Major hotel loyalty promotions for hotel stays over the next few months.
November 2017 promotions for each major hotel loyalty program, along with major program information and news.
Most major hotel loyalty programs have fall 2017 promotions for November hotel stays.
- IHG Rewards Club announced Kimpton Karma Rewards will merge into the IHG loyalty program in early 2018. There are some benefits changes. https://www.kimptonhotels.com/karma-rewards/program-evolution
- Choice Privileges promotion ends Nov 11 for 8,000 points after 2 stays. No word yet on follow-up offer.
- Wyndham Rewards Visa Checkout for 15,000 bonus points after 3 stays is a good value offer. A member can earn 18,000 points on 3 cheap hotel nights/stays. There are many Wyndham brand hotels where 3,000 points will save $80 to $100+ on a GoFast rate for 3,000 points + copay of $25 to $75.
Here are some hotel loyalty program reward rate maps I created recently:
USA Hotel Rewards Maps
Hilton Honors USA Map 10,000 points hotels (58 hotels) (Sep 27,2017)
San Francisco Hotel Rewards Map all major loyalty chains (Sep 24, 2017)
Europe Hotel Rewards Maps
Hilton Honors Category 1 hotels in Europe (24 hotels) (Sep 14, 2017).
Romania Hilton and Wyndham 19 hotels mapped with reward rates (Sep 14, 2017).
Amsterdam Hotel Rewards Map (Sep 20, 2017).
Poland hotel chain distribution reveals two trends (Sep 22, 2017).
Krakow, Poland Hotel Rewards Map (Sep 18, 2017).
Prague chain hotel reward rates map (Sep 16, 2017).
French Riviera-Cote d’Azur map 38 chain hotels with reward rates (Sep 15, 2017).
Marriott Moxy Hotels rapid 2017 expansion (Sep 11, 2017).
October 2017-January 2018 hotel loyalty promotions
Best Western Rewards: Best Western 2x points Sep 18-Nov 30 + Free Night for 10K Points Nov 1-Jan 31, 2018
Buy Points targeted 30%, 40% or 50% bonus points. My 50% bonus means I can buy up to 75,000 points at $7.33 per 1,000 points.
Choice Privileges: Choice Privileges 1,000 Aeroplan miles per stay Sep 4-Nov 30, 2017
- My two Club Carlson Free Friday Nights posted today
- Club Carlson Free Fridays blocked at May Fair London and Radisson Blu Champs Elysees Paris
Club Carlson: Club Carlson 10,000 MegaPoints rates at 78 hotels
Club Carlson: 3,000 points Mobile App booking April 3-Dec 31, 2017 (one time bonus).
Hilton Honors: Double Points Sep 1-Dec 31 + Diamond members earn 10,000 bonus points every 10 nights.
Hilton Honors: mobile app booking 500 bonus points (may be earned on all 2017 stays booked with app).
Enjoy a $50 statement credit
Here’s how it works:
1. Register your Hyatt Credit Card by October 31, 2017
2. Spend $300 or more on your Hyatt Credit Card at Hyatt Place or Hyatt House hotels in the U.S. by January 1, 2018
3. Enjoy a $50 statement credit.
IHG Rewards Club: IHG Platinum elite 15% Points&Cash stay discount to Jan 31, 2018.
IHG Rewards Club: IHG Double Dip Mastercard Priceless Experiences and Accelerate. MasterCard Priceless Experiences earn $50 to $100 debit card with 3 hotel nights/2 stays.
IHG Rewards Club: IHG Accelerate Sep1-Dec 31, 2017 registration open – IHG Accelerate fall 2017 guarantees each member can earn 30,000 bonus points by fulfilling the member’s individually targeted tasks. My offer can be completed with two hotel nights.
IHG adds new Accelerate bonus offers to existing tasks. New IHG Accelerate Tasks and targeted Points and Cash discount offer.
IHG Rewards Club: PointBreaks 5,000 Points Rewards Nights original hotel list for stays to Jan 31, 2018.
- Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks hotel list Oct 30-Jan 31, 2018.
IHG Rewards Club: 2017 hotel category changes analyzed. About 640 IHG hotels change reward category with 80% hotels going up in points (Jan 5, 2017).
Marriott Rewards: Megabonus Sep 15-Jan 15, 2018 Earn one free reward night, up to category 5 worldwide, after two stays . Limit one free night during promotion.
- SPG 500 bonus points per stay Aloft, Element, Four Points
- SPG 1,000 bonus points per stay other Starwood brands
- SPG 10,000 bonus points after 25 nights.
