this offer will earn nine (9) TrueBlue points per dollar spent on their individual flight. Members can still earn the three (3) bonus points for booking on jetblue.com, for a total of twelve (12) TrueBlue points per dollar spent on their individual eligible Triple Points flight booked on jetblue.com. Points will be earned on the base fare of the flight only. Points will not be earned on government taxes/fees, travel insurance or other fees or charges (e.g., change/cancel fees, etc.). Offer valid for new bookings only and will not apply to previously booked flights or changes to a previously-booked flight. In the event you cancel your reservation, you will not receive any TrueBlue points from that reservation, and any points already awarded will be debited from your TrueBlue account. Offer does not apply to non-revenue travel (e.g., travel booked with a travel certificate, TrueBlue award flights, etc.); is not valid in connection with other routes, flights on partner, codeshare or interline flights, Getaways vacation packages, cruises, or any other product or service; may not be combined with other special offers; is not redeemable for cash; and has no cash value. Additional restrictions apply. See TrueBlue Terms and Conditions for details.

Priority Club Canada Stay Offer of 1000 Points for a Stay

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Priority Club has a 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada. You can register for this promotion using a promotional code 7620 and your email address or Priority Club account number at priority.com/register.

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Please note that this promotion doesn’t show up on your “My Offer Status” tab on Priority Club’s website, although you do get confirmation email, but the bonus points did post to a stay that I had in Canada last week.

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I do not have expiry date for this promotion. Let me know if it doesn’t post for a stay that you had in Canada after successfully registering.

Conclusion

This is a nice 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada. It appears that this is one time bonus only, but I will update this post if it posts to my subsequent stay at IHG property here in Canada that I’ll have in couple of days.

As always you should contact Priority Club if this doesn’t post for you stay in Canada unless you received an email/post card about this offer or were informed about it by a IHG property in Canada.

US Airways Online Shopping Mall Holiday Bonus of Up To 1000 Miles

US Airways also has a bonus offer for online purchases made through their online shopping mall for up to 1000 miles. There is no need to register for this offer that you can access here.

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Between now and December 31, 2012, you will earn 300 bonus miles when you spend $150 or 500 miles when you spend $250 or 1000 miles when you spend $500 or more. The maximum number if miles that you can earn under this offer is 1000 miles. These are in addition to the miles that you earn from the purchases.

Conclusion

You are essentially getting 2 extra points per dollar spend. The way I usually work these mall promotions, is to put a dollar figure to the mile earned so that I can compare them to straight cashback malls. Sometimes these airline related malls are better and sometimes they are not.

I wrote an article about getting cashback for your travel purchases and it does apply for most of other online purchases as well. You can use sites like CashBackHolic and Evreward to check the cashback percentages among multiple online malls.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Now through 12/31/12 11:59 PM EST receive 300, 500 or 1,000 bonus miles when you spend $150, $250 or $500 online through Dividend Miles StoreFront. The maximum number of bonus miles that can be awarded to each qualifying member through this promotion is 1,000 bonus miles. Returns, shipping and taxes are not eligible for bonus. Please allow 8-10 weeks for bonus miles to post to your account. Increased earning opportunities are for a limited time only and at the discretion of each individual merchant. Please check site daily for updates to increased earning opportunities.

SPG Cyber Monday Offer of Up To 25% Off in North and Latin America

Starwood has launched their Cyber Monday offer about one week early. You may save up to 25% off of stays in North and Latin America for stays between November 21 and March 31, 2013 that are booked by November 30, 2012.

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Note that these rates are prepaid, non-changeable, and nonrefundable. You should only book if your plans are firm.

You can make the booking over the phone by referring rate code CYBERLTO or online using CYBRLT.

Here are four properties that I used to test the rates that this offer returns:

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Sheraton Mendoza returned lowest rates using this limited this offer code.

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Same situation with the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

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At the Le Meridien Tahiti the discounted rate was very close to a rate that would have been fully refundable.

