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Hotel Promotions September 2012 Guide

September is a transition month in promotions for several major hotel chains.

New promotions for September and October hotel stays have been announced by a majority of the major hotel chains, including Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, Hyatt Gold Passport, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.

These promotions and more are listed below with links to Loyalty Traveler posts on each offer.

One of the projects I did in August is compile a table of all the airline partners for the Top 10 global hotel loyalty programs. New airline partners operating from Asia and the Middle East have been added this year to several hotel loyalty programs. InsideFlyer is adapting the table for the magazine’s October issue.

 

September 2012 hotel loyalty promotions

Le Club Accorhotels – Accor Hotels offers a variety of global regional bonuses and rate discounts. The program tends to have regionalized rate and bonus points promotions.

*** UK Avios members can earn up to 4,500 Avios points with 2-night stays at Accor Hotels by September 30. Loyalty Traveler post August 21.

 

Best Western Rewards

*** September 23-November 18: Triple Points on 2nd and 4th stay when booked on BestWestern.com, otherwise double points. Elite members also earn bonus for 6th and 8th stays. Loyalty Traveler post August 29.

Facebook Fans: Best Western runs weekly promotions on its Facebook page. Any Best Western frequent guest should check out Best Western Facebook.

 

Choice Privileges

August 30-November 14, 2012: Earn 8,000 points after every two stays at Choice Hotels. Regardless of hotel spend you will receive either 8,000 total points after two hotel stays or a minimum 5,000 bonus points. This bonus may be earned with no maximum limit during the promotion. An eligible stay requires two consecutive nights at four brands: MainStay, Suburban, Rodeway and EconoLodge. Loyalty Traveler post Aug 27.

This March 26, 2012 Loyalty Traveler post shows the value of 8,000 Choice privileges points in Pariscan be quite the hotel savings.

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Club Carlson

***** August 15-October 14, 2012: Earn 25,000 bonus points with a  2-night stay at a Country Inn & Suites booked with rate code 25for25. Loyalty Traveler post August 15.

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***** Club Carlson 50% off reward stays at select hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa August 1-September 30, 2012. Loyalty Traveler July 20 post.

*** Earn 100 free points per day with Club Carlson Vacation Look Book through September 24. Club Carlson Sweepstakes for six vacation packages runs through September 24. Loyalty traveler post August 20, 2012.

*** 35% off sale for stays at participating Carlson Rezidor Hotels in Americas. Book by Sep 4 for stays Sep 14-Nov 24. Loyalty Traveler post Aug 22. 

 

Hilton HHonors

**** Hilton HHonors – July 1 – September 30, 2012 – Triple Points for Friday-Sunday nights or Double Points for Monday to Thursday nights.

Triple your Trip promotion registration required prior to completing your first hotel stay. This offer applies to up to two rooms per stay paid by the member. There are about 500 hotels, nearly all in U.S. not participating in this promotion so check the exclusion properties carefully. Loyalty Traveler June 20 post on HHonors Triple your Trip.

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Hilton HHonors Double or Triple points

 

Hyatt Gold Passport

**** Imagine the Possibilities September 1-November 30, 2012 – Earn 5,000 points after 5 nights and 10,000 points for every additional 5 nights, up to 65,000 bonus points. Hyatt Visa cardmembers receive 20% additional points. Registration starts August 15. Loyalty Traveler post August 3, 2012.

**** Hyatt 3rd Night Free Rate is a rate discount for bookings through November 30, 2012 for stays by December 30, 2012. Rate includes breakfast for two and 2pm late checkout. My Loyalty Traveler rate analysis March 21showed this is a good value and usually lower than AAA rates.

Gold Passport Diamond Challenge– Most beneficial perhaps is to tie this offer into a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Challenge for 12 nights in 60 days (normally 25 stays or 50 nights in calendar year). As Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond for 2012 you also will receive 4 confirmed suite upgrades. Start the Gold Passport Diamond Challenge first and then get the credit card once you have Diamond status to get confirmed suite upgrades for your credit card free nights. FlyerTalk discussion threadon Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond challenge.

 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Priority Club Rewards

** Sep 4 – Nov 30: Holiday Inn Resorts $25 nightly credit for stays of 2 or more nights. There is also a Twitter component Aug 29-Sep 30 to win up to 200,000 Priority Club points. Loyalty Traveler post Aug 27.