SPG Buy Points Discount to Dec 29, 2017: SPG points for $22.75 per 1,000 for low Category hotel rewards
Starwood Preferred Guest: SPG 2x-3x points in Europe, Middle East and Africa
Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards accounts can be linked (September 2016) and points transferred between programs at ratio of 1 Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points.
Wyndham Rewards: Wyndham Visa Checkout 3 stays earn 15,000 points Nov 1-Feb 28, 2018
Wyndham Rewards + Caesars Total Rewards loyalty program partnership with reciprocal elite benefits.
All hotel photography on this page are pictures from places I enjoyed in my travels.
2017 has seen some major announcements from global hotel loyalty programs.
A summary of devaluation in major hotel loyalty programs through my personal experience is described in My Double Points Take on “Shrinking Value of Hotel Loyalty Programs” (March 31, 2017).
Hyatt Gold Passport became World of Hyatt on March 1, 2017.
Hilton Honors drops an H and its hotel reward night chart for dynamic pricing in major loyalty program redesign February 2017.
Loyalty Traveler – Hilton Honors reward nights points value analysis after March 2017 changes (March 6, 2017).
Data from Frequent Miler’s post Hilton Honors results are in. Is that Hilton’s middle finger? (March 8, 2017) appears to confirm my conclusions that Hilton Honors points are mostly valued between $4 and $5 per 1,000 points redeemed for hotel rewards worldwide booked as either Standard or Points & Money rewards.
Club Carlson eliminates 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 elite member rates for weekend hotel rates January 30, 2017 for stays in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Major blow to one of the loyalty program’s best value benefits and truly makes the Club Carlson Visa card no longer worth holding for me.
Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash reward nights have been missing in action since May 2017, despite Choice Privileges management as recently as September 2017 still claiming this is a temporary situation.
Best Western Hotels – Best Western Rewards
Best Western Hotels USA website link
Best Western Rewards Hotel Brands: Update July 2016 – Best Western is rolling out several new brands in 2016 with a millennial budget brand Vib (pronounced Vibe) and an extended stay brand Best Western Plus Executive Residency.
- Best Western
- Best Western Plus
- Best Western Premier
- Best Western Vib
- Best Western Plus Executive Residency
- BW Premier Collection (as close to luxury as BW gets. Five of 14 are in Sweden, so I might see one soon in my travels).
Best Western Bonus Offers is a page with hotel specific bonus points promotions like double points.
Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges
Choice Privileges Hotel Brands U.S. website link.
- Comfort Inn
- Comfort Suites
- Quality Inn
- Sleep Inn
- Clarion Hotels
- Cambria Suites
- Ascend Hotel Collection
- MainStay Suites
- Suburban Extended Stay
- Econo Lodge
- Rodeway Inn
- Partner hotel chain: Preferred Hotels & Resorts (reward nights available using Choice Privileges points; no earning).
- Partner hotel chain: Nordic Choice Hotels (reward nights available using Choice Privileges points; no earning points in Choice Privileges. Nordic Choice Club is separate loyalty program to Choice Privileges for earning and burning).
Loyalty Traveler – New Choice Privileges Points Expiration Policy: inactive accounts forfeit all points Aug 1, 2017 (New policy effective February 1, 2016).
Choice Privileges 2016 main changes:
- All Choice Hotels brands now earn 10 points per USD. Previously, economy brands EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn, and two extended stay brands, MainStay Suites and Suburban, earned only 5 points per USD.
- Points do not expire as long as there is member account activity every 18 months.
- FlexRewards: lower the reward rate at over 1,500 hotels globally for either weekdays or weekends, depending on specific hotel’s busier period.
- Weeknight Extras: Stays including any night Sunday through Thursday earns a bonus, like 500 bonus Choice Privileges points.
Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges 2016 program changes (Feb 17, 2016).
Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash reward nights have been missing in action since May 2017, despite Choice Privileges management as recently as September 2017 still claiming this is a temporary situation. I retain the Points Plus Cash information below, just in case the option returns.
Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash Reward Nights – the concept is simple. You need 6,000 points in your account and you can pay $7.50 per 1,000 points for additional points needed. A hotel reward night at 16,000 points can be bought for 6,000 points + $75.
Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges launches Points Plus Cash rewards (Jan 23, 2015).
Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash Trick (Jan 30, 2015)
Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges expands Points Plus Cash rewards for Preferred Hotels & Resorts partner rewards requiring 10,000 points per night + cash copay. Buy up to 250,000 points per year with Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash (March 2, 2016)
Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash model is similar to IHG Rewards Club Points + Cash model. This also means members can build points balances at the rate of $7.50 per 1,000 points in Choice Privileges buying and canceling hotel reward stays. Normal purchase price for Choice Privileges points is $11 per 1,000 points. Members can buy up to 250,000 points per year using Points Plus Cash Rewards.
