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Your Guide to Earning Bonus Points With Hotel Promotions

Feb. 19, 2020
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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.

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.

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Marriott Bonvoy

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 Mar. 3, 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.

Resort credit escape

While this promotion won’t give you bonus points, it will give you some extra spending money. Stay at a participating Marriott resort in Canada or the U.S. through March 31, 2020, and you’ll receive up to $100 in nightly resort credit to use on dining, golfing, spa treatments or other on-property services. Book by Jan. 31, 2020 with the promo code “ZX0.”

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

Hilton Honors

Points Unlimited promotion

The winter/spring Hilton promotion is on. 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 May 3, 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.”

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

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


Up to 4x bonus points per night

You can earn up to 100,000 bonus points through IHG’s latest promotion, which is based on how many nights you spend at IHG properties. IHG Rewards members must register for the offer and book before April 15, 2020, to start earning the bonuses. The first night that you stay at an IHG hotel during the promotion will earn you 1,000 bonus points. Then you’ll earn 2x the points for every night from the second to the fifth night. Nights six to 14 will earn 3x the points. If you stay 15 nights or more, you’ll earn 4x the points. The promotion ends May 15, 2020.

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.

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Radisson Rewards

Up to 150,000 bonus points for stays through March 31

Radisson Rewards is offering several tiers of bonus points for stays in the first three months of 2020. After registering for this promotion, you’ll earn 5,000 points after your first two stays. After a third stay, you’ll earn an additional 10,000 bonus points. At five stays, you’ll earn another 15,000 points. If you’re a frequent Radisson guest, you could get bonuses of 45,000 points after 10 stays and 75,000 points after 15 stays. The promotional period ends March 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.

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.

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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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