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September 2013 Hotel Promotions

Here is the monthly update of hotel promotions across the major chains. Please leave a comment if you see a good offer missing. You can always find the list in the upper left tab for individual hotel loyalty programs where there are links to other promotional offers and more for each program.

Best Western Rewards

September 10-November 19, 2013 – Best Western 750 Mileage Plus miles per stay and Best Western Gold elite after first stay Loyalty Traveler Sep 5).

To Sep 30: Best Western mobile booking app 1000 points per stay to Sep 30, 2013 (Loyalty Traveler June 27)

 

Choice Privileges

September 5 to November 13, 2013: Choice Privileges 8,000 points for two stays Sep 5 – Nov 13, 2013. (Loyalty Traveler post Sep 4).

Choice Hotels Reward Nights Analysis Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo (August 20, 2013).

Great Paris value Choice Hotels 8,000 points reward nights (Loyalty Traveler post – April 15)

Club Carlson

August 13 – October 15, 2013: Club Carlson offers up to 50% bonus points for purchases from August 13 to October 15, 2013. Points normally cost $7 per 1,000 points with a 40,000 points per calendar year purchase limit. This offer allows a member to receive up to 60,000 points.

  • Buy 5,000 – 10,000 points and receive a 20% Bonus ($35 to $70).
  • Buy 11,000 – 30,000 points and receive a 30% bonus ($77 – $210).
  • Buy 31,000 – 40,000 points and receive a 50% Bonus ($217-$280).

Price per 1,000 points:

  • Buy 5,000 to 10,000 points and receive 6,000 to 12,000 points  (Cost = $5.83 per 1,000 points).
  • Buy 11,000 – 30,000 points and receive 14,300 to 39,000 points (Cost = $5.39 per 1,000 points).
  • Buy 31,000 – 40,000 points and receive 46,500 to 60,000 points (Cost = $4.67 per 1,000 points).

Loyalty Traveler Sep 5 – Buy Club Carlson points by Oct 15 as low as $4.67 per 1,000 points

To Sep 30: Club Carlson 2,000 or 5,000 bonus points for August and September stays in Europe. Good value bonus points offer for Club Carlson properties in Europe and EMEA region. 2,000 points for one night and 5,000 points for two night stays at participating hotels.

Loyalty Program changes:

Club Carlson devalues points-to-miles exchange rate 44%. Club Carlson made a major change in its points-to-miles transfer rate moving from a variable rate of 100,000 Club Carlson points = 18,000 miles to a fixed rate of 10 Club Carlson points = 1 mile. This change was unannounced and effective July 1, 2013.

Hilton HHonors

July 9 – September 30, 2013  = Triple Points (30 points/$1) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights or Double Points (20 points/$1) for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Loyalty Traveler post: Hilton HHonors Double or Triple Points July 9-September 30, 2013. (July 12)

Airline Miles Bonuses with Hilton Brand Hotel Stays

Hilton HHonors Triple Miles with various Asian airlines July 1 – Sep 30, 2013.

Hilton Lake Las Vegas 1,000 bonus points per night to Jan 1, 2014 Stays at the former Ritz-Carlton earn 1,000 bonus points per night for the rest of the year.

Conrad and Waldorf Astoria stays 1,000 United miles per night to Dec 31, 2013. Register for this offer to earn 1,000 bonus miles per night on top of regular Points & Points or Points & Miles earn rate. Loyalty Traveler post (July 25) Conrad and Waldorf Astoria stays 1,000 United miles per night to Dec 31, 2013

Hyatt Gold Passport

September 9 – November 30: New Possibilities for up to 50,000 bonus points after 20 nights. Member earns 5,000 bonus points after 5 nights; another 10,000 bonus points after 10 nights, another 15,000 bonus points after 15 nights and 20,000 bonus points after 20 nights for 50,000 bonus points in all.

Loyalty Traveler post: August 22 – Hyatt promotion Sep 9-Nov 30 earns 50,000 bonus points after 20 nights

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Registration required by October 31, 2013 at goldpassport.com/possibilities and registration is available beginning September 9.

Hyatt Gold Passport’s main summer news is the start of a reciprocal loyalty program partnership with MGM brand hotels in Las Vegas and mLife loyalty program.

Guide to Hyatt and Las Vegas M life benefits. Loyalty Traveler August 2 post. The basics of earning Hyatt Gold Passport and M life points at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. Benefits for Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond elites are listed for members getting an M life elite tier status match.

IHG Rewards Club

September 1 – December 31, 2013: IHG The Big Win offer is a customized offer for IHG Rewards Club members with a big bonus for completing a set of IHG stays. You have to log in to your account to see your own offer. There are generic offers for new members for 50,000 bonus points.

Loyalty Traveler August 25 – IHG Big Win 50,000 bonus points for new member is easy to catch and my offer is detailed here – Is IHG sending me to London for ‘The Big Win’?

July 10 through October 31, 2013 Book Direct 2,000 bonus points per stay, up to 8,000 points for stays booked through any IHG brand website or IHG.com. August 12 – August 26, 2013 Buy up to 120,000 IHG Points with 100% bonus points offer. Rate as low as $5.75 per 1,000 points.