Nordic Choice Club is the loyalty program for Nordic Choice Hotels in Scandinavia and Baltic region. Choice Privileges members in North America can redeem points for Nordic Choice Hotels, however, earning points requires membership in Nordic Choice Club. There are more Nordic Choice Club hotels than any other hotel chain in the Norway and Sweden. Sokos Hotels in Finland are a partner chain to Nordic Choice and together these hotel chains provide over 230 hotels in Nordic Europe for earning loyalty points in Nordic Choice Club.
Loyalty Traveler – Nordic Choice Club Guide for North Americans
Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group – Club Carlson
Club Carlson US website link
Club Carlson Hotel brands:
- Radisson Blu
- Radisson Red
- Park Plaza
- Park Inn
- Country Inn & Suites
- Quorvus Collection
Club Carlson – Club Carlson 10,000 MegaPoints rates at 78 hotels
Club Carlson 3,000 points Mobile App booking April 3-Dec 31, 2017 (one time bonus).
Club Carlson 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 rates
are were real deal for weekends in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This program ended January 30, 2017 with no advance warning.
Club Carlson 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 Gold elite booking links gone (Jan 30, 2017).
Club Carlson Program News
Should you be worried about Club Carlson points after Chinese buyout? (April 28, 2016).
Club Carlson Hotel Brands Profile by Loyalty Traveler (Jan 8, 2014).
Club Carlson Hotel Loyalty Program Basics by Loyalty Traveler (Jan 8, 2014)
Hilton Worldwide – Hilton HHonors
Hilton Worldwide USA website.
Hilton HHonors Brands
- Hilton Hotels & Resorts
- DoubleTree by Hilton
- Embassy Suites
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Hampton Inn
- Homewood Suites
- Home2 Suites
- Curio Collection
- Hilton Grand Vacation
Hyatt Hotels – Hyatt Gold Passport
Hyatt Hotels USA website.
Hyatt Gold Passport USA website.
Hyatt Hotel Brands
- Hyatt Regency
- Grand Hyatt
- Park Hyatt
- Hyatt House
- Hyatt Place
- Hyatt Centric
- Unbound Collection
- Hyatt Ziva All-inclusive
- Hyatt Zilara All-inclusive
- Hyatt Residences
Hyatt Gold Passport changed to World of Hyatt March 1, 2017
Hyatt launches new hotel marketing brand Unbound Collection (March 2, 2016).
Hyatt Hotels – Free Wi-Fi for all Hyatt guests around the world as of February 2015. Free internet benefit does not require Hyatt Gold Passport membership and there are no Hyatt booking channel restrictions. All Hyatt guests get free Wi-Fi access on an unlimited number of devices. Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond and Platinum elite members receive complimentary upgrade to premium Wi-Fi service, where available. Hyatt’s reach is 573 hotels.
InterContinental Hotels Group – IHG Rewards Club
IHG.com USA website.
IHG Rewards Club Hotel Brands
- InterContinental Hotels
- Crowne Plaza
- Holiday Inn (Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Club Vacations)
- Holiday Inn Express
- Hotel Indigo
- Staybridge Suites
- Candlewood Suites
- HuaLuxe (China)
- Kimpton Hotels (not currently participating in IHG Rewards Club)
IHG Rewards Club 2017 hotel category changes analyzed. About 640 IHG hotels change reward category with 80% hotels going up in points.
IHG hotel reward category changes in February 2016
Loyalty Traveler – IHG Rewards Club list of 200 hotels up in points cost Feb 17, 2016
Loyalty Traveler – IHG Rewards Club list of 200 hotels down in points cost Feb 17, 2016
Loyalty Traveler – 300 hotels up, 150 down in IHG Reward Night Points Changes May 1, 2015 (April 27)
Loyalty Traveler Overview of IHG Rewards Club (Jan 6, 2014) – IHG Rewards Club in 2014: History, Award Nights and Elite Status
Kimpton Hotels and Kimpton Karma Rewards
Kimpton Hotels was purchased by InterContinental Hotels Group in December 2014. Kimpton Karma Rewards is finally merging with IHG Rewards Club for 2018.
The link above describes how Kimpton Karma Rewards will merge with IHG Rewards Club in early 2018 with changes in benefits.
