Maximizing your hotel points earnings means more than just booking stays and using a hotel credit card. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for opportunities to earn bonus points through each hotel loyalty program’s limited-time promotions. Some of them are seasonal, and some apply only to certain destinations or hotels.
Be sure to register for the promotions that require it since many won't automatically deposit points into your account if you’re not signed up before your stay.
All promotions are subject to availability, and blackout dates may apply.
Double points on Homes & Villas stays through Aug. 31
Marriott Homes & Villas is the hotel chain's vacation rental booking service. If you complete a stay at one of the properties by Aug. 31, 2021, you'll earn double Bonvoy points. The base number of points a Marriott member without elite status would earn on by booking a vacation rental through the platform is 5 points per $1 spent.
Eat Around Town bonus points
You can earn a bonus points when you eat out after becoming a member of Marriott Bonvoy's dining program. Sign-up for the Eat Around Town program as a new member by July 31, 2021, and get 1,000 bonus points when you spend $30 or more at a participating restaurant, pay with your linked card and complete an online review within the first 60 days of registering (you'll need to opt into their email program as well).
You can earn an additional 2,000 bonus points for the second order and 3,000 bonus points for the third order within the first 60 days, as long as you complete the reviews. The earning rate is 4x per dollar for most Marriott Bonvoy members and 6x per dollar for those with elite status.
2,000 bonus points per night at Courtyard Marriotts
Staying at a Courtyard Marriott could increase your Bonvoy earnings this year. Book a stay at a participating Courtyard Marriott in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean or Latin America for travel through Dec. 31, 2021. You must use the promo code 53M when booking to receive the bonus points.
» Learn more: Which Marriott Bonvoy credit card should I choose?
Up to 3x points on every stay
This sounds like a good excuse for a long weekend. The number of bonus points you could earn through Hilton's summer promotion multiplies if you stay more three nights or more between the promotional period, which runs from May 3 to Sept. 6, 2021. If you stay only one or two nights, you'll earn double points on your stay. For three nights or more, you'll earn triple points. As always, you must register for the promotion before you travel.
5,000-point bonus for joining the dining program
Hilton Honors has a dining program that lets you earn points for every dollar you spend at participating restaurants. But there's also a new member bonus of 5,000 points if you spend $25 or more at a participating restaurant within the first 30 days of joining the program and you complete an online review. This new member bonus offer ends Jan. 6, 2022.
Double Hilton Honors points
Hilton Honors members staying at Hilton properties will earn double the points when booking on this page. You can also book by phone and request "2x points."
Calling all new members: If you haven't signed up for Hilton Honors before, you can earn a few extra points within the first six months of your new membership during 2021. For your first eligible stay, you'll earn 2,000 bonus points. Following the completion of your second stay, you'll earn 3,000 bonus points.
Hilton Honors members who have stayed at least 40 nights or more in one calendar year can earn a huge chunk of bonus points. Members will receive 10,000 bonus points after their 40th night, and another 10,000 bonus points at every 10th night after that. At 60 nights, members net an additional 30,000 bonus points on top of the 10,000 Milestone Bonus points.
World of Hyatt
Bonus Journeys: 3x points for every stay of two nights or more
The latest Bonus Journeys deal is here: Get 3x points on every stay of two nights or more when you register for the promotion before your travel. The bonus applies to any minimum two-night stays between July 20 and Sept. 15, 2021. The last day to register is Aug. 20.
25% points rebate for cardholders
Travelers with the World of Hyatt Credit Card can start getting points back on their redemptions this summer. Starting June 15, cardmembers can register for this promotion and receive 25% of redeemed points back on Free Night Awards, Points + Cash stays, room upgrades, dining and spa services at participating properties. The deadline to register for this promotion is Aug. 20, 2021 and cardholders can earn up to 30,000 points through this promotion.
500 bonus points at new World of Hyatt hotels
Check out World of Hyatt's list of new properties for a chance to get 500 easy bonus points if you stay during the promotional period, which varies by property. The promotional period is usually at least three months long — so you have time to take advantage of these new accommodations. This list is updated frequently, so can check often for new offers.
