Category Archives for Lodging.

What are Marriott 35K certificates worth?

With news of the latest Marriott devaluation, Nick and I wondered if Marriott credit cards were still worth keeping (see: Is Marriott dead to us? Should it be to you?).  Most Marriott credit cards come with annual free night certificates valid at any property charging 35,000 points or less.  And, starting March 4th, many of the hotels that previously charged 35K will then charge more. In a recent Frequent Miler on the Air discussion, I…

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Choice Privileges Elite Members Can Save 25% On Select Gift Cards When Redeeming Points

Choice Gold Elite Gift Cards

Choice Hotels has launched a new benefit for elite members of their Privileges program, offering a 25% discount when redeeming points for select gift card brands. While this currently offers poor value for the brands on offer, it might represent a better deal in the future if it stacks with one of their periodic promotions. The Deal Choice Privileges elite members can save 25% when redeeming points on the following gift card brands: Panera Bread…

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Back again: Stay 2 nights, earn 1 free at Best Western in the US, Canada, or Caribbean

Best Western is offering a free night certificate for your next stay when you register for its latest promotion and complete 2 qualifying nights between February 18 and April 20, 2020. Note that qualifying nights must be completed at properties in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean and your free night certificate must be redeemed within the same region. The free night certificate expires quickly, but this could still be a decent opportunity if you have…

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Combine Hotels.com gift cards online again

Hotels.com gift cards can once again be combined online. I’m not sure exactly when this returned, but that’s an awesome development as it means that you can take advantage of various smaller gift card deals and combine them into a larger gift card to save on a more expensive stay. The Deal You can once again combine Hotels.com gift cards via an online merge tool Link to Hotels.com to merge gift cards Key Details You can only…

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World of Hyatt Q1 2020 promo: 2x points + 1500 bonus points on some stays for cardholders

The World of Hyatt Q1 2020 promo is out and it looks decent, especially for those who have the World of Hyatt credit card. Everyone can earn 2x base points starting with their second stay between February 15, 2020 and May 15, 2020. World of Hyatt credit card holders will also earn 1500 bonus points per stay, starting with their second, that includes a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night. The Deal Get 2x base points on…

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Marriott Travel Packages expiring again? Here’s what to do

Background In the summer of 2018, many of us bought Marriott travel packages before it was too late. Prior to the Marriott/SPG merger, travel packages were a great deal. As a reminder, a Marriott Travel Package is a way to use Marriott points to purchase a travel bundle: you exchange Marriott points for both a set number of airline miles plus a 7 night Marriott stay certificate. In the old program, it often made sense…

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Best Western Q1 2020 Promo: Earn 3,000 Bonus Points On Every Stay (Must Register By 2/10 & Book By 2/23)

Best Western Q1 Promo

Best Western has launched a new promotion which could be fairly rewarding on short stays. You’ll have to be quick though as you have to register by tomorrow (February 10) and book by February 23, although you’ll earn 3,000 bonus points on all stays up to April 19, 2020. The Deal Earn 3,000 bonus points for every Best Western stay worldwide. Direct link to registration. Key Terms Best Western Rewards (“BWR®”) members (“Member(s)”) who (a)…

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Searching for good news in Marriott’s latest devaluation

Marriott’s latest devaluation is coming March 4th 2020.  As Nick previously reported, Marriott is making its annual category adjustments and the news is mostly bad.  One thousand six hundred and eighty seven properties will increase in price vs. only five hundred and seven that will decrease.  That’s harsh.  If you plan to book a Marriott with points or certificates this year, there’s a good chance the award price will increase March 4th (you can search…

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LifeMiles hotel promo: 1500 extra miles (good for 1-night stays)

Avianca LifeMiles is offering a bonus 1500 miles when you book a hotel through LifeMiles hotels by February 29, 2020 for a stay completed by May 31, 2020. This bonus is only valid one time per member and would be best used on a cheap 1-night stay, where it could represent a pretty nice rebate. Just keep in mind that bookings through LifeMiles hotels are processed by RocketMiles and therefore will not earn elite credit, hotel…

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