September 1 to November 30, 2013: Earn 2,500 Aeroplan miles per stay. Must choose miles earning instead of points. 2,500 Aeroplan miles per IHG stay and 5,000 miles after 5 Starwood nights.

Priority Club PointBreaks for stays through October 31, 2013.

September 1 – December 31, 2013 ‘China Dream’ Free Night offer exclusive to Residents of Greater China is one free night after every two stays in different hotel brands. Earn up to four free nights. Must be resident of China, HK, Macau, Taiwan, Mongolia. Stays at IHG hotels worldwide count for this offer, but free nights may only be used at over 200 hotels in Greater China region. Friends & Family rates qualify for this offer. After each free night is earned the brands reset. This means you can earn a free night with a stay at Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza and then repeat stays at these same two brands to earn the next free night.

IHG 2-for-1 rates in Europe, Middle East and Africa

***** Europe Prepaid, Nonrefundable Rate Discount through Dec 12, 2013 offers high discount when available, but these rates do not earn Priority Club points or count for promotions.

September 1 – November 30, 2013 Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fall Getaway Bonus: Receive a prepaid MasterCard after completing a

  • 2-night stay = $25 card,
  • 3-night stay = $50 card
  • 4-night stay = $75 card
  • 5-nights or longer = $100 card
  • Up to four awards may be earned with four separate stays.

Offer only valid for US, Canada (excluding Quebec) and Mexico residents.

Ten participating hotels in the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand include

  1. Orange Lake Resort, Orlando, Florida
  2. South Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  3. Smoky Mountain Resort, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  4. Ascutney Mountain Resort, Brownsville, Vermont
  5. Sunset Cove Resort, Marco Island, Florida
  6. Lake Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  7. Bay Point Resort, Panama City, Florida
  8. Desert Club Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
  9. Panama City Beach Resort, Panama City, Florida
  10. Galveston Beach Resort, Galveston, Texas

 

Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Hotels always has some kind of rate promotions happening. Check them out on this Kimpton Hotels promotions page.

 

Marriott Rewards

***** Marriott Rewards – MegaBonus Sep 15, 2013 – Jan 15, 2014 (Loyalty Traveler post Aug 12)

  • Sep 15, 2013 – Jan 15, 2014 Earn one free category 1-5 night after two stays. Limit of two free night certificates for promotion.

August 1 – September 26, 2013 – Marriott gift card purchases earn up to $200 Southwest Airlines points

Buy Marriott gift cards and earn 1,200 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Points per $100 in gift cards purchased, up to 12,000 Rapid Rewards points. Southwest points allow $20 in “Wanna Getaway” airfare credit for 1,200 points.

Marriott Rewards Announcement

RewardsPlus launches for Marriott Rewards and United Mileage Plus members.  Major announcement of Marriott Rewards partnership with United Mileage Plus conferring elite status match to Marriott Gold elite for United Mileage Plus elites holding Gold or higher status. Marriott Platinum elites and higher get status match to United Silver elite. This is definitely a great deal for United elites. Also bonus miles when making Marriott Rewards points transfers to United miles. Loyalty Traveler post: RewardsPlus launches for Marriott Rewards and United Mileage Plus members. July 15

Loyalty Program Change:

Marriott Rewards quiet points-to-miles devaluation and loud AA partnership (LT July 1, 2013). Marriott Rewards partners with American Airlines again after three years. Marriott Rewards changes its points-to-miles transfer tables from 125,000 points = 50,000 miles to 140,000 points = 50,000 or 35,000 miles with partner airlines. This means there is no exchange rate advantage above the 70,000 points = 25,000miles (or 17,500 miles). Air + Hotel Packages exchange rates have not been changed yet and still offer 1 point = 1 mile rate.

Ritz Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton Rewards two stays earn free night July 1-Oct 31, 2013

Starwood Preferred Guest

Sep 1 – Dec 15, 2013 Take Two is double points and 2,500 bonus points after every five nights, up to 10,000 bonus points after 20 nights. Registration required by October 31, 2013. Registration is not open at time of posting. Members can apply for text message reminders through SPG promotion page. Loyalty traveler post August 5: SPG Sep 1-Dec 15, 2013 Double Points and 2,500 points every 5 nights .

SPG Group for bonus Starpoints and Elite Credit. Bonus points for event bookings through December 31, 2013. (Loyalty Traveler April 17)

SPG 3x points at Europe Starwood Hotels  June 1 – Oct 31, 2013 (mainland China members only). (Loyalty Traveler April 17)

SPG 2013 Elite (re)qualification Gift 25%-35% off award stay or 2x points for a month (Loyalty Traveler April 25)

Wyndham Rewards

Howard Johnson hotels Happy Monday $25 Gas Card. Book a stay on a Monday through September 30, 2013 including at least one night Sunday-Thursday and receive a $25 gas card.

June 21-September 13, 2013 Double Points on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th stays at any Wyndham hotel brand. Loyalty Traveler post June 25.

 

Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out my page of collated current hotel promotions.

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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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