Posted by Ric Garrido

After updating the Loyalty Traveler Current Hotel Promotions page yesterday, I realized I hadn’t even discussed some of the major promotions ending this month since writing a summary of Q1 2010 hotel promotions back in December. I have put together a summary list by hotel chain of about 25 hotel loyalty promotions currently available to members. I plan to make the hotel loyalty promotions and special rates summary a weekly feature post for Loyalty Traveler blog.

April 14, Loyalty Traveler Current Hotel Loyalty Promotions Guide

The frequent guest has the choice of many hotel loyalty promotions with little guidance to their relative value. Loyalty Traveler’s summary of current hotel loyalty promotions and limited time offers for the frequent guest are shown below.

Rate discounts and loyalty program bonuses are two types of hotel chain incentives to consider when booking travel. 

Rankings are subjective and subject to change. Your specific travel pattern may result in some promotions ranking more favorably for you. When assigning a key rank I take into consideration the following factors and probably more: 

  • The opportunity for a significantly high-value return on hotel spend in terms of a hotel rebate in free nights and discounted  hotel nights. 
  • Current loyalty program promotions and offers from other hotel chains.
  • Past loyalty program offers and rates for the specific hotel chain and loyalty program.
  • Current economic conditions in the travel industry and hotel location.

Loyalty Traveler ranks the consumer value of hotel loyalty promotions on a Five Key Scale.

Five Keys = one of the best hotel loyalty promotions of the year.

Four Keys = high value rebate on the cost of hotel stays.

Three Keys = good value hotel loyalty promotion or rate offer

Two Keys = a bonus value if you play, but not necessarily worth going out of your way.

One Key = There is limited or no value. You are likely paying more than the bonus value.

 

April 14 HELP Summary for Current Hotel Loyalty Promotions by Program 

Best Western Rewards 

3-key Promotion $50 gift card after two stays by May 30 (March 30, 2010)

Elite Status Match Offer (February 19, 2010) FlyerTalk members are stating there is an accompanying offer for 5,000 bonus points after first stay.

 

Carlson Hotels – Goldpoints Plus

5-Key promotion: Award Nights On Sale through May 31: Radisson 50% off, Country Inn and Park Inn 25% off

4-Key promotion Country Inn & Suites Third Night Free is Truly a Free Night (March 18, 2010)

3-key promotion Up to Quadruple Points for stays through May 28, 2010 (March 31, 2010) This can be a 4-key or 5-key promotion if you have 4-night stays at a Radisson which combined with 50% free nights can be one or two free nights earned. 4x points is 80 points/$1. Top category hotel award at 50% discount is just 30,000 points. $800 on a 4-night stay will earn 65,000 points with online booking bonus.

 

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

3-key promotion Spring Promotion Stay Twice and Earn 8,000 points Feb 22-April 30

(good for free night at 1,500 hotels)

Hilton HHonors

4-key promotion Nine bonus airline miles promotions that may be combined with free night promotion (April 13, 2010)

4-key promotion Fast Ways to Free Stays (Earn a free night after every 4 stays or 10 nights through June 30) (April 7, 2010)

Hilton HHonors earn unlimited free nights through June 30 – Fast Ways to Free Stays promotion (April 4, 2010)

Hyatt Gold Passport

Limited Time Special Rate Sale US, Canada, and Caribbean (ends Wed. April 14, 11:59pm CST) Prepaid, nonrefundable rates for stays through July 5, 2010.

5-key promotion Big Welcome Back promotion for one free night after every two stays March 26-June 30 (March 26, 2010)

5-key promotion Hyatt Gold Passport Instant Platinum Elite and Diamond Elite Fast-track (Feb 21, 2010)

3-Key Limited Time Offer American Express Membership Rewards Hyatt $100 certificate for 2-night stay for 1,500 Membership Rewards points through May 31, 2010. Certificate valid in US, Canada, and Caribbean through December 30, 2010.