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Sheraton New Orleans had a Coca Cola offer rate that was $11 cheaper and includes $25 Amazon gift card as well.

Conclusion

It might make sense to check the rates using this limited time offer. Just make sure that your plans are firm if you decide to use it. There are probably rates like Starpicks available later that beat this offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Offer is valid at participating Starwood hotels and resorts in North America, Latin America and Mexico, please see participating property list.
  • Offer is valid for stays booked between November 19, 2012 and November 30, 2012 and completed between November 21, 2012 and March 31, 2013.
  • Savings vary by hotel.
  • Offer is valid for weekend stays at hotels (Thursday-Saturday arrival) and stays all days of the week at resorts. Please see individual property terms and conditions for complete offer details.
  • Book online today, call your travel professional, or call 877-782-0108 and mention Rate Plan CYBERLTO.
  • Advance purchase required. Credit card will be charged at time of booking. Reservations cannot be changed, are pre-paid and non-refundable; if cancellation takes place, guests forfeit total room charge plus tax.
  • An eligible stay is defined as minimum number of consecutive nights required paying a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-in or check-outs that occur.
  • Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
  • A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates.
  • Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
  • Offer not applicable to groups.
  • Not to be combined with other offers or promotions and subject to change.
  • Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

Hilton Any Weekend Anywhere 2013 Sale

Hilton has now launched their Any Weekend Anywhere sale for 2013. The booking window is from November 19 to January 31, 2013 (until February 14 in Asia) for stays between November 22 and December 31, 2013. You can access the Hilton’s very sparse web page for this sale here.

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The discount and booking window is dependent of the region in question:

Europe, Middle East and Africa: Book from November 19, 2012 to January 31, 2013, for stays from November 22, 2012 to December 31, 2013.

Asia Pacific, Australia and China: Book from November 19, 2012 to February 14, 2013, for stays from November 27, 2012 to December 31, 2013.

Americas: Book through January 31, 2013, for stays from December 13, 2012 to December 31, 2013.

Discount by region:

Europe: 20% to 40%

Middle East & Africa: 33% to 40%

Asia Pacific: 20% to 25%

North & South America: 15% discount

Please note that all these rates are prepaid, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. Some hotels may require minimum of 2 night stay, at some hotels this discount plan is available 7 days a week,

Double Stay Credit for Hilton HHonors members

This is an interesting twist on a Hilton HHonors promotion that I have not seen before. You will receive a double stay credit for a stay booked under this offer that is at least 2 days.

Note that reservations booked under this offer may not be eligible for promotions that Hilton has in 2013.

Here are four examples booking using this sale compared to other publicly available offers:

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At the Conrad Bali you are better off by booking the “Corporate Benefits Employee Offer”.

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For Hilton Abu Dhabi this Any Weekend sale returned the best price. Other discount options either didn’t work or couldn’t beat the price.

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The situation is same with the Hilton Berlin.

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DoubleTree Los Angeles downtown had lower advance purchase rate and the MVP rate than this Any Weekend Anywhere offer.

Conclusion

The discount for properties in the North and South America is only 15% under this offer and that should be easily beaten by AAA, MVP, or even the Little League offer. For the Los Angeles properties searching through the Hilton’s sale page for this promotion didn’t return any rates. You could pull them up using the regular search, however.

This offer returned good rates for the property in Berlin and Abu Dhabi that I couldn’t beat using the other offers. The corporate benefits employee offer should work in both regions and the public employee offer in Europe, but they didn’t return attractive rates or rates at all for these two properties.

The Conrad Bali, wonderful hotel btw, had better rate using the “Corporate Benefits Employee Offer”.

You should always check all the rates and don’t trust that any of these “sales” offer the best prices all the time. Do your homework and compare prices against advance purchase rates, MVP, Corporate Benefits Employee Offer, Little League offer, and Public Employee offer.