*** IHG Priority Club 1,000 bonus points or 200 bonus miles per night May 14-Sep 3. Maximum 20,000 bonus points or 4,000 bonus miles after 20 nights. Loyalty Traveler post May 14.

Priority Club Summer Promotion June 1 – September 3

Priority Club’s primary summer 2012 promotion is 1,000 bonus points per night for stays June 1 – September 3, 2012with a maximum 20,000 bonus points after 20 nights.

Online Booking Bonus = 250 points per stay

In a return to something we have not seen for years aside from Club Carlson, Priority Club has a summer online booking bonus. Earn 250 bonus points for every online reservation made through Priority Club and IHG hotel brand websites and mobile sites.

**** IHG $75 Prepaid MasterCard for 2-night weekend stay Friday, Saturday or Sunday from May 14-Sep 3 worldwide. Offer available only to residents of 50US and DC. There is also a sweepstakes component allowing one entry per day. Loyalty Traveler post June 8, 2012.

**** IHG Priority Club 2012 Q-3 Stay promotions – Priority Club members may register for one of the quarterly stay promotions running July 1-September 30, 2012. You can only register for one offer, so pick the target you are most likely to reach. Priority Club Summer Stay promotion bonuses Loyalty Traveler post June 22, 2012.

  • Stay 3 nights = 5,000 bonus points.
  • Stay 7 nights = 10,000 bonus points.
  • Stay 15 nights = 15,000 bonus points.

***** IHG Priority Club PointBreaks hotel rewards to October 15, 2012. These hotel rewards are 5,000 points per night and one of the best deals available in any hotel loyalty program. Loyalty Traveler post July 30, 2012.

 

Marriott Rewards

***** Marriott RewardsFall MegaBonus 2012: Sep 15 – Jan 15, 2013. Earn one free night certificate at a category 1-4 hotel every two stays; maximum 3 free nights. Free night certificate is valid for 12 months from issuance. Some members may have been targeted with a different bonus points offer. Loyalty Traveler post August 3, 2012.

**** August 1 – November 30, 2012: Earn 1,200 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards points with purchase of $100 Marriott Gift Card. Maximum of 12,000 Rapid Rewards points with $1,000 purchase. Loyalty Traveler post August 20.

Note to Marriott Rewards members: You must have your Marriott Rewards account earning preference set to miles in order to see Marriott Rewards miles promotions. You will not see MegaBonus points promotions for your account when your account is set to earn miles.

Marriott MegaMiles 3x miles July 1 – October 31, 2012. Registration is required and earning preference must be set to miles to see offer and register.

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Earn up to 6 miles per $1 spent at Marriott hotel brands. There are more than 30 participating airlines. My Loyalty Traveler June 18 postgives details on earn rates and a step-by-step on how to set your earning preference to miles to enable you to see this promotion offer in your account.

 

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

**** 30,000 bonus points with 4-night stay at Ritz-Carlton July 15-October 15. This offer is only available to new members or members who had Ritz-Carlton Rewards preference as of June 14, 2012. Loyalty traveler post June 29, 2012.

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Starwood Preferred Guest

*** Oct 1 – Dec 20 SPG double points for 1 and 2 night stays; triple points for stays of 3 nights or more. Plus there is a 250 points online booking bonus for spg.com or 500 points for SPG iPhone app bookings. Loyalty Traveler post August 23.

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*** SPG Nice Choice (May 1 – Sep 30)

You choose the 3 month period you want and the offer you want from double points, triple points, free nights, discount rewards and more. The deadline to register for this offer was June 30, 2012.

Loyalty Traveler post – SPG Nice Choice May 1, 2012.

***** SPG now allows members to receive elite stay and night credit for up to 3 rooms per stay when they are reserved and paid by the SPG member. Loyalty Traveler June 19 post on earning SPG elite credit for multiple rooms.

 

Wyndham Rewards

***** July 17 – September 13 Wyndham Rewards Sweet Promotion: 4x Points or Miles earns 40 points per $1 for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th stays during promotion period for up to 3 rooms per stay. This promotion receives my highest value rating. This promotion earns a free night at most hotels in the in the Wyndham Rewards program for $400 or less in spend to earn 16,000 points. Loyalty Traveler post July 17.

