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‘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...

Stuart McIntyre
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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....

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

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
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BA announces discounts for May and June breaks

Sadly for parents of school-age children such as myself, the best deals on cash fares and holidays are still usually to be had prior to the school breaks.For those that can get away in May or June, BA have some good deals on offer this year.Some of the packages that took my eye include: Barcelona Flights + 2 nights Hotel from £120pp Nice Flights + 2 nights Hotel from £125pp Abu Dhabi Flights + 3 nights Hotel from £475pp Mauritius Flights + 7 nights Hotel from £856pp Austin Flights + 3 nights Hotel from £772ppYou can see a...

Stuart McIntyre