Loyalty Traveler – Kimpton Karma Member Exclusive Rates offer good discounts (August 10, 2015)
Kimpton News – most San Francisco hotels dropped out of Kimpton Hotels in July 2015.
Marriott International – Marriott Rewards
Marriott International Brands
- Marriott Hotels & Resorts
- Renaissance Hotels
- JW Marriott
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Fairfield Inn
- TownePlace Suites
- SpringHill Suites
- Autograph Collection Hotels
- Delta Hotels & Resorts
- Gaylord Hotels
- AC Hotels
- Protea Hotels (Africa)
- Marriott Vacation Club
- Marriott Executive Apartments
- Bulgari (exclusive luxury hotel brand does not participate in Marriott Rewards)
Marriott Rewards: Europe Marriott Free Breakfast on Visa prepaid rates to Nov 5
Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards accounts can be linked (September 2016) and points transferred between programs at ratio of 1 Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points.
Marriott Protea Hotels in Africa
Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards 100 Protea Hotels in Africa are mostly category 1 and 2 hotels (Jan 5, 2016).
Marriott Rewards Hotel + Air Packages
Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards Hotel + Air Package Rewards for United and other airlines (Feb 5, 2014)
Marriott Points & Miles Deals – http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesSearchResults.mi
Marriott Rewards News:
Marriott International buys Starwood Hotels (Nov 16, 2015)
Loyalty Traveler – New Marriott Cash + Points Guide and reward analysis
Loyalty Traveler – Marriott International hotel brands room rate data 2015 Q3 (Oct 29, 2015)
Marriott Rewards 2016 hotel category changes, effective March 24, 2016.
Loyalty Traveler – Marriott and Starwood 2016 hotel reward category changes (Feb 19, 2016).
Some 1,400 Marriott Rewards hotels, about 1 in 3 hotels worldwide, changed reward category March 19, 2015 with 75% up and 25% down. Of those going up, nearly 90% are located in the USA.
Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards March 19, 2015 hotel category changes are bad news.
Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards category increases March 19, 2015 are 90% USA hotels
Loyalty Traveler – 26 South Africa hotels joined Marriott Rewards February 23, 2015
Marriott announced its plans to double size in Europe by 2020 primarily through Moxy and Courtyard brands.
Loyalty Traveler – Marriott to Moxy and Courtyard Europe
Marriott and Hilton low category hotels compared.
Loyalty Traveler – Marriott beats Hilton for category 1 and 2 hotels in USA (July 7, 2014)
Ritz-Carlton Hotels – Ritz-Carlton Rewards
Ritz-Carlton is a Marriott International luxury hotel brand. Members may choose whether to belong to Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Both programs earn and redeem the same reward chart. Ritz-Carlton Rewards has more lucrative promotions, but only better value if you stay at Ritz-Carlton Hotels.
Starwood Hotels – Starwood Preferred Guest
Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels Brands
- Westin Hotels
- Sheraton Hotels
- Four Points by Sheraton
- W Hotels
- Luxury Collection
- Tribute Portfolio
- Le Meridien
- Design Hotels
- St. Regis
Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards accounts can be linked (September 2016) and point transferred between programs at ratio of 1 Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points.
SPG BirthYear Discount Rate
Pay Your Birth Year Rate (Pay fixed rate for first night and pay your birth year for nights 2 and 3.) Example, 1970 means $70 per night. Rate is adjusted at check-in.
Loyalty Traveler – When Starwood Birth Year Rate is a deal and an upgrade (May 9, 2015)
Starwood News: Best Rate Guarantee changed to a 20% discount on lower rate for approved claims or 2,000 bonus Starpoints and match lower rate.
Loyalty Traveler – Starwood Best Rate Guarantee now cuts 20% off lower rate (Jan 6, 2015)
Starwood Hotels added a 10th hotel brand named Tribute Portfolio in 2015. Think Luxury Collection without the historical building setting. The idea is to have a Starwood brand for newer independent hotels to match Marriott Autograph Collection and Hilton Curio Collection. Luxury Collection hotels as a brand tend to be older restored buildings. We won’t know the scope of Tribute Portfolio until there are more properties to compare.
Design Hotels 11th Starwood Hotels brand.
In 2016 Starwood Hotels added a new partner chain Design Hotels.
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 – Caesars and Starwood Preferred Guest partner for points earning (Jan 21, 2014)
Loyalty Traveler – Redemption Value analysis using SPG points for Caesars award stays in Las Vegas (Jan 21, 2014).
