December 30 2014

Choice Hotels Winter Promo – Triple Points on Midweek Stays

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday week!

Choice Hotels’ winter promotion, awarding triple points for midweek stays, has started – so don’t forget to register if there’s even a remote chance you might end up staying at a Choice property during the promotion period.

The promotion runs through February 18, 2015.

Choice Hotels Promo Banner

If you’re unfamiliar with Choice Hotels, its brands include Cambria Suites, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Econo Lodge, and Ascend Hotel Collection, among others.

Choice Hotels Brands

Choice Privileges base (non-elite) members normally earn 10 points per dollar spent on most brands (5/$ on some of the lower-earning brands).

With this triple-points promotion they would instead earn 30 points per dollar on midweek stays (15/$ on the lower brands).

Since a reward night starts at 6,000 points, one could be earned with $200 in spend through this promo.

 

Additional tips

If you’re not already a Choice Privileges member, have an existing member refer you. You’ll each receive 500 points after your first eligible stay. (I’m happy to refer if you shoot me a note through the contact form. I’ll need your first name and email address for the referral.)

Also check Choice Hotels’ promotions page for potentially combinable offers.

And if you have one, be sure to use a credit card that awards bonus points on hotel charges.

September 9 2014

Free Money, $15 Flights, and Fall Hotel Promos

Long time no post – hope everyone is well! I’m in the middle of a crazy month and have a lot of catching up to do on the travel-deals front, but here are some quick tidbits.

 

Free money

American Express has a nice little Sync offer for $15 off a purchase of $100+ at Staples.com. (Note this offer is online only.)

Amex Sync Staples

I don’t need any merchandise from Staples right now so I just bought bought a Visa gift card. The gift card has a $6.95 fee so you come out ahead by about $8. While that’s not a life-changing amount, it’s also not a bad return for 90 seconds of my time to place the order.

For a nice double dip if you are in the market for a computer, combine the Sync promo with Staples’ current offer of $150 off all laptops, desktops, and all-in-one PCs regularly priced $499+. (Use coupon code 62638; expires Sep. 13, 2014.)

Staples $150 Discount

If you find a computer that is on sale for less than $499 the coupon still works as long as the regular price is $499+.

Staples.com also carries third-party gift cards – Starbucks, Gap, Groupon, iTunes, and many others – so even if you don’t need anything from Staples itself this Amex deal can still be useful.

Unfortunately this is a targeted offer so there is no Twitter or Facebook registration that I know of. You’ll have to log on to your Amex account and see if you were targeted.

If you’re unfamiliar, read my primer on Amex Sync offers for details and instructions on how to use these deals.

 

More free money

If you have a Bank of America credit card, there is a BankAmeriDeals promotion offering 10% cash back on a purchase amount up to $125 at Staples.

Staples BofA Offer

You should find (and register for) this offer in the “Cash Back Deals” tab when logged in to your BofA account if you’re eligible.

 

Frontier $15 flights

Today only, Frontier Airlines has $15 fares from Denver to select destinations on select dates.

Frontier Denver

The applicable markets and dates can be found here, and I’ve also pasted them below for convenience.

Frontier Denver Fares & Dates

Do note that Frontier has fees for carry-on bags, although items fitting under the seat are free.

 

Hotel promotions

It’s the time of year when hotels announce their Fall promotions, so don’t forget to register!

Starwood’s More for You promo:

  • Earn double Starpoints on stays of two or more eligible nights and triple Starpoints if they include a weekend night.
  • Register by October 31, stay between September 15 and December 15, 2014.

IHG’s Into the Nights promo:

  • Has individualized offers, depending on your account history and stay patterns, but promises “at least two” free nights in addition to a number of bonus points.
  • Most offers I’ve seen are pretty compelling; mine specifically has requirements that can be fulfilled with three (cheap) stays (at Holiday Inns). I would gladly pay for three sub-$100 Holiday Inn stays (on days when I’m traveling and need hotel stays anyway) to earn two free nights (which I would use at high-end properties where rates can easily exceed $500/night).
  • Must register. Stays must be completed by December 31, 2014.

