May112015

Marriott Gold elite after 12 nights Welcome Back targeted promotion

I am a hotel loyalty target this summer. Last week I wrote that I did not recall a time like May 1, 2015 when a majority of the top ten US hotel loyalty programs did not have a system-wide promotion.

Currently, I have four targeted offers (Accor, IHG, Marriott, SPG) including one that arrived today for Marriott Rewards Gold elite after 12 nights stayed by August 31, 2015.

I can file that next to the IHG Rewards Club Share Forever 14 nights offer to earn two free nights + 18,000 bonus points by September 7.

Starwood Preferred Guest, the hotel loyalty program I love to hate the past couple years, has actually provided the best promotion value for my summer with three stays earning this summer 7,500 bonus points. I can give preference to a hotel chain for three stays. 12 or 14 paid nights in one hotel chain this summer is tough for me.

I am burning hotel loyalty points like crazy this summer instead. Two nights in Charleston at The Mills House with 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points, six nights in Copenhagen, Denmark and Orlando, Florida with 80,000 Choice Privileges points, ten nights in Copenhagen and London with 310,000 Club Carlson points, two nights in Lebanon, New Hampshire with 6,000 Starwood points, two free nights in London with IHG free night certificates, and three nights at Disneyland and Boston on Marriott auction award certificates I purchased in December. That is 25 nights of the next four months used up in points reward nights, free nights and previously purchased nights. I only have about ten more nights of travel planned this summer that have not been booked yet.

I might be able to work in three Starwood Hotel paid stays this summer, but 12 nights for Marriott Gold or 14 nights for IHG bonus nights and points are too high a level in paid stays for me.

Marriott Rewards Welcome Back

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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