‘Be The First’ to experience newly opened luxury hotels

BE THE FIRST is a new website and a new concept in hotel room bookings. We specialise in offering rooms for sale in some of the best new luxury and boutique hotel openings around the world and our aim is to bring you both inspirational and aspirational 5-star luxury hotel stays at more affordable prices....

Stuart McIntyre
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Club Carlson Work Hard, Play Hard: Up to triple points on all stays

You'll likely know by now that I'm quite a fan of the Carlson Rezidor group of hotels and their Club Carlson loyalty scheme. They have a good range of price points across the group (including the Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn brands), cover the majority of Europe and the USA, and run regular promotions that make stays worthwhile. I particularly enjoy their Radisson Blu brand, and tend to stay in their property in Prague on an annual basis. At present, they are running an excellent promotion that I thought was worth...

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InterContinental jumps into the direct booking wars

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just officially joined its fellow hotel competitors in the direct booking wars against the online travel agencies. On May 3, the company announced the global roll out of an exclusive IHG Rewards Club member rate for booking direct, similar to what Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt have recently announced for their own respective loyalty members. The new members-only direct booking rate, called Your Rate by IHG Rewards Club, launches in May in Europe and the Americas, and will be promoted as part of major brand campaigns in both regions. IHG didn’t...

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Attractive one-day promo from Radisson Blu – 25% off 2-night+ stays in the USA

News of an excellent short-term deal from Radisson Blu on bookings made today for stays in the US. Book by 11:59 p.m. CST  tonight (05:59 GMT on Thursday) and you can save 25% off the Best Available Rate on stays of two or more consecutive nights at any Radisson Blu hotel in the U.S. now through January 31, 2016. Just use promotional code CTWEDDAY when booking your reservation via this link. The offer is available exclusively to Club Carlson members....

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It’s showtime at Hilton Vegas hotels

An interesting new deal from Hilton: Experience legendary Las Vegas entertainment with this limited-time offer. Book a two-night stay at any participating hotel or resort in Las Vegas and get 2,500 HHonors Points 2 complimentary show tickets - your choice of a rock concert or magic show at Tropicana Las Vegas, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Take your pick between two top Vegas shows* with two free show tickets to either Raiding the Rock Vault or The New Illusions both offsite at the all-new Tropicana Theater. Discover modern magic's seduction as you enter the imagination...

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Qhotels Arrived

QHotels adds former De Vere hotels to its portfolio

QHotels has never quite made it onto my list of my 'go-to' hotel brands, primarily as its coverage of the UK was somewhat sparse, and where hotels were available close to my desired destination, they tend to be a little way out of town. That said, they tend to be attractive premises in the main, with good levels of customer service, and competitive pricing.  As time goes on, they appear to be increasingly focusing on the leisure and spa market, and I think that their quality and appeal has strengthened...

Stuart McIntyre
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Protea Hotels joins Marriott Rewards

With more than 3,700 hotels in 74 countries and 15 brands, Marriott International already had something for almost every type of trip. However, one area where Marriott was a little weak was in Africa, with a handful of good African Pride-branded properties, but not the broadest of coverage. This has now been rectified with its acquisition of the 116-hotel Protea Hospitality Group back in April 2014. This purchase has allowed Marriott to became the largest hotel company in Africa, and has nearly doubled its presence in its Middle East and Africa region...

Stuart McIntyre
IHG Into The Nights

IHG Into the Nights promotion – just a month left!

IHG's autumn promotion, Into The Nights, was launched back in September.  Offering bonus Rewards Club points for completing certain targeted goals (three different brands, 7 nights, two Saturdays etc.), the promotion's name came from the option of collecting free nights at almost any IHG property if a number of the goals were completed. Here are the key details that were published at the time: Current IHG Rewards Club members and new members can register for the  “Into the Nights” hotel rewards promotion at Members will receive custom offers to earn bonus points or bonus miles such...

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BA Holidays offer two free hotel nights in Europe when booking transatlantic flights

This is a useful deal for those based in the US or Canada. This week, British Airways Holidays are offering 2 free hotel nights in Europe with the purchase of transatlantic flights. The offer runs from the 1st -8th December 2014, and is valid for travel between December 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 with airfare and any additional charges paid for in dollars (US or Canadian). As usual, there are some terms that need to be understood - here are just the key ones: The 2 free nights hotel accommodation is based on double, triple...

Stuart McIntyre
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Some positive news from IHG Rewards Club regarding redemption prices

After all this talk regarding reward program devaluations in recent weeks, it's good to finally get some positive news. International Hotels Group (IHG) appear to be reducing the cost of redemptions at over 100 hotel properties around the world. In all cases a reward night will require 5,000 fewer points than it did previously. Here is the list that has been revealed so far (via View From The Wing): InterContinental Hotel Shanghai-Puxi, China – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points Crowne Plaza Geneva, Switzerland – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points Holiday Inn Resort...

Stuart McIntyre
Expedia Spring Sale

Expedia launches Spring Sale

Whilst many business travellers will look to book direct with the airlines and hotel chains in order to get their loyalty miles or points, or else will be pushed to use the chosen corporate travel agency, there are still good reasons to use online travel services such as Expedia. One of the most common situations I find myself in is having to book short trips across the Atlantic to the USA, often at the last moment. That travel pattern tends to make airfares extremely pricey, in the region of £1,200-1,500 for...

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