Hotel Industry

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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My 2012 Points Strategy: Hotel Elite Status

January 10, 2012

This is an installment in the My 2012 Points Strategy Series. Posts include: Taking Credit Card Inventory, Future Credit Card Applications, Airline Elite Status, Hotel Elite Status. Hotel elite status is often overlooked, but frankly can be much more rewarding than airline status, which seems to get all of the attention. Frankly, hotels can be a huge portion of […]

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Free Points for Using Topguest

October 3, 2011

Free points are my favorite kind, so I cherish an opportunity to build my balances without breaking the wallet- unless it takes up a lot of my time. Topguest is a way to get free points just by using social media sites Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Gowalla and Instagram. The whole concept is that hotels want […]

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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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Sunday Reader Email Question: Should I Go For Top Tier Hotel Status?

August 28, 2011

TPG reader Michael writes: “In your mind is it more advantageous to focus on a single program (even after you have achieved their top status) or try to achieve status on multiple programs?” In my opinion, top tier hotel status with one chain beats having mid tier status with multiple chains. Generally the increase in […]

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Up to 5,000 Bonus Points for Hotel Transfers to Aeroplan

August 24, 2011

Airlines often add incentives to transfer hotel points to them, because the hotel chains actually pay the airlines for the miles you get. From August 22 – Sept 18 Air Canada’s frequent flyer program Aeroplan is now offering up to 5,000 extra Aeroplan miles when you transfer the equivalent of 25,000 miles or hotel points […]

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Mid Year Hotel Elite Status Check-in: How Have You Fared So Far?

July 12, 2011

Yesterday’s airline elite status check-in post was a really interesting read, so I figured I’d start another on hotel status. I am currently working on requalifying for Hyatt Diamond, Starwood Platinum and  Priority Club Platinum/Intercontinental Royal Ambassador and I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I have a lot of travel […]

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Getting Points for Dining in Hotels

May 14, 2011

My parents recently stayed at the Andaz Wall Street in NY and overall were impressed by their stay. Since I wasn’t there to take a million pictures, I can’t do a full report, but it was overall a very positive visit. We ate dinner one night in the restaurant Wall & Water and when the […]

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$40 Off Expedia Hotel Booking of $75 or More

March 30, 2011

Several readers have emailed me about this deal and after vetting it, it seems like a pretty good buy. Basically, you can purchase a $75 Expedia hotel voucher for $35. Key considerations: 1) You probably won’t earn points/stays on reservations booked through this program (though $40 in savings should outweigh the value of any points you […]

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$70 Off 3-day Hotel Stays on

March 3, 2011

The German version of is offering 50 Euros (just about $70) off 3 night hotel stays when you enter code 50uprjxqLMN08 in the box Gutschein-Code (on the first page before you search). This code seems to work everywhere- I pulled up a 3 night stay in Bangkok for a grand total of 9 Euros! […]

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The Benefits of Hotel Hopping

February 8, 2011

There are many “destructive” activities that come along with obsessive mileage and point collecting, like buying coins, mileage running and opening up tons of credit cards. I put destructive in quotes, because what may be destructive to one person is fun and lucrative to another. While I try to think I’m mainstream in pursuing my […]

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10 Tips on Finding a Good Hotel Deal

January 25, 2011

Check out my guest blog post about getting a good hotel deal for traveler social networking site Do you have any ideas that I didn’t cover?

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Voila  Hotel Rewards About to Make a Splash in North America

January 13, 2011

As mentioned here in an article in London newspaper The Independent (which I was quoted in), a new independent hotel chain is launching in North America. Voilà is currently a 250+ independent/boutique hotel loyalty program with properties in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The program, which is similar to Stash Hotel Rewards, offers a unique alternative to […]

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