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Loyalty Traveler Current Hotel Loyalty Promotions Summary – May 19, 2010

I missed the past three weeks of loyalty promotions weekly updates due to the death in my family and bouncing up and down the west coast since April 28. My life is settling back into a predictable pattern and here is the updated version of the current loyalty promotions. I am sure there are several good promotions I have left off this list. Please leave a comment if you know of an offer I should include for readers.

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

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.

May 19 Current Hotel Loyalty Promotions: 

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)

 

Carlson Hotels – Goldpoints Plus

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

3-key promotion Up to Quadruple Points for stays through May 28, 2010 (March 31, 2010)

3-Key promotion: Radisson HotelsEarn 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles and get a sixth night free with a five night stay at a Radisson Hotel in the Caribbean by June 15.

 

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

2-key promotion: Buy Points and receive 10% bonus from April 12-May 25. Choice Privileges normally has a maximum annual purchase limit of 10,000 points per account. This offer allows the member to buy 11,000 points for $100. You can also buy points for other members’ accounts.

Choice Privileges Points Purchase Offer link.

 

Hilton HHonors

4-key promotion Nine bonus airline miles promotions that may be combined with free night promotion (April 13, 2010) [Note: most airline offers end June 30, some go to July 15 or 31, and some longer.]

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

Alert: Hyatt Gold Passport hotel award categories are going up for 25% of hotels as of June 4, 2010. Book you reservations before June 4 to lock in lower award category rates. Loyalty traveler post.

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) This offer appears to have ended.

4-Key promotion – Earn up to 25,000 American AAdvantage miles with 5 Hyatt stays May 3 – July 5 (May 3) – Earn 3,000 miles per Hyatt stay and 10,000 bonus miles after 5 Hyatt stays between May 3 and July 5.  You must set earning preference to miles. This offer is combinable with the Big Welcome Back offer for one free night after every two stays or 5,000 points after every two stays. 

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.

3-key rate offer: $100 in Hyatt gift certificates for $80 at Costco. Many Costco stores carry these. Two $50 certificates cost $79.99. These certificates do not provide change. Effectively these certificates save up to 20% on room rates, but are not good on prepaid rates.  

3-key rate offer: Hyatt offers a COSTCO discount rate (use Group/Corporate # 13365) that is equivalent or even better than AAA rate for many hotels. The Costco discount rate is up to 25% for North America hotels. Bookings must be made between May 7 – September 9 for stays from May 7 through September 12.

There are several different codes being tossed around for this offer.

Inserting 13365 in the Group/Corporate # has worked best for me in retrieving the $25 per night credit rate and the rate tends to match the prepaid rate, but with cancellation policies equivalent to AAA rates. For a one night stay the AAA full breakfast rate may be a better deal. Compare prices.

  • North American Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Andaz up to 25% + $25 nightly stay credit.
  • Hyatt Place and Hyatt Summerfield Suites up to 15% discount.
  • International Hyatt properties – up to 10% discount.

 

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

3-Key promotion: Priority Club Double Points or Double Miles May 14-August 31 (April 15)

3-key promotion: Ambassador members receive up to 10,000 points after stays in four different InterContinental Hotels. May 10-July 31. Registration required.

2-key promotion: Ambassador members receive 25,000 points for a two-night stay at participating InterContinental Hotels (June 1-September 30). Unfortunately most hotels are asking a significantly higher rate ($50 to $100 per night over lowest available) for this offer. Bonus may be earned three times for 75,000 points.

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)

4-key promotion – Global Promotion: One free Marriott Category 1 to 4 hotel night after three stays June 1 – August 31. The main drawback of this offer is the lower category limit for the free night. Marriott has an 8 category award system. There are some nice Category 4 hotels, however, most major tourist cities have full scale hotel properties in the category 5 or 6 level.

The free night offer is targeted and available to most Marriott Rewards members. Marriott Rewards elite members are likely to have received a points offer based on nights for their Global Promotion offer.

Alternate Points offer #1: Earn 20,000 points after 15 nights or 30,000 points after 20 nights.

Alternate Points offer #2: Earn 25,000 points after 20 nights or 40,000 points after 25 nights.

4-key promotion – Up to 60,000 Delta Skymiles. Earn 5,000 Skymiles per stay beginning with your second stay from May 1 through September 6, 2010. Registration required. Note: Your Marriott Rewards account earning preference must be set to miles for this offer to load correctly on your web browser.

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

 

Starwood Preferred Guest

5-key promotion Earn a free weekend night after every three stays (May 1-July 31)

4-Key promotion – Earn 1,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for every stay with Sheraton Hotels in North America (US, Canada, and Caribbean) through July 31. No limit. This offer may be combined with the stay three earn a free weekend night.

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 through May 31. SPG link

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

4-Key promotion: Earn up to 13,500 American AAdvantage miles after 3 stays from April 30 to September 30, 2010.

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

 

Other Good Offers:

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

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

5-key limited time offers: Discover America Daily Getaways – There are special offers every weekday (Mon-Fri) from May 3 through June 4 for travel items. Several hotel chains have listed points packages for unprecedented savings on points purchases. Starwood and Hyatt both offered points at more than a 50% discount. There are some real deals.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. I think you overlooked one that I’m considering: the Holiday inn $50 or double points offer.

    Hit it Big with up to $500 in Gift Cards or
    Double Points this summer!*
    Register and stay at any Holiday Inn Express
    hotel or any of our hotel brands now through
    August 31 to earn Double Priority Club
    Points or Miles OR choose to earn $50 gift cards
    (up to $500) good at over 300 retailers including
    MLB.com Shop, Target and Best Buy.

    http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/pc/1/en/hititbig_hi?src_code=11&cm_mmc=DCE-_-EX05182010-_-USEN-_-body_pri_cta_choosereward

  2. Ed – I do need to complete my analysis of the IHG offer since the $50 card details were not available yet when I initially reviewed the summer promotion from Priority Club.

  3. okay doke. let me know what you think of that one. $50 for staying on a saturday can be really really cheap if we play our cards right.

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