Loyalty Traveler – Tutorial: SPG Browse Dates and Rates Feature (Jan 30, 2014)
Loyalty Traveler – Starwood Preferred Guest Cash and Points Awards Guide
Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt beats Starwood in USA for category 1 and 2 hotel awards (July 3, 2014)
Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt and Starwood Hotels compared by brand room rates (Nov 5, 2015)
Wyndham Worldwide – Wyndham Rewards
Wyndham Rewards Hotel Brands
- Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
- Wyndham Grand
- Wyndham Garden
- Dolce Hotels & Resorts.
- Tryp by Wyndham
- Wingate by Wyndham
- Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
- Microtel Inn & Suites
- Baymont Inn & Suites
- Days Inn
- Super 8
- Howard Johnson
- Knights Inn
Wyndham Rewards + Caesars Total Rewards announce new loyalty program partnership with reciprocal elite benefits.
Wyndham Rewards 2015-16 loyalty program changes:
Wyndham Rewards adds Go Fast and Go Free for Wyndham Vacation Resorts and timeshare properties. Change allows members to use points at over 25,000 properties worldwide.
Loyalty Traveler – I will Go Fast to Wyndham Rewards elite status in 2016 (May 18, 2016) description of new Wyndham Rewards elite tiers and benefits. I still think GoFast reward nights are the best value in the program.
Wyndham Rewards GoFree and GoFast Rewards
More changes were made to GoFast Rewards in recent months, including increasing the maximum copay to $150 and adding the GoFast and GoFree option to Wyndham Vacation properties.
Loyalty Traveler – Value in Wyndham Rewards Bonus Points rates Feb 8, 2016.
Loyalty Traveler – Wyndham BRG claims earn 3,000 points Jan 18, 2016.
Loyalty Traveler – Wyndham Rewards GoFast $150 copay hotels in New York and other places Jan 1, 2016.
Loyalty Traveler – Wyndham Rewards Vacation Properties GoFast and GoFree reward nights Dec 28, 2015.
Wyndham Rewards made major changes to its hotel loyalty program in May 2015. The value of Wyndham Rewards points for hotel stays greatly improved with the changes.
I wrote a series of articles in May 2015 analyzing the changes.
Loyalty Traveler – Loyalty brilliance in the new era of Wyndham Rewards (May 12, 2015) – a look at how the changes in Wyndham Rewards make lower end hotels more desirable for points stays with new GoFast reward nights for 3,000 points + cash payment of $25 to $150 per night.
Meet the New Wyndham Rewards (May 2015 loyalty program relaunch)
One of the biggest hotel loyalty program developments of the past month is the restructured Wyndham Rewards hotel loyalty program. The two primary changes are all hotel reward nights are 15,000 points per night, regardless if the hotel is a $40 average rate Super 8 in the middle of nowhere or a $500 per night weekend room at the Wyndham Santa Monica on the beach in Los Angeles. More useful for hotel discount savings are the new GoFast reward nights, a cash and points reward for 3,000 points + $25 to $95 per night. The GoFast rewards can be high value for points with savings in the $20 to $30 per night range easy to find. For me, the value of Wyndham Rewards points has changed from an average of about $6 to $9 per 1,000 points in the old program to $20 to $30 per 1,000 points with the new rewards choices.
Accor Hotels USA website.
Accor Hotels Brands:
- Grand Mercure
- Suite Novotel
- The Sebel
- Ibis Styles
- Thalassa Sea & Spa.
Accor Hotels bought Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel chain in late 2015.
Accor Hotels offers numerous promotions by global region and country that can be found on their website. I don’t cover many promotions from Le Club Accorhotels since the chain has such a small footprint in the USA. This may change once Fairmont is fully integrated into Accor Hotels.
Accor Hotels Brand Profile – Loyalty Traveler
My primary hotel stay strategy is earn points in USA and spend points for most international hotel travel. I pass by lots of nice looking Accor Hotels in Pullman and Mercure brands and I have seen some not so nice looking Ibis hotels in my European travels.
Normal earn rate for Le Club Accorhotels is 10 EUR = 25 points for all brands, except Ibis and Adagio earn 50% rate. 500 bonus points is equivalent to spending an extra 200 EUR for the stay.
2000 points = 40 EUR as a fixed rate value in Le Club Accorhotels that can be used to pay for Accor hotel stays.
Loyalty Traveler Airfare Deals
For current airfare deals, see Loyalty Traveler’s Airfare Deals page.
Airfare deals are low economy prices to travel to airports of the world. I try and only publish airfares that tend to be in the lowest 25% available during the year based on the typical price for airline routes. The best deals in air travel generally are gone within 24 hours in the constantly changing gamble of actually buying an airline ticket that is essentially nonrefundable.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.