2015-Q4 promotions and deals Accor Hotels Best Western hotels Best Western Rewards Choice Hotels Choice Privileges Hilton Honors loyalty program Hilton Hotels Worldwide hotel loyalty programs Hyatt Gold Passport Hyatt Hotels IHG One Rewards InterContinental Hotels Group Marriott International Marriott Rewards (replaced by Marriott Bonvoy) Radisson Rewards Ritz Carlton Hotels Ritz Carlton Rewards Starwood Hotels Starwood Preferred Guest Wyndham Rewards Wyndham Worldwide

Best promotions for December hotel stays

Loyalty Traveler December 2015 Hotel Promotions Guide

One big hotel industry story this past month is Marriott International is buying Starwood Hotels. Rumors in 2015 had Wyndham, IHG or Hyatt buying Starwood. Other Marriott Rewards changes make reward nights elite qualifying and Marriott Rewards will introduce Cash + Points rewards in early 2016.

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott International buys Starwood Hotels (Nov 16, 2015)

I traveled to London last month and I made an analysis of hotel rates and reward rates for London in my quest to find low cost rooms. Loyalty Traveler – London hotel reward rates compared across 9 hotel programs (Oct 22, 2015). Ultimately, I ended up staying at all IHG hotels to fulfill the IHG Rewards Club Accelerate promotion. I earned back all the points I redeemed and reduced my net cost for five hotel nights to $229 USD for 5 nights at InterContinental London Park Lane, Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury and Holiday Inn London Heathrow T5.

London for Thanksgiving

  1. Trip Report Monterey MRY–London LHR AAdvantage 20K economy award: Horizon Air segment MRY-LAX
  2. AA LAX Flagship Lounge Monterey MRY–London LHR trip report
  3. Remembering London
  4. IHG Rewards Club made Thanksgiving in London affordable
  5. Bed time at InterContinental London Park Lane
  6. Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park
  7. Holiday Inn Bloomsbury
  8. Holiday Inn London Heathrow T-5
  9. British Airways handbag only fares
  10. British Airways London Heathrow T-5 Galleries First Class Lounge

December 2015 Hotel Promotions

Accor Hotels

Le Club Accorhotels

Hotel Brands: Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, Suite Novotel, The Sebel, Ibis, Ibis Styles, Adagio, Thalassa Sea & Spa.

Accor Hotels Brand Profile – Loyalty Traveler

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 it has such a small footprint in the USA. My primary hotel stay strategy is earn points in USA and spend points for most international hotel travel. I passed by lots of nice looking Accor Hotels in Pullman and Mercure brands and some not so nice looking Ibis hotels.

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.

Best Western Rewards

Hotel Brands: Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier

November 23 to February 7, 2016: Earn 500 bonus points and 10% off Best Flexible Rate at participating Best Western hotels. Promotion registration required for 500 bonus points per stay.

Best Western Nov23-Feb 7 500 bonus points

Best Western Bonus Offers is a page with hotel specific bonus points promotions like double points.


Choice Privileges

Hotel Brands: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn.

November 19 to January 15, 2016: Choice Privileges Triple Points

Choice Privileges Triple Points

Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges Triple Points Nov 19-Jan 15 is good value

Choice Privileges Program Guide

Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash Reward Nights – the concept is simple. You need 8,000 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 8,000 points + $60.

Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges launches Points Plus Cash rewards (Jan 23, 2015)

Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash Trick (Jan 30, 2015)

Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash model is closest to the IHG Rewards Club model. This also means members can build points balances buying and canceling hotel reward stays at the rate of $7.50 per 1,000 points, rather than the normal purchase price of $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. Nordic Choice Club has more hotels than any other hotel chain in the region and partners with Sokos in Finland to provide over 230 hotels in Nordic Europe for earning loyalty points.

Loyalty Traveler – Nordic Choice Club Guide for North Americans

Choice Hotels BRG free night claim

Choice Hotels free night with approved Best Rate Guarantee. Here is a post on my experience claiming a successful Best Rate Guarantee with one free night Loyalty Traveler – Choice Hotel BRG free night claim (Feb 28, 2014).

