Saturday, March 27, 2010

Planning a Hotel Stay? Make it Free...

... Or close to it.

Updated.

There are many promotions out there that make a hotel stay very worthwhile. Often giving you points or free nights that can be more valuable than what you actually paid for the hotel room. You may even decide to book a hotel stay just in order to get the free nights / points.

Kayak is usually very useful for this. When you search for hotels in a city, you can click to see only hotels from certain hotel chains. So you can check to see the prices for the hotel chains that you want. You can sometimes get much cheaper rates with other links. See below.

Here are the current promotions. Check which one will be most beneficial to you:
  • Hyatt - The Big Welcome Back
    For every two stays, you get a free night. Your two stays can be at their cheapest properties, and the free night can be at their most expensive! Free night is valid until 08/31/10. Alternatively you can get 5,000 points for every two stays.

    You can buy $100 Hyatt gift certificates for $80 at Costco, making the hotel stays 20% cheaper.

    You might also be able to get 2,500 United miles per stay.

    More on Flyertalk , ViewFromTheWing and DansDeals.

  • Priority Club (IHG) - Enroll a Friend Bonus
    If you refer someone to Priority Club, and they stay at a Priority Club hotel within the first 90 days, you both get 5,000 bonus points. If the person you refer stays at a Candlewood suites or Staybridge Suites (specific Priority Club hotels), you each get 7,500 points each.

    If you want a referral to get the 5,000 / 7,500 bonus, send me an email.

    Use this link to get cheap Priority Club hotel rates.

    Also, PointBreaks hotels (Recently updated) can be had for 5,000 points a night.
  • BestRateGuarantee
    BestRateGuarantee blog helps you get free or cheap night by taking advantage of Best Rate Guarantees that some sites offer.
  • Priceline
    And of course if you're looking for a cheap hotel night, you can always try Priceline. See review here.

  • Wyndham Rewards - 5,000 BMI bonus. Expires March 31st.
    You earn the 5,000 BMI (British Midland) miles per stay. You can earn the bonus up to four stays. BMI allows family accounts, so you can get it more than four times. Not much time left though for this one.
Related post: Planning a hotel stay? Become Elite For Free

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