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Starwood Q1 2014 Bring On The Nights Promotion

by Continental Club on December 22, 2013  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , ,

SPGStarwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty programme of hotel brands including Sheraton, Westin, W, The Luxury Collection and St Regis, has now opened registration for its  ‘Bring on the Nights‘ Q1 2014 promotion.

SPG The-Phoenician-in-Scottsdale

Members will have the opportunity to earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights stayed (up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 eligible nights) and an additional 5,000 bonus Starpoints when they hit 25 eligible nights.

To register, visit spgpromos.com/bringonthenights.

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Starwood Q1 2014 Bring On The Nights Promotion

by Continental Club on December 3, 2013  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , ,

SPGStarwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty programme of hotel brands including Sheraton, Westin, W, The Luxury Collection and St Regis, has announced the first details of its Q1 2014 promotion, entitled ‘Bring on the Nights‘.

SPG The-Phoenician-in-Scottsdale

Members will have the opportunity to earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights stayed (up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 eligible nights) and an additional 5,000 bonus Starpoints when they hit 25 eligible nights.

Registration will open for the promotion in mid-December 2013. For more details, visit spgpromos.com/bringonthenights.

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Cooler In Catalunya: A Return To W Barcelona

by Continental Club on July 9, 2013  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: ,

W HotelsReaders with elephant-like memories might remember that Continental Club headed off to Barcelona to check out the then quite new W Barcelona Hotel back in 2011 and, by all accounts, we were impressed.

There were a few areas of service that needed polish, but we observed that with a little buffing, we thought the W would ‘deserve a much lengthier re-visiting’.

Never ones to rush, it’s taken two years for our travels to see us back on the Barceloneta waterfront, and it’s almost all good news – because the W really has matured into a very accomplished property indeed; a definite attention-seeker but one that has clearly become a very important part of the city’s day-to-day life.

To see what we said after our first stay, read Cool in Catalunya – W Barcelona Hotel, and we’ll add to it here with a few more words and pictures, starting with the lobby level Living Room and bar:

W Barcelona Hotel

Upstairs, signature deep-red corridors lead to the guest rooms, but draw the eyes much further out towards the sun and the Mediterranean beyond.

W Barcelona Hotel

We chose a Mega Room for this trip, a type to be found at the hotel’s corners and ones spacious enough that some other European properties might push to describe as a junior suite. As on our last stay, the bathroom offered a free-standing bath as well as a very socially-proportioned shower, although we spotted that the Bliss toiletries have gone from oversized to rather more petite. Or maybe we’ve just got bigger….

W Barcelona Hotel Mega RoomRooms at the W very successfully stage the city and the sea beyond their floor-to-ceiling windows, and the lack of balconies (which might otherwise perhaps be expected in a Southern European sea-side hotel) really doesn’t seem to be any kind of compromise when so much light floods in.

W Barcelona Hotel Mega Room

It certainly makes for quite a grandstand from which to enjoy a room-service breakfast, if the thought of heading downstairs is just too much before the sun is over the yard-arm.

W Barcelona Hotel Mega Room

When we did venture out, it was to a WET Bar on the pool deck that has banished all traces of the slightly slow service which marked our first visit. It may not yet have quite been full-on sun-baking weather this time, but the staff were as on-the-ball as they’d have to be on the busiest of days.

W Barcelona WET Pool Bar

And this trip, we had the time to venture up to the 26th floor Eclipse Bar – which remains possibly the only part of the hotel that still doesn’t quite ‘work’. The decor is striking, as are the views, but somehow top-floor hotel bars always feel a touch contrived with no passing traffic to freshen the crowd.

W Barcelona Eclipse Bar

Even rooftop bars seem to more successfully make their mark. So, whether it’s Dubai, Manchester, Barcelona or any number of others of the genre, the urge to descend back to ground level and reconnect with the World comes sooner rather than later. There’s no doubting that Eclipse is worth at least a look though.

W Barcelona Eclipse Bar

More than anything on this second visit, it was the service from the whole staff that really impressed. The hotel has instilled a level of pride in its people that seems to be worn well; where other design-led hotels can suffer from being altogether too-cool-for-school, W Barcelona appears to have attracted a team which enjoys both just being there and looking after its guests.

Whereas check-in was a bit of a bunfight in 2011, all was calm, friendly and efficient this time. The slightly distracted concierge service of two years ago has apparently developed into an ability to even pull a last-minute table at one of the city’s most noted restaurants out of the hat with little fuss.

