BoardingArea moved blogs to a new hosting platform or something technical that required the site to be shuttered one weekend a couple weeks back. The change means I now have more control over the Loyalty Traveler web design.

I did lose the email sign-up widget during the move and that is something I can’t put back on the page myself as far as I can tell. I need to send a shout out to tech support.

You may have noticed I added Twitter feed and Facebook ‘Like’ widgets to the left hand side of the page.

Looks like Facebook has outlasted my ability to ‘hate’ them. Marketing and tourism folks love to see those Facebook numbers and they want to see something ‘Like’ 3,000 to 5,000 people out there on the web who ‘Like’ me.

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Give that little ‘Like’ button on the side a click if you are inclined to help me out. It helps with the little things I do to write Loyalty Traveler like when I walk into a luxury hotel unannounced and ask if I can walk around and take photos, possibly see a room, even when I am not a guest. I can’t stay everywhere and I often drop into places unannounced when I am walking or driving around the neighborhood in some city.

Seeing the Twitter feed on my homepage should motivate me to post more interesting tweets than just promoting Loyalty Traveler posts. Twitter had me locked out from December 2012 to May 2013 for some reason and I am getting that routine back up.

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Pinterest, Google+ and the other share buttons at the bottom of each post are another new feature. If you like what you are reading, then please share Loyalty Traveler posts over social media channels. Again this helps with the PR people who often represent the hotel clients. All those giveaways on the blogs from hotel companies and luggage companies and car companies are generally the PR reps reaching out to bloggers on behalf of the travel company.

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Loyalty Traveler is a familiar brand with many hotel industry executives after writing about their products for six years, but when it comes to the hipsters running PR campaigns for the hotel chains, these young marketers tend to have European names and gorgeous physical features, live in Brooklyn and commute to Manhattan, and Loyalty Traveler is just another travel blog in an unfamiliar web blogscape. Numbers equate to quality, or at least reach, to the marketing people.

 

July Hotel Promotions Update

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One of the best deals for hotel stays in Europe is the IHG 2-for-1 rate. This is an offer that has been around for years and still gives some of the deepest discounts available for hotels in several European countries.

I did a quick check of rates to see what I could find for summer 2013 travel. There were fewer hotels with 2-for-1 rates in London than typical for dates I checked in July and August 2013.

Crowne Plaza Kensington London

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Aug 9-11, 2013 2-for-1 Rate = 104.50 GBP (USD $155.84 with tax)

Even 50% off Hotel Suites

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