October 21, 2008

Luxe Life: Leading Hotels of the World Promo is in theory taking place on Thursday

... or so they tell us. Remember when I told you about how to snag some of the world's best hotels for only $19.28 per night? Well, they had some problems with the Web site, but apparently are back online and ready to go THIS Thursday. Details are below.


Thank you for your continued interest in The Leading Hotels of the World's USD 19.28 Sale. We have created this dedicated site to keep you informed of all the latest developments relating to this 80th anniversary offer.

We are pleased to confirm that the USD 19.28 promotion will take place on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at www.lhw.com/1928. The sale will begin at 2:00 p.m. GMT (10 a.m. in New York, 7:00 a.m. in Los Angeles, 3:00 p.m. in London, and 11:00 p.m. in Tokyo) and will last for a total of 80 minutes. The above URL will become active 24 hours prior to the launch. Should you try to visit the URL before then, you will be redirected to this status page.

In order to help you prepare for the event, we would like to give you some helpful information on the format of the sale:

  1. When you arrive at the dedicated site, you will not be asked to register or log-in. For legal reasons and in adherence to the original Terms & Conditions, we are unable to restrict any individuals from participating in this global offer.
  2. Participants will be required to complete a travel request form, available exclusively at the dedicated site. Submission of this online form within the 80-minute promotion interval is the only way to potentially secure one of the 6,000 room nights that are available at the USD 19.28 rate.
  3. Forms will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Your requests will be fulfilled based on availability. Please remember that rooms and available dates vary among participating hotels.
  4. We will only accept and process one travel request form per household (rooms are based on double-occupancy); duplicate forms will be disqualified and discarded.
  5. Within seven days, you will be notified via email whether or not your reservation request was fulfilled. If your reservation has been secured, you will receive an automatically-generated confirmation from The Leading Hotels of the World. Please print a copy of this confirmation as you will need to present it to reception upon your arrival at the hotel along with proof of identity.

Things To Know In Advance Of The Sale About The Travel Request Form:

  • You will be asked for your contact information including name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. At no point will you be asked to provide credit card information.
  • You will have a chance to submit your top three hotel choices with two possible arrival dates for each. In order to familiarize yourself with the participating hotels, please peruse the list below.
  • You will be required to review and accept the sale’s Terms & Conditions, highlighted prominently on the travel request form, prior to submitting your travel request.

    Participating Hotels in Africa

    South Africa
    The Table Bay Hotel (Cape Town)
    Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa (Knysna)

    Participating Hotels in Asia & Pacific

    Hong Kong
    The Langham, Hong Kong (Kowloon)

    The Legian (Bali)

    The Shilla Seoul (Seoul)

    The Club at The Saujana (Shah Alam)

    The Strand (Yangon)

    Taiwan, R.O.C.
    The Sherwood Taipei (Taipei)

    Banyan Tree Bangkok (Bangkok)
    The Chedi Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai)
    Bo Phut Resort & Spa (Koh Samui, Suratthani)
    Santiburi Golf Resort & Spa (Koh Samui, Suratthani)

    The Nam Hai (Quang Nam Province)

    Participating Hotels in Caribbean

    Dominican Republic
    Tortuga Bay (Punta Cana)

    St. Lucia
    Discovery at Marigot Bay (Marigot)

    Participating Hotels in Central & South America

    Alvear Palace Hotel (Buenos Aires)

    Pestana Convento do Carmo Hotel (Salvador)

    Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos (Galapagos Islands)
    Hotel Oro Verde (Guayaquil)

    Gran Meliá Caracas Suites and Conference Center (Caracas)

    Participating Hotels in North America

    Château Bonne Entente (Quebec, Québec)

    Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort & Spa (Cozumel)
    Marquis Los Cabos (Los Cabos)
    Hotel Habita (Mexico City)
    Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort (Nuevo Vallarta)
    Paraiso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso (Riviera Maya)

    United States
    Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa (Sedona, Arizona)
    Bernardus Lodge (Carmel Valley, California)
    The Hay-Adams (Washington, DC)
    Biltmore (Coral Gables, Florida)
    The James Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)
    Wheatleigh (Lenox, Massachusetts)
    La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, A Rock Resort
    (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

    The Alex Hotel (New York, New York)

    Participating Hotels in Europe

    Hotel Loipersdorf Spa & Conference (Loipersdorf)

    Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol (Limassol)
    Amathus Beach Hotel Paphos (Paphos)
    Anassa (Polis)

