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Looking for a last minute vacation? Each week, I’ll note some great deals, including some of the SPG Hot Escapes and other promotions that you can take advantage of to save money on your next getaway.
SPG Hot Escapes Top Picks For September 3-6, 2014
SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts at Starwood properties. The deals go live every Wednesday at 6:00 am ET, and must be booked by that same Saturday in order to secure the discounted price. Your hotel stay must be completed in the next six weeks. Each week a new list of deals will come out, so check back weekly for more updates. If you’re an SPG member, you can save an additional 5%. The prices listed are the cheapest prices during the six weeks, but may vary by date and availability. Keep in mind that the rate is prepaid, and you’ll be charged a penalty for changes/cancellations. Also, remember that you will earn points for these stays even though the price is promotional.
The Westin Long Beach, CA: SPG Member Rate: $159
Rates at this SPG Category 4 hotel usually start at about $220 (or 10,000 Starpoints) per weekend night in September, so this is a solid deal. The Westin Long Beach has a convenient location overlooking the waterfront and is just steps away from the Long Beach Convention Center, making it an ideal hotel for either business or pleasure. This property is also well situated if you later plan on heading to Catalina Island, as the Catalina Express boats sail from less than a mile away. You can enjoy great weather all year round at the outdoor pool, in addition to visiting the fitness center or spa.
Hotel New Orleans Downtown, Louisiana: SPG Member Rate: $90
Rates at this Category 4 hotel usually start at about $189 (or 10,000 Starpoints) per weekend night in September, so this promotion will definitely save you some cash. The Hotel New Orleans Downtown has a prime location, situated near the French Quarter, Harrah’s Casino, the Warehouse District, and the riverwalk. Perks include organic bath amenities and pillow topped mattresses. Check out TPG Contributor Eric Rosen’s tips for things to do in New Orleans, and of course, try some delicious Southern cuisine!
Residence Inn Fort Myers, Sanibel, Florida: Get 25% Off Weekend Rates
You can save 25% off regular rates on Thursday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required) at the Residence Inn in Fort Meyers, Florida from now until October 31, 2014. This promotion also offers a complimentary breakfast buffet, WiFi and on-site parking. Enter the promo code M11 when making your reservation. This Category 5 hotel is perfect for a family getaway, as it’s pet friendly and has a large pool and BBQ area. The hotel is close to many activities such as outlet malls and the Fort Myers Beach. Room rates including the 25% discount start at just $119 in late September, or about 25,000 Marriott Rewards points per night.
Save 20% on room rates at four Dubai Marriott properties
You can save 20% off normal room rates at four Dubai Marriott properties on Thursday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required) from now until October 31, 2014. Participating properties include:
- The Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek
- JW Marriott Hotel Dubai
- Courtyard Dubai Green Community
- JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
This gives you a range of luxury properties to more affordable ones. My top pick is the Category 7 JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, which starts at $163 per night in late September (including the 20% discount) or a hefty 50,000 Reward points per night. Enter the promo code M11 when making your reservation. Check out this post for ideas about what to do in Dubai.
Japan & South Korea: 50% off Hilton Stays
If you book your room before 2:00 pm JST on September 5, 2014, you can get 50% off room rates (taxes, resort fees and service charges not applicable for discount) for stays until December 31, 2014 for all participating Hilton hotels and resorts in Japan and South Korea. Keep in mind that you must pre-pay in full for the room at the time of booking. Blackout dates may apply for some properties. See additional tips and guides for Tokyo and Seoul to help you plan your stay.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||15.49%-19.49% Variable||$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.||0%||Excellent Credit|