Category Archives: Hotels

Eric Carle Book Signing and Hotels.com Promotion

I’m so excited for Sunday!  It’s the Eric Carle pre-release booking signing of his new book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.  I’m getting a few copies for family and I plan to give one to my boys’ art teacher.  I stopped by the library and picked up the museum pass yesterday.  I already pre-ordered my books so they will be waiting there for me.  Everything is all set…now we just have to wait until Sunday!

A little status update on the Hotels.com deal that I wrote about earlier.  Signing up for the promotion couldn’t have been easier.  I filled out the information on-line and got the email with the code and instructions on how to submit the “paperwork”.  I created PDF’s from my trips earlier this year to show that I stayed at several hotels this year and emailed them in.  A day or two later, I received an email saying that I was accepted into the program.  And yesterday I booked a hotel through Hotels.com for my college’s Alumni Weekend.  I applied the code when checking out and a message appeared stating it will take a few weeks for the free hotel night to show up.  I plan to use that in November or December for a little weekend getaway.  Maybe we’ll head up to Portland, Maine for some clam chowder at Gilbert’s Chowder House.  Yummy!

Sorry I haven’t had much to say about credit card promotions lately.  It’s just been really slow on the credit card front.  I keep checking to see if a new one (worth getting) has come up.

There is a US Airways Grand Slam Promotion going on right now.  I haven’t looked much into because I don’t think it will be worth it to me.  If you want to read more about it, check it out on the Million Mile Secrets site.  I really liked his summary.

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Air B&B

I was listening to Marketplace Money this weekend and they talked about a web site called Air B&B.  It’s an alternative to booking a hotel on a vacation.  It’s a site that allows people to rent out their guest house, extra room at their house, vacation condo, etc.  The site allows people to rate the location and the guests, much like Ebay.  I did a quick search on Hawaii for the week that we’ll be going next year.  And I found the rates to be very good compared to hotels.  They even had a listing for a one-bedroom at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas where we stayed this year.  And the rate was much better than if you booked through Westin.  This may be a great option for families, instead of booking suites or multiple rooms at a hotel.  If anyone tries it, please let me know how you like it.

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Free Night with Hotels.com

Hotels.com is offering a free night for active travelers after you book a one night stay with hotels.com.  Here’s the information about the deal.

  • Use this link to register for the deal.
  • Send them proof that you have stayed at 3 different hotels or a total of 5 stays at any hotel this year.
  • Book one night through Hotels.com before 11/15/2011.
  • A free night will then be awarded to your account which will be equal to the average daily rate, before taxes and fees, of the stay using the coupon code (the maximum value of the free night cannot exceed $400).

Seemed easy enough to me.  I just signed up last night and sent in my documentation.  I’m going to my school’s Alumni weekend this year so I had to book a hotel room for that in October.  So I guess I’ll be booking it through Hotels.com.  This program is completely free, outside of having to book one night through them.

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Tomorrow’s the last day for the 30k Starwood Amex sign-up bonus

If you don’t already have the Starwood Hotels Amex credit card, you may want to consider the current offer.  The deal ends tomorrow (8/22).  It comes with a 30k point sign-up bonus after $4,500 spend in 3 months.  Before this offer, the sign-up bonus was only 10,000 points after first purchase and another 15,000 points after spending $15,000 in the first 6 months.  I really like the Starwood Amex because of it’s flexibility which I’ve written about in other posts.  I used Starwood points for hotel stays on our trip to Hawaii.  The points are the last points that I try to use when booking a trip because they are so valuable (because you can use them for hotels and transfer to many airline programs).

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Maui Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas on sale through Dec 23

I loved our stay at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.  We were lucky to be upgraded from a studio room to a one bedroom suite.  It was so relaxing.  There were several pools so couples and families alike would have a great time.  It’s also located just north of Black Rock so it’s not as congested as some of the other hotels on Ka’anapal Beach.  I wrote about it in my trip review of Hawaii.

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is running a sale for stays between September 1 and December 23 (not including Thanksgiving).  Studios are now $269/night instead of the usual $329/night.  One bedrooms are $319/night instead of $489/night.  For more information, check out Travelzoo’s page on the deal.

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