    Czech Republic
    Hotel Le Palais Prague (Prague)

    Schloessle Hotel (Tallinn)

    Hotel Raphael (Paris)

    Hotel Adlon Kempinski (Berlin)
    Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin (Berlin)
    Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg (Cologne/Bergisch Gladbach)
    Schlosshotel Hugenpoet (Essen-Kettwig)
    Hotel Hessischer Hof (Frankfurt am Main)
    Schlosshotel Kronberg (Frankfurt am Main)
    Hotel Nassauer Hof (Wiesbaden)
    Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg (Hamburg)

    Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest (Budapest)
    New York Palace Boscolo, Budapest (Budapest)
    Killarney Park Hotel (Killarney)

    Hotel Santa Caterina (Amalfi)
    Grand Hotel Baglioni (Bologna)
    Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort (Brescia)
    L'Andana (Castiglione della Pescaia)
    Villa D'Este (Cernobbio)
    Grand Hotel Villa Medici (Florence)
    Hotel Regency (Florence)
    Villa La Massa (Florence)
    Carlton Hotel Baglioni (Milan)
    Grand Hotel et de Milan (Milan)
    Grand Hotel Miramare (Portofino)
    Hotel Lord Byron (Rome)
    Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte, Rome (Fiuggi)
    Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf (Saturnia)
    Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza (Mazara del Vallo (Sicily))
    Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria (Sorrento)
    Bauer Hotel (Venice)
    Bauer "II Palazzo" (Venice)
    Luna Hotel Baglioni (Venice)
    San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort (Venice)
    Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista (Corrubbio Di San Pietro In Cariano)

    Hotel de l'Europe (Amsterdam)

    Vila Vita Parc (Algarve)
    Hotel Quinta do Lago (Algarve)
    Grand Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa (Cascais)
    Bairro Alto Hotel (Lisbon)

    The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow (Moscow)
    The Taleon Imperial Hotel (St. Petersburg)

    Gran Hotel La Florida (Barcelona)
    Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I (Barcelona)
    Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa (Benalup-Casas Viejas (Cadiz))
    Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao (Bilbao)
    Barceló La Bobadilla (Loja/Granada)
    Hotel Puente Romano (Marbella)

    Grand Hôtel Stockholm (Stockholm)

    Tschuggen Grand Hotel (Arosa)
    Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona (Ascona)
    Grand Hotel Quellenhof (Bad Ragaz)
    Waldhaus Grand Hotel & Spa (Flims)
    Hotel d'Angleterre (Geneva)
    Carlton Hotel (St. Moritz)
    The Dolder Grand (Zurich)

    United Kingdom (UK)
    Baglioni London (London, England)
    The Langham, London (London, England)
    The Gleaneagles Hotel (Perthshire, Scotland)

    Last updated: Friday October 17 2008, 2330 GMT

    Since enlisting the services of Akamai Technologies, Inc. last Friday, we have made significant progress with the technological redesign of the USD 19.28 Sale. With the majority of the newly-built system completed, we are approaching the final launch phase of this project. Tomorrow, we are performing the "User Acceptance Testing" (aka our internal "dress rehearsal") in order to ensure that your customer experience is pleasant.

    We will be posting further details on the actual sale this Friday, October 17 after 4 pm GMT (12 noon Eastern Daylight Time). Please check back here at that time. Thank you!

    Last updated: Thursday October 16 2008, 0030 GMT

    On Friday, October 10, we engaged Akamai Technologies, Inc., the world premier web content delivery network, to provide the technology solution for this endeavor. Together we are working diligently to finalize a technologically redesigned promotion whereby you will have a chance to secure one of the originally allotted 6,000 room nights available at the rate of USD 19.28.

    The proposed solution maintains some of the same elements of the previous sale; however, it will follow a different format. Those elements include:

    • The promotion will take place exclusively online at a dedicated time and will last for 80 minutes.
    • All of the participating hotels (nearly 100 Leading Hotels) remain the same.
    • Requests for accommodations will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Travel dates are strictly between the promotional time period of November 1 to December 15, 2008.
    • The number of rooms and the available dates for travel vary among the participating hotels.

    We plan to announce the details and instructions of the new USD 19.28 promotion no later than Friday, October 17, 2008. In the meantime, please check back here for related news at your leisure. Any updates will indicate the date and time of posting. Details of the promotion will be posted at least 48 hours before the sale begins.

    Last updated: Monday October 13 2008, 0001 GMT

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