Club Carlson Promotions

Hotel brands: Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn, Country Inn & Suites, Quorvus Collection.

Current Promotions

Double Elite Nights worldwide from November 2 through December 31, 2015.

Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson Double Elite Nights Nov 2-Dec 31, 2015

Park Inn Americas 15,000 bonus points for one stay from September 30 to December 31, 2015. There are 16 participating hotels.

Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson 15K for one stay or Oh! Lord, Park Inn Fresno Again.

Radisson Hotel MegaPoints rate for 10,000 bonus points per night allows Club Carlson members to potentially pick up 10,000 bonus points for as little as $20 more per night. My post lists all the participating Radisson Hotels for this offer. I used the MegaPoints rate at Radisson Vancouver Airport on April 18 to earn over 20,000 points when stacked with triple points promotion on a $132 rate.

Loyalty TravelerList of Radisson hotels with Club Carlson MegaPoints rate for 10,000 bonus points.

Club Carlson Program News

Reward Alert: Club Carlson announced on April 3, 2015 the elimination of the Club Carlson Visa member free reward night on reward stays of 2 or more nights. Members had until May 31 to book reservations for stays from June 1 and later using the free night benefit. The new benefit changes to one free night in the USA with $10,000 in Club Carlson Visa card spend. Big blow to probably the best value loyalty benefit in the hotel industry for the past couple of years.

Loyalty TravelerClub Carlson Visa eliminates bonus award night benefit June 1, 2015 (April 6)

Club Carlson Gold elites 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 rates in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Loyalty Traveler – May 29, 2014.

Carlson 2-for-1 Gold rate


Loyalty TravelerMy Club Carlson 2-for-1 Sweden deal where 2 nights cost less than one (Oct 25, 2015)

Club Carlson Car Rental Bonus Points

AVIS – Earn 9,000 to 10,000 Club Carlson points with an AVIS 4-day rental through December 31, 2015.

Alamo Car Rental – Earn 1,500 Club Carlson points per day through December 31, 2015. Use Contract ID 7015940. The rate went up $3.00 with a frequent flyer points fee for earning Club Carlson points.

National Car Rental – Earn 1,500 Club Carlson points per day through December 31, 2015. Use Contract ID 5030270. The rate went up $3.00 with a frequent flyer points fee for earning Club Carlson points.

AVIS Airport Location Rentals

AWD Number for Club Carlson = G639300

9,000 points Coupon Code = MUHA021

  • Offer of 9,000 total Gold Points is valid on rentals of three days or longer at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Bonus Gold Points are in addition to the base points you receive each time you rent with Avis. 9,000 total Gold Points offer reflects 8,250 bonus points plus 750 base points earned.

Club Carlson Avis MUHA021

FrequentFlyerBonuses.com and LoyaltyLobby.com list a 10,000 points rental car bonus points offer from Club Carlson. The primary offer on the Club Carlson website is 9,000 points on a 4-day or longer Avis rental. This is 8,250 bonus points + 750 normal rental points for 9,000 Club Carlson points.

I did not find a direct link to the Club Carlson Avis offer, but it works. I checked Kelowna, British Columbia Canada and found the 10,000 bonus points offer for a 4-day car rental by entering MUHA002 in the coupon code box.

Club Carlson Avis MUHA002

Here are main T&C as posted on Loyalty Lobby.

  • 1,750 bonus points is valid on rentals of 1 day in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • 4,250 bonus points is valid on rentals of 2 days in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • 6,750 bonus points is valid on rentals of 3 days in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • 9,250 bonus points is valid on rentals of 4+ days in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Bonus Gold Points are in addition to the base points you receive each time you rent with Avis. 10,000 total Gold Points offer reflects maximum of 9,250 bonus points plus 750 base points earned.
  • Rental must begin by December 31, 2015.
Club Carlson Program Info

Club Carlson Hotel Brands Profile by Loyalty Traveler (Jan 8, 2014).