5-Star Promotion Scale

Loyalty Traveler ranks the consumer value of some hotel loyalty promotions on a Five–Star Scale.

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

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

Three ***= good value hotel loyalty promotion or rate offer

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

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

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 rank I take into consideration the following factors and probably more:

  • The opportunity for significantly high-value return on hotel spend in terms of future hotel rebate in free nights and discounted hotel nights.
  • Past loyalty program offers and rates for the specific hotel chain and loyalty program

 

More hotel promotion offers and loyalty program links

Accor Hotels Le Club Accorhotels

Hotel Brands: Sofitel, Pullman, M Gallery, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis, Adagio, All Seasons, Thalassa Spa.

Accor Hotels is globally the largest chain of hotel brands outside of the USA. Accor also has the largest proportion of hotels as non-participants in its loyalty program compared to all other major global hotel chains. Hotels in economy and budget hotel market segments do not participate in Accor’s hotel loyalty programs.

*** UK Avios members can earn up to 4,500 Avios points with 2-night stays at Accor Hotels by September 30. Loyalty Traveler post August 21.

Accor A|Club Global Promotion Offers List – link (This link allows searches by continent region)

Accor Hotels A|Club bonus offers

 

Best Western HotelsBest Western Rewards

***** Elite Status Match: Best Western Rewards Elite Status Match Offer This offer is ongoing and still available. Best Western is a particularly useful loyalty program when traveling outside the USA. LT post Feb 19, 2010.

*** September 23-November 18: Triple Points on 2nd and 4th stay when booked on BestWestern.com, otherwise double points. Elite members also earn bonus for 6th and 8th stays. Loyalty Traveler post August 29.

Facebook Fans: Best Western runs weekly promotions on its Facebook page. Any Best Western frequent guest should check out Best Western Facebook.

Loyalty Traveler Research – Aspirational Best Western Hotels for Free Night Certificates (March 28, 2012)

Best Western Brand Tiers Change – Best Western in 2011 designated about 25% of the chain’s higher quality hotels in the 4,000+ hotel chain as Best Western Plus (about 800 hotels) and Best Western Premier (mostly outside USA).

 

Carlson HotelsClub Carlson

Hotel Brands: Radisson Blu, Radisson, Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza

***** August 15-October 14, 2012: Earn 25,000 bonus points with a 2-night stay at a Country Inn & Suites booked with rate code 25for25. Loyalty Traveler post August 15.

Club Carlson online booking bonus – Club Carlson general members earn 1,000 bonus points for online booking. Silver and Gold elite members earn 2,000 bonus points for online booking. Concierge elite members earn 3,000 points. Club Carlson Benefits table link.

Club Carlson Gold Elite member exclusive 2-for-1 hotel weekend rates and 4-for-2 discount rates for Europe, Middle East and Africa. LT post January 27, 2012. These rates earn points.

Club Carlson for Businessoffers small to medium businesses a special program for hotel rate discounts and a Club Carlson business account for earning additional points from employee hotel stays. Employees also maintain their own personal accounts and earn points normally as a Club Carlson member.

Loyalty Traveler – Overview of Club Carlson loyalty program(Feb 23, 2012)

Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson Hotel Category Reassignment Analysis(May 20, 2012)

Club Med resort credit for goldpoints. $100, $250 and $500 credit. (March 10, 2011).

 

Choice HotelsChoice Privileges

Choice Hotels Brands: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, Ascend Collection.

Choice Privileges Hotel Reward Partners:
Preferred Hotels Group, Barcelo Resorts

*** August 30-November 14, 2012: Earn 8,000 points after every two stays at Choice Hotels. Regardless of hotel spend you will receive either 8,000 total points after two hotel stays or a minimum 5,000 bonus points. This bonus may be earned with no maximum limit during the promotion. An eligible stay requires two consecutive nights at four brands: MainStay, Suburban, Rodeway and EconoLodge. Loyalty Traveler post Aug 27.

Choice Hotels Best Rate Guarantee policy offers one free night for approved claims. Loyalty Traveler analysis March 12, 2012.