And, though it’s been out for a while, don’t forget about Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion which runs through October 31.

 

Vancouver hotels – $50 gas card per stay

Finally, beVancouver is offering a $50 gas card for Fall stays at participating hotels in Vancouver. Although not nearly as lucrative as past promotions I’ve seen from them, this is still a decent offer if you happen to need a hotel in Vancouver during the promotion period anyway.

The booking calendar goes through October 31, 2014 so I assume that is the end date of this offer.

There are many sub-$100 rates so a $50 gas card in return isn’t shabby.

 

Enjoy the deals, and as always please read all T&Cs carefully.

 

July 27 2014

Earn Double or Triple Points with Hilton’s Fall Promotion

Hilton recently announced its fall promotion, titled Triple Your Trip, and it’s very similar to last year’s fall promotion. Read on for my analysis and for tips on maximizing the offer.

Hilton Triple Your Trip 2014

Details

  • The promotion period is August 1 to October 31, 2014.
  • Earn double points for qualifying stays on weeknights (Monday through Thursday).
  • Earn triple points for qualifying stays on weekends (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights).
  • Must register prior to your first check-out. The registration page is here.
  • There is a (rather lengthy) list of non-participating properties.

Analysis of double points offer

Base members (those at the Blue membership level) normally earn 10 points per dollar spent. Earning double points through this promotion would yield another 10 points (highlighted in yellow on the chart below). Electing the “Points and Points” earning option gives a further 5 points/$. Total earnings: 25 points per dollar spent.

I value one Hilton point at $0.004 (four tenths of a cent), so 25 points is worth about a 10% rebate to me (highlighted in blue). Important to keep in mind that this “rebate” is not in cash but in the form of Hilton points.

(If you’re curious about how I value a point at $0.004, I explain in this post [scroll down to find it in the second half of the “Analysis” section].)

Elite members earn additional bonuses which “beef up” their return slightly, with top-tier Diamond members earning the equivalent of a 12% rebate (highlighted in salmon).

Here’s a summary of what is earned at each membership level:

Double points analysis

Analysis of triple points offer

Everything is that same as above except you earn 20 bonus promotion points per dollar (highlighted in purple) instead of 10.

Again, at my $0.004/point valuation, you’d earn a rebate worth anywhere between 14% and 16%.

Triple points analysis

Tips

First of all, don’t forget to register. I always just register for these things at the beginning, even if I don’t plan to stay during the promotion period. That way if an unexpected stay comes up I don’t lose out on bonuses for forgetting to register.

Some ways to potentially double/triple dip:

  • Sync and pay with an eligible American Express card to earn a $50 statement credit when you spend $250+ at a qualifying Hilton Hotels & Resorts property. (This offer expires September 2, 2014; details in this post.)
  • Alternatively, paying with a Hilton co-braded credit card would earn another 7, 10, or 12 points/$ (depending on which card it is).
  • Check the Hilton offers page for any potentially combinable promotions.

Finally, as always, be sure to read the T&Cs carefully.

June 29 2014

Quick Deal Alert: a 3.5-Star Hotel for $27 and Several Other Hotel Promotions

After yesterday’s $50 Expedia hotel offer, which I considered very good, there is an even better one to share today!

Actually there are several promotions, but let me start with what I think is the best one.

Travelocity $40 off a mobile hotel booking of $100+ (link)

Travelocity promo
Click to enlarge

Pretty straightforward – book a hotel of $100 or more via the mobile app using promo code MOBILE40 and get $40 off. The catch is that this offer is only good until 11:59pm Pacific Time today (June 29), although you can travel through December 31, 2014.

It works on bookings of multiple nights. I played around and was able to find a 3.5-star hotel for $36/night before the coupon code. Booking it for 3 nights would get you to the $100 requirement, then applying the coupon would take the total cost down to $82 for three nights (taxes and fees included).

Travelocity sample booking

Tough to beat $27/night for a 3.5-star hotel!

There is a list of non-eligible hotels but it’s not terribly long and I didn’t have a hard time finding good eligible options.

