The hotel chains are announcing their winter 2013 promotions before you can actually register.
Hilton HHonors promotion leaked out as double points or double miles for stays January 7 through March 31, 2013. No registration page is up yet.
I give the Hilton promo a California wave wash rating.
Marriott Rewards Spring MegaBonus will happen February 1 through April 30, 2013. Registration will be available through Marriott Rewards beginning tomorrow, December 20. Members must register by March 15, 2013.
I’ll take a guess that most members will receive an offer for one Category 1-4 hotel free night certificate after every two stays. That is the MegaBonus Marriott offer for 10 months of 2012. Of course, frequent Marriott Rewards guests will have variable free nights and bonus points offers.
Then again, Marriott Rewards may have a surprise in store for us on December 20.
The Marriott Spring 2013 MegaBonus promotion was announced 12/17 on Marriott Rewards Insiders. The announcement states there will be no exclusive credit card like Visa or MasterCard required for promotion bonus.
Marriott has been a fairly consistent wave of MegaBonus offers. I’ll rate this MegaBonus as a good bet for two stays earns one free night. Tomorrow we will know for sure what we will get from Marriott Rewards.
Starwood Preferred Guest Power Up Promotion Jan 15-Apr 15
Earn 2,000 bonus points for every four nights, up to 8,000 bonus points after 16 nights from January 15 through April 15, 2013.
Stay 20 nights and get 10,000 additional bonus points.
Seriously, I think this is a weak promotion offer designed to provide incentive to the 75-night Platinum crowd.
500 bonus points per night after you complete four nights does not create any promotion excitement for this loyalty traveler.
And 20 nights in three months is a high hurdle for 18,000 bonus points.
I hope they throw in some supplementary and stackable airline miles promotion like the recent 5,000 Aeroplan miles for five nights that just ended a couple of weeks ago.
There is a webpage for the SPG Power Up promotion and you can register to receive a text message notification when SPG promotion registration opens.
The leisure traveler may encounter rough seas earning bonus loyalty points for winter stays.
Perhaps Hyatt Gold Passport will treat us to something a little warmer for winter. After knocking out Platinum Extras Awards for elite members, the Gold Passport program needs to calm the membership down with a good value promotion.
[photos are Garrapata State Park, Big Sur coast, Monterey County, California on a windy and cold December day.]
Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.