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)
Carlson Hotels – Goldpoints Plus
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)
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)
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 promotion – Earn 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)
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 offer – Marriott 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 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)
2-key promotion Lufthansa Miles & More 1,000 miles per stay, up to 4,000 miles March 15-May 15.
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.