The terms state “limit one (1) coupon per qualifying hotel booking,” which suggests to me that the deal can be used multiple times as long as you make separate bookings each time. [Update: Despite the language, I was unable to make a second booking using the same code on the same Travelocity account. The code would not “take” despite several tries with different hotels not on the excluded list. Your experience may vary.]

 

Travelocity $50 off a hotel booking of $300+ (link)

Travelocity $50 off $300

Use code SUMMER50 for this offer. Must book by August 31 and travel by December 31, 2014.

 

Hotels.com $50 off $300+ (link)

Hotels.com promo

Use code FIREWORKS for this offer. Must book by July 4 and travel by December 31, 2014.

 

Expedia $50 off $200+

And of course don’t forget about the $50 off $200+ offer from Expedia described in yesterday’s post.

As always, be sure to note all terms of each offer you participate in.

Enjoy the remaining weekend and don’t forget to check our regularly-updated Travel Deals Page for more promotions.

June 17 2014

Accor Hotels up to 40% Off, Several Airfare Deals Including LGB-ANC $99

Discount air carriers have been pumping out offers the last few weeks.

If you missed my post about free points for new Southwest Rapid Rewards signups, the offer is worth a look (especially if you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area).

JetBlue fares from $49 (link to JetBlue sale)

JBLU promo banner

JetBlue’s out with a sale ending tomorrow (June 18). Though the ad says “fares from $59” there are a few for less (go figure), like the one below:

JBLU $49 fare

Here are a few terms, but as always be sure the read the full T&Cs carefully:

  • Book June 17 – 18, 2014 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local time).
  • Travel September 3 – October 29, 2014 (blackout date: October 13, 2014). Must fly Tuesday and Wednesday only.
  • Different or additional day of week restrictions, travel windows, and blackout dates may apply and vary by route. Click on a fare for details.

An interesting side note…While poking around this fare sale, I also checked fares to Anchorage for a trip I’m considering. My travel dates are outside this promotion period, but some fantastic fares turned up, like this $99 one from Long Beach (near Los Angeles):

JBLU LGB-ANC $99 border

I don’t know if this is a mistake fare or a random (unannounced?) sale, but fares on that route are typically more than double, sometimes triple, the price.

Virgin America fares from $59 (link to Virgin America promotion)

Virgin’s sale is decent (not great) so it’s worth a look if the markets they serve align with your travel plans.

VA sale banner

Must purchase by June 19 and a 21-day advance purchase is required. Travel dates vary by market (consult the T&Cs for specifics).

Frontier Airlines 11% off promo code

Frontier Airlines is offering an 11% discount with promo code SUMMERTIME (book by June 19, fly by September 2).

Frontier promo code

Accor Hotels up to 40% off (link to Accor Super Sale)

Moving on to hotels, Accor’s “Super Sale” started today.

Accor Sale banner

Here are some terms, but again you should always read the full T&Cs:

  • Non-members get 30% off. Members get 40% off and free breakfast for two. (But note certain brands do not offer free breakfast.) Since membership is free, you know what to do…
  • Book by June 27, stay July 11 through August 31 (or later in some markets).
  • Bookings “cannot be changed, cancelled, exchanged or reimbursed” – so be super sure of your plans before committing.
  • Note that not all brands are participating and no properties in the US are participating.

Tip: Check other booking sites to make sure you’re still getting the best deal with this promotion. By my sporadic and unscientific observations, the company’s “Super Sales” usually do yield significant savings. However, they also seem to jack up rates right before the sale, with the result being the net discount is not really 40%.

June 6 2014

Expedia Savings: $25 Off a Hotel Booking ($50 Off in New York) via App

Expedia app offers

Expedia is offering several discounts for hotel bookings made through the mobile app:

  • $25 off your first hotel booking of $100+ (book and travel by Dec. 31, 2014). Coupon code MOBILE25.
  • $50 off a New York hotel booking of $200+ (book by June 13 and travel between June 13 and Aug. 31, 2014). Coupon code MOBILENYC50.

These are good discounts, but before you get too excited note there is a (quite lengthy) list of non-participating hotels. The list includes many chains so this offer might be better suited for bookings at more boutique establishments.

