SUMMER GUIDE TO HOTEL TRAVEL DISCOUNTS

SUMMER GUIDE TO HOTEL TRAVEL DISCOUNTS

Keeping track of all the hotel special offers and promotions is a challenge. Here is a rundown of hotel promotions, select rate discounts and extended stay brands by hotel chain for summer 2014 family travel.

Best Western Rewards offers a free night voucher for the U.S., Canada or Caribbean hotels after three hotel stays by Sept. 1, 2014. The free night is valid through Jan. 31, 2015. Best Western hotels might be your best value if national parks are in your summer plans. Best Western and national parks go together American style. Link: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11505

Marriott Rewards offers double points for your second hotel stay and more from June 1 to Aug. 31, 2014, up to 25,000 bonus points. An even better incentive for someone who is not already a Marriott Rewards member is an offer for one free night certificate at a Category 1-5 hotel after two stays within 120 days of enrollment. Link: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11506

Marriott has two extended-stay hotel brands, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites, offering more space with kitchens. Preparing your own meals can be a major savings on family vacations.

Travelers to the U.K. may find value in Marriott PointSavers with 32 hotels at reduced award rates for summer dates. PointSavers awards are priced one category lower and the fifth night free applies for PointSavers stays. Link: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11507

Starwood Hotels is the brand to remember for triple points if your stay by July 31, 2014 includes Sunday night. Stays without Sunday night earn double points. Check hotels to see properties opting out of this offer. One of the real deals with Starwood Hotels is the birth year rate. This offer is limited to select hotels. Some hotels offer big savings with a real bargain on second and third nights. In my rate check for a three-night stay at U.S. Grant San Diego, a Luxury Collection Hotel, the birth year rate for me showed $289 + $60 + $60 for three nights at $409. The next lowest rate I found was AAA at $780 for the same room and dates. Link: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11508

Club Carlson Country Inns & Suites in the U.S. and Canada is offering triple points through Aug. 31, 2014 — 60 points per $1. Spend $85 and you?ll earn 5,100 points, enough for a Points + Cash award at Category 1-3 hotels with a room rate reduction of 40 percent. Link: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11509

Carlson-Rezidor hotels in Asia-Pacific is offering 2x points for one-night stays and 3x points for two-nights or longer stays through Aug. 31, 2014. Club Carlson co-branded credit card members receive one free award night on any stay of two or more nights. Another benefit for Club Carlson Gold elite members are 2-for-1 rates in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Link: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11510

Hyatt Gold Passport is offering triple airline miles for stays through Aug. 31, 2014 including American, United and Southwest. Families should keep Hyatt House brand in mind for apartment-style units when traveling. Another aspect of Hyatt House is many properties offer fitness facilities with outdoor social spaces with BBQ units and activity areas with basketball courts.

Hilton HHonors is offering double points for hotel stays through July 31. Watch out for 575 hotels in USA not participating in this promotion. Fewer than 25 hotels in the rest of the world opted out. Link: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11511

Family travel is made easier with Homewood Suites and Embassy Suites rooms big enough for four or more. Homewood Suites offers one- and two-bedroom units with a kitchen. Embassy Suites do not have kitchens, yet feature cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening social hour with free appetizers and drinks.

IHG Rewards Club has targeted promotions for summer 2014. The list of PointBreaks hotels came out May 27 for hotel stays to July 31, 2014 at 5,000 points per night. There are 19 Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites on the U.S. hotels list. These hotel brands offer kitchen units in most rooms. Holiday Inn Express has over 2,000 locations and offers free breakfast. There will be a new PointBreaks list at the end of July if you have August or September travel plans. LINK: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11513

In summers past, 2-for-1 rates in Europe were common. This summer there is a fourth night free offer from IHG requiring 21 days advance booking. Link: http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11514

Choice Privileges is offering 8,000 points after two stays by Aug. 22, 2014. In the western U.S., there are many rural places where the only chain hotels are Choice and Wyndham. Wyndham Hotels has not yet announced a promotion for July.

The opportunities are there for hotel savings with major hotel brands during summer 2014 travel. The rise of flash sale online travel agencies like TravelPony or sharing economy rental sites like Airbnb offer more lodging alternatives for upfront savings. But they offer no loyalty points, hotel stay benefits or rebates when choosing these types of rooms for your travel. Hotel loyalty has its rewards.

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