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April 2018 Hotel Promotions Guide

This page highlights many hotel promotions for stays and points purchases currently offered in ten listed hotel loyalty programs.

  1. Best Western Rewards
  2. Choice Privileges
  3. Club Carlson
  4. Hilton Honors
  5. World of Hyatt
  6. IHG Rewards Club
  7. Marriott Rewards/Ritz Carlton Rewards
  8. Starwood Preferred Guest
  9. Wyndham Rewards
  10. Le Club Accorhotels

Use the drop down menu under this page to see recent articles I posted since the last page update here. This page is updated monthly, but not necessarily at the beginning of the month. covering individual hotel loyalty programs like Hilton, Marriott and SPG.

April 2018 promotions for each major hotel loyalty program, along with major program information and news.

Most major hotel loyalty programs have promotions for April 2018 hotel stays.

134 Hotel Brands in Top 10 loyalty programs

April 2018 hotel loyalty promotions

Le Club AccorhotelsAccor Hotels 6,000 bonus points for 3 stays by Sep 2, 2018 (must book stays by March 6).

Best Western Rewards: $10 Best Western e-gift card per stay (Feb 12-Apr 29) or 750 AAdvantage miles per stay (Feb 1-Apr 1) or 500 Aeroplan miles (Jan 8-Mar 31). Best Western travel card expires 120 days after issuance. This short validity time may make bonus miles a better value.

Best Western Rewards AAdvantage or Aeroplan bonus miles or $10 BW Travel Card per stay

Choice Privileges: Canada 3-night stay Choice Privileges 5,000 bonus points

Choice Privileges: Reward Nights Comparison Nordic Choice Club to Choice Privileges

Choice Privileges reward rates increased in Europe for Fall 2017 dates

Club Carlson: 2018 reward category changes March 1, 2018 at 124 hotels

Hilton Honors: Hilton Honors Points Unlimited Jan 1-Apr 30 promotion potential for $5 hotel nights

Hilton Honors: Restore Expired Hilton Honors points $0.0025 cents/point

Hilton discount rate: Hilton Long Weekender often best rate deal

Hilton Honors: Hilton Honors April 2018 changes benefit high elites, devaluation for other 70m members

IHG Rewards Club: IHG Accelerate Jan 1-Apr 30, 2018 registration open

IHG Rewards Club: Kimpton stay by April 30 earns 10,000 IHG points

IHG Rewards Club: 2018 IHG Rewards Club 691 hotels category shift analysis

IHG Rewards Club: IHG 2018 reward changes and why I don’t care

IHG Rewards Club: IHG PointBreaks restructured to 5, 10 and 15,000 points

IHG Rewards Club: IHG PointBreaks Jan 29-Apr 30, 2018 complete list 203 hotels

IHG Rewards Club: Only 15 of 203 IHG PointBreaks Hotels booked out in 48 hours

IHG Rewards Club: Tourist attractions earn 3,000 IHG bonus points across USA

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: Marriott MegaBonus 2K/3K per stay Jan 16-Apr 15, 2018

Marriott Rewards 2018 hotel reward category changes:

Analysis – Marriott Rewards category 1,083 hotels up, 248 down March 6, 2018

Marriott Rewards 181 category 6-8 hotels going up March 6, 2018

Marriott Rewards 262 hotels category 3-4 and 185 hotels 4-5 shift March 6, 2018

Marriott Rewards 2018 changes, 88 hotels cat 1 to cat 2; 241 cat 2-3

Marriott Rewards 2018 category changes list for 248 hotels going down March 6

Starwood Preferred Guest: SPG 145 hotels up, 131 down March 6, 2018; regional analysis

Starwood Preferred Guest: SPG Great Weeks, Grand Weekends Jan 16-Apr 15, 2018 registration open

Starwood Preferred Guest: Buy Starpoints 35% off to March 16; $22.75 per 1,000 points

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 Rewards 2 stays by July 1 earn 15K points is great deal

Wyndham Rewards: Wyndham Visa Checkout 3 stays earn 15,000 points Nov 1-Feb 28, 2018

(expired) Wyndham Rewards: 15,000 points for two Masterpass paid stays by Oct 31, 2017

Wyndham Rewards + Caesars Total Rewards loyalty program partnership with reciprocal elite benefits.

Wyndham Rewards launched an easy and simple promotion for 15,000 points after two stays completed by July 1, 2018. This is good for one free night at any hotel or 5 nights on GoFast cash and points rates.

Wyndham Rewards is a program I have focused on recently due to its lucrative Wyndham Rewards 15,000 bonus points for 3 stays with Visa Checkout payment by Feb 28, 2018. Wyndham Rewards Visa Checkout for 15,000 bonus points after 3 stays is a good value offer. This promotion required bookings by Jan 31. 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 is a quick summary of hotel redemption values I found in my 2017 stays across 9 loyalty programs.