These are also bonuses for Expedia Rewards members (signup is free):

  • Earn 500 points for downloading the app.
  • Earn triple points for each hotel or flight booked on the app.

For convenience, I’ve pasted below the T&Cs and list of non-eligible hotels shown for the MOBILE25 offer at this writing, but be sure to double check at the time of booking.

Terms & conditions for MOBILE25 offer

Offer: Receive an instant $25 mobile coupon discount off a hotel stay using the Expedia® hotels app on a smart phone or tablet. The price of the qualifying booking must be at least $100 before taxes and fees. How to redeem: Access the mobile app on your smart phone or tablet and select a qualifying hotel stay. On the checkout page, click on “Enter a coupon or promotion code”, and enter the code: MOBILE25. Restrictions: Coupon must be redeemed on Expedia.com by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) on December 31, 2014, for travel between now and December 31, 2014. Limited time offer: subject to change. Limit one (1) coupon per user account and per qualifying hotel booking. This offer is from Expedia.com and is valid for Expedia.com U.S. customers only. Customers affiliated with Expedia’s Travel Agent Affiliate Program are not eligible for offer. Coupon valid for eligible Expedia Rate Hotels only . Bookings subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions. Coupon may not be used with other coupons, promotions or special offers. Coupon discount cannot be applied against taxes, supplier-charged fees, cancellation or change penalties, administrative fees or other miscellaneous charges, which are the sole responsibility of the customer. A coupon will be deemed fully used once a qualifying booking has been made and may not be reused. In the event that you change or cancel any part of your booking, the coupon will not apply to the changed travel schedule.Terms and conditions of this coupon are as written and cannot be changed by any representation of any unauthorized person, including employees of Expedia, Inc. Coupon is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash. Expedia, Inc. may revoke or change this offer at any time. Void where prohibited by law.

Non-eligible hotels

Accor, All Seasons, Aloft, Adagio, Starwood, Amari Hotel and Resorts, Ana Hotels International, Angsana, Aston Resorts, Autograph Collection Hotels & Resorts, Anantara, Ascend Collection, Banyan Tree, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Choice, Cambria, Campanile, Candlewood Hotel, Carlson, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Conrad, Country Inn & Suites, Courtyard, Crown Plaza, Doubletree, Diamond Resorts, Econo Lodge, Edition, Element, Embassy Suites, Etap, Eviivo Small Hotels, Execustay, Fairfield Inn, Formule 1, Fairmont, Fortune Hotels, Four Points, Four Seasons, Furama, Gaylord Entertainment, Global Hotels & Resorts, Global Hyatt, Golden Tulip, Grand Mercure, Hampton Inn, Hesperia, Hilton Worldwide, Holiday Inn, Homewood Suites, Hotel Indigo, Ibis, Independent, Innside, Inter-Continental, Jolly Hotels, Kamath, Kyriad, La Quinta, Langham Hotels, Le Meridien, Loews, Louvre Hotels, Luxury Collection, M Gallery, MainStay Suites, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Marriott International, Melia Hotels International, Mercure, MGM, Missoni Hotels, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, NH Hotels, Novotel, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Omni, Orbis, Paradisus, Park, Pear Tree Inn, Premiere Classe, Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Quality, Quay West, Radisson, Raffles Intl Hotels and Resorts, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Ritz-Carlton, RIU Hotels, Rodeway Inn, Rosewood Hotels, Sandals Resorts, Scandic Hotels, Sea Temple, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Sheraton Hotel, Six Senses Resorts & Spas, Sleep Inn, Sofitel, Sol, Soneva, SpringHill Suites, St Regis, Starwood, Staybridge Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Suite Novotel, Swiss Quality Hotels, Swissotel, Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces, The Gateway Hotels, The Peninsula Group, TownePlace Suites, Trident Hotels, Tryp Hotels, Tulip Inn, Vivanta by Taj, W Hotel, Waldorf Astoria, Westin, Wyndham, Vincci.

