Hotel Hustle: The Hotel Award Search Tool

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Searching one chain for hotel awards is easy enough: Go to the site, enter your destination and hope something comes up. But what if you have points in lots of programs? That's a lot of searches. And how do you compare the points required to know which award room is the best deal relative to the cash price being asked? Let Hotel Hustle handle those details for you.

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    Put in a destination and dates and the tool searches multiple programs to determine both revenue and award availability and prices. It also maps the options out and calculates the "value" of an award booking relative to the nominal value of those points. So a 1.5cpm redemption in program A might actually be a better deal than a 2.0cpm redemption in program B. Right now those values are fixed but I'm building in the ability for users to specify their own point values or to just go with the average results the system calculates over time based on search history.

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    I'm looking for feedback and user input so give it a go and let me know what you think. Currently supported programs are:
    • Club Carlson
    • IHG Rewards Club
    • Marriott Rewards
    • Starwood Preferred Guest
    • Wyndham Rewards
    Choice Hotels should be online pretty soon and I'm working on Hyatt and Hilton as well though ETA for those is unknown at this point.
     
  2. Ed Chandler
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    Getting a lot of your "fail kale", but can't wait to see it work. Great idea.
     
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    Definetly a tool I'd like to use, this is something I'm often trying to figure out where to stay, and whether to pay or use points.. Tried it for ORD on Saturday and got the fail kale. Looking forward to trying it out again.
     
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    Looks good to me. Anything to make finding a hotel easier is good for me :)
     
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    Looks decent. However, checking Miami Airport area, the search includes all the way to West Palm as a default requiring zooming in and moving the map to the Airport area to see what is available. If I am looking for a single night AT the airport, it seems like it should center on the airport and allow me to move OUT from the airport rather than IN to Airport area.
    And using the filter (checked Starwood for MIA airport) the listing starts with the Sheraton Bal Harbor, rather than the hotels at the Airport.

    Still a decent search set up.

    Will functionality also include Points and Cash or the various Point Sales? That would also be helpful.
     
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  6. Wandering Aramean
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    C&P is coming. Hopefully soon though that's a bit harder to classify value on, especially since it isn't offered across all brands.

    I just fixed the ORD bug (Club Carlson is listing hotels which aren't open yet in a manner I hadn't accounted for); that fix will upload shortly.

    If anyone else is getting errors odd are I can fix them pretty quick but I need a few details about how you generated it.
     
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    Just got Choice Preferred into the system. Turns out it was pretty easy to add so I did it ahead of HGP/HH. Still working on those.

    I'm also working on some interesting aggregate data research as part of the tool. I figure it would be interesting to know that, on average, IHG awards price around 0.7 cents/point, for example. Obviously I need more searches via the system for things like that to really start to be useful and accurate, but I'm starting on it now.

    Data sure is fun. :cool:
     
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    Kale is good for you. Will try more later. Did TPA 12/17 - 12/18
     
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    I really do like kale. Lots of great ways to cook it up.

    That search should be working properly now. :)
     
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    Picked Dec 27 in bangkok and the search is returning good award value for SPG properties that aren't offering award nights. When going down the list those hotels (SGS, 4Pts, Aloft) are showing N/A for the award but the map is cluttered with the 'values' which aren't valid!!

    I like the program though and will absolutely use it!
     
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    Just checked the BKK options on the 27th of December and I'm seeing quite different results. Or the same results interpreted differently. There are three of the ten SPG properties which are only available for cash (awards show N/A) but the other seven are available for both cash or points.

    And I'll always show the hotels even if they are only available as a cash option.

    I do agree that the W and Westin Grand Sukhumvit are great values as award redemptions for that night.
     
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    Great tool - have it bookmarked and will definitely use it.

    Any possibility to include club carlson & IHG properties?
     
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    Both should be included today. Are there particular searches you are doing which do not have them showing up?
     
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    I am searching several cities just to try our the program: LA, BKK, Vegas, etc. Another thing, I did not see any Hyatts listed.

    Thanks! :)
     
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    I know Hyatt is not included yet. That and Hilton are in progress.

    But IHG & CC are. I just searched LAX and got a bunch of IHG properties in the list.
     
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    Waiting for Hilton.. :D Will it show "Points + Money" too?
     
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    Hilton just launched about 30 minutes ago. Official announcement comes out in 90 minutes but if you search now you'll see the data.

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    I am currently collecting cash+points info from HHonors and have the code in place to collect it from SPG as well. I'm just not sure how to render it in the UI with all the other information, especially when it comes to assigning point value. Any suggestions??
     
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    How does the filter thingy works?
     
  19. Wandering Aramean
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    The buttons? Click and it will show or hide the hotels from those chains or "Hotness" rating. Mixing the two sets doesn't work so well right now. :oops:

    Or something else??
     
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    Yea, that's it ... thank you! :)
     
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    Seth, I tried a couple times looking for hotel in Key West Fl, however it show somewhere else, could you check it out please.
    Btw, this is a great tools.
     
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    I'll look in to the EYW bit.

    Also, pretty sure I got Hyatt working just before my laptop battery died on this flight. That's a big win. :cool:
     
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    Looks good!
     
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    I just tried Key West and it worked as I would expect it to. What results were you getting?

    Also, Hyatt and custom point values are both live in the system now as well.
     
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    I must did something wrong, it happened again. It show Idaho. image.jpg
     

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