Club Carlson Hotel Loyalty Program Basics by Loyalty Traveler (Jan 8, 2014)

Analysis of Club Carlson award category increases at 114 hotels on March 15, 2014 (Feb 24, 2014)

Hilton HHonors Promotions

HHonors status match through January 11, 2016. Hilton HHonors is matching elite status with many hotel loyalty programs. Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond, IHG Rewards Club Platinum, Marriott Rewards Platinum, SPG Platinum elite members have been receiving HHonors Diamond elite status. I was given HHonors Diamond based on HGP Diamond. Status is valid through March 2017.

Loyalty Traveler –  Hilton HHonors Status Match for 2016 (Nov 26, 2015).

Loyalty Traveler – Hilton HHonors elite status match email ping pong (Dec 7, 2015). [ My HHonors account was upgraded to Diamond elite this same day.]

Loyalty Traveler – HHonors 2,500 points for 2-night December stays (Nov 19, 2015) This offer can be combined with the Triple Your Trip bonus points for stays during the overlapping promotion dates.

Loyalty Traveler – Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip Sep 1-Dec 31 is satisfactory value, plus new member 2,000 bonus points

Earn double points (20 points/$1) Monday to Thursday nights and triple points (30 points/$1) Friday to Sunday nights. All hotels worldwide participating.

HHonors Triple Points Sep1-Dec31-15

HHonors News:

First Canopy by Hilton hotel Reykjavik, Iceland opens early 2016

Hilton HHonors announced in January 2015 it will only run two global promotions per year and focus on targeted member promotions. Some HHonors elite members have reported lucrative promotion offers like 100,000 points and double elite credit. You may want to check for emails from Hilton HHonors and look over your account for targeted offers.

Hilton news: Hilton purchased Parc 55 San Francisco in February, along with four other hotels in Florida for $1.76 billion using the proceeds from the sale of Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese investors.

Loyalty Traveler – Parc 55 San Francisco Hilton Hotel part of Hilton $1.76 billion purchase of five hotels

Hilton free internet access

Loyalty Traveler – Hilton Free Wi-Fi for all HHonors members begins August 2015 (March 2, 2015)

@Play – Hilton HHonors lined up with Live Nation to bring concert tickets as an option for your points.

Loyalty Traveler – Hilton and LiveNation band together for five years (Jan 16, 2015)

Hilton HHonors Loyalty Traveler Guide (July 16, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post: Loyalty Traveler Hilton HHonors Points and Money Rewards table (July 16, 2014) – Hilton does not post a table for Points and Money Rewards on its website.

Loyalty Traveler post: Warning: Do Not Trust HHonors Rewards Pricing Tool (July 3, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post: Hilton HHonors 39 award category changes and 56 new hotels (July 3, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post: Marriott beats Hilton for category 1 and 2 hotels in USA (July 7, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post: Hilton HHonors Seasonal Reward Rates clarified (Jan 24, 2014).

Loyalty Traveler post: Tutorial: Finding HHonors Points & Money and Standard Rewards (Jan 28, 2014).

Loyalty Traveler table: Hilton HHonors Points & Money Rewards table (there is no table on the Hilton HHonors site showing the cost of Points & Money Rewards by hotel category. I created this one.)

Hyatt Gold Passport promotions

No global promotion announced since end of September 30, 2015 promotion.

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.

Hyatt Guest of Honor Diamond elite benefit

Hyatt introduced new benefits for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members on March 1, 2015. Hyatt’s Guest of Honor benefit allows guests staying on a reservation booked with a Diamond member’s points to receive the Diamond member benefits for the hotel stay. This means I can book my parents into a Hyatt Hotel using my points and they will receive Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond benefits like late check-out, room upgrade and free breakfast.

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members also receive two United Airlines one-time Club Passes annually.

Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt New Diamond Benefits (February 18, 2015)

Hyatt Gold Passport News: Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt Award category changes Jan 22, 2015 with 22 hotels up and 48 down (December 10, 2014)

Hyatt Gold Passport News: Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt drops My Elite 20% Discount Rate and 5,000 points Bed Type Guarantee (Dec 11, 2014)

Hyatt Mobile app promotion page and download links Expired bonus points offer, but I’ll keep the link up for Hyatt mobile app download. Hyatt mobile app earned 1,000 points per booking Oct 1- Dec 31, 2014.

Loyalty Traveler – Mobile apps for hotel discounts and bonus points: Hyatt, Club Carlson, Expedia, TravelPony (Oct 5, 2014)

Hyatt Gold Passport Program

Hyatt Gold Passport introduced 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.

IHG Rewards Club

Current IHG Rewards Club Promotions

IHG Surprises MasterCard promo Nov 15-Feb 15

IHG PointBreaks Oct 26–Jan 31 bookable and IHG buy points bonus offer to Nov 6
IHG PointBreaks reward nights are 5,000 points at participating hotels.
IHG Rewards Club Accelerate Sep 1–Dec 31 targeted offers and two free nights offer for new IHG Rewards Club members.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG Rewards Club Accelerate Sep 1–Dec 31 targeted offers (August 24, 2015)

Loyalty Traveler – Earn 2 free nights after 4 stays by Dec 31, 2015 as new IHG Rewards Club member (Oct 12, 2015)



Loyalty Traveler – IHG mobile app and bonus points breakfast package for Into the Nights. This post has the link for finding bonus points and breakfast package rates for hotels where they may not appear in a regular search. Some hotels offer 5,000 points for as low as $10 more than Best Flexible Rate.

IHG link to find hotel package rates for Bonus Points with Breakfast. Offers are generally 1,000 bonus points + breakfast; 5,000 bonus points; 5,000 bonus points + breakfast. These are often a good deal for a one-night stay to buy 5,000 points at a discount (rate is generally $20 to $40 more) if you need breakfast for the hotel stay.

Loyalty TravelerIHG Rewards Club adds elite tier at 75 nights, lowers qualification for Gold and Platinum and adds points expiration policy (April 13, 2015).

300 IHG hotels went up in points price for reward nights on May 1, many of those by 10,000 points, while 150 hotels dropped in price by 5,000 points.

Loyalty Traveler300 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 recently. There are currently no plans to merge Kimpton Karma Rewards with IHG Rewards Club. The two loyalty programs continue to function separately and IHG Rewards Club members receive no elite recognition at Kimpton Hotels. It remains to be seen how closely Kimpton Hotels will integrate with IHG loyalty programs.

Kimpton Karma Rewards Exclusive Offers provide some good discount hotel rates across the USA for bookings made in August.

Loyalty Traveler – Kimpton Karma Member Exclusive Rates offer good discounts (August 10, 2015)

Kimpton offers evening wine social, complimentary bicycle usage, pets stay free and now has introduced Nightcap Program for 17 hotels with more to join program in 2015.

Loyalty TravelerKimpton Hotels Nightcap Program free liquor social

Kimpton News – most of the San Francisco hotels dropped out of Kimpton Hotels in July 2015.

Marriott Rewards Promotions

Win 50,000 Marriott Rewards points with Gaylord Hotels email signup

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus Sep 15 to Jan 15, 2016 – targeted offers specific to member.

Loyalty TravelerMarriott Rewards MegaBonus Sep 15 to Jan 15, 2016. There appear to be four primary offers. I received the double points offer.

1. 2,000 bonus points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 20,000 bonus points.

2. 15,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights + 2,000 bonus points after each additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points.

3. 25,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights + 2,000 bonus points after each additional night, up to 45,000 bonus points.

4. Earn double points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 20,000 bonus points.

Marriott India special rates for suites and meals is a rate deal available to December 31, 2015 (May 27, 2015).