May 28 2014

Ways to Earn IHG Rewards Points

After yesterday’s post about InterContinental Hotels Group’s new list of PointBreaks properties, with hotel rooms available for roughly $35 worth of points per night, I was asked for suggestions on ways to obtain IHG points.

So, here ya go!

Transfer Chase credit card points

Some Chase cards earn Ultimate Rewards points that are transferable to various airline and hotel partners – IHG Rewards Club among them.

UR xf partners
Some Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partners

Since points transfer at a 1:1 ratio, this is generally not a good value (to me, an Ultimate Rewards point is worth $0.017 while an IHG Rewards point only $0.007). However, if you just need a small amount to top off your IHG account for a redemption it can make practical sense.

Get a co-branded credit card

The IHG Rewards Club Select credit card currently offers a 60,000 point bonus after you charge $1,000 on the card in the first 3 months. (There is also a non-public offer of 80,000 points which isn’t too hard to find by Googling, but just be warned that if the points don’t post after you used an offer you weren’t targeted for you might have an uphill battle getting them.)

I personally have (and really like) the card. While it has a $49 annual fee (which is waived the first year), I get more than enough value to justify the fee.

As a card holder, each year I receive a free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property. I redeemed my last one for a night at a hotel where the “retail” price exceeded $800/night.

The card also provides Platinum elite status with IHG, has no foreign transaction fees, and gives a 10% rebate on points redemptions. So if I redeem 40,000 points for a free night, I get 4,000 of them back.

Purchase points from Daily Getaways

Daily Getaways, a program from American Express and the US Travel Association, offers various travel packages at “discounted” prices. On June 5th, IHG Rewards points will be offered in various increments:

  • 100,000 points for $630
  • 50,000 points for $325
  • 25,000 points for $167
  • 15,000 points for $100

(These packages were also available from Daily Getaways on May 26th. Some of those are still available for purchase at this writing.)

There is a 10% discount if paying with an American Express card. Assuming you buy the 50,000 point package and get the 10% discount, you’re paying $293 for 50,000 points, or just under $0.006/point.

It’s not a bad deal because, to me, a point is worth about $0.007 (far less than what Daily Getaways claims it’s worth, by the way). However, you are converting a liquid asset (cash) into a very illiquid one (points with little value outside the loyalty program). So personally I would not speculatively buy points, but I could see it making sense if you have a specific redemption in mind.

Also remember the points may take up to 10 business days to post. By then, the property you want may be sold out of PointBreaks nights for this round.

Earn them the old-fashioned way

As with most hotel loyalty programs, you earn points for every dollar spent on hotel charges. (And elites earn additional bonus points.)

Clearly it’s ridiculous to pay for hotel nights just to earn points. But if you travel and need hotel nights anyway, it makes sense to “play the game” wisely and maximize your earnings.

For example, by participating in a (now-expired) promotion, I earned 170,000 points for about $0.002 (2 tenths of one cent) each.

Indirectly “buy” points

There is an indirect way to obtain points for $0.007 each. For this to work, you need to already have at least 5,000 points in your IHG account.

HI PDX

Here’s how the trick works:

  • Find an IHG hotel (any IHG hotel) that can be booked for 5,000 points + $70, such as this one (pictured above).
  • Book this “points & cash” reservation. Make sure it is a booking that can be cancelled without penalty! (Click on “view rate details” or something to that effect to see the cancellation policy.)
  • Cancel the booking. The $70 paid will not be refunded in cash. Rather, it will be refunded in the form of 10,000 points. (The original 5,000 points will also be returned for a total refund of 15,000 points.)
  • This method effectively buys 10,000 points for $70, or $0.007/point.

Caveat: I mention this trick because I know it’s commonly used, but I would advise caution. While I did not see the practice explicitly disallowed in the T&Cs (to the contrary, the terms specifically state that cancelled points & cash bookings will be refunded entirely with points), you don’t want to risk having your account shut down for abuse.

Did I miss anything? Leave a comment or drop me a note with further questions or if you have additional suggestions. Enjoy using the points (wisely!).

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May 27 2014

New IHG PointBreaks Hotels Now Bookable – 5,000 Points/Night

Every few months, InterContinental Hotels Group releases a new list of PointBreaks® – reward nights offered at the deeply discounted rate of 5,000 points per night. A new list came out today, valid for booking through July 31, 2014.

