Tag: ExpediaView All Tags
Hotel Deals / Hotel Promo Codes / Expedia / Phoenix Hotels / Gay Hotels / Florida Hotels / Marriott Hotels / New Orleans Hotels / → All Tags
Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· One-Day Sale for the Hotel Valley Ho: Shake off your Cinco de Mayo hangover and get ready for Hotel Valley Ho's annual one day sale on Monday, May 6. Rooms start at $89 every Sunday through Friday and $109 on Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The deal also includes two drinks upon arrival, upgraded internet, $20 nightly resort credit and some other discounted services. There's really no catch to the low rates other than it's summer in the desert so it will be HOTT and that all reservations require a non-refundable deposit of one night’s room and tax at time of booking. Go here on Monday, May 6, to book. You can even set up a reminder email too.
· Marriott's "Suntastic Savings" at 30 Hotels in Florida: Once again, 30 JW Marriott, Renassaince, Marriott and Gaylord Hotels and Resorts in Florida are discounting their rates and throwing in perks like free meals for kids and complimentary internet. (Normally, you have to pay for that.) The offers are good for travel from May 15 to Sept 30 and vary depending on the region. For 25 percent off rates on three or more nights in the Northwest Coast of Fla., use promo code ZZ1. For Florida's playground resorts, use code F8L which will get you 15 percent off, free meals for kids and a $25 resort credit. Heading to South Florida? Then use code SUM which will get you 15 percent off rates, free meals for kids and free internet or other welcome amenity. Rates start around $99 a night. Go to Summer Suntastic Savings to start planning your stay.
· Hot Time, Summer in The Crescent City: New Orleans may be sizzling in the summer time thanks to events like the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience (May 21-May 25 and the Essence Music Festival (July 4-7) but the Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville in the French Quarter is keeping it cool with rates starting at just $109 a night from May 12-Sept. 30. To make your rezzie, go here and use promo code WBZ.
· Why Stay In When You Could Go To The Out?: Just in time for Pride Season next month, The Out NYC has dropped the rate for it's Shared Luxury Accommodations to just $99 a night. That also includes a daily spa pass (a $50 value) which give access to the hotel's full-service spa and three courtyards. Of course the term "shared" should alert you to the fact that you will be sharing a room with up to four people but there are full-sized beds, personal TVs, a bathroom and shower and best of all, privacy curtains. Go here to book your stay.
Yesterday, we were trying to book a fun hotel room last minute in Las Vegas. The HotelTonight app yielded some great deals--$64 for Planet Hollywood and $45 for the revamped Tropicana but we've been to those places before and we wanted something a little higher-end.
So we decided to turn to another mobile app with a last-minute function--Booking.com's Tonight app. There we found The Cosmopolitan for $180 a night. Not as much of a deal as we hoped but we were nearly swayed by the gorgeous rooms of the Cosmo for under $200 a night.
But just to be sure we were getting a real deal, we double-checked the Cosmo's own website for room rates. And we were bummed to see that they were also offering a room for $180.
We know, we know. It's not even Valentine's Day and we're already talking about booking hotels for Kentucky Derby but the truth is, even though the big race is not until May 4, it's probably harder to book a last-minute room for the Derby, especially if you want to be in town, than it is to book a last-minute hotel for the Super Bowl. So if you're interested in going, we say book now.
So, what are the hotel options like right now? We hit up Expedia during the Derby weekend (Thursday, May 3-Sunday, May 6) and found a few budgety hotels like Days Inn and Ramada for under $280 a night. You might be saying "Ouch" right now and you might not be thrilled about staying on the outskirts of town but those are actually doable rates for the Derby.
Looking at the four and five-star hotels, we see that they are all sold-out. At least on Expedia. They may have availability if you book with the hotel directly or if you work with a travel agent. (See our tips for Super Bowl.) There are a few three-star hotels left like the Hyatt Place Louisville for $499 and the Holiday Inn Louisville in North Clarksville for $429 a night. The Galt House is available but at $1,500 a night. Yikes!
Super Bowl Hotels / Super Bowl XLVI Hotels / Elite Travel / Expedia / Omni Hotels / Staybridge Suites / Indianapolis Hotels / Hotel News / → All Tags
All week long you've been on the fence about attending Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on February 5, but now you have finally
asked your parents for some extra cash cobbled enough money together to get yourself to the Big Game. Yet the question remains--where do you stay?
There are some options left in Indianapolis but remember, all the good hotels are sold-out so don't expect silk sheets and bubble bath butlers. And actually, a lot of the budget hotels are sold-out too. So you will have to make do with budgety leftovers out in the 'burbs. But the prices are still going to hurt your wallet.
Here's a couple of options with availability. These hotels and their room rates were accurate as of January 27, 2012 but they are definitely subject to change.
We still aren't crazy about the new updates that Facebook put out the other month but we're slowly getting used to the real-time feed on the right-hand side that tells us what our "friends" are doing at that exact moment whether it be changing their work information, commenting on status updates, making new "friends" or uploading photos from their latest vacation.
