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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.
Eat Around Town bonus points
You can earn a bunch of 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 June 18, 2020, 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 30 days of registering. 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, 2020. You must use the promo code "53M" when booking to receive the bonus points.
» Learn more: Which Marriott Bonvoy credit card should I choose?
Points Unlimited promotion
Hilton Honors members who register can earn 2,000 bonus points per stay, plus an extra 10,000 bonus points every 10 nights. The promotion runs through September 7, 2020, and there's no cap on the number of bonus points you can earn on eligible rates.
Double Hilton Honors points
Hilton Honors members staying at Hilton properties will earn double the points when booking on this site. 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 2020. 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
Register for "Bonus Journeys" and you can earn 3x points starting on your second stay during the promotion period of June 15, 2020, to Sept. 15, 2020. The maximum number of points you can earn from this promotion is 200,000, and the deadline to register is Aug. 31, 2020.
15% point rebate
World of Hyatt members can get 15% of their redeemed points back as bonus points when they redeem points for free night stays, room upgrades, Cash + Points stays, dining, spa services and more through Oct. 8, 2020. Hyatt credit card holders qualify for an additional 10% rebate for a total of 25% bonus points when they book with points. World of Hyatt members should register here. Cardmembers should register for the promotion here.
Dine local, earn triple points
Even if you're not staying at a Hyatt hotel, you can earn a good chunk of points just by dining there. Through Oct. 8, 2020, World of Hyatt members can earn 3x points on dine-in, takeout or delivery at participating restaurants at Hyatt properties. The offer is only valid to people who are not staying the night. Registration is not required.
Double Your Points rates
Some Hyatt hotels are offering "Double Your Points" rates as part of this year-long promotion. The offer is valid for stays until Dec. 31, 2020, and you must be a World of Hyatt member before making your reservation to qualify.
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.
2x points at new hotels in Asia
IHG members can earn double points when they stay at select IHG hotels by December 31, 2020. Crowne Plaza and Kimpton are some of the brands of the participating hotels in various cities across Southeast Asia and South Korea.
This deal comes with savings as well. Radisson Rewards members can save up to 25% and earn 2,500 bonus points per stay at participating properties when they book by July 14, 2020. The promotion is valid for stays through Aug. 31, 2020.
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.
$25 gift card for staying and filling up this summer
This promotion won't give you bonus points specifically, but it's worth knowing about. Members can earn a $25 Best Western gift card by completing a qualifying stay at a Best Western property from June 15, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2020. In addition, you must purchase at least $10 worth of gas (or charge for your electric vehicle) within 10 days of your stay. To receive the gift card, email the following to [email protected] by Sept. 5, 2020:
A copy of your fuel receipt showing the amount spent and date.
The confirmation number and hotel location of your Best Western stay.
Your Best Western Rewards member number.
Members can only earn one gift card during the promotion, and the gift card expires Dec. 31, 2020.
500 bonus points per night for opting out of housekeeping
Best Western Rewards members can earn 500 bonus points per night when they choose to skip housekeeping services. Let the front desk know or hang the door hanger at participating hotels to opt out of the service. There is a two-night stay minimum to take advantage of this offer. Best Western locations with an on-site restaurant may give you food and beverage credit instead of the bonus points.
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Stay two stays, earn a free night
Choice Privileges' summer promotion gives members a free night in the form of bonus points. When members register for the promotion and stay twice between June 10, 2020, and Sept. 7, 2020, they'll earn between 5,000 and 8,000 bonus points (depending on the base number of points earned). The total will be enough for an 8,000-point award night at more than 1,000 Choice Hotels.
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 2020, including those best for:
Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card