Posted by Ric Garrido

Hotel loyalty program promotions updated October 1, 2013.

Best Western Rewards

Fall 2013 Promotion – September 16-November 24, 2013: Earn 1,000 bonus points per booking (1,500 bonus points if BWR elite) through Best Western online and mobile channels for stays from September 16 through November 24, 2013.

Registration is required before hotel stay to earn bonus.

Note: this offer is advertised with Best Western Internet Only up to 20% discount, however, you do not need to book the internet only rate to earn the booking bonus. Loyalty Traveler post September 17 – Best Western 1,000 or 1,500 bonus points per booking. Account must be set for earning points to receive online booking bonus so this offer is not stackable with United Mileage Plus offer.

Sep 10 to Nov 19, 2013: Earn 750 miles in United Mileage Plus per stay. Best Western Gold elite fast-track after first stay. Loyalty Traveler Sep 5.

July 1-Dec 31, 2013: South America double points on 3rd stay offer: Registration required before first qualifying stay.

Best Western Rewards members who:

(a) reside in the U.S, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central America, or any participating country†, †Participating countries are Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

(b) book online at bestwestern.com or bestwestern.com.br, and

(c) complete at least three qualified stays* at Best Western branded hotels in a participating country† between July 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013 (“Promotion Period”), will be awarded double Best Western Rewards points for the third qualified stay, so long as all three qualified stays were booked through bestwestern.com or bestwestern.com.br.

Promotion registration and Best Western Rewards enrollment required prior to the first stay.  Maximum of one double points bonus reward per Member during the Promotion Period.

Choice Privileges

September 5 – November 13, 2013: Choice Privileges 8,000 points for two stays Sep 5-Nov 13 (Loyalty Traveler post Sep 4). The big value with this promotion is the ability to find high quality hotels in Europe and other international locations at 8,000 points at a higher market segment than hotels in the U.S. offered for 8,000 points.

Discount reward nights in Europe to November 30 Across Europe Choice Privileges cheap 8,000 points hotel reward nights to Nov 30, 2013 (Loyalty Traveler Sep 16, 2013).

High value of Choice Privileges points in Paris and Venice – Sep 18, 2013.

Club Carlson

One Million Points Global Traveler Sweepstakes (Loyalty Traveler Sep 26, 2013). Club Carlson is sponsoring three travelers in a social media travel sweepstakes. One blogger will win one million points and give away one million points.

Aug 13- Oct 15, 2013: Buy Club Carlson Gold Points with up to 50% bonus. (Loyalty Traveler Sep 5 – Buy Club Carlson points by Oct 15 as low as $4.67 per 1,000 points)

  • Buy 5,000 – 10,000 points and      receive a 20% Bonus
  • Buy 11,000 – 30,000 points and receive a 30% bonus
  • Buy 31,000 – 40,000 points and      receive a 50% Bonus

Gold Points are available for purchase in 1,000 point increments for USD 7.00, up to 40,000 points per account, per calendar year.

Loyalty Program changes:

Club Carlson devalues points-to-miles exchange rate 44%. Club Carlson made a major change in its points-to-miles transfer rate moving from a variable rate of 100,000 Club Carlson points = 18,000 miles to a fixed rate of 10 Club Carlson points = 1 mile. This change was unannounced and effective July 1, 2013.

Hilton HHonors

October 10-January 31, 2014: More Nights, More Points

  • Double Points (20 points/$1) for 2-night stays.
  • Triple Points (30 points/$1) for 3-night stays.
  • Quadruple points (40 points/$1) for 4-night or longer stays.Thursday nights.
  • Registration at HHonors.com/more (Note: link is not working yet as of October 1).

Loyalty Traveler post: Hilton HHonors More Nights, More Points Q-4 Promotion only rewards extended stays September 30, 2013.

December 31, 2013: Earn 1,000 bonus points for every hotel stay booked with iPhone App by December 31, 2013 for stays through December 31, 2014. Download Hilton iPhone app here.