Loyalty Traveler ResearchChoice Privileges: Booking High Value Reward Nights in Europe (March 26, 2012)

Choice Privileges reward night cost analysis. Using a spreadsheet of 2010 reward cost, I calculated the percentage of hotels in various reward levels worldwide from 6,000 points to 40,000 points. This is the only breakdown of hotel reward tiers I have ever seen for Choice Hotels. Loyalty Traveler post May 1, 2011.

Nordic Choice Club hotel loyalty program covers 140 Choice hotels in Scandinavia and Baltic regions of Europe. Choice Privileges members currently do not earn points for hotel stays in Scandinavia, although hotel stays are available for points. Nordic Choice Club offers points and benefits for hotels in this region. Choice Privileges members planning frequent travel in Scandinavia may want to compare the benefits of Nordic Choice Club to Choice Privileges. (LT post Sep 9, 2010)

 

Drury HotelsGold Key Club

Drury Hotels are the #1 rated midscale limited service hotel brand by J.D. Power Guest Satisfaction Survey six consecutive years including 2010 and 2011. This hotel brand is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and properties are primarily located in Midwest and South.

1,000 bonus points for enrollment in Drury Gold Key Club(ongoing).

 

Expedia.com – Expedia Rewards

Expedia’s loyalty program, Expedia Rewards, earns points for air, hotel and travel package bookings. This is a gamechanger for online travel agencies. Booking airfare through Expedia is a no brainer method for earning additional travel rebates since frequent flyer benefits are unaffected. Hotels are a different matter though since no hotel loyalty points with programs like SPG, Marriott, Hilton and most others are earned for Expedia bookings.

Expedia Rewards offers the ability to earn points when booking travel for other people like family members and friends. And Expedia vacation packages often allow a hotel night to be added for the same price as airfare alone; particularly when traveling to Las Vegas. Loyalty Traveler Analysis March 28, 2011.

 

Fairmont Hotels and Fairmont President’s Club

Fairmont Hotels has fewer than 100 upper-upscale and luxury hotels globally, but in many locations the Fairmont is the top rated hotel.

Tip: Sign up for Fairmont President’s Club to receive special monthly discount rates for Fairmont Hotels. These limited time sales can be significant rate savings.

 

Four Seasons Hotels

Four Seasons are the leading luxury hotel brand. This hotel chain does not have a points-based loyalty program.

Four Seasons Special Offers website link

 

Global Hotel AllianceGHA Discovery

GHA Discovery is a hotel loyalty program alliance for 15 independent hotel brands including Omni Hotels, Pan Pacific, Kempinski Hotels, First Hotels, Anantara Resorts, Tivoli Hotels, The Doyle Collection, Marco Polo Hotels, Park Royal, The Leela Palaces, Shaza Hotels, Mokara Hotels & Spa, Mirvac Hotels, Tangram (Erbil, Iraq) and Lungarno Collection.

Accor Hotels just bought Mirvacin May 2012. This might impact GHA membership in the future?

Overview of GHA Discovery, elite membership benefits and local experiences, Loyalty Traveler post January 30, 2011.

 

Hilton HotelsHilton HHonors

10 Hilton HHonors Hotel Brands: Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria Collection, Hampton Inn, and Home2Suites.

**** Hilton HHonors – July 1 – September 30, 2012 – Triple Points for Friday-Sunday nights or Double Points for Monday to Thursday nights.

Triple your Trip promotion registration required prior to completing your first hotel stay. This offer applies to up to two rooms per stay paid by the member. There are about 500 hotels, nearly all in U.S. not participating in this promotion so check the exclusion properties carefully. Loyalty Traveler June 20 post on HHonors Triple your Trip.

**** Embassy Suites 366 Days of More Sweepstakes – Each day through February 28, 2013 one person wins two free night certificates. Loyalty Traveler post March 24, 2012.

Hilton Worldwide by Numbersprovides data on the number of hotels in each Hilton brand and geographic distribution. LT post April 6, 2012.

Program Change: HHonors Diamond elite enhancement guarantees breakfast, room upgrade, executive lounge access and welcome amenity points. LT post Jan 26, 2012.

Redeem: HHonors Points & Money Rewards Analysis Loyalty Traveler post October 3. This post shows the HHonors Points & Money rate table that was removed from HHonors website within a few hours after publishing this Loyalty Traveler post. Recently there have been Points & Money anomalies in the copay amounts for Conrad Bali and Hong Kong (Loyalty Traveler May 22, 2012).