If you have Hilton Gold or Diamond status, paying for a breakfast rate makes no sense as it is included based on the status. There have been several offers for Gold status through MVP, Visa Infinite, and airline related offers.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Offer is subject to availability at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, offer details stated herein, and the selected hotel’s booking terms and conditions. Applies to stays on select days of the week/weekend, which vary by location as detailed below. Minimum and maximum stays apply in the Americas and at Hilton Garden Inn™ properties worldwide as detailed below. Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013 (February 14, 2013 for properties in Asia Pacific region) and stay between November 22, 2012 (November 24, 2012 for properties in Asia Pacific; December 13, 2012 for properties in Americas region) and December 31, 2013. Full non-refundable prepayment required at time of booking. Your credit card will be charged immediately for the total amount quoted for the entire stay as reserved and refunds or credits will not be issued unless otherwise indicated by local law. Charges cannot be applied to other stays, services or merchandise. Booking cannot be changed. Must book at least seven (7) days in advance of arrival, except as noted below for properties within Europe Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific regions.

Each hotel has a policy addressing cancellations and/or blackout dates that may apply. Offer not valid with group bookings and cannot be combined with other offers. Unless otherwise stated, quoted rates are per room per night, based on double occupancy and do not include taxes, gratuities, resort fees or incidental charges. The Hilton Minibreaks offer, which includes a second room for children at half-price, cannot be combined with this offer.

Discounts and availability of rate by world region:

Discounts are taken from the Best Available Rate and, where noted, to the Bed & Breakfast Rate. Percentage discounts apply as follows and vary by geographical location of property and/or by brand unless otherwise stated by the particular hotel.

Europe: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between November 22, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 20% – 40% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 40% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hampton by Hilton™ properties are offering a 20% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. 7-day advance purchase requirement is reduced to 3 days from November 19 through December 17, 2012, and is reduced to 1 day from December 18, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

Middle East and Africa regions: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between November 22, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 33% – 40% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 33% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hilton Garden Inn™ properties are offering a 33% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn™ properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. 7-day advance purchase requirement is reduced to 3 days from November 19 through December 17, 2012, and is reduced to 1 day from December 18, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

Asia Pacific region: Book between November 19, 2012 and February 14, 2013; and stay between November 24, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 20% – 25% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn™, and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 25% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hampton by Hilton™ properties are offering a 20% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. Must book at least five (5) days in advance of arrival.

North and South America regions: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between December 13, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 15% discount on Best Available Rate. For all participating properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals.

Double Stay Credit: For eligible Any Weekend, Anywhere stays as outlined above, of at least 2 nights, and booked through Hilton Worldwide direct booking channels with valid HHonors membership number, HHonors members will receive a Double Stay Credit, which will count toward tier status only. No Bonus Points will be given. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

The Best Available Rate is a specific rate type that varies depending on time of purchase, is unrestricted, non-qualified and excludes discount or negotiated rates not available to the general public, including, but not limited to: membership, corporate, government, promotional, group, packages, unpublished or rates only available on auction websites. The Bed & Breakfast Rate is similarly a specific type of rate that includes breakfast for the registered guests.

Up To 2500 Bonus United Miles for Online Purchases

It is time of the year when there are offers from most of the airline and hotel related online shopping malls for bonus miles.

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Between now and December 31, you will earn 500 bonus miles for every $250 in purchases that you make through the Mileage Plus mall. These are in addition to the regular miles that you would earn from the purchases. The bonus miles are capped at 2500 that is basically $1250 in spending. You can access this offer here.

Conclusion

You are essentially getting 2 extra points per dollar spend. The way I usually work these mall promotions, is to put a dollar figure to the mile earned so that I can compare them to straight cashback malls. Sometimes these airline related malls are better and sometimes they are not.

I wrote an article about getting cashback for your travel purchases and it does apply for most of other online purchases as well. You can use sites like CashBackHolic and Evreward to check the cashback percentages among multiple online malls.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Now through 12/31/12 11:59 PM EST receive 500 bonus miles with every $250 spent online through MileagePlus Shopping; up to 2,500 bonus miles. Returns, shipping and taxes are not eligible for bonus. Please allow 8-10 weeks for bonus miles to post to your account. The maximum number of bonus miles that can be awarded to each qualifying member through this promotion is 2,500 bonus miles. Increased earning opportunities are for a limited time only and at the discretion of each individual merchant. Please check site daily for updates to increased earning opportunities.