Loyalty Traveler – 2017 Hotel Points Value in 9 programs

Loyalty Traveler – My Incredible IHG Accelerate Year in Review

The Points Guy published a general 2017 best hotel loyalty programs ranking.

Bad Habit: World of Hyatt made an unusual move in December 2017 by only informing a few select bloggers within 48 hours of hotel reward category changes where 8 hotels went up on December 13. There was no public announcement and even major bloggers like The Points Guy were not one of the chosen to receive the news before the changes went into effect. Two of the hotels that increased reward category are within 50 miles of my California home.

Did Hyatt tell you today about Dec 13 hotel category changes?

December 2017-February 2018 hotel loyalty promotions

Best Western Rewards: $10 Best Western e-gift card per stay (Feb 12-Apr 29) or 750 AAdvantage miles per stay (Feb 1-Apr 1) or 500 Aeroplan miles (Jan 8-Mar 31). Best Western travel card expires 120 days after issuance. This short validity time may make bonus miles a better value.

Best Western Rewards AAdvantage or Aeroplan bonus miles or $10 BW Travel Card per stay

Choice Privileges: Canada 3-night stay Choice Privileges 5,000 bonus points

Choice Privileges: Reward Nights Comparison Nordic Choice Club to Choice Privileges

Choice Privileges reward rates increased in Europe for Fall 2017 dates

Hilton Honors: Restore Expired Hilton Honors points $0.0025 cents/point

IHG Rewards Club: IHG Accelerate Jan 1-Apr 30, 2018 registration open

IHG Rewards Club: Tourist attractions earn 3,000 IHG bonus points across USA

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).

 

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

(expired) Wyndham Rewards: 15,000 points for two Masterpass paid stays by Oct 31, 2017

Wyndham Rewards + Caesars Total Rewards loyalty program partnership with reciprocal elite benefits.

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Here are some hotel loyalty program reward rate maps I created recently:

USA Hotel Rewards Maps

USA Reality Check: Marriott 689 to Hilton 59 category 1 and 2 hotels (Sep 27, 2017)

Hilton Honors USA Map 10,000 points hotels (58 hotels) (Sep 27,2017)

USA-Canada Map Best Western Premier Collection and Premier 55 Hotels (Sep 20, 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).

Hilton Honors Rewards Map – 32 Europe hotels with 10,000 points reward nights (Sep 26, 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).

Hotel News:

New Hotels: Ritz-Carlton Geneva, InterContinental Ljubljana, Rosewood London in US Embassy (Sep 21, 2017).

Marriott Moxy Hotels rapid 2017 expansion (Sep 11, 2017). I am seeing Moxy hotels pop up all over Europe in recent months.

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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.

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

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.

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Best Western Hotels – Best Western Rewards

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Best Western Premier Sooke, British Columbia, Canada

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.

  1. Best Western
  2. Best Western Plus
  3. Best Western Premier
  4. Best Western Vib
  5. Best Western Plus Executive Residency
  6. 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 grows to 135 hotels in Sweden

Best Western 10% reward night points rebate Platinum-Diamond elite

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

 

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Ascend Collection Farris Bad, Larvik, Norway

Ascend Collection Farris Bad, Larvik, Norway

Choice Privileges Hotel Brands U.S. website link.

  1. Comfort Inn
  2. Comfort Suites
  3. Quality Inn
  4. Sleep Inn
  5. Clarion Hotels
  6. Cambria Suites
  7. Ascend Hotel Collection
  8. MainStay Suites
  9. Suburban Extended Stay
  10. Econo Lodge
  11. Rodeway Inn
  12. Partner hotel chain: Preferred Hotels & Resorts (reward nights available using Choice Privileges points; no earning).
  13. 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).

Federal Pointe Inn Gettysburg, Ascend Collection wins Choice Hotel of the Year May 31, 2017.

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

Radisson Blu Berlin Aquadom in lobby atrium

Club Carlson US website link

Club Carlson Hotel brands:

  1. Radisson Blu
  2. Radisson
  3. Radisson Red
  4. Park Plaza
  5. Park Inn
  6. Country Inn & Suites
  7. 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 Visa eliminates bonus award night benefit June 1, 2015 (April 6, 2015)

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 Worldwide – Hilton HHonors

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Conrad Miami

Hilton Worldwide USA website.

Hilton HHonors website.

Hilton HHonors Brands

  1. Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  2. DoubleTree by Hilton
  3. Embassy Suites
  4. Hilton Garden Inn
  5. Hampton Inn
  6. Waldorf-Astoria
  7. Conrad
  8. Homewood Suites
  9. Home2 Suites
  10. Curio Collection
  11. Canopy
  12. Tru
  13. Hilton Grand Vacation

 

Hilton Tru debut in Oklahoma City as chain’s 5,000th hotel

 

Hyatt Hotels – Hyatt Gold Passport

Point Lobos Suite at Hyatt Highlands Inn, Carmel Highlands

Point Lobos Suite at Hyatt Highlands Inn, Carmel Highlands, California

Hyatt Hotels USA website.