Redeem: HHonors Premium Rewards AnalysisDo HHonors Premium Room Rewards Prevent GLON/AXON Rewards at some Hilton Hotels? – Loyalty Traveler post October 13. This October 10 post also looks at using HHonors flexible dates tool to find low Hilton rates and Premium Room Rewards. Loyalty Traveler Research October 10.

HHonors Representative responds to Hotels only offering Premium Room Rewards issue. LT post October 14.

HHonors Redemption tip: A unique feature of HHonors is the ability to buy all needed points for a reward stay at time of booking hotel reward through Hilton reservations. This bypasses the annual limit on purchased HHonors points. Update:I am not sure this still works. The T&C of Hilton HHonors appears to have changed since I initially reported this loophole.

***** Elite Status Promotion: Hilton HHonors Gold elite fast-track for Carlson Wagonlit Travel customers. Earn HHonors Gold elite after four stays within 90 days of promotion registration. This offer has an end date of 12/31/2013 so might be best to wait until January 2012 to register for Gold elite through 2013. Loyalty Traveler post Sep 6, 2011.

***** Elite Status Promotion: HHonors Gold VIP elite after 4 stays or 9 nights in 90 days at U.S. hotels with Hilton HHonors MVP. Promotion registration required.

Redeem: FlyerTalk sticky thread on all different types of HHonors rewards.

 

Hotels.com Welcome Rewards

Earn a free night for every 10 nights in Welcome Rewards.

 

Hyatt HotelsHyatt Gold Passport

Hotel Brands: Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Vacation Club, Hyatt Resorts, Andaz, Hyatt House (AVIA and Hotel Sierra acquired Sep 1, 2011. Hotel Sierra and Hyatt Summerfield Suites were rebranded as Hyatt House in 2012. Four AVIA upper upscale hotels are currently still called AVIA.)

**** Imagine the Possibilities September 1-November 30, 2012 – Earn 5,000 points after 5 nights and 10,000 points for every additional 5 nights, up to 65,000 bonus points. Hyatt Visa cardmembers receive 20% additional points. Registration starts August 15. Loyalty Traveler post August 3, 2012.

**** Earn Hyatt Gold Passport for dining and spa services as a non-guest at participating Hyatt Hotels. Loyalty Traveler post April 4, 2012.

**** Hyatt 3rd Night Free Rate is a rate discount for bookings through November 30, 2012 for stays by December 30, 2012. Rate includes breakfast for two and 2pm late checkout. My Loyalty Traveler rate analysis March 21showed this is a good value and usually lower than AAA rates.

Gold Passport Diamond Challenge– Most beneficial perhaps is to tie this offer into a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Challenge for 12 nights in 60 days (normally 25 stays or 50 nights in calendar year). As Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond for 2012 you also will receive 4 confirmed suite upgrades. Start the Gold Passport Diamond Challenge first and then get the credit card once you have Diamond status to get confirmed suite upgrades for your credit card free nights. FlyerTalk discussion threadon Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond challenge.

Gold Passport EnhancementDiamond members receive 50% bonus on Welcome Amenity pointsif points do not automatically post after stay. Loyalty Traveler post November 5, 2011.

Program Update: Hyatt House new brand to replace Summerfield Suites. LT post Sep 20, 2011.

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond elite member enhancements and 43 hotel reward reassignments (25 hotels went up in reward cost, 18 went down) effective September 1, 2011. LT post July 28, 2011.

Hyatt adds annual anniversary free night benefit for Hyatt VISA card renewal members valid for one night in category 1 to category 4 reward hotel. LT post August 5, 2011.

 

InterContinental Hotels GroupPriority Club

Hotel Brands: InterContinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Hotel Indigo.

 

***** IHG Priority Club PointBreaks hotel rewards to October 15, 2012. These hotel rewards are 5,000 points per night and one of the best deals available in any hotel loyalty program. Loyalty Traveler post July 30, 2012.

***** Europe Rate Discount through Dec 12, 2013 offer high discounts, but these rates do not earn Priority Club points

The 2 nights for the price of 1 night discount rate is one of the best deals available for IHG UK hotels and participating hotels in Europe.

