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A look at seven of the major hotel best rate guarantees (what they say...

The rules of the various best rate guarantees offered by the major hotel chains and the compensation these guarantees offers can vary significantly, so what you'll find in this article is a look at each of the key guarantees currently published and some of my thoughts on what they offer.
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Radisson Hotels has launched an early “Cyber Sale” (up to 30% off & bonus...

The dust hasn't really yet settled on the sudden and brutal devaluation that hit Radisson Rewards last month and yet here we have Radisson launching what seems like a very early Cyber Monday sale that covers properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
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Today only: Buy 3 nights & get 33% off at select Radisson Americas properties

I don't have time to write a full post on this (I'm writing this on my iPhone while on a train!) but some readers may find it useful to know that Radisson Rewards Americas is currently running a 1-day promotion (today only) that gives guests a 33% discount on a 3-night stay.
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Save up to 25% + earn bonus points on Radisson stays in Europe, Middle...

Radisson has launched a new sale in which it's offering all guests up to 15% off stays in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, & Asia and it's offering Radisson Rewards members a further discount of up to 10%. Furthermore, Radisson Rewards members will also earn bonus points on stays of two nights or more.
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Save up to 30% with the Radisson Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales

Both Radisson Rewards Americas and Radisson Rewards (which covers the rest of the Radisson portfolio) are running Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales in which they're offering up to 30% off on stays made through the end of 2022. Be aware, however, that the Americas sale covers all nights of the week while the sale for properties in the rest of the world only covers weekends, so the sales are definitely not the same.
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Flash Sale Returns: Radisson Central London Properties Bookable From £89/$124 (Flexible)

Radisson has brought back a flash sale we first saw a little over a week ago in which it's offering great discounts at four of its central London properties. Three of the participating properties are bookable from just £89/$124 per night (including taxes) and the rates on offer are all cancellable up to 48 hours prior to the day of arrival.
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Radisson Sale: Save Up To 30% At Properties In North America, Latin America &...

Radisson has launched a new sale for Spring/Summer 2021 in which it's offering discounts of up to 30% at its properties in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
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Save Up To 30% With Radisson’s Friends & Family Sale (Americas & Caribbean)

Radisson has brought back its annual Friends & Family sale in which it's offering members of its Radisson Rewards program a discount of 30% on bookings made by the middle of January. The sale\s travel window is disappointingly small but if you're planning to travel soon, the discounts on offer may make this a promotion that's worth considering.
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We’ll Soon Have Another Points Hotel On The Las Vegas Strip

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Las Vegas strip was pretty much devoid of any properties at which the mainstream points currencies could be “earned and burned”. There was a Westin just off the strip (opposite Harrah’s) and then Marriott built its “Grand Chateau” timeshare property on Harman but, other than that, there weren’t really any other options.
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Save Up To 20% At Park Inn And Country Inn & Suites With This...

Yes I know that Park Inn and Country Inn properties are not at the top of a lot of people's "must visit" lists but this Amex offer may actually be useful to anyone looking to make the most of Radisson's 1Q promotion.
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Radisson Opens Two New Hotels In Abu Dhabi…And They’re Worth A Look

Radisson and its loyalty don't get much love from a lot of us because, frankly, the hotelier's offerings here in the US are at best mediocre and more often than not a grave disappointment. Quite simply there are usually better places to stay for the same outlay. However, outside the US things aren't the same and Radisson has a number of properties that are well worth checking out....especially if you're traveling in Europe.
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Get A $25 Gift Card & 5% Off With Radisson’s “Treat Yourself” Promotion

It was only on Monday that Radisson launched a double points promotion on stays of two or more nights and already the hotelier is back with another attempt at persuading guests to stay for more than just a single night.
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Up To 33% Off Radisson Weekend Stays Through 31 August 2018

Radisson has launched yet another promotion and this time it's aimed at travelers looking to stay in Europe, the Middle East or Africa between now and 31 August 2018. As is getting more common with Radisson, the rules aren't as straightforward as one might hope so make sure you read the T&Cs before booking.
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Radisson Hotel Group & Radisson Rewards Launch Promotions (One Each)

Radisson Hotel Group is the new name for what was once Carlson-Rezidor and Radisson Rewards is the new name for the Club Carlson loyalty program. Not too much has changed with the hotel group (except for the name and a reshuffling of premium properties) while the transition from Club Carlson to Radisson Rewards has seen the loyalty program tweak its rules here and there to make them both a little better and a little worse.
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Radisson Hotels Group Launches “Radisson Collection”

It's all change over at Radisson with what was once the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group now rebranded as "Radisson Hotels Group" and with the Club Carlson loyalty program now rebranded as Radisson Rewards and slightly tweaked at the same time too. Now Radisson Hotels has announced the Radisson Collection which, according to the hotelier, is a premium collection of hotels in landmark locations.
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Club Carlson Is Adding A Hotel In Venice