Hilton Lake Las Vegas 1,000 bonus points per night to Jan 1, 2014 Stays at the former Ritz-Carlton earn 1,000 bonus points per night for the rest of the year.

Conrad and Waldorf Astoria stays 1,000 United miles per night to Dec 31, 2013. Register for this offer to earn 1,000 bonus miles per night on top of regular Points & Points or Points & Miles earn rate. Loyalty Traveler post (July 25) Conrad and Waldorf Astoria stays 1,000 United miles per night to Dec 31, 2013

Hyatt Gold Passport

September 9 – November 30: New Possibilities for up to 50,000 bonus points after 20 nights. Member earns 5,000 bonus points after 5 nights; another 10,000 bonus points after 10 nights, another 15,000 bonus points after 15 nights and 20,000 bonus points after 20 nights for 50,000 bonus points in all.

Loyalty Traveler post: August 22 – Hyatt promotion Sep 9-Nov 30 earns 50,000 bonus points after 20 nights.

Registration required by October 31, 2013 at goldpassport.com/possibilities and registration is available beginning September 9.

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Hyatt Costco 25% discount at 17 southwest hotels to Dec 30, 2013

Hyatt Gold Passport’s main summer news is the start of a reciprocal loyalty program partnership with MGM brand hotels in Las Vegas and mLife loyalty program.

Guide to Hyatt and Las Vegas M life benefits. Loyalty Traveler August 2 post. The basics of earning Hyatt Gold Passport and M life points at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. Benefits for Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond elites are listed for members getting an M life elite tier status match.

Hyatt Hotels changed the Hyatt Stay Certificates categories for most hotels in August 2013. I published a series of tables showing the lowest cost Hyatt Stay Certificate applicable to each Hyatt brand hotel globally.

 

IHG Rewards Club

September 1 – December 31, 2013: IHG The Big Win offer is a customized offer for IHG Rewards Club members with a big bonus for completing a set of IHG stays. You have to log in to your IHG Rewards Club account to see your own offer. There are generic offers for new members for 50,000 bonus points.

Loyalty Traveler August 25 – IHG Big Win 50,000 bonus points for new member is easy to catch and my offer is detailed here – Is IHG sending me to London for ‘The Big Win’?

July 10 through October 31, 2013 Book Direct 2,000 bonus points per stay, up to 8,000 points for stays booked through any IHG brand website or IHG.com.

September 1 to November 30, 2013: Earn 2,500 Aeroplan miles per stay. Must choose miles earning instead of points. 2,500 Aeroplan miles per IHG stay and 5,000 miles after 5 Starwood nights.

September 1 to November 30, 2013: Earn up to $100 back per stay at any of ten Holiday Inn Club Vacation Resorts in the USA.

Sep 1 – Nov 30, 2013: Fall Getaway Bonus promotion registration is required before you check out. Earn a prepaid MasterCard after completing a stay at any of ten resorts in the U.S.

  • 2-night stay = $25 card
  • 3-night stay = $50 card
  • 4-night stay = $75 card
  • 5-nights or longer = $100 card
  • Up to four awards may be earned with four separate stays.
  • Offer only valid for US, Canada (excluding Quebec) and Mexico residents.

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks for stays through October 31, 2013.

September 1 – December 31, 2013 ‘China Dream’ Free Night offer exclusive to Residents of Greater China is one free night after every two stays in different hotel brands. Earn up to four free nights. Must be resident of China, HK, Macau, Taiwan, Mongolia. Stays at IHG hotels worldwide count for this offer, but free nights may only be used at over 200 hotels in Greater China region. Friends & Family rates qualify for this offer. After each free night is earned the brands reset. This means you can earn a free night with a stay at Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza and then repeat stays at these same tow brands to earn the next free night.

IHG Hotel Rate Discounts for Europe:

IHG 2-for-1 rates are real deal in Europe (Sep 9. 2013).