Marriott PointSavers hotels has about 35 hotels in USA, Caribbean and UK offering reward nights at one category discount. A category 5 hotel at 25,000 points per night is only 20,000 points with PointSavers award. These award discount rates also apply to 5th night free. More than half the hotels available in summer 2015 were located in the UK. These offers change seasonally and I expect new hotels to be added by September 1.

Marriott Rewards News:

Marriott Rewards counts reward nights on points and certificates for elite nights starting Nov 1, 2015

New Marriott Cash + Points Guide and reward analysis

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott International hotel brands room rate data 2015 Q3  (Oct 29, 2015)

Marriott Rewards category changes effective March 19, 2015

Some 1,400 Marriott Rewards hotels, about 1 in 3 hotels worldwide, are changing category with 75% up in reward category and 25% down. Of those going up, nearly 90% are located in the USA.

Loyalty TravelerMarriott Rewards March 19, 2015 hotel category changes are bad news.

Loyalty TravelerChecking out 52 Marriott brand hotels going down March 19, 2015 in reward night category

Loyalty TravelerMarriott Rewards category increases March 19, 2015 are 90% USA hotels

26 Protea brand hotels in South Africa join Marriott Rewards

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 TravelerMarriott to Moxy and Courtyard Europe

Marriott Rewards Points Expiration Policy Announced

Marriott introduced a policy that points expire after two years of inactivity beginning January 1, 2016. This means you will lose your points earned before January 1, 2014 if you do not have any Marriott Rewards activity in your account between then and next January 1.

Loyalty TravelerMarriott Rewards points expire after two years of inactivity effective February 1, 2016

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards free WiFi worldwide begins January 15, 2015 (December 10, 2014)

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.

Loyalty Traveler post: Marriott beats Hilton for category 1 and 2 hotels in USA (July 7, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post – Marriott Rewards Hotel + Air Package Rewards for United and other airlines (Feb 5, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler post – Tutorial: Marriott’s Cash + Points Rewards with 5th Night Free (Jan 28, 2014)

Marriott Points & Miles Deals – http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesSearchResults.mi

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Double Elite Nights for Ritz-Carlton stays in 2015.

Loyalty Traveler – Ritz-Carlton Rewards double elite nights in 2015 for Ritz-Carlton hotel stays (Jan 15, 2015).

Starwood Preferred Guest

Earn 2,015 bonus points on your first Starwood stay in December 2015. Stackable with pother promotion offers. Loyalty Traveler – The conversation. Register for 2,015 points on Starwood Hotel stay by Dec 31, 2015. (Dec 2, 2015).

Buy Starpoints at up to 25% off through December 31, 2015. Loyalty Traveler – SPG Buy Starpoints at up to 25% off by Dec 31, 2015 (Nov 18, 2015).

Loyalty Traveler – Starwood Tribute Portfolio 10K bonus points Oct 12-Dec 20, 2015 with 3 hotels in Miami, London, Palm Springs. Link to all Starwood Hotels list.

Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts rebranding from Wyndham to Starwood Tribute Portfolio

SPG Stay for More 2x Starpoints + 500 for extended stay Oct 1-Dec 20, 2015.

Loyalty Traveler – SPG Stay for More 2x Starpoints + 500 for extended stay October 1 – December 20, 2015. Promotion registration required by December 6. Earn double points (4 points/$1) on two night stays and an additional 500 points for stays of 3 or more nights. There are a large number of hotels opting out of this global promotion, around 10% of Starwood Hotels.

SPG 7,500 bonus points after 3 stays (targeted offer)

SPG Special 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 TravelerWhen 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 has a new 10th hotel brand named Tribute Portfolio. 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.

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).


Loyalty Traveler – My geographic lists for SPG category changes March 10, 2015

Loyalty Traveler post: Tutorial: SPG Browse Dates and Rates Feature (Jan 30, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler Guide to SPG Airline Partners, Transfers and Airline Direct Deposit program (July 1, 2014)

Loyalty Traveker – Starwood Preferred Guest Cash and Points Awards Guide

Hyatt beats Starwood in USA for category 1 and 2 hotel awards (July 3, 2014)

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Hotel Brands: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Grand, Wyndham Garden, Tryp by Wyndham, Wingate by Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Microtel Inn & Suites, Ramada Worldwide, Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn, Dolce Hotels & Resorts.

