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May 2019 Hotel Promotions Guide

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

  1. Best Western Rewards
  2. Choice Privileges
  3. Hilton Honors
  4. World of Hyatt
  5. IHG Rewards Club
  6. Marriott Rewards (Ritz Carlton Rewards/Starwood Preferred Guest combined August 18, 2018)
  7. Radisson Rewards
  8. Wyndham Rewards
  9. Le Club Accorhotels

May 2019 promotions for each major hotel loyalty program, along with major program information and news.

134 Hotel Brands in Top 10 loyalty programs

May 2019 hotel loyalty promotions

Best Western Rewards

Best Western 3,000 points each stay, register by May 7, book by May 19, stay by Sep 2 (targeted)

10,000 points for $55 Daily Getaways offer on May 21. Maximum purchase 50,000 points.

[expired] Best Western free night after two stays Feb 4-April 14 (Loyalty Traveler Feb 2, 2019).

Feb 4-April 14 Stay two times and earn one free night in USA, Canada or Caribbean. Limit one free night per member during promotion. Best Western Rewards members who are residents of USA, Canada and Caribbean can stay at any BW hotel worldwide to earn this offer.

[expired] Best Western USA-Canada weekday 10K rewards Nov 15-Jan 15, 2019 is one of the best value offers from Best Western Rewards for 2018.

[expired] Best Western Rewards: Double Points September 17 – November 18, 2018 earn 20 points/$1 for stays worldwide. This promotion is targeted to North America members.

[expired] Best Western Rewards: May 21-September 3, 2018 Earn $20 Best Western Travel Card after first stay and 2,000 bonus points for every additional stay. Promotion registration required at bestwestern.com/summercombo2K.

Loyalty Traveler article.

Additional offers can be found at the bottom of the Best Western Earn Rewards page.

Choice Privileges

Choice Privileges 8,000 points every 2 stays May 7-Aug 9, 2019 earn a minimum 5,000 bonus points or 8,000 total points.

Buy Choice Privileges for about $5.00 per 1,000 points in 2019 Daily Getaways May 15, 2019.

[expired] Choice Privileges Buy Points up to 50% Bonus for purchases through April 22, 2019 reduces the purchase price from $11.00 per 1,000 points to $7.33 per 1,000 points when you buy 45,000 points for $330. This promotional offer also raises the maximum annual points purchase limit of 50,000 points to 75,000 points.

This is the lowest price I have seen Choice Privileges sell points. While you can wait until May and take a chance at buying points during the Daily Getaways offers for around $5.00 per 1,000 points (based on 2018 prices if those remain unchanged for 2019), that is not necessarily a sure purchase opportunity. In some years Choice Privileges points sell out quickly within the first minutes of the sale. Plus, we do not know for sure Choice Privileges is participating in the sale before a preview is released on April 29.

Choice Privileges 8,000 points every 2 stays May 7-Aug 9, 2019 earn a minimum 5,000 bonus points or 8,000 total points.

[expired] Choice Privileges 8,000 points for 2 stays Feb 26-Apr 26 is the standard recurring offer for Choice Privileges. After any two stays, Choice Privileges points are added to your base points earned up to 8,000 points. If your two stays are more than $300 base spend, then a minimum 5,000 points are added to your base points. This promotion favors the low spender, but hotel base rate (before tax) must be at least $40 to be eligible for promotion.

[expired] Choice Privileges Double Points Dec 4-Feb 15, 2019 is an offer for 20 points per $1 for any Choice Hotels stays worldwide (in countries where Choice Privileges points are earned).

[expired] Choice Privileges: earn 8,000 points every 2 stays Sep 12 – Nov 9, 2018.

Commonly recurring promotion for 8,000 total points after 2 stays. This is equivalent to regular points earned from $800 in hotel spend. Promotion bonus adds bonus points to regular points 10 points per dollar earned from 2 stays for 8,000 total points. Spend $200 on Choice Hotels room rate on 2 stays and earn 2,000 regular points + 6,000 bonus points for 8,000 total points. There is a minimum level bonus of 5,000 points for members who spend more than $300 on two stays to earn over 3,000 regular points.

[expired] Choice Privileges: Buy 5,000 to 50,000 points for 40% bonus points through Sep 13. Rate drops from $11 to $7.86 per 1,000 points. Keep in mind that Points Plus cash reward stays allow members to buy points at $7.50 per 1,000 points.

[expired] Earn 8,000 points after 2 stays June 12-August 17

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

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

 

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors Double Points May 6-Sep 8, 2019, plus bonus for 10 to 20 stays (April 29, 2019).

Hilton Honors points on sale for $5.00 per 1,000 through May 28, 2019. Maximum purchase 160,000 points.

Hilton Honors $5.00 per 1,000 points on Daily Getaways June 4, 2019.

[expired] Hilton Honors: Earn 2K per stay + 10K every 5 stays or 10 nights Jan 4-May 5, 2019

Hilton Honors Points Unlimited promotion offers 2,000 bonus points per stay and an additional 10,000 bonus points every 5 stays from January 4 to May 5, 2019.