JetBlue Winter Promotion for 20% to 25% Discounts

JetBlue has a two day winter sale for travel between November 27 and December 20th that is eligible for 25% discount by using promotion code WINTER25 and January 7 and February 14 that is eligible for 20% discount by using promotion code WINTER20. These offers are valid until midnight EST on November 20th, 2012, and you need to make the reservation at jetblue.com/promo.

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Note that this offer is only valid for flights originating from US including PR.

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I did a search for flights from LAX to JFK. The discount seemed to work correctly and taking 25% off of the base fare before taxes.

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For comparison purposes, seems that the AA is offering the lowest fares currently between these two city pairs and the JetBlue discounts brings their prices in line with AA’s.

Conclusion

If you are a JetBlue flier, you can probably save a bit from your flights during the sale period. It might make sense to use ITA to make sure that JetBlue’s prices are in line with competition.

Here are the terms and conditions of this sale

Promo codes are good until 11/20/12 (11:59 PM ET). Each code is good for the stated discount off the base fare of a roundtrip JetBlue flight (nonstop or connecting) originating from the United States (including Puerto Rico) for travel between 11/27/2012 – 12/20/12 (for promo code WINTER25) and travel between 1/7/13 – 2/14/13 (for promo code WINTER20). Roundtrip purchase required. Must select both outbound and return flights within the travel period in order to receive the discount. Codes (case-sensitive) are valid only for roundtrip flights purchased on jetblue.com/promo; new bookings only; limit one code per booking. Codes are not valid in connection with JetBlue Getaways, award flights, taxes/fees, partner or code share or interline flights, baggage fees, or any other products or services. Each code cannot be combined with other offers, cannot be partially redeemed, has no cash value, is not redeemable for cash, but is transferable. If fight reservation is changed/cancelled, a $100 fee per person will apply (plus any increase in fare for changes), and the promo code will only apply to any modified or new reservation if it is booked by 11:59 PM ET on 11/20/12, is for travel within the eligible travel period, and otherwise satisfies all terms and conditions for this offer. Changes/cancellations after 11/20/12 will result in the promo code discount being forfeited. Cancellations are for JetBlue travel credit only, valid for one year. If reservation is not changed/canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with reservation is forfeited. Other restrictions apply, click here.

Air Canada Aeroplan Conversion Offer of Up To 40,000 Bonus Miles

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Aeroplan is offering bonuses for converting points from partner programs. This offer is valid from November 19 to December 17, 2012. There is no need to register for this offer that you can access here.

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The number of bonus Aeroplan miles that you earn is dependent of the number of total converted miles. The bonus is from 20% to 27%.

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Note that only converting points from the following partners are eligible for the bonus offer.

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Does it make sense to convert from partner programs to Aeroplan?

It probably depends how you are using the miles/points on the partner programs and how familiar you are with the Aeroplan. Note that, although Aeroplan’s routing rules are rather relax, they charge very high fuel surcharges on many partner airlines.

Conclusion

This offer makes most sense for Air Canada Elite members or if you need to top up your Aeroplan account for an award.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Maximum 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles can be earned per Aeroplan Member. Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be issued by Aeroplan as follows: 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 5,000 and 9,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 10,000 and 19,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 4,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 20,000 and 49,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 50,000 and 99,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 100,000 and 149,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is 150,000 or more Aeroplan Miles. Bonus offer valid only on conversions made between November 19 and December 17, 2012 (11:59 EST). POINTS.com: Aeroplan Miles procured via a Trade transaction with another member at Points.com are not eligible towards the conversion bonus threshold. BONUS MILE CREDITING: Bonus miles are credited 7–10 days following successful receipt by Aeroplan of a conversion transaction from the partner. Note that some partners may take up to two weeks to submit point-to-mile conversions to Aeroplan.

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