Making London Affordable with IHG 2-for-1 rates (March 23, 2013).

IHG Special Rate Offers

***** Europe Rate Discount through Dec 12, 2013 offer high discounts, but these rates do not earn Priority Club points.

IHG Rewards Club has numerous targeted promotions. You can see a list of current promotion codes on post #3 of this FlyerTalk thread. Some members report getting 10,000 to 20,000 bonus points on a single stay by registering for many of these promotions. Some will work for you and some will not depending on your hotel stay pattern. Does not hurt to register though. I have not had a paid stay lately with IHG, but I will be testing these codes over the next couple months as part of the Big Win promotion.

Type in the promo code manually at this link: http://www.priorityclub.com/rewards/us/en/offers/promoreg

IHG News – Nor1 e-Standby Upgrades rolling out at all brands worldwide. Sep 12, 2013.

Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Hotels always has some kind of rate promotions happening. Check them out on this Kimpton Hotels promotions page.

Raid the Bar $10 benefit for Kimpton InTouch loyalty members. (Loyalty Traveler post Sep 25, 2013.)

Kimpton Hotels launches complimentary bikes at hotels nationwide (Loyalty Traveler August 6, 2013.)

Marriott Rewards

September 15, 2013 – January 15, 2014: Marriott Rewards – MegaBonus Sep 15, 2013 – Jan 15, 2014 (Loyalty Traveler post Aug 12)

  • Sep 15, 2013 – Jan 15, 2014 Earn one free category 1-5 night after two stays. Limit of two free night certificates for promotion.

 

Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards in Caribbean and Florida through November 30, 2013.

Marriott Rewards introduced Marriott Seasonal Awards in 2013. This new award offers hotel stays at a 25% points discount off the standard award and 5th night free rates. A category-8 hotel standard award at 40,000 points per night is reduced to 30,000 points per night with a Seasonal Award. Caribbean resorts currently offer seasonal award discounts through November 30.

Marriott Rewards Announcement

RewardsPlus launches for Marriott Rewards and United Mileage Plus members.  Major announcement of Marriott Rewards partnership with United Mileage Plus conferring elite status match to Marriott Gold elite for United Mileage Plus elites holding Gold or higher status. Marriott Platinum elites and higher get status match to United Silver elite. This is definitely a great deal for United elites. Also bonus miles when making Marriott Rewards points transfers to United miles. Loyalty Traveler post: RewardsPlus launches for Marriott Rewards and United Mileage Plus members – July 15, 2013.

Loyalty Program Change:

Marriott Rewards quiet points-to-miles devaluation and loud AA partnership (LT July 1, 2013). Marriott Rewards partners with American Airlines again after three years. Marriott Rewards changes its points-to-miles transfer tables from 125,000 points = 50,000 miles to 140,000 points = 50,000 or 35,000 miles with partner airlines. This means there is no exchange rate advantage above the 70,000 points = 25,000miles (or 17,500 miles). Air + Hotel Packages exchange rates have not been changed yet and still offer 1 point = 1 mile rate.

Ritz Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton Rewards two stays earn free night July 1-Oct 31, 2013

This is one of the best offers available among hotel loyalty promotions, however, you must be a new member to Ritz-Carlton Rewards without having previous membership in Marriott Rewards to qualify or be a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member prior to the start of this promotion.

Starwood Preferred Guest

Sep 1 – Dec 15, 2013 Take Two is double points and 2,500 bonus points after every five nights, up to 10,000 bonus points after 20 nights. Registration required by October 31, 2013. Registration is not open at time of posting. Members can apply for text message reminders through SPG promotion page. Loyalty traveler post August 5: SPG Sep 1-Dec 15, 2013 Double Points and 2,500 points every 5 nights.

