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New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months.
Hilton HHonors has just opened registration of its first 2014 promotion. The “Weekend Rewards” promo runs February 1 – April 30, 2014. Members will earn 1,000 bonus points for every night they stay and an additional 5,000 bonus points for every weekend stay of two nights or more for a total potential of 9,000 points per “long weekend” – so apparently 4 nights is considered a weekend by Hilton!
Per the rest of the T&C, the offer is valid for eligible stays completed between February 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014 at any participating hotel or resort in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. To qualify for the bonus, you must first register for the promo prior to check-out of your stay within the promo period (so previously booked stays should count, you just have to register prior to check-out). Bonus points will only be awarded for portions of stays within the promo period.
With this promo, “weekends” are defined as Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Bonus points do not count toward elite status qualification.
As usual, there is a list of hotels that have chosen to not participate including resorts like the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA, and the Hilton Queenstown in New Zealand among about 300 others.
I think this is another lackluster promo on Hilton’s part. Sure travelers who max it out with every weekend stay possible can be looking at a potential total of over 100,000 points – but that’s barely one free night at a top-tier property these days and it’s definitely not tempting enough for me to book stays with them instead of my go-to’s of Starwood and Hyatt.
As a reminder here are the other hotel promos going on this first quarter of 2014:
Club Carlson: Stay 3 nights get one free (38,000 points). Stay between January 6 – April 13.
Hyatt: Earn either a free night in a Category 1-4 hotel after every 5 paid nights up to 4 free nights, or earn up to 50,000 bonus points (you have to stay 20 nights to do so) in increments of: 5 Nights = 5,000 bonus points, 10 Nights + 10,000 Points = 15,000 total promotion bonus points, 15 Nights + 15,000 Points = 30,000 total promotion bonus points, 20 Nights + 20,000 Points = 50,000 total promotion bonus points. Runs January 15 – April 30.
IHG Rewards: “Big Win” promo running through April 30, 2014. Awards vary and include free nights and bonus points.
Marriott: Megabonus offer varies member to member, but the main one is earn one free night at a Category 1-4 hotel after every 2 paid stays up to 2 free nights. Register by March 31, stay between February 1 – April 30.
Starwood: Up to 15,000 bonus points. Earn an extra 2,500 bonus points for every 5 nights up to 20 eligible nights (10,000 points). If you hit 25 nights you also get a 5,000 point bonus. Runs January 5 – April 30.