Hotel Industry

$50 in Free Hotel Tonight Credit With Promo Codes- Even For Existing Users!

February 10, 2014

Update: The BOOKEUROPE promo code has expired. Last-minute hotel booking app Hotel Tonight is currently offering two promo codes that offer a combined $50 credit that can be used for up to one year and for any hotel served by the app.  The BOOKEUROPE code gives $25 to new or existing users and BKELLY99 is […]

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Hotel Tonight Opens Bookings at 9am Now

November 21, 2013

Hotel Tonight is a hotel booking app for iPhone and Android, that often finds deeply discounted room rates. TPG Managing Editor Eric used it to find a last-minute room at the Standard High Line in New York last month, and the app currently partners with hotels all over the US in major cities like New […]

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Top 12 Things That Should Be In Every Hotel Room

October 29, 2013

As someone who spends well over 100 nights a year in hotels, I thought it was high time to put together a post with my thoughts about what every hotel room should offer (and what they definitely should not) in addition to all the basics like free WiFi, good personalized A/C and heating, and, you […]

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Andaz Papagayo In Costa Rica To Open On December 15, 2013

September 11, 2013

Following fast on the heels of the recent official opening of the Andaz Maui, Hyatt has announced that it would be opening the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica on December 20, 2013, become the brand’s first property in central America. I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but this resort may be the catalyst to […]

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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Maximize Monday: Making the Most of Best Rate Guarantees With Hotel Bookings

July 1, 2013

In a day and age where travelers have more and more options to book travel, it can sometimes be a frustrating, time-consuming process where it’s harder and harder to be sure you are getting the best price possible. Luckily, many airlines, hotels and online travel agencies have instituted “best price guarantee” features where they will […]

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Is Hotel Room Service Going to Be a Thing of the Past?

June 13, 2013

With news that the New York Hilton Midtown – the largest hotel in the city – will discontinue room service and instead open an all-day cafeteria-style restaurant with grab & go options beginning in August, the travel industry was abuzz with talk of whether this is the beginning of a larger trend and what travelers […]

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Marriott Expands Breakfast Benefits for Gold and Platinum Elites

May 21, 2013

Marriott just officially announced today that starting June 22, Gold and Platinum elites will receive complimentary continental breakfast seven days a week at participating JW Marriott, Autograph Collection , Renaissance and Marriott Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. In the past, breakfast at hotels in the U.S. and Canada was only available during the week, […]

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Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

April 18, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies […]

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Bonus Airline Miles For Booking Hotels With Rocketmiles

March 15, 2013

Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app you can sign up for here that works with a few premium hotel partners in several US cities to offer customers who book rooms bonus miles with American Airlines, Delta, United and Hawaiian Airlines. So far, Rocketmiles has hotel partners in: Atlanta Boston Chicago Denver Houston […]

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The State of Hotel Loyalty Programs: A Devaluation Story

February 20, 2013

President Obama gave his State of the Union address last week, and with all the hotel points program changes coming down the pike, I thought I’d give my own State of Hotel Points address – and the state of hotel points is…worsening! Here’s a recap of the news we’ve gotten so far: Starwood Back in […]

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Major Hilton HHonors Devaluation Announced: Aspirational Awards Become More Expensive, New Categories and Seasonal Pricing

February 19, 2013

2013 seems to be the year of the significant hotel loyalty program changes. Unfortunately, many of these changes have been negative- including Starwood’s inflation of Cash & Points and Marriott’s mass category increase. Hilton joined that club today, introducing new program changes effective March 28, 2013 which include new tiers (read: more expensive redemptions) and […]

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British Airways Offering a 25% Hotel Transfer Bonus

December 14, 2012

Now through January, 13, 2013, British Airways is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer hotel points to the British Airways Avios program. British Airways hotel partners include Starwood, Club Carlson, Marriott, Hilton, Priority Club, Hyatt, and Shangri-La. To convert points to miles, head over to the hotel partner you want to transfer from and you will […]

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Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

December 7, 2012

To follow up on my post from yesterday about whether or not going for Hyatt Diamond status is worth it, I asked TPG contributor Nick to write up a comparison of the top-tier status levels at the major hotel chains both as a primer to folks new to this game as well as a reminder […]

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Amex Platinum FHR (Fine Hotels and Resorts) Program: Worth It?

November 29, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  When it comes to travel, I’m usually fixated on the points angle (I mean, I am TPG!) and how many I am earning or redeeming to have a specific experience. However, the whole point of points, in […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Apps

October 16, 2012

TPG contributor Jen Jones Donatelli downloaded, plugged in and played with dozens of hotel apps to bring us today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10. When it comes to booking travel and checking points on the go, you can take it with you. Available for a range of devices, apps are now offered by just about every […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Airlines Miles vs. Hotel Point Value

August 19, 2012

TPG reader Jeremy asks: “In general, is it more valuable to accumulate hotel points or airline miles (assuming you’re maximizing each)? In other words, if you had to pick only one bucket, which would be worth more to your budget?” The easy answer would be to collect Starwood Preferred Guest points, which can be redeemed […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How Do Corporate Rates Affect Hotel Points

June 24, 2012

TPG reader Eric had two questions this week about getting credit for hotel stays: “Do you still earn reward points and/or status if I book a room with either a corporate discount or employee discount? And, can I get reward points for booking a room for another person as a gift using my rewards number […]

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Are Hotels Taking Social Media Too Far?

May 31, 2012

Social media plays a big role in hotels and airlines theses days. Most companies have their own Facebook and Twitter pages where they run special promos, engage directly with guests and loyalty program members, and answer questions. According to this  Flyertalk thread, however, it seems that the staff of one Starwood property have taken social […]

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Two Free Nights With Chase Fairmont Visa Card

May 21, 2012

As one of the smaller hotel chains out there, I’ve never had the opportunity to stay at one of the 67 Fairmont hotels around the world. Though the limited footprint isn’t the key factor that has kept me from trying out the brand. Instead, the fact that they have historically not offered points – only […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: The Best Hotel Point Redemption Methods

May 15, 2012

Hotel points can be some of the most valuable currency in the travel industry, and many of the major chains enhance their points’ value even further with deep discounts on everything from extended-stay rates to single-property specials to the ability to redeem hybrid points-cash awards. Here’s a list of some of the best hotel point […]

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Hotel Summer Promos Roundup

May 12, 2012

The major hotel chains have started their summer promos already, so I thought I’d compile one big post with all of them so you can compare and contrast, and earn the most points for your upcoming summer travel. 138,000 Club Carlson Gold Points As we reported on yesterday, on Tuesday, May 15, Club Carlson is […]

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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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HotelChatter Annual WiFi Report and How to Get it With Elite Status

April 11, 2012

The annual HotelChatter WiFi Report came out yesterday with its usual lists of the Best and Worst hotel chains for WiFi (both in terms of fees and quality) as well as lists of some international properties where you’ll be able to connect, the best US cities for free WiFi access, and some Frequently Asked Questions […]

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