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St. Pancras Renaissance Junior Suite. Wow!

I recently stayed with my wife and son at the St. Pancras Renaissance London in a gorgeous Junior Suite.  Suites are located in the elegant Chambers wing of the hotel, which is a huge step up from the modern Barlow wing.  And, all Chambers wing rooms have access to the awesome Chambers Club lounge (which I reviewed previously, here). Chambers Suites usually cost at least 500 GBP per night (over $600, depending upon the current…

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The awesome St. Pancras Renaissance Chambers Club

St Pancras is a gorgeous London building that hosts a hotel (St. Pancras Renaissance, which is a Marriott property), residences, and a major train station (this is the home of the Eurostar, for example).  The hotel consists of two separate wings: the modern Barlow wing and the opulent Chambers wing.  The Chambers Club is a lounge within the Chambers wing. Access: Platinum, but not Gold All guests staying in the Chambers wing get free access…

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New Amex Offers: Marriott, Best Buy, Five Guys, More

Amex is out with a ton of new Amex Offers this morning, many of them with Twitter hashtags. Here are a few: Retail Best Buy: Spend $300, get $30 back – #AmexBestBuy (online or in-store) eBags: Spend $75, get $15 back – #AmexeBags Levis: Spend $125, get $25 back Hotels Marriott: Spend $150, get $30 back – #AmexMarriott (only at Marriott hotels; only valid in US, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands) La Quinta: Spend $100,…

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Hotel award booking for 3 in London. Marriott to the rescue.

My wife, once again, is headed to London for work.  And, once again, my son and I are going with her.  We love London, so this a great excuse to return.  The problem is that in the eyes of all hotels everywhere, our son is now an adult.  And that makes booking an award for a single room in Europe difficult. In the parts of London where we wanted to stay, most of the hotel…

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Buy Marriott points for 0.7 cents each

Through June 30th, is offering SPG Starpoints for 35% off.  Since the normal price is 3.5 cents per point,  this discount makes it possible to buy those points for 2.275 cents each.  But you can do even better: Start with TopCashBack to get 2.5% cash back Pay with your SPG Amex card to earn 2 points per dollar By following the above steps, you will get more SPG points for less money (after the…

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New 48-72hr cancellation policy at Marriott

Beginning today, Marriott/SPG has begun a new cancellation policy of 48-72 hours prior to arrival, meaning that reservations must be cancelled by midnight hotel time 2 or 3 days prior to arrival. Is it worldwide? Of note, while this change seems to affect all North American Marriott and SPG properties, I noticed that the first couple of properties I checked in Paris appear to still have 1-day-before-arrival policies. I found the same to be the case at…

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25% more Avianca LifeMiles with transfer bonus

Avianca LifeMiles transfer bonus

Avianca is offering a 25% bonus on conversions from several partners (mostly hotel rewards programs) to LifeMiles. By transferring hotel points to LifeMiles, you would receive 25% more LifeMiles than the typical conversion with Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Wyndham Rewards, Le Club Accor, or several foreign bank programs. You can see the full list here at the promotion page. The Offer 25% bonus when converting certain partner points to LifeMiles Partial List of Participating Partners See a…

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Upgrading Marriott Travel Packages

A couple of readers have recently reported problems with trying to upgrade their Marriott Travel Packages.  This is a quick post just to affirm that it can still be done.  I just did it.  And, as expected, upgrading or downgrading has the benefit of extending the expiration date of the certificate. If you’d like background on Marriott Travel Packages, please see: 12 things you need to know about Marriott Travel Packages. Starting from Category 1-5…

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Registration open for SPG / Ritz / Marriott Q3 Promotions

Marriott, Ritz-Calrton, and Starwood are out with new promotions that begin later this month. Registration is now open for all three with links and details below. Marriott Megabonus The Offer 2,000 points for each stay starting with your 2nd stay of the promotional period 2,000 points for each new brand with which you stay during the promotion Direct link to the promotion here Key Terms Register by August 30, 2017 Valid for stays between May 27, 2017 and September 4, 2017 Quick…

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