Sep 1 – Dec 15, 2013 Earn up to 9,000 Aeroplan miles with 9 nights. NOTE: This offer may be combined with Take Two double points offer and can these Aeroplan miles can be earned as SPG points earner. Earn 5,000 Aeroplan miles after 5 nights, another 2,000 miles after 7 nights and another 2,000 miles after 9 nights. SPG promotion registration required. Loyalty Traveler post Sep 4: 2,500 Aeroplan miles per IHG stay and 5,000 miles after 5 Starwood nights

Starwood Hotels Discount Rates: Starpicks (global) and Beat the Timer (EMEA region). Loyalty Traveler – Rate Checks: Starpicks and Beat the Timer LTO rates Sep 13, 2013.

SPG Group for bonus Starpoints and Elite Credit. Bonus points for event bookings through December 31, 2013. (Loyalty Traveler April 17)

SPG 3x points at Europe Starwood Hotels  June 1 – Oct 31, 2013 (mainland China members only). (Loyalty Traveler April 17)

SPG 2013 Elite (re)qualification Gift 25%-35% off award stay or 2x points for a month (Loyalty Traveler April 25)

Stash Hotel Rewards

Triple Points at select hotels through March 2014. (Loyalty Traveler Sep 24, 2013).

Wyndham Rewards

Book the Best Available Rate and earn 1,000 or 2,000 bonus points at thousands of participating hotels in the USA and Canada.

 

This is the monthly summary page of the major hotel loyalty promotions, program news and discount links. On the top left menu titled October Hotel Loyalty Promotions there is a link to each of these loyalty programs with additional program specific information and links.

Loyalty Traveler wishes you a good night’s sleep wherever you may stay.

 

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

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9 Responses

  1. Rick,
    I don’t see your ratings on the promotion. This is very valuable to those of us who can’t take the time to read fine print.

  2. I’ve been registered for the IHG Book Direct promo for a while and have never seen any points. Have you had any luck? Maybe it is “invitation only” like it says.

  3. @Andreas – I had so little feedback about ratings that I dropped that aspect of the monthly promotions summary.

    My focus this quarter is getting free nights with Marriott MegaBonus and try to pick up about 50,000 IHG points with 3 paid nights.

    SPG, Hyatt and Hilton all want nights rather than stays.

    I forgot to include the SPG Aeroplan bonus miles in the original post. That is definitely a promotion for any SPG members since it is solely bonus miles and has no impact on earning points or the Take Two promotion.

  4. @Carl P – I added links to the FlyerTalk page where you can see promotion codes for dozens of offers. You never know which ones will post bonus points, but it is worth trying different codes since some IHG Rewards Club members report getting an additional 10,000 to 20,000 bonus points per stay from a variety of bonuses.

    I have not had a paid stay at an IHG hotel lately. I have been too busy burning points with PointBreaks.I plan to get at least three one-night stays in the next three months for The Big Win offer to pick up 30,000 bonus points.

  5. @Ric, good to know.. I was looking for a hotel night in San Diego for Oct 12th, I think I’ll go for a marriott for megabonus promo. Now I’ll have to find a discounted marriott

  6. I saw the link on yesterday’s post and confirmed I had them all (oh well). Thanks.

    The new Elite Next Next Stays (2 of them anyway) and the Next Stay are sweet. Those alone stacked to be 13K points on my last one night stay. They are codes 1012, 1037, 2785, 3825 and 4041. I’m not not positive which of the Elites are giving me points. I getting points from 2 and am registered for all four. They all have the same name.

    Never had any luck with the 5000 Platinum Bonus or the Book Direct.

  7. Rick, can the China dream free night promotion be combined with big win using corp rates? thx!

  8. @JW – my understanding is the China Dream promotion may not be combined with other promotion offers. You never know for sure how these things will work out until the stays are completed and the points post.

  9. I agree with Andreas — I’ve always found your ratings as a helpful way to filter through the noise of all these promotions.

    In lieu of the rankings, just hearing what you consider to be the most valuable promotions this month (or, alternatively, like in your comment, what you’re focusing on this month) would be very valuable.

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