Friday, February 28, 2014

Upcoming Hotel Reviews

I have been doing quite a bit of traveling lately (thus the reason for sparse posts).  I have quite a few hotel reviews in the works including:

Park Hyatt Milano, Italy

Grand Hyatt, New York

Clarion Collection Hotel Griso, Lake Como Italy

Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

Lorien Hotel and Spa, Alexandria VA

Andaz Maui

Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach

Crowne Plaza LAX

Sheraton Edison Hotel, NJ

Sheraton Fuerteventura Resort, Canary Islands

SPG Hot Escapes

SPG Has been offering "Hot Escape" rates on their hotels for a little while now and I just realized that I have yet to post about them.  Essentially, every Wednesday Starwood will publish a list of hotels around the world offering discounts ranging from 20-50% off.  Rates are valid for stays over the next 6 weeks.  SPG members get an additional 5% off.  The full list of hotels can be found here: Elite Rate: Save 20%

Hyatt recently introduced an added benefit for gold passport platinum and diamond members.  This rate is easy assessable simply by logging onto your account and making a booking.  If the elite rate is available for those dates it will show up as shown below.  Platinum status is obtainable after 5 stays/15 nights or by simply by signing up for the Chase Hyatt credit card.

Friday, February 21, 2014 Save 85$ on hotel bookings is a new hotel booking site along the lines of Orbitz, Expedia, etc.  I stumbled upon this site because I was in need of a hotel in New York City for a few days before my upcoming trip to Milan.  Having checked all the usual outlets and still unsatisfied with the price, I decided to give a try.  For my specific dates the prices were very comparable if not better than those I found elsewhere.  Whats even better is that there are currently 2 discounts with travel pony that are ongoing simultaneously which allowed me to get an amazing deal:

First, new members receive 35$ in credit just for signing up using this link here

Second, there is currently a promotion which allows you to get 50$ off a booking of $200 or more; simply enter KATE50 or PROWINNER at checkout.

By combining these two deals, I was able to book the Grand Hyatt New York for 115$ a night all taxes included.  For comparison, the same room booked on is $210

The only caveat that i have found with the site is that the cities are somewhat limited at this point, but they are apparently expanding quickly.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Great deal alert: LAX to Santiago, Chile for under $300

Title pretty much says it all.  Round trip flights from Los Angeles to Santiago Chile for $285 round trip on Avianca Airlines.  Dates are pretty wide open in March and possibly other months.