The list can be found here, and I have pasted it below for convenience.

Among the 100+ properties in each round, there are often gems to be found – a handful or so of InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Hotel Indigo properties which normally require up to 50,000 points/night. These tend to book up very quickly and are often gone the same day the list is released.

But realistically, any of the properties on the list is a gem if it happens to coincide with your travel plans. Even if “just” a Holiday Inn Express or Candlewood Suites property, a room at any of these can be a steal at 5,000 points/night – especially in a location and on a date where you already need a hotel night anyway.

I value an IHG Rewards point at $0.007, so using 5,000 points is like spending $35 for a hotel night. [Update: see this post for ways to earn IHG points.]

CP San Jose Costa Rica
The Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici

United States

ALABAMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CLANTON
HOLIDAY INN BIRMINGHAM – HOOVER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MOBILE/SARALAND

ARKANSAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HARRISON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SEARCY

ARIZONA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PINETOP

CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CORNING
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GOLD MINERS INN
– GRASS VALLEY

STAYBRIDGE SUITES PALMDALE
CROWNE PLAZA SILICON VALLEY N – UNION CITY

COLORADO
STAYBRIDGE SUITES DENVER TECH CENTER
CANDLEWOOD SUITES GRAND JUNCTION NW

DELAWARE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES WILMINGTON-NEWARK

FLORIDA
HOLIDAY INN JACKSONVILLE E 295 BAYMEADOWS
HOLIDAY INN SARASOTA-LAKEWOOD RANCH

GEORGIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ATLANTA NW
– POWDER SPRINGS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ROME

IOWA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PELLA
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES DES MOINES-NORTHWEST

IDAHO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BOISE – TOWNE SQUARE

ILLINOIS
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES BOLINGBROOK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HIGHLAND
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES JACKSONVILLE
HOTEL INDIGO CHICAGO-VERNON HILLS

INDIANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ELKHART-SOUTH
CANDLEWOOD SUITES INDIANAPOLIS – SOUTH
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MERRILLVILLE

KANSAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES KANSAS CITY

KENTUCKY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CARROLLTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SHELBYVILLE

LOUISIANA
HOLIDAY INN HOUMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LEESVILLE-FT. POLK

MASSACHUSETTS
HOLIDAY INN BERKSHIRES
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SWANSEA

MARYLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SALISBURY – DELMAR
HOLIDAY INN SOLOMONS-CONF CENTER & MARINA

MAINE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FREEPORT – BRUNSWICK AREA

MICHIGAN
HOLIDAY INN BIG RAPIDS

MINNESOTA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES EAGAN ARPT SOUTH – MALL AREA

MISSOURI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FULTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HANNIBAL

MISSISSIPPI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CLEVELAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PHILADELPHIA-CHOCTAW

MONTANA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES GREAT FALLS

NORTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES RALEIGH-CARY (I-40 @WALNUT ST)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FAYETTEVILLE NW-SPRING LAKE

NEBRASKA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BELLEVUE (OMAHA AREA)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES NORFOLK

NEW HAMPSHIRE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DURHAM – UNH

NEW JERSEY
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BORDENTOWN-TRENTON
HOLIDAY INN EAST WINDSOR
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MOUNT ARLINGTON
– ROCKAWAY AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VINELAND MILLVILLE

NEW MEXICO
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ALBUQUERQUE NORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CLOVIS

NEVADA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FALLON
STAYBRIDGE SUITES RENO

NEW YORK
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BUFFALO AMHERST
HOLIDAY INN AUBURN-FINGER LAKES REGION
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WATERTOWN-FORT DRUM
HOLIDAY INN JOHNSTOWN-GLOVERSVILLE
HOLIDAY INN UTICA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROCHESTER – GREECE

OHIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CELINA
HOLIDAY INN CLEVELAND-AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS COLUMBUS – DUBLIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MIDDLETOWN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES NAPOLEON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CLEVELAND
– STREETSBORO

