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Old 12-04-2009, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Fountain Inn
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I will be doing a lot of traveling on the wekends coming up in 2010. I was wondering what the best way to get the most out of my hotel stays. I need a card or something like frequent flyer miles for hotels. I'm not old enough for AARP just need something that will make all my hotel stays payoff. Is there such a rewards program for hotels?
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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A friend of mine who has a job which involves a lot of travel always stays at La Quinta hotels because of the rewards - not sure if that's the kind of place you are looking for...?
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Yes, all of the major chains have rewards programs. Additionally, you can get credit cards that contribute points towards your hotel rewards. Just check out the websites for Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental, etc.

Let them know it's your first stay - sometimes they'll upgrade you or throw in some perks. Be really nice to the front desk people - they control your destiny!
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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If you're willing to read the instructions, follow the method, and invest a little bit of time you can get good results with biddingfortravel.com, a site that teaches you how to use Priceline to get the best possible prices and the properties you want to stay at.

I've used them myself with some success.

BiddingForTravel.com - Message Board - Yuku
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: US
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Take the soap, shampoo, towels, cook all the coffee offered and then get more from the front desk (only if it's complimentary). Ask for razors and deodorant, again only if free. Buy a keg and charge random passerbys 4 bucks a cup.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Choice (Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn, etc.) has a pretty good loyalty program, as do Hilton and Marriott. I like Choice because they are upscale enough to be clean and nice, but are still economical. I stay in Marriotts frequently when on business travel, it's nice to gather up the points and from time to time stay in a Marriott for free, but their regular price is a little much for me, if paying out of my own pocket. When I am traveling I typically use the hotel room mostly just to sleep, but business travel sometimes has us conducting business meetings in the hotel, so the Marriott makes some sense.

Most hotels give frequent flyer miles as well, of course not all hotels and all airlines partcipate.

You can sometimes convert hotel points to FF miles, or vice versa.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Fountain Inn
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Thanks everyone for all the great info. My other main concern is when I travel my dog will be with me. Its hard to find a nice hotel that accepts larger dogs that won't charge you an arm and a leg.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Lake Worth, FL
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Thanks everyone for all the great info. My other main concern is when I travel my dog will be with me. Its hard to find a nice hotel that accepts larger dogs that won't charge you an arm and a leg.
All La Quinta's accept pets, and every one I've ever stayed in ( and there have been MANY) has been clean and reasonably priced.

-Paul
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:25 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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1) figure out which hotels are in the areas you travel and WANT to travel
2) determine the program that best meets current and future needs / desires / has the best redemption program / has good 'bonus' program and versatile partnerships with strong brands.
3) Understand the rules (some decline points on discounted / negotiated / weekend rates). Some points expire annually.
4) have a plan to use the points ASAP (Consider a week in a great international destination in a hospitable country (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia), as THEY can really treat you right. It's not like you are imposing on the staff.

I prefer Westin, but get more coverage w/ Marriott.

I thought you were looking to benefit from your stay, then you need to get an inventory of available equipment and services DIY Room Service : How to cook a gourmet meal in your hotel room - CHOW (http://www.chow.com/stories/10461 - broken link)
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:03 PM
 
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If you're willing to read the instructions, follow the method, and invest a little bit of time you can get good results with biddingfortravel.com, a site that teaches you how to use Priceline to get the best possible prices and the properties you want to stay at.
I have been using Priceline since Memorial Day 2002 and have received from PHENOMENAL deals.

Forget all the loyalty points (unless you are traveling on "other people's money"). If you get that $129 Courtyard by Marriott room for $45 on Priceline or Hotwire, you are a lot further ahead.

Next weekend, I will stay at a Doubletree or a Marriott in western St, Louis Co. for $35-45. A great room at a nice hotel for a giveaway price.

With business travel down 35-45% depending on which publication you believe, there will be some really great deals in 2010 and 2011.
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