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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...

Stuart McIntyre
Marriott | Protea

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 100% Bonus Points

100% bonus on purchase of IHG Rewards Club points now available

IHG;s Rewards Club program is one of the most popular and successful hotel loyalty schemes.  With great worldwide coverage, hotels brands to suit most budgets, a mix of business and leisure travel locations, and regular promotions (including the current Into The Nights scheme).From today until 23rd December, IHG are enabling members to purchase Rewards Club points with a 100% bonus.  You may purchase points in 1,000 increments, at the following prices:1,000 - 10,000 points (receiving 2,000 - 20,000) for $13.50 per 1,000 points 11,000 - 25,000 points (receiving 22,000 - 50,000)...

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 www.ihg.com/freenights Members will receive custom offers to earn bonus points or bonus miles such...

Stuart McIntyre
IHG Rewards Club member cards

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

BA launches ‘My Flightpath’ tool for Executive Club members

Over the past 48 hours or so, British Airways have added a new option to their Executive Club pages, called ‘My Flightpath’:This gives a view on the flight data held by BA related to your account. It has three main views:1) The DashboardThis shows some stats on your account:Plus a timeline for the trips you’ve taken:which can be filtered and expanded as desired.2) My Countries and CitiesThis is a dynamic map showing all flight destinations:Clicking on a pin shows more details about the fights taken to that destination:As you might...

Stuart McIntyre
Best Secret / Amex

Great deal for Amex Platinum card holders – £50 at BestSecret.com

Update - Wednesday 26th March 2014 - Sadly it seems that Amex and/or BestSecret have spotted the flaw in the way this promotion was configured, and have withdrawn the link from the Amex site. However, any voucher registrations already completed appear to still be present in the accounts created and thus should be honoured. From personal experience I can confirm that orders placed are being shipped, so all those that took advantage of the offer should get their goods.Via the always excellent Raffles at HeadForPoints, we have news of a great deal...

Stuart McIntyre
BA Gold Card

BA updates Gold Executive Club package

Good news from British Airways today (via Business Traveller), all BA Executive Club Gold Card holders will now receive two upgrade vouchers for one person when they hit 3,500 tier points rather than just a single voucher for two people.As many Gold Card holders frequently travel alone (whether on business or for pleasure), this new voucher arrangement is much more useful: At 2,500 Tier Points we will award you with a voucher that you and a companion can use towards an upgrade to the next cabin of your choice subject to availability....

Stuart McIntyre