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WAUSEON

OKLAHOMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES OKMULGEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VINITA

OREGON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MEDFORD
– CENTRAL POINT

HOLIDAY INN PORTLAND-GRESHAM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ONTARIO

PENNSYLVANIA
HOLIDAY INN ALLENTOWN CENTER CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHAMBERSBURG
HOLIDAY INN JOHNSTOWN-DOWNTOWN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MT PLEASANT- SCOTTDALE
HOLIDAY INN WARREN (KINZUA DAM-ALLEGHENY)

RHODE ISLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SMITHFIELD
– PROVIDENCE

SOUTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CAMDEN-I20 (HWY 521)
CANDLEWOOD SUITES COLUMBIA-FT. JACKSON

SOUTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ABERDEEN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES STURGIS

TENNESSEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HURRICANE MILLS (WAVERLY)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MEMPHIS SOUTHWIND
STAYBRIDGE SUITES KNOXVILLE OAK RIDGE

TEXAS
HOLIDAY INN AMARILLO WEST MEDICAL CENTER
STAYBRIDGE SUITES BROWNSVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ENNIS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HEARNE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HOUSTON NW
BELTWAY 8-WEST ROAD

CROWNE PLAZA SAN ANTONIO AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES AUSTIN SW
– SUNSET VALLEY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VIDOR SOUTH

UTAH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HEBER CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TOOELE

VIRGINIA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES CHESAPEAKE – VIRGINIA BEACH
CROWNE PLAZA HAMPTON-MARINA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES QUANTICO-STAFFORD
HOLIDAY INN PATRIOT-WILLIAMSBURG

WASHINGTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHENEY
HOLIDAY INN YAKIMA

WISCONSIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ANTIGO
STAYBRIDGE SUITES MILWAUKEE AIRPORT SOUTH
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MADISON – FITCHBURG
CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES STEVENS POINT

WEST VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWELL-CHESTER WV
HOLIDAY INN WEIRTON

WYOMING
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TORRINGTON

 

Europe

BELGIUM

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ANTWERP CITY – NORTH

FINLAND
HOLIDAY INN TURKU

FRANCE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ARRAS
HOLIDAY INN TOULON – CITY CENTRE

GERMANY
HOLIDAY INN FRANKFURT AIRPORT – NORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SINGEN

ITALY
HOLIDAY INN GENOA CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MILAN – MALPENSA AIRPORT

LITHUANIA
CROWNE PLAZA VILNIUS

ROMANIA
CROWNE PLAZA BUCHAREST

SPAIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BARCELONA – MONTMELO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS VITORIA

TURKEY
HOLIDAY INN BURSA

UNITED KINGDOM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BRADFORD CITY CENTRE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CANTERBURY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DONCASTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GLENROTHES
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS KETTERING
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LICHFIELD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PETERBOROUGH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS RAMSGATE – MINSTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS STEVENAGE

 

Asia

INDIA
HOLIDAY INN RESORT GOA

JAPAN
CROWNE PLAZA ANA UBE

THAILAND
CROWNE PLAZA BANGKOK LUMPINI PARK

 

Middle East & Africa

EGYPT

HOLIDAY INN CAIRO – CITYSTARS

OMAN
CROWNE PLAZA RESORT SALALAH

SOUTH AFRICA
CROWNE PLAZA JOHANNESBURG – THE ROSEBANK

 

 Central & South America

ARGENTINA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROSARIO

COSTA RICA
CROWNE PLAZA SAN JOSE COROBICI
HOTEL INDIGO SAN JOSE FORUM COSTA RICA

PANAMA
HOLIDAY INN PANAMA CANAL

 

 Mexico

CROWNE PLAZA TUXTLA GUTIERREZ

CROWNE PLAZA MEXICO CITY NORTH-TLALNEPANTLA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES GUADALAJARA EXPO
HOLIDAY INN HERMOSILLO

 

 Canada

ALBERTA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GRANDE PRAIRIE

NEW BRUNSWICK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MONCTON

ONTARIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BRAMPTON
CROWNE PLAZA HAMILTON HOTEL & CONF CENTER
STAYBRIDGE SUITES OAKVILLE-BURLINGTON

QUEBEC
HOLIDAY INN LAVAL – MONTREAL
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CENTRE-VILLE DOWNTOWN

 

 Oceania

AUSTRALIA

HOLIDAY INN TOWNSVILLE

FIJI
HOLIDAY INN SUVA

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May 23 2014

Choice Hotels Summer Promotion: 8,000 Points After 2 Stays

Choice brands

Choice Hotels’ summer promotion is out. It’s a decent promotion, albeit mostly similar to past promotions they’ve run.

