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$200 GIVEAWAY: Test Driving A New Hotel Booking Engine

I’ve been testing a new hotel booking engine that I really like and I wanted to share it with you.  There’s a lot to cover, including how it works, a first-time booking discount and a pretty cool giveaway. Full disclosure, I don’t make a lot of my bookings through online travel agencies (OTAs).  I use them to search for what I need and ultimately book at the hotel chain’s website for virtually 100% of my bookings.  I don’t stack some of the small rebates out there, though I know plenty that […]

Points Hound Offering 50% Bonus On All Booking Through End Of 2013

Points Hound is out with an offer today to earn 50% more points/miles with each hotel booking through the end of 2013. If you already use Points Hound, you should have received an e-mail from them with your referral link.  If you didn’t, log into your Points Hound account, hover over “Account” at the top right and click on “Invite & Earn” to get your referral code. If you don’t already use Points Hound, make sure you get a referral credit for signing up.  While I have a referral link, […]

Out A New Promo That Emphasizes Some Of My Thinking On Hotel Booking Channels

I was waiting for Hilton to announce their fall promo before I finished up my breakdown of all the fall hotel promos this week.  I didn’t think it was likely coming soon since they have a current promo that runs until the end of September.  Of course, shortly after I published my breakdown Hilton announced a promo, though I suspect there’s still more to come. Deals we Like has the scoop on the new Hilton offer for 1,000 bonus points when you book with their iPhone app.   Not too […]

It Pays To Keep An Eye On Fare Sales, Even If It’s Not The Airline You Want To Fly

Most people look for cheap flights by hunting on Expedia, Travelocity and the like.  If prices aren’t to your liking and you have time, you wait and check back periodically, hoping for something better.  There are some other tools people use frequently to help find cheap tickets.  But, largely, it’s a game of hunting for the right fare if you don’t buy tickets often. One good way to keep an eye out for low fares is to subscribe to newsletters from your favorite airline to know when they have a […]

It’s (Way Past) Time For Hotel Chains To Take More Control Of Their Inventory

Dear Hyatt (and Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, though I don’t value each of you as much as my Hyatt relationship), Why do you let the likes of Expedia control so much of your inventory? Sure, choice is good. And, there are plenty of infrequent travelers that use online travel agencies (OTAs) to figure out where they want to stay. But, really. I used to work in the hotel industry a mere 15-ish years ago. Back then we were concerned about people booking outside of our channels and paying outsized commissions. The […]

Points Hound Ups Its Game With A 500 Mile Bonus On All Bookings This Month

Points Hound is out with another valuable offer to win your business.  They’re awarding an additional 500 miles from your favorite airline program for each booking you make in the month of June.  And, that’s for any reservations in the future as long as you book by the end of June. Now’s a good time to book any hotel travel you were considering.     There are plenty of sites that offer bonuses and rebates for booking your hotel stays through them.  Points Hound is different in two ways.  First, […]

The Gamification Of Travel: A Fun Way To Earn Expedia Rewards

While I tote around an iPhone and an iPad, I definitely consider myself a bit of social media introvert.  I can spell Twitter and Facebook, and I have my fair share of Foursquare check-ins.  But other than that, a novice.  Despite that, I was definitely intrigued by an article by Stephanie Rosenbloom of the New York Times recently about some fun new apps associated with travel. Stephanie brings up two things I think some of you will find interesting, one of which I’m certain to try.  First, she talks about […]

I Guess It’s Good I Waited To Extoll The Virtues Of Starwood Preferred Guest’s New Crossover Rewards

There’s been a bunch of buzz in the blogsphere about a new program Starwood Preferred Guest had coming out called “Crossover Rewards”.  Now, I’m a Platinum member of Starwood Preferred Guest so these discussions perked up my ears. The rumors flying around yesterday were people who were announcing they had confirmed reports upgrades on Delta were part of the benefit package.  And, these were very credible members of the travel writing community. But, things were made official today by SPG, and as View From the Wing pointed out, that upgrade benefit […]

News Notes For Thursday, October 25th

More Hyatt growth.  They’ve announced a new Hyatt Place in Times Square.  And, they’re adding another Park Hyatt, this time in Qingdao, China. The TSA kinda screwed up in a pretty meaningful way in terms of randomizing security.  Wandering Aramean details how they could have avoided the problem. Mommy Points has a humorous but very useful post about the aftermath of no Grand Slam promo this year.  I’m sorry to say it’s gone as well.  Last year was my first year participating and it was an easy 100K miles. And, […]