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Your Guide to Earning Bonus Points With Hotel Promotions

Aug. 15, 2019
Loyalty Programs, Travel
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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

Endless Summer

Earn 1,500 bonus points on stays of 2 nights or more at any of the 7,000 hotels and resorts participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program. Register by Sept. 2, 2019. Valid on stays between July 2, 2019, and Sept. 16, 2019.

1,000 bonus points per night on Barcelona hotel stays

Stay at one of six participating Marriott hotels in Barcelona and earn 1,000 bonus points per night. Reserve your room before Aug. 30, 2019, for stays until March 31, 2020.

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.

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

Hilton Honors

Go More, Get More promotion

Hilton Honors members will start earning double points on their second stay during the promotion period from May 6, 2019, to Sept. 8, 2019. You will also qualify for an additional bonus of 10,000 points after completing 10 stays, 15,000 points for completing 15 stays and 20,000 bonus points after 20 stays. You must register for this promotion to receive the bonus.

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.

40% bonus on points purchases

When you buy points through Aug. 27, 2019, you can earn a 40% point bonus on purchases of 5,000 points or more. Points can be bought in increments of 1,000. Instead of getting only 5,000 points for $120, you’ll get 7,000 points.

500 bonus points on stays booked through the app

When you book a stay through the newly redesigned World of Hyatt app, you’ll receive 500 bonus points. Your stay at a participating Hyatt hotel or resort, M Life Rewards destination or Small Luxury Hotels of the World property must be completed between by Sept. 30, 2019. Award nights count as a qualifying stay, and there’s no limit to the number of bonus points you can earn with this offer.

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.

IHG

Up to 5,000 bonus points per summer stay

Like Marriott and Hilton, IHG has its own summer promotion. Get bonus points for each stay starting with your second stay from between July 1, 2019, and Sept. 16, 2019. You’ll receive 5,000 bonus points for stays at InterContinental, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza and Even hotels. You’ll receive 2,000 bonus points for stays at Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Make sure you register for the promotion.

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.

50% bonus on select hotels

Through Sept. 30, 2019, book the Best Flexible rate at one of 18 participating hotels and select “add bonus points” for stays through Oct. 31, 2019. You’ll receive a 50% bonus on points. The hotels in this promotion range from the luxurious Intercontinental to the affordable Holiday Inn.

2x points on new hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia

Get double the points when you book the Best Flexible Rate at one of five new IHG properties, including the InterContinental Phuket Resort and the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort. You need to book by Aug. 31, 2019; valid travel dates for the promotion vary by hotel.

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Radisson Rewards

3,000 bonus points per night

Radisson’s summer offer also begins with your second stay. Register for their midyear promotion and start earning 3,000 bonus points per night on your second Radisson stay between May 27, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2019.

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

2x the points on up to 5 summer stays

Wyndham will double your points earnings on your first five stays during the promotion period when you register. This offer only applies to invited Wyndham Rewards members, so log in here to your account to see if you qualify.

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.

Choice Privileges

8,000 points or gift card for 2 summer stays

Register for Choice Privileges summer promotion to get 8,000 bonus points after you complete two stays between May 7, 2019, and Aug. 9, 2019. You could save the points or redeem them for a $50 gift card from select retailers like Amazon or Lowe’s.

Best Western

$20 Best Western gift card

Ok, this one isn’t a bonus points offering, but since you can earn a gift card that can be used for another hotel stay, it made the list. Register for the promotion and your first stay between May 20, 2019, and Sep. 2, 2019 will earn you a $20 Best Western gift card.

» Learn more: Best Hotel Credit Cards

Le Club AccorHotels

Earn 4x points at new hotels

For a limited time, get quadruple the rewards when you stay at one of AccorHotels’ newest properties before Oct. 27, 2019. You have to register for this promotion and book your stay by Sept. 9, 2019, to take advantage of the offer.

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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