There is heated activity on the hotel loyalty front in these holiday weeks. Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, and IHG have announced 2010 promotions. Hyatt still has the best promotion of 2009 and you can take advantage of this offer through the month of January.
Hyatt Gold Passport “The Next Big Thing” promotion is incredible with combined promotion benefits for both points and miles. Oct. 1 2009 – Jan 31, 2010.
Hyatt Gold Passport promotion registration link.
1. Earn a free night after every two stays. Loyalty Traveler Sep. 17
2. Earn double elite stay credit. (Diamond membership in 13 stays or Platinum in 3 stays.)
3. Earn 2,500 airline miles after every two nights until Dec 31, 2009. Loyalty Traveler Oct. 5
4. Earn Hyatt Gold Passport G bonus with most hotel stays. Loyalty Traveler Nov 9
Starwood Preferred Guest up to 4x points
January 5 – April 15, 2010.
Registration required between January 5 and March 31, 2010.
Double base points (1 or 2 night stay) = 4 points/$1
Triple base points (3 night stay) = 6 points/$1
Quadruple base points (4 nights or more) = 8 points per $1
This promotion is combinable with other promotions. Elite bonuses are additional.
Hilton HHonors free night after 4 stays or 10 nights
January 7 – March 31, 2010
Posted on FlyerTalk by HamptonInsider this promising HHonors promotion for a free night valid across the Hilton system after 4 stays or 10 nights. The promotion details are not released yet, so at this point the rumor is just a seemingly reputable insider pre-release on FlyerTalk. There will likely be some restrictions on hotel reward nights redemption and perhaps some hotel exclusions, but overall this may be a sign of a new style of promotion activity from Hilton HHonors.
The points increases in 2010 categories is not so bad a change if the HHonors program makes it easier to earn free nights with promotions like the current 25,000 points after 4 stays and what looks to be a free night offer coming in January.
The leisure traveler may find HHonors a lifestyle deal with their two-pronged approach to rewarding loyalty membership. HHonors may see a return of the HHonors points traveler who can earn some lucrative bonuses on hotel stays. Combine the points budget traveler with the big fish spender putting $40,000 on the HHonors co-branded credit card for complimentary HHonors Diamond elite annual membership. The Diamond lifestyler from both ends of the economic spectrum can find good value with HHonors. Value gives a traveler reason to put more effort into a Hilton hotel choice.
MegaBonus 25,000 to 60,000 points depending on offer and nights stayed.
Feb 1- April 30, 2010.
Members are receiving new Marriott Rewards 2010 Megabonus offers. Marriott targets members with different offers.
Marriott Rewards PointSavers Plus 10% discount or 15% discount for Gold and Platinum elite members.
There are still three weeks to book a discounted discount hotel nights reward with the special PointSavers offer through January 15, 2010.
Update January 5, 2010: My personal MegaBonus offer is a free night (category 1-4 hotel) after two stays. Limit of one free night may be earned and free night to be redeemed by August 31, 2010. This offer is essentially a 20,000 points value if used for a Category 4 night. I have no elite status with Marriott Rewards.
IHG Priority Club Rewards
1,000 bonus points per night or 200 bonus miles up to maximum 20,000 points or 4,000 miles (20 nights).
20,000 points is a rather weak offer from IHG considering this is only 50% of the points needed for one free night at a top tier InterContinental Hotel costing 40,000 points. The points-hungry tactic with IHG is to play the promotion registration game with Priority Club Rewards. A member can average 5,000 to 8,000 points per night for stays in IHG brand hotels.