3,000 bonus points for traveling with pets
Book a pets + points package with IHG to bring your pet on your next trip, save on pet fees and earn 3,000 bonus points. You must book and complete the stay by Sept. 15, 2021.
New members receive Reward Night after two qualifying stays
If you haven't joined IHG yet, you could earn a free award night right off the bat with this new member promotion. Sign up for IHG Rewards Club and register for this promotion to earn a Reward Night after you stay twice between June 1, 2021 and September 6, 2021.
You'll receive the Reward Night up to six week after you complete your two qualifying stays and it's valid for 120 days after it hits your account. The Reward Night can be redeemed for up to 40,000 points.
Triple your points
IHG's summer promotion is similar to the one going on at Hilton. Register for the promotion and stay twice between now and Aug. 16, 2021, and you'll earn double points on your second stay. Stay three times or more and you'll earn triple points on your third stay and any stays after that. IHG Rewards Club credit cardholders also qualify to earn an additional 3,000 bonus points on their second and third stays for a total of an extra 6,000 points.
Bonus points for dining
Earn 500 points for the first reservation you book through IHG's website, powered by OpenTable. Then earn up to 300 points for any subsequent reservations.
Order from Grubhub for delivery to your hotel through IHG's website and earn up to 500 points and 250 points for every delivery after that.
Join IHG Dining Rewards and earn 1,000 bonus points if you dine at a participating restaurant within 30 days of joining, spend $30 or more and complete an online review. That's in addition to the 1x, 5x or 8x points you earn per $1 spent at the restaurant. The new member bonus offer ends Jan. 6, 2022.
Bonus points packages
See if your travel plans could earn you extra points when you book with Bonus Points Packages. You could earn up to 5,000 points per stay at participating InterContinental Hotels. Plus, the bonus points count toward earning elite status.
2x points on stays this summer
You can earn double points on all stays at a Radisson property in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean between June 21 and Sept. 12, 2021. Register for the promotion and book by Aug. 29.
3,000 bonus points when you book 2+ nights on the mobile app
Earn an easy 3,000 bonus points when you use the Radisson Rewards mobile app to book a minimum 2-night stay. You can only earn this bonus once.
Stay two nights, earn a free night promotion
Through Wyndham’s Stay Two Nights, Earn a Free Night promotion, you can stay two consecutive nights or more to earn 6,500 bonus points. Combined with Wyndham members' normal earning rate, you'll earn at least 7,500 points for your stay, which is enough for a free night at certain properties. Book by Sept. 2, 2021 and complete your stay by Sept. 6, 2021. You can take advantage of this promotion up to three times.
Double Points rate
You can earn 2x the points on your stay when you book a hotel with this rate as part of an ongoing promotion. Check here to see if your next destination has a participating Wyndham property.
Bonus points with Home Chef meal kits
Cooking at home can get you a good portion of Wyndham bonus points. Wyndham Rewards members will earn 2,500 points when they order their first box of meals and 500 points for every box after that. Order through this link.
Up to 2,000 bonus points for renting a car
Avis has partnerships with both Budget and Avis to offer loyalty program members 1,000 Choice Privileges bonus points when they rent a car through the end of the year. If you rent a car for four days or more, you'll earn an additional 1,000 points. Use the links on this page to book the promotion, which also includes a discount of up to 30%.
$20 Best Western gift card for each night you stay
Best Western's promotions often involve gift cards, rather than bonus points, but they're credits you can use to get free or discounted nights all the same. This summer, register for the promotion and earn a $20 Best Western gift card for each night you stay at a Best Western property (up to five gift cards). The promotional period runs from May 17 to Sept. 6, 2021.
The bottom line
Don't miss out on these opportunities to earn extra points if they fit in with your travel plans. You should register for your hotel loyalty program’s promotions as early as possible to maximize your earnings. If you’re looking to get a larger chunk of points, you might want to consider applying for a hotel credit card. These cards usually come with a significant number of bonus points, if you meet the spending requirement.
How to Maximize Your Rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2021, including those best for:
Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card