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

2-Key promotion Earn 200 miles or 1,000 points per night up to 20,000 points or 4,000 miles through April 30, 2010 (Dec 22, 2010)

Priority Club PointBreaks 5,000 points per night awards to June 30 (March 29, 2010)

IHG Friend & Family Hotel Rates (Dec 26, 2010)

Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) – Leaders Club Rewards 

3-key promotionEarn 1 free night after every 5 hotel stays in 2010. Must stay in at least two different hotels. Bellagio in Las Vegas is LHW member. (April 13, 2010)

Marriott Rewards

5-Key promotion – May 1-July 31 New members of Marriott Rewards earn a free night after two stays  (April 5, 2010)

3-key promotion$50 Gift card for weekend stays at Marriott to April 18 (Feb 24, 2010)

1-Key offerMarriott Rewards Instant Redemption Awards (March 24, 2010)

Marriott Rewards Triple Airline Miles through April 30 (Feb 18, 2010)

Marriott Rewards 2010 MegaBonus Feb 1- April 30, 2010 (Dec 22, 2010)

Starwood Preferred Guest

4-key promotion $100 Amazon Gift Card for 2 Westin Stays in US/Canada by May 13 (Feb 20, 2010)

3-key promotion SPG link: Pay Your Birthyear Rate (This promotion can be an incredible savings or no savings depending on the hotel and your birthyear.) LT post 4/28/2009

3-key limited time offer Buy up to 20,000 Starpoints at 20% discount = $28/1,000 points. SPG link

2-key promotion SPG up to 4x points through April 15, 2010 (Dec 18, 2009)

1-key promotion Four Points Breakfast for a Buck (April 12, 2010)

Starpoints Airline Direct Deposit is Better for United, Continental, and Singapore miles (March 25, 2010)

Wyndham Rewards

2-key promotion Lufthansa Miles & More 1,000 miles per stay, up to 4,000 miles March 15-May 15.

Hotel Points-to-Miles Conversion Tables for 9 hotel programs and 7 U.S. airlines (March 30, 2010)

Other Offers:

5-key offer – Condé Nast/Competitours - Condé Nast/Competitours 250,000 miles giveaway for 200 words by April 30   (LT post April 9, 2010)

Frequentflyerbonuses.com – Five Years, Five Ways to Win (2005-2010)

Frequentflyerbonuses.com 5th Anniversary Contest – Prize is $250 Marriott Gift card or 10,000 Spirit Airlines miles

Congratulations to Patrick Sojka of FFB for five years. Loyalty Traveler had its four year anniversary this month.

6 Responses

  1. Ric,

    Congrats on Loyalty Traveler’s 4th anniversary! Keep up the great work and thanks for posting about our 5th birthday.

    Regards
    Patrick

  2. I find the “key” thing a bit more gimmicky than you usually do, Ric. Did you talk to some marketing guys recently? :-)

    Hey, one thing I realized wiht the exchange from the frequentflyer guy (first post) is that I never heard of that blog. Which got me thinking there are a LOT of people blogging about points. What about throwing together a post about which point blogsites are the best? Or, if that’s too controversial, maybe describing each one’s specializations? That would be really useful!

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  4. Ed – I actually came up with the key idea on my own and I first presented key rankings in my Loyalty Traveler column in the August 2009 issue of InsideFlyer. So it has been something I have used off and on since last summer.

    The point is not to be gimmicky, but to actually rate promotions based on their potential value. For example, the Four Points “Breakfast for a Buck” promotion was mentioned in at least a dozen newsletters and magazines last week, but not a single article went beyond the PR marketing aspect to look at the real value. It had very little value and generally would result in paying a high price for breakfast. Hence, like a one-star film, this promotion is a one-key loyalty promotion.

    Country Inn & Suites (Carlson Hotels goldpoints plus) has a third night free promotion. Many third night free promotions are hardly the 33% savings you would expect. Country Inn & Suites has some great value opportunities with their third night free. That is why I rank this as a 4-key promotion.

    I haven’t talked to any marketers. I am sure they would tell me to stop honestly evaluating hotels, hotel companies, and hotel loyalty programs and I would see my business really grow in revenue.

    It certainly would be much simpler to simply promote hotels and programs using their own communications materials and eliminate my own opinion and evaluation.

    What would be the fun in doing that?

  5. I have been planning to write about FrequentFlyerBonuses.com for the past week, but too many things going on. I will write a piece about this site which is the top of my list for a user-friendly database of hotel and airline loyalty promotions.

    My blogroll was deleted in the recent Loyalty Traveler web redesign which had FFB listed. I’ll have to go back in and add some sites.

    Off the top of my head, here are points and miles sites worth checking out:

    frequentflyerbonuses.com (hotels and airlines)
    PointMaven.com (hotels)
    MileMaven.com (airlines)
    smartertravel.com (Tim Winship writes a column and there are other good articles and writers.)
    frequentflier.com (Tim Winship)
    PriorityClubInsider.com (Priority Club promotions)

    BoardingArea.com and FlyerTalk of course.

  6. Thanks Ric for doing the summary – your work is always thorough and helpful and this is a nice addition to the help you provide.

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