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Your Guide to Earning Bonus Points With Hotel Promotions

March 30, 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

Elevated Earning promotion

Starting with your second stay during the Elevated Earning promotion, you can earn 2,000 bonus points per stay at a Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Register for the offer first, and you will be eligible for the bonus on second, third, fourth stays (and so on) between March 17 and June 14, 2020. There’s no limit to the number of bonus points you can earn.

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 April 30, 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 promo code “53M” when booking to receive the bonus points.

» 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.”

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 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.

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.

IHG

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.

50% more bonus points at new and featured IHG hotels

Now through March 31, 2020, IHG members can earn 50% more points when they stay at select IHG hotels by April 30, 2020. EVEN, InterContinental, Hotel Indigo and Crowne Plaza are just some of the brands of the participating hotels in various cities across the U.S.

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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Wyndham

Earn 5,500 bonus points for staying twice

Register for Wyndham’s spring promotion so you can earn a free night. When you register for this offer by April 26, 2020, and complete two qualifying stays by May 21, 2020, you’ll receive an additional 5,500 bonus points on top of what you already earn. Combined with the points you’ll earn with your stays, you’ll have at least 7,500 points — enough for an award stay at the first tier of hotels in Wyndham’s award chart.

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

Stay two nights, earn a free night

This offer isn’t for bonus points exactly, but the reward is ultimately the same. If you stay two nights at eligible Best Western properties during the promotion period from Feb. 18 to April 20, 2020, you’ll receive a voucher for a free night that you can use on your next stay. The voucher expires 70 days after you earn it. Make sure you register for this promotion before you book your next nights at a 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.

Choice Privileges

Hit the Road to Free Nights

Choice Privileges’ spring promotion offers a free night to members that complete two qualifying stays between March 7, 2020, and April 27, 2020. Participants should register for the promotion before the first qualifying stay. Including both the base points and bonus points from the two stays, Choice Privileges members will receive at least 8,000 points, enough for a free night.

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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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