[expired] Hilton Honors: Buy Points 80% or 100% through February 26, 2019 (member targeted offers). My offer is 100% for this promotion.

[expired] Hilton Honors: Buy Points 80% or 100% through December 18, 2018 (member targeted offers). My offer is 80% for this promotion.

[expired] Hilton Honors: Sep 10-Jan 3, 2019 Double Points-Triple Points

2x points (20 points/$1) at hotels worldwide with 3x points (30 points/$1) at Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria and other participating resorts.

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

 

World of Hyatt

Hyatt 40% bonus points May 6-June 11 reduces price to $17.14 per 1,000 points. Daily Getaways sale June 3 drops price to $10-$11 per 1,000 points.

Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt 40% bonus points May 6-June 11 and June 3 Daily Getaways even better price

Hyatt More Points global promotion Feb 15-May 15, 2019, beginning with second stay, earn 1,000 bonus points per night or 1,500 bonus points per night at Hyatt House or Hyatt Place. Must register by March 31. Free night award stays count too for bonus points.

Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt 1,000 bonus points per night; 1,500 Hyatt House or Hyatt Place Feb 15-May 15, 2019

Hyatt 259 hotel award changes March 18, 2019 listed by award category

[expired] Hyatt buy points 30% bonus to Feb 22 reduces purchase price from $24.00 per 1,000 points to $18.46 per 1,000 points when you buy 5,000 to 55,000 points. Since bonus points do not count toward annual purchase limit, this sale allows a member to buy up to 71,500 points for $1,320.

World of Hyatt-Small Luxury Hotels of the World benefits start Dec 6, 2018 – over 50 SLH hotels have partnered with World of Hyatt for earning and redeeming Hyatt points.

World of Hyatt Points & Cash change to 50% flexible rate cash payment.

Analysis: Hyatt Points + Cash value after Nov 1, 2018 change to 50% standard rate (Nov 12, 2018).

Analysis Hyatt Points+Cash Category 3 and 4 hotels

Analysis Hyatt Points+Cash category 5 reward value

[Expired] There are three World of Hyatt promotions for bonus points and miles you can use for December 2018 stays, but you have to register for two of them by November 30.

[expired] World of Hyatt September 1 to November 30, 2018 “Make Your Travel Add Up to More” autumn 2018 promotion for nights stayed. Stay 5 nights and earn 2,500 bonus points. Stay 40 nights in the 91 days and earn 60,00 bonus points.

Yawn! Fall Hyatt promo 5 nights earn 2,500 bonus points (Aug 29, 2018).

IHG Rewards Club

IHG Rewards Club Accelerate May 1-August 31, 2019 individual member targeted tasks.

Loyalty Traveler – My IHG Accelerate Summer 2019 tasks posted May 1 for 37,700 points with 5 nights. My projected earnings are 54,000 points with $444 + 30,000 points in spend on 5 hotel nights in Europe at Hotel Indigo $304 (IHG Mastercard discount rate 3 night stay), Crowne Plaza (Points and Cash stay 30,000 + $42 for $250 room night) and Holiday Inn (Best Flexible Bonus Points rate with breakfast for two + 3,000 bonus points).

Loyalty Traveler – Past 3 IHG Rewards Club promotions: 16 nights for $1,000 with 50,000 points remaining (May 6, 2019).

Loyalty Traveler – IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks 95 hotels to May 31, 2019

IHG partner rate 30% discount in Europe

Mastercard and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards both have a 30% discount rate and 20% Breakfast rate discount for participating hotels in Europe based on Best Flexible Rate. Book by December 31, 2019 for hotel stays through December 31, 2020. This rate dropped the room rate from $137 to $101 per night for a 3-night stay I booked at a Hotel Indigo in Europe this summer.

Loyalty Traveler – Some great IHG discounts in Europe through Hertz partner rate

Discount looks to be the same with either offer. Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership is free to join of you do not have a Mastercard.

[expired] IHG Rewards Club points for $5 per 1,000 points Daily Getaways May 6 – unlike previous years, this year’s offers sold out. Far fewer sets of points were offered, about 20% of sets offered in 2018.

[expired] IHG Rewards Club Free Nights. Faster. Jan 15-April 30, 2019. Individual targeted tasks for each member with opportunity to earn at least 40,000 bonus points for completion of all tasks.

IHG Rewards Club ‘Free Nights. Faster.’ promotion Jan 15-Apr 30, 2019 (Jan 7, 2019).

I earned over 60,000 points on 3 hotel nights in Warsaw between Feb 28 and March 6, 2019.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG Free Nights Faster final tally 60,757 points earned on $291 for 3 nights (March 18, 2019).

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Feb 25 – May 31, 2019.

[expired] IHG Rewards Club 75% buy points bonus Jan 24-Feb 28

[expired] IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Nov 26 – Feb 28, 2019.

[expired]  Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks entire list for stays by Feb 28, 2019.

[expired] IHG Rewards Club: Sep 16-Dec 31, 2018 IHG Double Points and More (Accelerate-like).

Targeted tasks for a minimum 15,000 bonus points. My promotion required stays in 3 different brands to earn 38,400 bonus points, in addition to double points worldwide.

