Hotel Brands Offer Summer Promotions to Entice Travelers

Hotels are providing incentives like bonus points for loyalty program members and free nights.

Sam Kemmis, Meghan CoyleJuly 13, 2020

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As summer travel slowly picks up, some hotel brands are providing bonus award points and other perks to draw customers. While none of these promotions offer can’t-miss deals, each provides a little extra reason to stay with one of these brands on a summer road trip.

Note that some of these promotions require a membership with the rewards program and registration prior to booking. We’ll keep this page up to date as we learn of more offers.

Choice Hotels

Choice is offering a "book 2 stays, earn a free night" promotion, but it comes with a big asterisk: The "free night" is in the form of 5,000-8,000 bonus points, which is (maybe) enough to book another night.

Given how restrictive Choice points are (and the somewhat misleading marketing of this promotion), we don’t recommend going out of your way for it unless you’re already planning to stay at a Choice property. In that case, head to this page to register, then book two stays until Sept. 7.


If you’re looking for luxury digs, Fairmont’s true buy one, get one free offer is tough to beat. This promotion is available at eight hotels in major cities across the U.S. (as well as some international properties), and it’s as simple as it sounds: Book a two-night stay for the price of one.

Because of Fairmont’s complicated checkout flow, the "price per night" includes the free night. Be sure to confirm that the final total includes the promotional rate. You can also use this promo to book two rooms on a single night, though you’ll need to call the property to adjust the reservation after you book.


IHG is running a targeted promotion for some members that offers bonus points for stays through Sept. 8. The number of bonus points depends on the number of stays before that date:

  • 2x bonus points for the first two stays.

  • 3x bonus points for the third stay.

  • 4x bonus points for the fourth and subsequent stays.

Note that these are "stays," not "nights," and that not all IHG members will be offered this promotion. Check your email for a link to the registration page.


Radisson has a "Dream Deals" promotion, which includes several parts:

  • Up to 15% off for stays in the U.S. booked by July 14 for stays through Aug. 31.

  • 5% extra off for Radisson Rewards members.

  • 2,500 bonus points per stay for Radisson Rewards members.

In other words, Radisson Rewards members get up to 20% off and 2,500 bonus points per stay in the U.S. (some international destinations are offering larger discounts). No registration is required.


Hyatt is offering savings and bonus points for World of Hyatt members. The promotion, running until Oct. 8 includes:

  • Free nights on sale. All members will get 15% of their redeemed points back as bonus points. The rebate applies to almost anything you can book with points, including award stays, Cash + Points stays, room upgrades, dining, spa services and Exhale classes. Cardmembers get an extra 10% of their redeemed points back, meaning they get 25% rebate. Registration is required.

  • Free parking. Award stays now come with free parking for all members during the promotion. Guests with Globalist status will also receive free parking on paid stays as well.

  • Triple points on dining. People who aren't staying at the hotel can qualify for 3x the points on dining at participating restaurants at Hyatt properties. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are all eligible for the promotion as long as diners aren't staying at the hotel. No registration is required.

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