Your Guide to Earning Bonus Points With Hotel Promotions

Meghan Coyle, Sam KemmisJanuary 13, 2021

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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.

Marriott Bonvoy

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 Jan. 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 30 days of registering (you'll need to opt into their email program as well). 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 April 4, 2021. You must use the promo code "53M" when booking to receive the bonus points.

Hilton Honors

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."

Welcome bonus

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.

Milestone Bonuses

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

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 Feb. 28, 2021. 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 by Jan. 15, 2021. 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. Now through Feb. 28, 2021, 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.

Bonus journeys: 3x points on all stays

World of Hyatt members can register for a great promotion that awards triple bonus points on every stay with a checkout date before or on Feb. 28, 2021. Hyatt credit cardholders can earn up to 4x bonus points on eligible spend for stays at hundreds of participating resort locations, including some MGM properties. The deadline to register for this promotion is Jan. 15, 2021.

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.

IHG

2,000 bonus points every 2 nights

These aren't any old bonus points. IHG's spring promotion will award you elite qualifying points, meaning this bonus can accelerate your path to elite status. Plus, the requirements to earn elite status this year are 25% lower than usual, due to the slowdown in travel because of COVID-19. Register for the promotion, and then earn 2,000 IHG Rewards Club points for every two nights you stay between Jan. 20 and March 31, 2021. The maximum number of points you can earn through this promotion is 70,000 points.

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.

Free night certificate after two stays before Jan. 31, 2021

IHG aims to drive enrollment in the IHG Rewards Club program with this promotion for new members. Sign up for an IHG Rewards Club account by Sept. 30, 2020, using this link. Then, stay twice before Jan. 31, 2021, to qualify for an award night worth up to 40,000 points to be used by April 30, 2021.

Radisson

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.

Wyndham

Earn a free night when you stay twice

Between now and January, Wyndham members can register for this promotion and earn 7,500 bonus points (enough for a one-night award stay). The deadline to register and book a qualifying stay is Jan. 13, 2021, and the stay must be completed by Jan. 18, 2021.

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.

Choice Privileges

50,000 bonus points for staying at Choice all-inclusive resorts

This promotion for Choice's all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean is still going. To earn the 50,000 bonus points, you must book a stay at Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas or Sunscape Resorts & Spas for travel by Dec. 22, 2021. Book by Feb. 24, 2021.

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%.

Best Western

Stay twice to get a free night voucher

Best Western Rewards members can earn a free night when they stay twice before Jan. 31, 2021. You must register before completing your qualifying stays. The free night voucher, which should arrive within 1-2 weeks after your second stay during the promotion, expires March 31, 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.

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