Hyatt Gold Passport USA website.

Hyatt Hotel Brands

  1. Hyatt Regency
  2. Grand Hyatt
  3. Park Hyatt
  4. Andaz
  5. Hyatt House
  6. Hyatt Place
  7. Hyatt Centric
  8. Unbound Collection
  9. Hyatt Ziva All-inclusive
  10. Hyatt Zilara All-inclusive
  11. Hyatt Residences

Hyatt Gold Passport changed to World of Hyatt March 1, 2017

Grab Mlife Gold and Platinum tiers before 2017 World of Hyatt

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.

Guide to Hyatt Airline Partners

Guide to Hyatt and Las Vegas M life benefits

 

InterContinental Hotels Group – IHG Rewards Club

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InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

IHG.com USA website.

IHG Rewards Club Hotel Brands

  1. InterContinental Hotels
  2. Crowne Plaza
  3. Holiday Inn (Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Club Vacations)
  4. Holiday Inn Express
  5. Hotel Indigo
  6. Staybridge Suites
  7. Candlewood Suites
  8. EVEN
  9. HuaLuxe (China)
  10. Kimpton Hotels (will merge into IHG Rewards Club early 2018)

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 website.

Kimpton Karma Rewards website.

Kimpton Hotels was purchased by InterContinental Hotels Group in December 2014. Kimpton Karma Rewards is finally merging with IHG Rewards Club for 2018.

https://www.kimptonhotels.com/karma-rewards/program-evolution

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

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JW Marriott @L.A. Live – Los Angeles, California

Marriott International website.

Marriott International Brands

  1. Marriott Hotels & Resorts
  2. Renaissance Hotels
  3. JW Marriott
  4. Courtyard by Marriott
  5. Residence Inn by Marriott
  6. Fairfield Inn
  7. TownePlace Suites
  8. SpringHill Suites
  9. Autograph Collection Hotels
  10. Ritz-Carlton
  11. Delta Hotels & Resorts
  12. Gaylord Hotels
  13. AC Hotels
  14. Moxy
  15. Protea Hotels (Africa)
  16. Edition
  17. Marriott Vacation Club
  18. Marriott Executive Apartments
  19. Bulgari (exclusive luxury hotel brand does not participate in Marriott Rewards)

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 Dealshttp://www.marriott.com/specials/mesSearchResults.mi

Marriott Rewards News:

Marriott International buys Starwood Hotels (Nov 16, 2015)

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

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards 100 Protea Hotels in Africa are mostly category 1 and 2 hotels

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 – Checking out 52 Marriott brand hotels going down March 19, 2015 in reward night category

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.

USA Reality Check: Marriott 689 to Hilton 59 category 1 and 2 hotels (Sep 27, 2017)

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

Powerful lens for viewing Monarch Beach from Rtiz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California

Powerful lens for viewing Monarch Beach from Rtiz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California

Ritz-Carlton Hotels – Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton Hotels website.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards website.

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

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Westin Jekyll Island, Georgia

Starwood Hotels website.

Starwood Preferred Guest website.

Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels Brands

  1. Westin Hotels
  2. Sheraton Hotels
  3. Four Points by Sheraton
  4. W Hotels
  5. Luxury Collection
  6. Tribute Portfolio
  7. Le Meridien
  8. Design Hotels
  9. St. Regis
  10. Element
  11. Aloft

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.

SLS Las Vegas becoming Starwood Tribute Portfolio and W Hotel (Nov 9, 2015)

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 Guide to SPG Airline Partners, Transfers and Airline Direct Deposit program (July 1, 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

Ramada, Vilnius, Lithuania

Ramada Vilnius, Lithuania (left Wyndham 2017).

Wyndham Worldwide website.

Wyndham Rewards website.

Wyndham Rewards Hotel Brands

  1. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  2. Wyndham Grand
  3. Wyndham Garden
  4. Dolce Hotels & Resorts.
  5. Tryp by Wyndham
  6. Wingate by Wyndham
  7. Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
  8. Microtel Inn & Suites
  9. Ramada
  10. Baymont Inn & Suites
  11. Days Inn
  12. Super 8
  13. Howard Johnson
  14. Travelodge
  15. Knights Inn
  16. Trademark Collection

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.

Loyalty Traveler – New Wyndham Rewards elite status program coming in 2016 (Dec 28, 2015).

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.

 

Pullman Hotel Paris

Pullman Hotel Paris

Accor Hotels USA website.

LeClub Accorhotels website.

Accor Hotels Brands:

  1. Sofitel
  2. Pullman
  3. MGallery
  4. Grand Mercure
  5. Novotel
  6. Mercure
  7. Suite Novotel
  8. The Sebel
  9. Ibis
  10. Ibis Styles
  11. Adagio
  12. 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.

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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.

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