And it looks like Expedia hopes we will like their real-time updates too.
Maybe we don't want to be part of this Club anymore
You know the feeling. You get off a long flight to a far-off country, reach your hotel, feel the relief flooding over you as the place seems nice, and you’re checked into a nice room, and then hit the shower in an attempt to slough off the jet lag.
Hopefully, though, you won’t know the feeling that came next for a friend of ours last night when he checked into the Club Hotel in Singapore: the water was lukewarm. And stayed lukewarm while he ran it in the hope that it would heat up. It didn’t – and it still wasn’t hot enough to shower in.
At about 7pm, he called down to reception to let them know the water wasn’t hot. For two hours, they tried to fix it, to no avail. At 9pm, they offered to move him to another room – which had the same problem. They tried another – ditto. The staff told him there was a problem with the water heating throughout the hotel. No sh*t Sherlock.
We explained a bit about how the program worked when it was still an invite-only/ beta sort of thing. And there's nothing really new to report. Expedia Rewards members will earn one Expedia point for every $1 spent on hotels, flights and activities booked through Expedia.
And remember, the more you book on Expedia at one time, i.e. hotel + flight + car rental the more points you can earn. Expedia explains:
As an example, if a customer books a package for two travelers featuring a roundtrip flight, four nights in a hotel and a rental car, that trip may cost$2,000. With Expedia Rewards, that would yield 6,000 points. Should the member book that same trip three times, they should have earned enough points to qualify for a free hotel night. Should they add an activity to each package booking, the accumulated points may earn them two free hotel nights. ”
We've long expressed our dismay at hotel iPhone apps since they never seem to do much aside from letting you a book a room on your phone, as opposed to your computer or calling the hotel in person. But things have been looking up lately.
First, HotelTonight came on the scene offering a great way to get last-minute hotel rooms for a serious discount. And now, Expedia has a free iPhone and iPod app that will find you a hotel room within walking distance should you ever find yourself homeless for the night. The app will also include an interactive map, hotel ratings, reviews ported over from TripAdvisor, hotel photos, amenities and directions to the hotel.
We tried to download the app today but it won't be available for a few more weeks. However, it will be free and it will support 20 currencies worldwide.
That means you can only join up by invitation, or as we told you the other month, by being a current Expedia member and a savvy website peruser (Go to the lower left corner.)
Still, we're a member of Expedia and we haven't got any notice yet about the loyalty program and in case you haven't checked the calendar today, it's March 10.
Now we see that Expedia Rewards website has said the official launch date is Spring. But it could be later. From the Expedia Rewards FAQ under "How Do I Join Expedia Rewards"?
Enrollment opens to all Expedia customers in March 2011 or such later date as determined by Expedia.
We’ve been getting antsy about Expedia’s forthcoming rewards program for a little while now. Why? Because since doing away with Thank You points on December 1, there hasn’t been any kind of loyalty program for us to link our bookings to, and two months without booking incentives is hard for us.
But it looks like the wait is over – Expedia is currently advertising a soft launch of its new rewards program, cleverly called Expedia rewards.
The deets are on the website here, but in a nutshell, you will earn one Expedia point for every $1 you spend on hotels, flights, packages and activities booked through Expedia. Cruises do not count, and car rentals only do so if they’re part of a package booked via the official “vacation packages” tab.
According to the T&Cs, there will also be opportunities to earn bonus points “from time to time”.
Hotel Loyalty Programs / Loyalty Program News / Expedia / Expedia Elite Plus / Hotel News / → All Tags
UPDATE: Sorry, we got too excited. Expedia Elite Plus is NOT the new Expedia loyalty program that will replace ThankYou points. This is an existing VIP program. Thanks to Gleff for pointing this out in comments. We'll update you when the new program is out.
After doing away with ThankYou Points a few months ago, Expedia is now offering its own hotel loyalty program called Expedia Elite Plus that offers members a sweet perk we could get into: free room upgrades.
To live up to the "Elite" in its name, membership is by invitation only; you must complete 15 stays or spend $10,000 through Expedia in a year and you'll automatically get entered into the program.
We have a minor obsession over here at HotelChatter with hotel loyalty programs as we're always looking for ways to get the most out of our hotel stays. So we perked up when we got this email from Expedia about their own Expedia-branded loyalty program in early 2011.
Currently, Expedia is linked up with Citigroup's ThankYou network which allows you to earn ThankYou points for your bookings as well as use ThankYou points to make your bookings. (ThankYou points can also be used/earned for other things aside from travel.) But Expedia is terminating that relationship on December 1.
Fortunately, your hard-earned ThankYou points will still be valid after this date but you can only earn ThankYou points on Expedia until December 1st. If you have a Citigroup credit card, you can still use the ThankYou network on Expedia to earn points but instead of three points for every dollar, you will only get two.
Expedia is now promising to roll out their new program in early 2011 which has us excited but also a teensy bit concerned