Dec 1 – Feb 29, 2016 Wyndham Rewards earn 3,000 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles per stay, for up to 15,000 bonus miles after five stays.

Loyalty Traveler –Wyndham Rewards 3,000 AA bonus miles per stay Dec 1-Feb 29, up to 15,000 miles


Wyndham Rewards GoFree and GoFast Rewards

Wyndham Rewards made major changes to its hotel loyalty program in May 2015. The value of Wyndham Rewards points for hotel stays has greatly improved. I wrote a series of articles in May 2015 analyzing the changes.

Loyalty Traveler – Berlin trophy travel with incredible new Wyndham Rewards points value (May 10) – this article looks at the value of all 7,000+ Wyndham brand hotels worldwide changing to 15,000 points per reward night.

Loyalty TravelerLoyalty brilliance in the new era of Wyndham Rewards (May 12) – 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 $95 per night.

Loyalty TravelerWyndham Irvine SNA Airport high points value with Go Fast award stay (May 12)

Loyalty Traveler – Pick up a quick 9,000 Wyndham Rewards points for about $110 to $130 (May 14) – Wyndham Rewards members can buy 5,000 points for $55 in a calendar year. Wyndham Rewards also offers 3,000 bonus points on your first stay and a minimum 1,000 points earning for any hotel stay in the new program. Earning 9,000 points for about $110 to $130 is fairly easy and those 9,000 points can easily save over $200 on three GoFast reward nights.

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.

Loyalty Traveler Research:

Loyalty TravelerClub Carlson Visa eliminates bonus award night benefit June 1, 2015 (April 6)

Loyalty TravelerMy geographic lists for SPG hotel award category changes March 10, 2015

Loyalty TravelerMarriott Rewards March 19, 2015 hotel category changes are bad news.

Marriott also introduced a policy that points expire after two years of inactivity beginning January 1, 2016. This means you will lose your points earned before January 1, 2014 if you do not have any Marriott Rewards activity in your account between then and next January 1.

Loyalty TravelerMarriott Rewards points expire after two years of inactivity effective February 1, 2016

2015 sees expanded free internet access in Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood Hotels. Pretty much every major hotel chain, even Hilton, now has a free internet access worldwide policy for loyalty members across more than a dozen hotel chains. Hilton free internet access for all HHonors members begins August 2015.

Loyalty Traveler – Hilton Free Wi-Fi for all HHonors members begins August 2015 (March 2, 2015)

Loyalty Traveler – Free Internet Rules for 2015 across major hotel brands (Feb 5, 2015)

2015 Cancellation Policy changes with Hilton, Marriott and Starwood.

The other major trend is a change in cancellation policies with Hilton, Marriott and Starwood announcing Day Before Arrival policies worldwide for hotel reservation cancellation without penalty. Hilton and Marriott require cancellation by 11:59pm day before arrival and Starwood requires 6pm day before arrival.

Global Airline Passenger Traffic Data 2014 (Dec 12, 2014) Europe and Asia have more airline traffic than North America.

Average rates for most and least expensive hotel chain brands in Q3 2014 (Dec 8, 2014)

Difficulty of getting IHG Best Price Guarantee claim approval for international hotels

Which Hotel Programs count award stays for elite membership?

Hyatt and Starwood brands average room rates compared (based on 2014 Q-1 average rates by brand)

Average Hotel Rates for Hilton and Marriott brands

Use Google Flights to find low cost routes around Europe

Finding low airfare routes with Skyscanner

Norwegian Air USA to Europe under $500 round trip August-September 2014 (July 24, 2014) Norwegian Air $89 checked bag fee OAK-Stockholm comes with assigned seat and meals

InterContinental Chicago O’Hare rebranded to Loews Chicago O’Hare and YouFirst Benefits (July 25, 2014)


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.

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