IHG Flash Sale: 75% off hotel bookings using points

IHG just kicked off their 48-hour sale with select hotel redemptions up to 75% off, meaning participating hotels have award redemptions at 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night compared to (for example) 20,000 points per night, or 37,500 compared to 50,000.

The 48-hour sale doesn’t mean you have to stay in a hotel in the next two days, but the deal is valid for bookings November 20 through December 20, 2013.

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Maximizing hotel points on the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is home to scores of luxury hotels up and down the strip, but up until recently, there was little to no connection to any major outside-Vegas hotel chains. For many, this meant that the status earned from loyalty to hotel chains outside of Vegas didn’t matter – there was no way to take advantage of this. Luckily now, there are a now few ways to take advantage of – and earn points with – loyalty to some of the major brands. Some of the major chains have had hotels off the strip – but for many who visit Sin City, being on the strip is a requirement.

In particular, MGM’s loyalty program Mlife recently partnered with Hyatt, bringing the benefits associated with Hyatt to 12 resorts in Vegas, and a few other MGM hotels scattered across the country.

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United Airlines’ and Marriott’s loyalty reward programs now have reciprocal benefits

Today, United Airlines and Marriott announced a deal where frequent fliers or frequent hotel guests will have significant benefits with the other after registering with either one of the companies. United Gold and above automatically become Marriott Gold, and Marriott Platinum become United Silver – potentially bringing significant added benefits to hotel stays, like free Wi-Fi, lounge access, bonus miles, and more.

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The value of being honest when asked “How was your stay?”

Recently, when I stayed at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel for LAX Appreciation Day, I had almost no hot water when I woke up in the morning. Although I didn’t expect to be compensated for this, I mentioned it to the hotel’s staff when I checked out, and not only received an apology (which is often enough for me), but the hotel team member also comped my parking — $25 per night.

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