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Your Guide to Earning Bonus Points With Hotel Promotions

Oct. 11, 2019
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Maximizing your hotel points earnings is 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. Make sure you register for the promotions that require it because many will not 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

2,000 bonus points at Courtyard Marriotts

This promotion gives you 2,000 bonus points per day of your stay at a participating Courtyard Marriott property in the U.S. or Canada. Stay through Dec. 31, 2019.

Up to 3,000 bonus points at U.S. hotels

Earn up to 3,000 bonus points when you stay at select Marriott hotels before Dec. 24, 2019. Use the promotional code “M11” when booking. There are several brands represented among the participating hotels, from a Westin in Baltimore to a SpringHill Suites in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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 Jan. 15, 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. Until Nov. 11, 2019, members also earn 8x points per dollar spent at participating locations. (The typical earning rate, which will kick in on Nov. 12, 2019, is 4x per dollar for most Marriott Bonvoy members and 6x per dollar for those with elite status.)

» Learn more: Which Marriott Bonvoy credit card should I choose?

Hilton Honors

Power Up promotion

Hilton Honors’ fall promotion gives members the opportunity to earn double points on stays completed between Sept. 9, 2019, and Jan. 5, 2019. Holders of the Hilton Honors American Express Card can earn triple points on those same stays during the promotion period. You can register for Power Up here. Hilton Honors members can earn these bonus points on paid portions of award stays as well.

New members: 7,500 bonus points for two stays

New Hilton Honors members can register for this promotion to get up to 7,500 bonus points after just two qualifying stays at any Hilton Portfolio property through the end of this year. After the first stay, you’ll receive 2,500 bonus points. After the second stay, you will earn 5,000 bonus points. Check-out for these stays must be on or before December 31, 2019.

Double Hilton Honors points

Staying at some Hilton properties will earn you double the points when you book on this site. You can also book by phone and request “2x points.”

World of Hyatt

2,000 bonus points per stay at new Hyatt brands

The World of Hyatt is welcoming four new hotel brands into its portfolio this year, and they want you to stay there. Now through Dec. 31, 2019, you can earn 2,000 bonus points for your first stay at each of the new luxury and boutique brands: the Thompson Hotels, the Joie de Vivre hotels, most Alila hotels and soon Destination Hotels. You’re capped at 8,000 points for this promotion. Eager World of Hyatt members can earn a free night, too, when they stay at all four before the end of this year.

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.

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 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 plenty of time to take advantage of these new accommodations. This list is updated frequently, so can check often for new offers.

Up to 3x points with Hyatt Bonus Journeys

You can start earning 3x points on your second stay at Hyatt Place hotels and 2x points on stays at other Hyatt hotels between now and Dec. 15, 2019. Register for this promotion by Oct. 31, 2019.

IHG

Double points at Even hotels

Even hotels are known for their wellness initiatives, like bike rentals and a workout space in your guest room. Your IHG Rewards account will be doing well, too, if you stay two or more nights between Aug. 1, 2019, and Oct. 31, 2019. Starting on the second night of your stay, you’ll start earning double the points.

2x points on hotels in Europe or New York

Get double the points when you book one of the “Double Points” rates at one of six IHG properties, including the Kimpton Fitzroy London and the InterContinental New York Times Square. Valid travel dates are Sept. 1, 2019, through Nov. 30, 2019, for the European hotels and Sept. 3, 2019, through Dec. 13, 2019, for the New York hotels.

500 bonus points for opting out of housekeeping in Europe

Some hotels are encouraging guests to go green by awarding 500 bonus points per night in return for forgoing housekeeping during your stay. Just leave the “Greener Stay” door hanger outside your room by 2 a.m or update your reservation preferences online. The ongoing program is available for two-night minimum stays at participating Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels across Europe.

Customized bonus points offers with ‘Accelerate’

IHG Rewards Club members can register for the Accelerate fall promotion to unlock opportunities to earn bonus points. Offers are customized for each member, but each offer must be completed between between Sept. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2019. You have until Oct. 18, 2019, to register.

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Radisson Rewards

3,000 bonus points for booking through the app

When you complete your first stay booked from the Radisson Rewards app, you’ll earn 3,000 bonus points. This promotion is ongoing.

1,000 bonus points for newly opened hotels

Earn 1,000 bonus points for checking out some of Radisson’s newest properties. Use the promo code NEWOPEN when booking. Check out the newest hotels participating in this promotion on this list.

Wyndham

Best available rate plus bonus points

Not only are you getting the best deal, but you can earn bonus points with your next Wyndham stay. The participating hotels are offering 2,000 bonus points for weekday stays of two or more nights. You could also earn 1,000 bonus points for weekday nights with a one-night stay or 500 points for weekend stays.

2x points and 30% off on Avis and Budget car rentals

Reserve a car rental through Avis or Budget and get 2 Wyndham Rewards points per dollar spent through Dec. 31, 2019. You’ll get 30% off base rates, too.

Choice Privileges

Free night after two stays

Register for this Choice Privileges autumn promotion to get enough points for a free night after completing two qualifying stays between Sept. 4, 2019, and Nov. 8, 2019. The number of bonus points you’ll earn depends on the number of base points you’ll receive from your two stays, but between the base and bonus points, Choice Privileges members will get at least 8,000 points in total — enough to book an award night at over 1,000 Choice hotels.

Best Western

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.

Free night voucher after staying two nights

Best Western Rewards members don’t need to build up bonus points with this fall promotion: They’ll get a free night voucher after staying two nights at any Best Western property in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean. This can be completed in a single two-night stay, or two stays of one night each at different properties. You must register before your first night’s stay, and the eligible stays must be completed by Nov. 17, 2019. You can only earn one free night voucher, no matter how many nights you stay during the promotional period.

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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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