I am planning a trip with stays hotel stays in Hong Kong (5 nights), Paris (5 nights), Zurich (1 night), Istanbul (1 night) and the US (Las Vegas/DC/Orlando). New to the personal bug, and it would be great to learn about the strategies to get the best possible deal. So far all my travels were on company dime. We are travelling as a couple, and would like rooms with breakfast. Other than that, not fussy about the rooms and internet. I am SPG gold and have slightly less than 10k starpoints. I think I have a|club gold status thru some promotion. Around 1200 a|club points. As for airline programs, I have star alliance gold (via Krisflyer) and would have access to lounges hopefully. Some of the possibilites I have learnt so far: 1.) SPG 50% off rack rate for (>=5 night) stays using 1000 starpoints 2.) F&F rate for Inter continental 3.) Directly emailing the hotel manager. Not guaranteed to work Or should I use priceline for these cities?