IHG Program Changes
Loyalty Traveler – IHG Points and Cash variable pricing is here (May 7, 2019). This article shows examples from three hotels in Fort Lauderdale and Prague where I noticed for the first time in May 2019 that many hotels charge different cash rates for 5,000 points on different dates. For example, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers charges 30,000 points + $33 to buy 5,000 points on one date and 30,000 points + $42 on another date to buy 5,000 points. There is no direct correlation to the day of week or Best Flexible Rate. The 30K+$42 rate appears on dates when the room rate is less than the rate on another date when the Points+Cash rate is 30K + $33.

Loyalty Traveler – Pointbreaks reward nights at 5K, 10K and 15K July 23-Sep 30, 2018

Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks restructured to 5, 10 and 15,000 points (Jan 28, 2018).

Loyalty Traveler – 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: 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 Double Points March 19-June 4 global promotion

Marriott Buy Points 25% off to May 15, up to 50,000 points for $9.38 per 1,000 points.

[expired] Marriott Europe 30% off flash sale May 3-6 for stays June 14-Sep 16, 2019. This flash sale allowed me to book a Westin hotel night with breakfast for $73.35 when the rate on May 7 for the same room with breakfast priced at $148.17.

There is a great offer if you have not yet registered for Marriott Bonvoy membership.

Marriott Bonvoy new member 2 stays within 4 months earns free night (Feb 26, 2019).

March 5, 2019 Hotel category changes

Marriott Bonvoy 400 hotels change category March 5, 2019 and new Category 8 in effect

Marriott Rewards 2018 hotel reward category changes:

[expired] Marriott Rewards: MegaBonus Sep 26-Jan 31, 2019 earn up to 3,000 bonus points per stay with 2,000 bonus points for 2-night or more stays beginning with first stay. Earn an additional 1,000 bonus points for each stay in a different Marriott brand (29 brands), beginning with second different brand during promotion.

Radisson Rewards

[expired] Radisson Rewards Mystery Bonus Deal April 1-April 30 Buy Points with 30% to 50%

[expired] January 15 – March 31, 2019: Earn up to 120,000 points with Radisson Rewards hotel nights.

  • Stay 1 Night: Earn 1,000 Bonus Points
  • Stay 1 additional Night: Earn 2,000 additional Bonus Points (totalling 3,000 Bonus Points)
  • Stay 3 additional Nights: Earn 7,000 additional Bonus Points (totalling 10,000 Bonus Points)
  • Stay 5 additional Nights: Earn 40,000 additional Bonus Points (totalling 50,000 Bonus Points)
  • Stay 10 additional Nights: Earn 70,000 additional Bonus Points (totalling 120,000 Bonus Points)

[expired] Radisson Rewards 50K points for 10 paid or reward nights by March 31, 2019 (Jan 16, 2019).

[expired] Some deals on Radisson Rewards premium rooms 2x points and elite nights (Dec 5, 2018)

[expired] Radisson Rewards: August 30 – November 30, 2018 earn 2,500 Aeroplan miles per stay in USA and Canada. Maximum 5,000 Aeroplan bonus miles may be earned.

[expired] Radisson Rewards: through Sep 30, 2018 Buy Points 30% Bonus reduces the purchase price from $7.000 per 1,000 points to $5.38 per 1,000 points. Regular points purchase limit of 60,000 points annually increases to 78,000 points with this sale.

[expired] Radisson Rewards Double Points July 9-August 31 on stays of 2 nights or more.

[expired] Radisson Rewards Dream Deals June 25-Sep 2 earn 5,000 bonus points per stay (eligible stays must be booked by July 8).

Radisson Rewards – NOWOPEN promotion for 1,000 bonus points at new hotels in Americas.

Radisson Rewards: 2018 reward category changes March 1, 2018 at 124 hotels

 

Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program merged into Marriott Rewards August 18, 2018. Marriott Rewards became Marriott Bonvoy March 5, 2019.

Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards accounts can be linked and points transferred between programs at ratio of 1 Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points.

 

Wyndham Rewards

Any value left in Wyndham Rewards after April 3 changes (April 5, 2019).

Wyndham restructures reward nights April 3, 2019 (Feb 19, 2019).

Wyndham Rewards properties change GoFree award nights from 15,000 points for any hotel to a 3 tiers at 7,500 points, 15,000 points and 30,000 points. GoFast awards become 1,500; 3,000 and 6,000 points + 65% copay based on hotel’s flexible rate for the date. New elite membership tiers take effect too.

List of hotels at Wyndham Rewards 30,000 points rate (April 8, 2019).

[expired] Wyndham Rewards: Wyndham Rewards earn 7,500 bonus points per stay for Masterpass payment on up to 2 hotel stays by September 1, 2018.

Wyndham Rewards Masterpass payment 7,500 bonus points per stay

Wyndham Rewards: Program devaluation – Wyndham Rewards GoFast copay now pegged to room rate

(expired) 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.

 

Hotel redemption values I found in my 2018 stays across 9 loyalty programs.

Loyalty Traveler – Deconstructing 85 hotel nights in 2018 by loyalty program points redemption value (April 19, 2019)

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.

 

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