Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lots of bonus Hotel points & Airline miles to be had

Now through May 15, 2010, earn triple miles for qualifying stays at any La Quinta Inns & Suites location. Guest must be a member in both La Quinta Returns and Continental Airlines OnePass program to receive OnePass miles per stay and must pay a room rate that is eligible to receive airline miles to receive airline miles per stay is in lieu of Returns points.
Continental Airlines Mileathon is returning soon and with CO you can earn double miles on qualifying flights from Orange County or Los Angeles to Hawaii when you register and fly through May 15, 2010.
You can earn more points from your stay at Radisson Hotels if you book the Double Gold Points Rate at participating Carlson Hotels in the Americas. This offer from Carlson is to earn double points for your stays at Radisson, Park Plaza, Country Inns and Regent Hotels.

Introduce your friends to Virgins Flying Club and you could add up to 10,000 miles to your account as soon as they take their maiden flight. Your friends win too, they’ll earn a bonus for joining Flying Club.

American Express Membership Rewards points can be redeemed for travel rewards from Virgin Atlantic Airways at a 15% bonus when you transfer your Membership Rewards® points to your Virgin Flying Club account before April 30, 2010.

Choice hotels make it easy, they give you a free night if you stay 2 separate times. (1+1= free) Most of their brands give you free breakfast and free internet.

Stay 3 nights between March 23, 2010 and May 23, 2010 at Renaissance & Marriott hotels and receive 3,000 bonus points. I’m glad that Marriott Rewards has followed Starwood! :-Starting May 7, will offer free Internet access for all Gold and Platinum Elite members at nearly 450 hotels across the U.S. and Canada. See my previous post for Starwood’s free internet benefit. Starwood took the lead by offering Platinum members the complementary service. They only require 50 nights to attain Platinum, whereas Marriott members have to stay 75 nights to enjoy platinum benefits.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Exciting Starwood news! - Newest SPG Platinum benefit

Great news from Starwood today! They announced that SPG Preferred Guest Platinum members will get complimentary in-room internet access. This is big!, because guests often prefer to stay at the lower end hotels like the FourPoints, aLoft , Courtyard, Springhill Suites, Holiday Inn Express or Choice hotels. The free internet offered at these budget hotels, often entices pundits adverse to nickel and diming, away from the Luxury hotels. SPG are indeed showing how much they value us.
The $9 to $20 can add up when you have to pay connection fee for all your devices, like your iPod, iPhone and laptops. I travel with a regular Notebook, a MacBook and my Asus Netbook. All this can add up to double the room rate.
Please note that in-hotel Platinum benefits, including complimentary Internet access, do not apply when the reservation is pre-paid or booked through a third party.
I stayed at the Raddison in Dallas last week and felt like the cat that got the cream when I enjoyed the free internet in the room and in their business center.
Traveling with my husband, adds another 4 internet charges to the room of a full service hotel. I forgo luxury because full service hotels don’t have much comfort anymore. Previously, luxury was being pampered with the extra treats like : Welcome fruit, newspapers and other amenities. I’d sooner pay for soap and towels than for internet. Don’t scoff at me ! That’s the way airlines are going . – charging for pillows, blankets and water.