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February 2014 Hotel Promotions summary

This post summarizes dozens of hotel loyalty promotion offers in the major hotel chains for the month of February 2014.

Le Club Accorhotels – 5x points for first stay in 2014. Must book hotel by February 18.

This Accor promotion offers 5x base points for a member’s first stay in 2014 when booked by February 18, 2014. Loyalty Traveler post: Le Club Accorhotels 5x Anniversary Points (Feb 3, 2014).

Le Club Accorhotels 1 Million Points sweepstakes for stays by March 16, 2014. Each week has a winner for 25,000 points. All hotel guests worldwide who are residents of USA/DC and Canada (exc. Quebec) are eligible.

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Best Western Rewards – Online Booking Bonus Feb 3-April 6, 2014.

1,500 bonus points per stay for reservations booked online. Registration required. Elite members earn an additional 500 bonus points for 2,000 bonus points per stay booked online. Loyalty traveler post Feb 3: Best Western online booking bonus 1,500 or 2,000 points per stay Feb 3-April 6, 2014.

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Club Carlson38,000 Points after three nights. Jan 6-April 13, 2014.

Note: Nights do not need to be consecutive.  Loyalty Traveler post Jan 6, 2014.

100,000 Points Twitter Sweepstakes Jan 6-March 31, 2014.

This sweepstakes is in three parts by month. Currently stage two runs Feb 3-March 3 for entry period. Loyalty Traveler post Jan 31.

To enter Club Carlson Twitter 100,000 points sweepstakes

  1. Register for the Club Carlson Stay 3 Nights, Get 1 Free promotion.
  2. Follow @ClubCarlson on Twitter.
  3. Tweet. Each Eligible Tweet must include the Twitter handle @clubcarlson, the hashtag #StayThreeOneFree.

 

Radisson Martinique Manhattan, New York 10,000 points per night. Looks like a good deal when rates checked out as low as $20 more than Best Flexible Rate. Loyalty Traveler Radisson Martinique New York 10K per night post Feb 7, 2014.

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Choice Privileges Dec 12-Feb 19, 2014 for 3,000 bonus points after two stays.

This offer reduced the recurring offer for 8,000 total points after two stays that has been the mainstay promotion for Choice Privileges the past few years. Hopefully a better promotion comes around next week.

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Hilton HHonors – Weekend Rewards Feb 1 – April 30, 2014

The current promotion with Hilton HHonors can earn 7,000 bonus points for a two-night weekend stay from February 1 through April 30, 2014.

HHonors Weekend Rewards offers 1,000 bonus points per night any day of the week, with an additional 5,000 bonus points for a weekend stay including two consecutive nights of Thursday-Friday, Friday-Saturday, or Saturday-Sunday. Only one 5,000 bonus points will be awarded per weekend.

This means a Friday and Saturday night stay at a participating hotel will earn 7,000 bonus points.

Hilton HHonors Weekend Rewards registration is required before the first qualifying stay.

There are more than 300 Hilton brand hotels opting out of this global promotion offer. All but 16 hotels are located in the USA.

There is no limit on points earned during the promotion period.

This is a decent offer for Hilton HHonors loyalists, but I don’t consider the offer competitive for switching hotel stays unless you have a good weekend rate for a Hilton brand hotel.

HHonors Weekend Rewards FAQ.

HHonors Weekends

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Hyatt Gold Passport – Endless Possibilities Jan 15-April 30, 2014

Free night at a category 1-4 hotel after 5 nights. Limit of four free night certificates after 20 nights. This can be a high value promotion if you earn a free night on the cheap or if someone else is paying the bill. Loyalty Traveler post December 17, 2013. The free night certificate expires July 31, 2014, so plan to redeem quickly.  You can also choose bonus points which might be a better value if you stay 15 nights (30,000 points) or 20 nights (50,000 points). That is a big commitment for Hyatt stays.

I am earning this offer with one 5-night paid stay on a best rate guarantee discount rate of $60 per night at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Free 100 Hyatt Gold Passport points for Year of the Horse. Register by February 15 to get this offer for free points. Loyalty Traveler post Jan 26.

 

Hyatt Gold Passport introduces Points + Cash Rewards Jan 7, 2014.

Loyalty Traveler post Jan 7.

Hyatt Points-Cash Table

The main problem is Points + Cash availability is not an online function. You have to call Hyatt to book Points + Cash reward stays.

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IHG Rewards ClubNext Big Win Jan 1-April 30, 2014 is another personalized offer. My offer allows me to earn nearly 80,000 bonus points with five nights in the right places and days to maximize the bonus. Loyalty Traveler post Jan 7, 2014.

