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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Loyalty Program Perks

April 17, 2012

For our second post in the Travel Tuesday Top 10 List series, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 benefits conferred upon members of various hotel loyalty programs, including several available not just to top-tier members but to mid- and intro-level members as well. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and […]

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Destination of the Week: Austin, Texas

March 2, 2012

Since the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival starts next week, we decided to continue our Destination of the Week series with a look at the city that hosts one of the country’s most happening music scenes: Austin, Texas. THE SCENE Apart from South by Southwest, which takes place in spring and has become one […]

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Carlson and Rezidor Merge: New Redemption Opportunities?

February 11, 2012

TPG reader Mike pointed out that Carlson Hotels merged with Rezidor Hotels last month to create the new Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, though the two hotel groups will legally remain separate entities. Altogether, the new chain will have over 1,300 hotels in 80 countries Most of those are Carlson properties including Radisson, Country Inns and […]

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Valentine’s Day Destination of the Week: Paris

February 10, 2012

TPG Managing Editor Eric takes us to the City of Lights for a bit of a romantic twist for Destination of the Week. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we thought we’d pick one of the world’s most romantic cities as our next Destination of the Week: Paris. Paris needs no introduction. A center of culture and […]

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Club Carlson Triple Points Promotion and Status Match Information

January 11, 2012

From now until March 16, 2012 you can get triple points when you register and stay at any participating Carlson (Radisson, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza hotels).  You normally earn 20 points per dollar spent, but you earn 60 with this promotion. Carlson free nights start at 9,000 points, which […]

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Club Carlson Update: New Purchase Point Option, 4,500 Signup Points and 50,000 Point Promo

December 10, 2011

Club Carlson, the loyalty program for Radisson and Country Inn & Suites, has been on the rise recently. With the launch of many new Radisson and Radisson Blu upscale properties, they are heavily promoting their loyalty program. They even recently launched a new program to buy points. Historically, the only way to get points was […]

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How to Use Hotel Elite Status to Force Room Availability

September 20, 2011

I’ve been a top-tier member of multiple hotel chains over the years and there’s one benefit I’ve never used – the guaranteed room availability perk that is included with many of them. Generally, I book my travel in advance and I can usually find ways to get a reasonably priced room at my preferred property. […]

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Daily Getaways: Cheap Country Inn & Suites and Radisson Stays

April 21, 2011

Today’s Daily Getaways deal is for stay certificates at Country Inn & Suites ($56) and Radisson ($89). Unlike the other hotel sales, this one is not a straight forward points purchase, instead they are paper vouchers that are subject to availability. This auction doesn’t really interest me, because the vouchers are only good for US […]

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