IHG Friend & Family Hotel Rates (Steve Sickel). Steve Sickel is senior Vice President Relationship Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group. During the hotel recession of 2009 he offered this link to FlyerTalk members for booking discount friends and family rates. This link is still active. And we are all friends of Steve’s. Here is a FlyerTalk thread discussing this rate deal. The link in Steve Sickel’s name leads to the offer page for a voucher to complete. Some guests mention the hotel wants the completed voucher at check-in. These rates do not qualify for points or stay credit. One of the best features of this offer is the ability to book high category rooms at steep discount.

IHG First Night Free Best Rate Guarantee new policy. LT post Sep 22, 2011.

IHG Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights are posted on Tuesday, the week before the first full weekend of the calendar month. Hotels are only posted for three days and must be booked by Thursday prior to the Friday through Sunday first full weekend of the month. LT post February 28, 2012.

InterContinental Ambassador Accelerator – 20,000 points after 15 nights at InterContinental Hotels. Registration required.

 

Kimpton HotelsKimpton InTouch

***** Kimpton Hotels Beat the Heat discount rates through September 3, 2012 for D.C. area hotels: Pay standard rate for first night and up to 3 additional nights are $1 less than high temperature of the day with a $99 cap. Loyalty Traveler post July 27, 2012.

Loyalty Traveler posted an outline of Kimpton’s InTouch programshowing how 21 stays in 2011 can potentially earn 7 free nights at any Kimpton Hotel. (LT post Jan 11, 2011)

 

La Quinta HotelsLa Quinta Returns

La Quinta Inn is owned by Blackstone Group, the owner of Hilton Worldwide.

***** La Quinta Gold Elite after 2 nights within 60 days for new members. Offer valid through December 31, 2012. Loyalty Traveler post April 2, 2012.

**** Using La Quinta points for Waldorf-Astoria luxury hotel staysLoyalty Traveler analysis March 19, 2012.

Hotel chain and hotel loyalty program overview by Loyalty Traveler April 12, 2011.

 

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

LHW Hotel Special Offers link

 

Marriott HotelsMarriott Rewards

Hotel Brands: Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, Residence Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites, SpringHill Suites, Edition, Autograph Collection, Marriott Vacation Club, AC Hotels.

***** Marriott RewardsFall MegaBonus 2012: Sep 15 – Jan 15, 2013. Earn one free night certificate at a category 1-4 hotel every two stays; maximum 3 free nights. Free night certificate is valid for 12 months from issuance. Some members may have been targeted with a different bonus points offer. Loyalty Traveler post August 3, 2012.

Marriott MegaMiles 3x miles July 1 – October 31, 2012. Registration is required and earning preference must be set to miles to see offer and register.

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Earn up to 6 miles per $1 spent at Marriott hotel brands. There are more than 30 participating airlines. My Loyalty Traveler June 18 postgives details on earn rates and a step-by-step on how to set your earning preference to miles to enable you to see this promotion offer in your account.

Note to Marriott Rewards members: You must have your Marriott Rewards account earning preference set to miles in order to see Marriott Rewards miles promotions.

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Marriott Rewards Program Enhancement: Platinum members receive free suite upgrades for hotels in Asia Pacific Region. Loyalty traveler post August 17, 2012.

Marriott Platinum Elite fast-track challenge. Loyalty Traveler post March 15, 2012describes the terms for a Marriott elite challenge.

Loyalty Traveler Opinion Piece: My Take on the Value of Marriott Rewards Points– (March 26, 2012)

AC Hotels is Marriott’s newest hotel brand. AC Hotels are a Madrid-based hotel chain now partnered with Marriott and brings 90 new upscale hotels in Spain, Italy and Portugal into the Marriott Rewards system. This brand is projected to expand in Europe and Latin America. Loyalty Traveler post March 27, 2011. AC Hotels earn Marriott Rewards points as of November 8, 2011.

Marriott Rewards Hotel Category Assignment Changes for 2012

Marriott Rewards PointSavers – PointSavers reduce the points cost of a free night by one hotel category. For example, category 5 hotel requires only 20,000 points per night priced at category 4 rate. 5thnight free rewards rate also applies to PointSavers rate.

