January 9th, 2013

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Two hotel promotions – from Starwood and Club Carlson – are now open for registration, so be sure to get in on both and earn bonus points for your hotel stays this winter.

Starwood Preferred Guest Power Up

Registration is now open for SPG’s Power Up Promotion. From January 15 – April 15, 2013, you can earn up to 18,000 bonus Starpoints across all hotels and resorts in the SPG program. You’ll earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints for every four eligible nights you stay (up to 8,000 bonus Starpoints and 16 nights). When you reach a total of 20 eligible nights, earn an additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints and keep in mind nights will accrue across multiple stays.

Registration is now open for SPG's Power Up Promotion.
Registration is now open for SPG’s Power Up Promotion.

While not the richest promotion at a max bonus of 900 points per night, it is pretty straight forward and it seems as if every stay at a participating SPG property will be eligible for the bonus points (no big exclusions like we’ve seen in the past).

I plan on leveraging both this and Starwood’s Le Meridien promotion, which runs through February 29, 2013, to earn even more points since you get 1,000 bonus Starpoints on your first eligible stay then 2,000 bonus Starpoints on each following stay at participating properties in North America and French Polynesia, and there is no limit to the number of bonus Starpoints that can be earned during the promotion period. Here are the SPG Power Up Terms and Conditions.

Club Carlson Triple Points

Club Carlson announced the launch of the Club Carlson Triple Points Returns promotion, where members of the global hotel rewards program can earn triple Gold Points for eligible nights at over 1,000 Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide now through March 15, 2013. Club Carlson members may register here.

As a reminder, you must be a Club Carlson member to participate in the Triple Points promotion. To be eligible to earn 40 Gold Points per dollar spent in addition to the standard 20 Gold Points per dollar spent, members must register online for the promotion and provide their Club Carlson number at the time of reservation or at check-in for eligible stays.

Earn Triple Points with Club Carlson.
Earn Triple Points with Club Carlson.

Since TPG Managing Editor Eric plans on staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore, this will be a way for him to rack up some bonus point when he is there. Club Carlson seems to be the new Hyatt lately, with all their recent lucrative promotions and their new line of credit cards from US Bank.

Just as a reminder, the new Club Carlson Rewards Premier Visa Signature comes with up to 85,000 Bonus Gold Points to start. Receive 50,000 Gold Points after your first purchase, plus 35,000 points after you spend $2,500 on your card within the first 90 days. You’ll earn an additional 10 points per dollar on eligible purchases at participating Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide and 5 points per dollar everywhere else . It also comes with Automatic Gold Elite Status once the card is used. Existing Gold Elite members receive 15 qualifying nights toward Concierge Elite Status.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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