Club Carlson used to be a very good loyalty program back when the top-tier properties cost just 50,000 points and when the Club Carlson credit card gave you a free night with every award booking....but that was a while ago. In the US Club Carlson has very few properties that are worth a second glance (although the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel in Chicago is good) and, if we're being honest, the chain doesn't exactly have an abundance of aspirational properties elsewhere in the world either. But there are a few properties that can be useful (usually in Europe) and, as those of us with the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa card get 40,000 points each time we renew the card, it's always good to have a new property at which to spend those points.
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Club Carlson Promotion: Double Points or Double Nights – Which To Choose

Club Carlson is the last of the major hotel chains to reveal its year end global promotion which will run through to 31 December 2016. As will most major hotel promotions registration is required before the end of your first qualifying stay and you'll have to decide which bonus you want to receive (double points or double elite nights) at the time of registration.
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One To Consider: Buy Club Carlson Points & Get A 75% Bonus

Club Carlson (the rewards program for the likes of Radisson Bu and Park Plaza) has launched a new promotion that gives members until 30 October to buy Club Carlson points with a 75% bonus thrown in. In essence Club Carlson members are being sold Gold Points for 0.4 cents each and this could be a promotion worth considering.
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Earn 10,000 Points Per Night With Club Carlson Mega Points

Club Carlson has brought back its Mega Points promotion where members can earn 10,000 Gold Points per night at participating Radisson and Radisson Blu properties in the US, Canada or Latin America. The offer runs through the end of the year so there's plenty of time to make the most of it...but is it any good in the first place?
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Club Carlson Launches A “Members Only Rate” – But Is It Any Good?

Club Carlson, the loyalty program for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel group which includes the likes of Radisson Blu and Park Plaza Hotels, has announced that it has launched a "Members Only" room rate across all of the brands under the Carlson umbrella.
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There’s A 30% Bonus On Club Carlson Points Purchases…But Most Shouldn’t Bother!

Club Carlson (the loyalty program for, amongst others, Radisson and Radisson Blu) has launched a promotion which gives members the opportunity to buy Gold Points with a bonus of up to 30%. The promotion runs through 30 September 2016 and, in essence, allows Club Carlson members to buy points for 0.54 cents each.
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Review – The May Fair Hotel London

The May Fair is a hotel that falls under the umbrella of the Club Carlson loyalty program and is a property at which I've stayed a few times. In the Club Carlson point heyday (when the top Carlson hotels cost 50,000 points and when you would get the a second award night for free just for having the Club Carlson credit card) this property was fantastic value - you could have a weekend in London's Mayfair for just 50,000 points! Now the same weekend will set you back 140,000 points so things are a little different.
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Los Angeles: Using Points At Big Chain Tourist Hotels – Part 2

In part 1 of this 2-part series I took a look at the options open to those wishing to use their points to stay at Marriott, Hilton or IHG properties in the vacationer-friendly parts of Los Angeles. In this part I take a look at the options open to visitors with Hyatt, Starwood and Carlson Rezidor points burning holes in their pockets.
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Ritz-Carlton Continues Expansion, The W Amsterdam Opens Its Doors & Carlson Gets A New...

Hotel news from Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels and Carlson-Rezidor all of whom have recently opened new hotels or have announced plans for new hotels. From Oman to Cairo to Amsterdam to Mexico City, there's some interesting stuff in the pipeline.
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New Radisson Blu For Istanbul & Four Seasons Finally Catches Up

A couple of pieces of hotel news that I've noticed over the past few days - a new Radisson Blu in Istanbul (not sure the city needed another one!) and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts finally catches up with most of the hospitality industry.
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Promotion Extended: 10,000 Club Carlson Points/Night At Radisson – But It’s Not A Great...

Club Carlson has extended its Mega Points promotion through 31 Dec 2015 -Earn 10,000 Gold Points Per Night at participating Radisson and Radisson Blu properties in the Americas. But is the promotion any good for you?
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Double Avios On Club Carlson Stays – Should You Care?

Club Carlson is currently offering double Avios (1,000 Avios) on stays of 2 nights or more at participating hotels through 31 December 2015. Is this a good deal for you?
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Offer News: SPG Pro Double Points Offer, Save Up To 25% At Park Plaza...

Starwood's SPG Pro program is aimed at meeting planners, travel professionals, executive assistants and anyone else whose job includes booking travel and venues for groups. The idea...
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Review: Radisson Blu Plaza Helsinki

When I’m looking for a hotel there are a few criteria that rank high on my list of “would-be-nice-to-have” but there’s only one “must-have”...
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Club Carlson: Last Two Days Before Devaluations

Over the past 6 weeks Club Carlson (the loyalty program for Radisson, Radisson Blu etc..) has been announcing some pretty horrific devaluations to their...
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News Round Up: Hilton Singapore Offer, New Radisson Blu In Cape Town & More

Bits & Pieces that don't warrant a post of their own. Hilton Singapore Offer: To honour Singapore's Golden Jubilee celebrations the Hilton Singapore and the Conrad...

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