Weekend Roundup of Travel News & Deals
Happy weekend again!
If you have young children to entertain, check out the movie Mr. Peabody & Sherman. I watched it today and found it not only funny but also educational about historical events and their geographic settings. Great for travel-minded kids.
Enjoy a few recent travel stories, and be sure to read about the appealing new-member offer from Marriott below.
Travel news and stories
- Travel + Leisure writes about the world’s most unusual hotels. The cave hotel in Turkey has actually been on my to-do list for a while!
- Lonely Planet suggests 10 cities with brilliant beaches for those times you can’t decide between a city break and beach holiday.
- For a gourmet camping snack, try this granola recipe found in Conde Nast.
- Try this old world vs. new world quiz to see if you can discern European locations from American ones. (From Smarter Travel)
- Finally, for your weekly dose of travel eye candy, The Active Times presents some surreal sunsets.
Marriott free night promotion for new members
Here are some high-level details of the promotion, but as always be sure to read the full T&Cs carefully.
- Join Marriott Rewards® and be automatically registered to earn your Free Night Certificate.
- Stay twice at a participating hotel during your earning period. Your earning period starts the day you enroll through the end of that month, plus an additional 120 days.
- Earn your free night after your 2nd paid stay at any participating category 1-5 hotel.
A free night after two stays is generally a great deal and I’d be all over this if I were eligible. (Unfortunately it’s only open to new members.)
Avis promotion: up to 35% off + 7,500 AAdvantage bonus miles
[UPDATE: offer extended to August 31, 2014.]
From the offer landing page:
Now through July 15, 2014, American Airlines AAdvantage® members can earn up to 7,500 AAdvantage bonus miles from Avis on rentals of 1 or more consecutive days at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Earn 1,000 AAdvantage bonus miles on rentals of 1-2 days.
- Earn 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles on rentals of 3-4 days.
- Earn 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles on rentals of 5-6 days.
- Earn 7,500 AAdvantage bonus miles on rentals of 7 or more days.
Use coupon # MUAA036 and provide your AAdvantage number at the time of reservation or at the rental counter to earn your AAdvantage bonus miles. This offer is in addition to your everyday savings of up to 35% when you use AWD # K817187.
Remember an American Airlines award ticket starts at 12,500 miles. If you need to rent a car anyway, doing so through with this deal could get you 60% of the way to a free flight.
Finally, don’t forget to check our permanent, regularly-updated Travel Deals page for more promotions.