Marriott Points Redemption Strategy using $1,000 in Marriott Cheques. This post explains how Marriott elite members may buy $1,000 Marriott Cheques for 135,000 points. You can then pay for hotel stays and earn points and elite credit on paid stays you actually purchased indirectly with points. Loyalty Traveler post Jan 27, 2011.

***** Marriott Rewards Elite Rollover Nights extended for 2012. This is the fourth year Marriott Rewards offers elite rollover nights for elite qualifying nights over your earned elite membership. For example: Silver elite requires 10 nights in calendar year and Gold elite takes 50 nights. Stay 25 nights in 2012 and the 15 nights above Silver elite rollover to 2013 membership year. You will have earned Silver elite for 2013 from your 15 extra nights in 2012 rolled over to 2013. This applies to Marriott credit card nights too. Rollover nights from 2011 to 2012 are deducted from 2012 end-of-year total nights to determine rollover nights for 2013. Confused? Don’t worry. This is a great benefit for elite members. Loyalty Traveler LT post Jan 6, 2012.

Marriott Rewards Program Change: All Marriott Rewards members receive complimentary internet at Asia-Pacific region hotels. Loyalty Traveler post May 2, 2011.

 

Omni HotelsOmni Select Guest

 

Preferred Hotels & ResortsI Prefer

Hotel brands: Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Preferred Boutique, Summit Hotels & Resorts, Sterling Hotels, Sterling Design.

  • I Prefer benefits include complimentary internet, room upgrades and early check-in, late checkout.
  • Preferred Offers I Prefer and Preferred Hotels Group special offers page.
  • NOTE: Members of Choice Privileges and Red Lion R&R Club can use points in those programs for free nights at participating hotels within Preferred Hotels Group.

 

Red Lion Hotels – R&R Club (44 hotels in western U.S.)

 

Red Roof InnRediCard

 

Ritz-Carlton Rewards
(Marriott Rewards partner brand. You may only hold membership preference in either Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards, not both programs. Most Ritz-Carton Rewards promotions require the member to be RCR member as of the date the promotion is announced.)

**** 30,000 bonus points with 4-night stay at Ritz-Carlton July 15-October 15. This offer is only available to new members or members who had Ritz-Carlton Rewards preference as of June 14, 2012. Loyalty traveler post June 29, 2012.

 

Starwood HotelsStarwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Hotels brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, Le Meridien, Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Four Points, Element, Aloft.

*** Oct 1 – Dec 20 SPG double points for 1 and 2 night stays; triple points for stays of 3 nights or more. Plus there is a 250 points online booking bonus for spg.com or 500 points for SPG iPhone app bookings. Loyalty Traveler post August 23.

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*** SPG Nice Choice (May 1 – Sep 30)

You choose the 3 month period you want and the offer you want from double points, triple points, free nights, discount rewards and more.

Loyalty Traveler post – SPG Nice Choice May 1, 2012.

*** SPG Restaurants and Bars – a new feature offers 10% to 20% discounts for dining and drinking at participating Starwood Hotel restaurants and bars. Loyalty Traveler post April 3, 2012.

SPG Program Changes effective March 1, 2012:

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SPG Gold members

· Hotel Stay Welcome Gift – Choose from Starpoints (up to 250 points/stay) or free internet or free beverage.

SPG Platinum members

· Hotel Stay Welcome Gift – Choose from Continental Breakfast for entire stay or Starpoints (up to 500/stay) or local gift.

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· 50+ nights Platinum members only – 10 Suite Night Awards. This is in addition to the existing and continuing policy of complimentary upgrades upon arrival for SPG Platinum elites that has been a long time competitive edge of Starwood preferred Guest.

· 75+ nights Platinum members only – Earn 4 points per dollar on hotel spend. Lower tier Platinum members earn 3 points/$1 on hotel spend.

· 75+ nights Platinum members only – Your24 check-in at any hour and maintain room for 24 hours. Check in at 9pm and the room is yours until 9pm 24 hours later.

· 100+ nights Platinum members only – Personal Starwood Hotels Ambassador to help travel planning.

Ongoing Starwood Hotels & Resorts Rate Discounts:

**** Pay Your Birth Year Rate – This promotion has been extended through 2012. Rates can be an incredible 5-key savings or no savings depending on the hotel and your birthyear. LT post Jan 30, 2012.

