Daily Getaways 2014: Loews Hotels

Loews Daily Getaways

I wouldn't ordinarily write about these discounts from Loews Hotels until next week (this Daily Getaways offer comes the week after), but Loews is holding a separate 24-hour "Summer Like a Local" sale today and I though it would be interesting to compare the two offers. (HT to Hotel … [Read more...]

The Suitest Is the Coolest Way to Book Your Next Hotel

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What's the biggest first world problem? I have many: settling for international business class because first is sold out, a four-hour layover in the airport lounge while I pour free Johnny Walker Blue into empty water bottles, etc. But there is one particular problem when booking hotels … [Read more...]

Double Points at Hilton through July 31

Hilton Double Your HHonors

Hilton announced its summer promotion yesterday -- Double Your HHonors -- which offers double base points for stays between May 1 and July 31. Many people have Hilton Gold elite status. You'll normally get up to 17.5 points per dollar: 10 base points, 2.5 points from a 25% elite bonus, and … [Read more...]

Which Is the Best Hotel Loyalty Program?

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This month I've been updating my comparison tables of hotel loyalty programs, and a big thanks is due to everyone who has helped point out corrections. (A few more than usual this year....) I started creating these tables for airlines and hotels in 2013 as a sort of "cheat sheet" to help … [Read more...]

Earn Triple Points with SPG Summer Promo

SPG Summer Promo 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest announced today its new Earn Away, Get Away summer promo, which runs from May 1 through July 31, 2014. Registration is open now and will end on June 30, so sign up even if you're not yet sure that you'll have a qualifying stay. The rules of the promotion are … [Read more...]

How Credit Cards Affect the Cost of a Free Night

Award Cost - Status vs Card

During an on-going analysis of hotel loyalty programs, I decided to take a look at the credit card bonuses each offered. There is an opportunity cost when you use a co-branded card rather than some other credit card. For example, you may give up 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points you could have … [Read more...]