The promotion

It’s advertised as “earn a $50 gift card” after two qualifying stays. In reality, what you would earn is 8,000 Choice Privileges points which can be redeemed for a $50 gift card. (Participating gift cards include Amazon, Macy’s, and several gas stations and restaurants.)

Some other terms:

  • Must register in advance.
  • Qualifying stays must have arrival dates between May 22 and August 20, 2014.
  • For certain brands (Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban, and MainStay Suites) a qualifying stay must be a minimum of two consecutive nights.
  • Redeem points for the gift card by September 30, 2014.

Be sure to read the full details and T&Cs on the website.

 

Choice Priv banner

Analysis

Depending on your preferences, you might be better off redeeming your points for a free night rather than the gift card.

Since reward nights start at 6,000 points, earning 8,000 points after two stays is not bad – especially if your stays are at properties with cheap rates. (Eyeballing it, I saw that most rates are below $100/night and a fair number are even below $60/night.)

A quirk of this promotion is that it sort of penalizes those who spend more money. The promotion doesn’t award a straight 8,000 bonus points after two stays. Rather, per the T&Cs, it awards “enough bonus points to reach the 8,000 point level.”

Normally you earn 10 points/$ at most of their hotels. So the “bonus” you earn with this promotion is just the difference between 8,000 points and the normally-earned points. The more you earn in normal points, the less you’ll get in bonus points.

As is often the case, the optimal “play” is to have your paid stays take place at properties with cheap rates.

(In prior similar promotions they said you would earn at least 5,000 bonus points, but I didn’t see that in the verbiage this time around.)

Additional tips

If you’re not already a member of the Choice Privileges loyalty program, have an existing member refer you. You’ll each receive 500 points after your first eligible stay. (I’m happy to refer if you shoot me a note through the contact form. I’ll need your first name and e-mail address for the referral form.)

Also check the promotions page of the main site as well as that of a specific hotel you’re considering for potentially combinable offers.

And if you have one, be sure to use a credit card that awards a bonus on hotel charges.

May 5 2014

Country Inns & Suites Triple Points Promotion – Not a Bad Deal

After seeing lackluster summer promotions from Hilton, Starwood, and Hyatt this year, I’m glad for one that seems a little more “rewarding.”

Country Inn Promo Header

Country Inns & Suites’ Triple the Fun promotion is awarding triple points this summer:

  • Earn 60 Gold Points per dollar spent (20 standard points + 40 bonus points) on eligible stays of two or more nights between June 1 and September 1, 2014.
  • Must register and book by May 31, 2014.

Why do I think this is a rewarding promotion? Points are redeemable at Club Carlson properties (including RadissonPark Plaza, and Park Inn):

Club Carlson properties

Where an award night starts at 9,000 points:

Club Carlson redemption chart

So $150 spent on a hotel stay (that you’d need anyway, optimally) would earn enough points for an award night.

Granted, the Category 1 properties available for 9,000 points are pretty basic (as are Country Inn & Suites properties in general), but if they line up with your travel plans then a free night for the cost of another stay you’d have bought anyway is a good deal.

Additional tips

Potentially earn 1,000 points by following Club Carlson on Twitter. This promotion was initially limited to the first 15,000 participants but, as of this writing, I no longer see a cap so perhaps it still works.

Hashtag Hotel promo

And if you have a Club Carlson co-branded credit card, paying with it will additionally earn 6 to 10 points/$ (depending on which card). Otherwise, try to pay with a card that awards bonus points on hotel or travel purchases.