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**** Starwood Hotels Discount Rates for hotel stays 2 to 6 nights.

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**** Starwood Resorts Discount Rates for hotel stays 2 to 6 nights.

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These Starwood extended stay discount rates for 2 to 6 nights have been around for several years, but are not well advertised on Starwood site. Third Night Free tends to be the best discount rate. Important to check other rates (AAA, Senior, Special Offers) as these discounts are generally based on the Best Available Rate (BAR) and may not be the lowest overall rate for some hotels. Loyalty Traveler rate analysis Sep 21, 2011 – Better Know a Rate Z3H and Z3R and other extended stay promo codes.

BeattheTimer.com for discount Starwood rates in Europe, Middle East and Africa (Starwood EMEA Discounts at BeattheTimer.com).

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Starpicks discount rates for following three to six weeks post each Tuesday. Prepaid, nonrefundable and no changes. Must book by Friday each week.

Website Change – Starwood Hotels webpages now include Guest Reviews. Loyalty Traveler Oct 22 post shows how to post a hotel review from your Starwood Hotel stay.

New SPG Member Benefit – Award Stays Earn SPG Elite Qualification Credit as of October 1, 2011. Loyalty Traveler analysis Sep 29, 2011.

***** SPG now allows members to receive elite stay and night credit for up to 3 rooms per stay when they are reserved and paid by the SPG member. Loyalty Traveler June 19 post on earning SPG elite credit for multiple rooms.

New SPG Member Benefit – Members may earn elite credit for up to 3 rooms per stay. Loyalty Travler

Loyalty Traveler analysis of Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Direct Deposit program for Mileage Plus members and others interested in earning miles rather than points from hotel stays. (August 4, 2011)

Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Category reward assignment changesfor 2012 took effect on March 1, 2012. 183 hotels went up and 138 went down. My LT post “Analysis of SPG Hotel Category Changes March 1, 2012” (Feb 21, 2012) has a list ordered by city, state and country for changes.

 

Stash Hotel Rewards

Stash Rewards is a two year old loyalty program for over 100 independent upscale hotels in the U.S. Loyalty Traveler post Jan 19, 2011.Hotel partners of Stash Rewards in Monterey and Washington D.C. are great choices for hotel travelers seeking independent hotels with loyalty benefits. Stash Rewards offers points for many high quality independent hotels that previously had no loyalty program affiliation.

Stash Hotel Specialsfor Bonus Points and Low Redemption Rate Hotels

 

Swissotel Hotels and ResortsSwissôtel Circle

Swissôtel Circle is the newly relaunched loyalty program for Swissotel Hotels and Resorts as of August 15, 2011. The Swissotel Circle loyalty program includes 30 Swissotel Hotels, Fairmont Hotels and Raffles. This Sep 9, 2011 Loyalty Traveler postis an overview of the hotel loyalty program, elite levels and benefits.

 

Voila Hotel Rewards

Loyalty Traveler profile of Voila Hotels programinternational loyalty program for 250 independent hotels.

 

Wyndham WorldwideWyndham Rewards

Wyndham Brands: Wyndham, Wingate, Hawthorn Suites, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Baymont Suites, Microtel, Knights Inn, Tryp, Dream, Night.

***** July 17 – September 13 Wyndham Rewards Sweet Promotion: 4x Points or Miles earns 40 points per $1 for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th stays during promotion period for up to 3 rooms per stay. This promotion receives my highest value rating. This promotion earns a free night at most hotels in the in the Wyndham Rewards program for $400 or less in spend to earn 16,000 points. Loyalty Traveler post July 17.

 

Loyalty Traveler Research

Hotel Points to Airline Miles Conversion Tables

Hotel Points Buy, Gift and Transfer Rules for major hotel loyalty programs. Loyalty Traveler post December 5, 2011.

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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 noticed once again a 15 day gap between Megabonus promos with Marriott… So I’m Strongly considering using a free night certificate which expires Sept. 30 during the gap just for a nearby 2 day event. Should have very good pickings of category 4 hotels the weekend after Labor Day while I await what fall promo I receive.

    Wondering if anyone else use expiring certicates nearby to save on gas, or for romantic weekends, etc.?

    Just don’t ever let these certicates expire. Last year I used a free night certificate after attending a funeral.

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