IHG PointBreaks Hotels for 5,000 points reward nights for stays by March 31, 2014. Loyalty Traveler post Jan 24. One of the best hotel program reward values in the industry.

Winning Big with IHG Rewards Club bonus points. This Loyalty traveler post Jan 7, 2014 shows how stackable promotion codes earned big bonus points for my hotel stays in 2013 and where to find promotion codes on FlyerTalk thread.

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Marriott Rewards MegaBonus February 1–April 30, 2014. Stay twice and get one free night certificate at a category 1-4 or 1-5 hotel. Loyalty Traveler post Dec 18. This is a great deal for one-night stays. Loyalty Traveler post Jan 15, 2014 shares how I called to switch from Category 1-4 to category 1-5 offer. These are targeted offers so login to your Marriott Rewards account or call Marriott Reward to register for MegaBonus or register online here. Registration required by March 31 for this offer.

Free Night offer for New Members of Marriott Rewards, Earn one free category 1-5 hotel night certificate after two stays within 90 days of enrollment. This offer is reported stackable with MegaBonus free night offer. Loyalty Traveler post: New Marriott Rewards members earn one category 5 free night certificate after two stays in 120 days (Feb 6, 2014). Category 5 hotels include several hotels around the world that will run $300+ per night.

Courtyard or Residence Inn New York Central Park 5,000 bonus points for weekend night by March 3, 2014.  My Loyalty Traveler analysis Feb 5 of this offer showed it to be a good deal for New York, especially since one stay gets member 50% of way to MegaBonus free night.

Chicago Marriott hotels 2,500 bonus points for 2-night weekend stays by March 31, 2014. Loyalty traveler post Feb 4. Analysis showed some good competitive rates.

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Starwood Preferred Guest – Bring on the Nights January 5-April 30, 2014 offers 2,500 bonus points every 5 nights. This is another offer good for SPG loyalists, but not too high on the rebate value compared to other hotel programs’ offers. Loyalty Traveler post Dec 9, 2013.

SPG Twice as Nice Dining February 1-April 30, 2014 offer for 2x base points when dining at Starwood Hotel restaurants as non-guests. Loyalty Traveler post Feb 11, 2014.

Starwood Preferred Guest And Caesars Total Rewards Partnership

SPG has teamed up with Caesars Entertainment to reward points to each other’s members. This deal allows members to earn SPG points at Caesars properties. Redemption rates are generally poor using SPG points for Caesars Hotels.

Loyalty Traveler posts on SPG and Caesars partnership:

Caesars and Starwood Preferred Guest partner for points earning (Jan 21, 2014)  

Redemption Value analysis using SPG points for Caesars award stays in Las Vegas (Jan 21, 2014).

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TravelPony.com – $35 New Member credit and $50 discount codes reduce the price of a hotel stay to lower than almost any other site.

Kate50 discount code for $50 expires end of February.

Prowinner discount code for $50 (expiration?) Points & Pixie Dust blog posted this code offer.

This member-only hotel booking site is a travel tech start-up with limited hotels and some good rates. Normally I do not promote online travel agencies. TravelPony.com has some great promotional discounts which can reduce the cost of a $200 hotel night by $50 to $85 at time of booking.

Here are two posts looking at TravelPony rates for Park Hyatt Chicago and five hotels in San Francisco including chain brand hotels with Fairmont, Hyatt, IHG and Kimpton.

Loyalty Traveler posts: TravelPony uses social media for hotel discounts and brand building (Feb 7, 2014).

TravelPony rate analysis for 5 San Francisco Hotels (Feb 10, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler link for new TravelPony.com member enrollment provides $35 hotel credit for new member and $25 referral credit for me to use with TravelPony.com. This is a member-only site so you have to register to see hotel rates. Using another member’s link to register for TravelPony.com currently provides a $35 credit to your new account. This is not a special deal for this blogger. Any member gets their own referral link for sharing the hotel booking site with others. This credit is stackable with the $50 rate discount codes. This is a good OTA hotel discount offer to grab while it lasts.

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Wyndham Rewards – Groundhog Day 2x points (Feb 2-March 21, 2014). Limited to four stays for double points.

Wyndham Rewards points-to-miles exchange rate was cut by half for hotel points transfer to frequent flyer program miles on January 31, 2014 without any prior member notice. Loyalty Traveler post: Gone with the Wyndham Rewards: points-to-miles rate cut by half Jan 31, 2014 (Feb 1, 2014).

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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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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