So we’re more than pleased that we returned and, in fact, we’re already looking forward to the next stay. The W has definitely found an impressive way of combining the most modern of styles with some deeply traditional principles of solidly good ‘hotelling’.

W Barcelona Hotel

Continental Club paid EUR270 per night for a Mega Room at the W Barcelona Hotel, not including breakfast. To check availability and to book, visit whotels.com/barcelona.

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Hotel Loyalty Programme Promotions Q1 2013

by Continental Club on January 15, 2013  |  Leave a comment

Most of the major global hotel brands have now launched their bonus promotions for the first three or four months of 2012. So, here’s the Continental Club guide to five of the biggest promotions and how to register for them. Remember, membership of these programmes is free and you can sign up for the promotions as soon as you become a member – or even at the same time as you become one.

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Flight, Hotel, Lounge, Transfers, Parking Discount Codes: Bumper Boxing Day Round Up 2012

by Continental Club on December 26, 2012  |  Leave a comment

The Boxing Day Sales have started, and Continental Club has brought together a round-up of travel promotion and discount codes, as well as flight and hotel sales, in one consolidated ‘ultimate’ list:

 

CC Sale

ONLINE TRAVEL AGENTS – HOTELS & PACKAGES

Lastminute

10% off hotel bookings with code NEWYEAR10

Book by 10am 28th December 2012 – EXPIRED

Excludes selected Hilton, Accor, ICHG properties

 

Lastminute

 

£50 off holiday bookings with code BOXLMN50

Book by 31st January 2013

 

ebookers

10% off hotel bookings with code HAPPY10

£50 off hotel plus flight bookings with code TRAVEL50

Book by 31st January 2013

 

Expedia

 

10% off hotel bookings with new sign-up to email newsletter

 

 

Hotelscom UK

10% off most hotel bookings with code HEJAN10

Book by 7th February 2013. Stay by 27th December 2013

For a list of excluded chains click here. Discounted stays are not eligible for Welcome Rewards.

Hotel Pronto

 

10% off hotel bookings with code 2013SAVE

Book by 15th January 2013. Stay 1st January 2013 to 31 December 2013

 

Jet2holidays

 

£100 off minimum 2 person holiday bookings with code SAVE100

Book by 11th March 2013. Combinable with myJet2 £25 for every 500 points redeemed offer

 

Hotels4u10% off all hotel bookings

Book by 20th January 2013 by clicking on this link or the Hotels4u logo

Discount will be applied automatically

 

Holiday Extras

 

5% off hotel bookings with code WO984

Book by 31st January 2013

 

FLIGHTS

 

Jet2

 

10% off all return flights with code SALE10

Book by 4th February 2013. Travel from 1st January 2013

 

British Airways

 

World Traveller Economy and World Traveller Plus Sale from £299 return

Book by 22nd January 2013

 

Lufthansa

 

£20 off flights with new sign-up to email newsletter

Register and book by 31st December 2012. Travel by 31st March 2013. REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED.

 

Lufthansa

 

Business Class longhaul sale from £1299 return

Book by 2nd January 2013. Depart between 23rd March & 15th August 2013 – EXPIRED

 

Cathay Pacific

Economy sale – Hong Kong from £599 return, Sydney from £899 return

Premium Economy sale – Hong Kong from £1019 return – and double Asia Miles

Book by 31st January 2013. Travel by 20th March 2013, or from 1st April to 19th June 2013

 

Air France

 

£30 off European flight bookings over £50 excl taxes, fees & charges with code XMASPRE114

Book by 31st December 2012 for first 200 bookings – EXPIRED

 

Monarch

 

£15 off city and sun flights with code BIG15. Book by 20th January 2013

£20 off ski flights with code SKI20. Book by February 2013

 

HOTELS – DIRECT BOOKINGS

 

Hilton HHonors

 

Save up to 40% with the Any Weekend, Anywhere sale

Book by 31st January 2013

 

SPG

 

Save up to 30% in Europe, the Mid East & Asia in the Boxing Day Sale

Book by 28th February 2013. Travel by 31st August 2013

 

TRANSFERS

 

Resorthoppa

 

15 % off all transfers with code HOP15.

Book by 14th January 2013.

