One of the fastest ways to get hotel points and status is to take advantage of their seasonal promotions. That’s how we received over 200,000 Club Carlson points last spring. Here is a rundown of some the active promotions – remember you need to become a loyalty member and you also need to register for them.
Starwood “Take Two” promotion – Starwood (SPG = Starwood Preferred Guest) is the loyalty brand for Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, The St. Regis, Walt Disney World Dolphin and WDW Swan. This promotion offers double Starpoints on eligible stays and 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights and up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints for twenty nights. Award nights are not eligible for this promotion. You need to register online between September 1st and October 31st. This is for stays between September 1 and Dec. 15th. Be warned that some properties are not participating in this promotion – click here for the list for those properties NOT participating.
Hyatt – Beginning September 9, you can earn 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your first five nights (remember the difference between a night and a stay – you may have to check in and out again unless your hotel works with you), and thousands more for every additional five nights. After 20 nights, that’s 50,000 bonus points.
||Total Bonus Points Earned|
|5 Nights||+ 5,000 Bonus Points||= 5,000|
|10 Nights||+ 10,000 Bonus Points||= 15,000|
|15 Nights||+ 15,000 Bonus Points||= 30,000|
|20 Nights||+ 20,000 Bonus Points||= 50,000|
Obviously this is geared toward the business traveler but that is not to say that you couldn’t do this mattress run toward elite status. If I was to do it, I would try to book stays at Hyatt Houses on Friday or Saturday nights when they are the least expensive. I know the one out by IAD is $65 per night. On September 9th, go to the Hyatt site to register. The promotion ends on November 30th.
IHG (formerly known as Priority Club) is the hotel loyalty program for Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo Hotels, Holiday Inn Resort Hotels, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Staybridge Suites Hotels and Candlewood Suites Hotels. The “Big Win” promotion runs from September 1st to December 31st and you will need to become a member. Sign up, register and see all the offers that you will get. This is what they wrote me “At IHG Rewards Club, seeing you win means everything. The world’s largest hotel loyalty program is bringing you our biggest promotion this year, creating offers tailored just for you. Each completed offer rewards you with a “win.” Complete them all, and you’ll earn big: 78,300 points. An unparalleled opportunity to earn and win is here. Win big and win often from September 1 to December 31.
The great thing about IHG is that a few times a year have what they call Pointbreaks, where you can book certain rooms for only 5,000 points each night. For the list of participating hotels, go to this site and look at the second message that lists them all through the world. Pointbreak rooms must be booked by October 31st. These are great deals.
Hilton HHonors – Triple Your Trip Promotion. Sign up and stay Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights to earn Triple HHonors Points from July 9 through September 30, 2013. And earn Double HHonors Points on Monday through Thursday at participating hotels and resorts. If you’re not a member, join today. Because whether you’re earning Double Points on business or Triple Points on a weekend away, you can always count on HHonors to get you to your next getaway faster. Register here for the promotion
Marriott – this promotion with United Airlines was previously discussed in this post
Club Carlson – loyalty brand for Radisson,Radisson Bleu, Park Inn and Country Inn and Suites. If you rent a car from AVIS you can earn up to 9,000 Club Carlson points. Reserve your rental with Code MUHA021. This promotion is eligible for those who are renting 3 or more days, for advance rentals only and you must give them your Club Carlson number when you make your reservation. Go here for more details.