 

AIRPORT LOUNGES

 

Holiday Extras

 

5% off lounge bookings with code WO984

Book by 31st January 2013

 

AIRPORT PARKING

 

Holiday Extras

5% off airport bookings with code WO984

Book by 31st January 2013

Discount not obtainable at airport-owned car parks at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, and Southampton

For terms and conditions relating to all featured offers, consult the relevant websites for details or supplier contact information.

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Starwood Hotels: Q1 SPG Promotion ‘Power Up’ Announced

by Continental Club on December 14, 2012  |  Leave a comment

Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty programme of Le Meridien, Aloft, Four Points, Westin, The Luxury Collection, W, Sheraton, St Regis and Element hotels, has announced its forthcoming member promotion for the first months of 2013.

Entitled ‘SPG Power Up’, members will earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints® for every four eligible nights stayed (up to 8,000 bonus Starpoints and 16 nights). An additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints will be awarded when 20 eligible nights have been consumed.

Registration will open in early January to register, and eligible stays at any of the hotels and resorts in the SPG programme from January 15 through April 15, 2013 will qualify.

To set a reminder to register, members can text “PWRUP” to 447950080934 in the U.K. to opt in. Opted-in members will receive three text messages from Starwood for the campaign. One message will be sent after opting in, asking you to respond with keyword “YES” to verify that you would like to receive the reminder text. Once you do so, you will also get a text confirming that you have been opted in. Then, when the promotion is live, you will get the reminder text with registration information. Message and data rates will apply.

For more details, full terms and conditions and to register once the promotion is live, visit spg.com.

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Starwood Preferred Guest: 20% Off Starpoints Purchases Until 14th December 2012

by Continental Club on December 3, 2012  |  Leave a comment

Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty programme for Aloft, Element, Four Points, Le Meridien, Luxury Collection, Sheraton, St Regis, Westin and W Hotels, is offering its members the opportunity to purchase additional Starpoints at a 20% discount until 14th December 2012.

Members may purchase Starpoints for themselves or others, as long as their accounts are at least 60 days old, and SPG say that purchases will credit to member accounts within 24 hours.

Although purchasing points instead of paying for a hotel stay rarely achieves a cost saving, points purchase to top-up an account can make economic sense. SPG also allows the conversion of Starpoints to airline programmes, offering an additional 5,000 Starpoint bonus for every 20,000 transferred out.

This transfer opportunity, especially with the current and ongoing bonuses, offers a means of buying more airline miles per annum than the airlines themselves may allow within their own scheme, and/or a means of acquiring airline miles more cheaply than from the airlines. Note however that there may be a short delay in transferred Starpoints subsequently appearing in an airline account.

As a worked example, most members of the British Airways Executive Club may purchase a maximum of 24,000 Avios each calendar year. That’s 4,000 more Avios than are needed for a return Club World upgrade from Premium Economy on a roundtrip from the UK to the East Coast USA. Buying them from BA currently costs £399.

Buying 20,000 Starpoints by 14th December will cost $560; which currently converts to c£360 when paid for by credit card. Convert the Starpoints to Avios, and members will receive 25,000 Avios, for 10% less than 24,000 would have cost from BA, and effectively lifting the annual purchase limit to 49,000 Avios; or almost enough for two East Coast USA Club World upgrades.

To buy Starpoints, visit SPG.com.

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Starwood Preferred Guest: Up To 50% Rebate On North American Award Stays

by Continental Club on October 20, 2012  |  Leave a comment

Members of the Starwood Preferred Guest programme can register to receive a rebate of between 30% and 50% when they use their Starpoints for award stays at 21 selected resorts in North America this season.

The loyalty programme for guests of Le Meridien, aloft, Four Points, Westin, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, St Regis and element properties has launched the promotion for award stays taken between 21st October and 20th December 2012.

Members must register prior to their stay and by no later than 30th November, and stays already booked but consumed after registration will qualify.

The participating Starwood hotels are:

50% rebate:
• The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado, USA
• The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, USA
• The St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
• The St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, California, USA
• The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• W South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
• The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, USA

40% rebate:
• W Retreat & Spa — Vieques, Puerto Rico, USA
• The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada
• The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Virgin Islands, USA
• The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
• The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, Cayman Islands
• The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
• Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino, Bahamas

30% rebate:
• Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA
• Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Chandler, Arizona, USA
• The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah, USA
• The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas, USA
• The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Georgia, USA
• The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa, British Columbia, Canada

For full Ts&Cs and to register for the promotion, click here.

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