23 promotions that will make your next hotel stay more rewarding

Sep 10, 2020

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Keeping track of the latest hotel bonuses is difficult — especially if you’re one of the many travelers juggling elite status at a handful of brands. However, these promos can be the best way to boost your account balances and unlock awards quickly. This guide covers all current promotions across the major hotel chains, so bookmark this page for regularly updated offers, links and other information about your favorite hotel chains. We’ll also dive in a bit about which offer will get you the most bang for your buck.

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The following promotions focus entirely on those offering bonus points or gift cards and exclude regular offers like discounts for AAA/AARP members. The list doesn’t include offers on cobranded hotel credit cards, but you can check out the following links for additional details on these cards and currently available welcome bonuses:

Best Western

Best Western has several promotions going on at the moment. The most lucrative is 2,000 bonus points per stay, which works out especially well if you’re booking shorter stays. TPG values Best Western Rewards at 0.6 cents each, making 2000 bonus points worth about $12. That certainly won’t get you a free night, but it could be helpful if you need to top up your account ahead of a redemption.

Promotion Details Register-by date Dates of stay
Best Western Rewards 2,000 Points Promotion

Earn 2,000 points on your next stay. Check to see if you’re targeted for this offer here.

Dec. 31, 2020 July 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020

Earn Aeroplan miles

Earn 500 Aeroplan miles when you stay at any Best Western hotel. Register here.

Before Dec. 31, 2020 Before Dec. 31, 2020

Related: Guide to Best Western Rewards

Choice Privileges

Choice Privileges is also running a promotion for bonus points after staying two nights. Choice isn’t known for having the fanciest hotels, but you can get rooms at hotels in its portfolio for under 8,000 points a night. You could also use those points for a stay at a nicer property, such as the Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City (20,000 points a night).

Promotion Details Register-by date Dates of stay
AMResort Free, Free, Free promotion

Spend $500 or more, earn up to 50,000 bonus points. Plus, receive extra perks, which vary by resort:

  • Free bonus night following minimum stays of two to six nights.
  • Free upgrade to the next room category at check-in.
  • Free night certificate for a future stay at any AMResorts property.
  • $200 in resort coupons.
  • Children stay for free at Dreams, Now, Reflect and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas properties.
  • Free in-room welcome amenity at Zoëry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets and Breathless Resorts & Spas properties.
Book by Sept. 30, 2020 Stays taking place before Dec. 22, 2021
Stay twice, get 8,000 bonus points

Complete two stays, get 8,000 bonus points. register here.

N/A Sept. 21 – Nov. 15, 2020

Hilton Honors

Hilton’s Double Rewards promotion is one we’ve seen before, and it’s one of my favorite hotel promos because it’s so easy to earn Hilton Honors points. This time, the promotion is a little different. You’ll earn double points and elite night credits on stays through the end of the year. If you think you’ll have a Hilton stay coming up later this summer – and even if you don’t – it doesn’t hurt to register for this promotion.

Promotion Details Register-by date Dates of stay
Hilton Double Rewards Earn double Hilton Honors points and elite night credits. Register here. N/A Sept. 8 – Dec. 31, 2020

Earn up to 7,500 Hilton Honors bonus points

Earn 2,500 Hilton Honors points after your first stay and 5,000 after the second. Register here. N/A Dec. 31, 2020

Related: Choosing the best Hilton credit card for you

IHG Rewards Club

IHG Rewards Club is currently offering double points between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15, 2020.

Promotion Details Register-by date Dates of stay
Unlimited Double Points Get double points on qualifying stays through the end of the year. IHG Rewards Club Credit cardholders get an additional 10,000 points on their first night. Register here. Dec. 15, 2020 Oct. 1 – Dec. 15, 2020
Stay Longer and Save Save at least 10% when you book by Sept. 30. Register here. Sept. 30, 2020 Before Dec. 31, 2020
InterContinental Ambassador enrollment offer Sign up or renew your InterContinental Ambassador membership by Nov. 15, 2020. Complete one night at an InterContinental, Kimpton, or Regent hotel and get a free night at a hotel requiring 40,000 points or less

 

Nov. 15, 2020 N/A

Related: IHG Rewards Club guide

Marriott

Marriott is currently offering 2,500 bonus points per stay, plus a 5,000-point bonus on the third stay. This is a nice way to stack some bonus points if you have travel coming up through Oct. 18. Beyond that, the 2K Every Day promotion is running through the end of the year, though it’s restricted to hotels in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

If you’re hitting the road this summer, the Marriott-Hertz promotion can be pretty lucrative.

Promotion Details Register-by date Dates of stay
2,500 bonus points per stay 2,500 bonus points per stay, plus a one-time bonus of 5,000 bonus points on the third stay Oct. 18, 2020 Aug. 13, 2020 – Oct. 18, 2020
2K Every Day Earn 2,000 Bonvoy points per night on Courtyard Marriott stays in the U.S., Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean. No registration required. Use promo code 53M. Through Dec. 31, 2020
Marriott-Hertz promotion Save on Hertz bookings and earn 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points No registration required. Use CDP# 154080, PC# 204918 to book. Through Dec. 31, 2020
Escape to Luxury Receive a credit of up to $300 per stay when booking a two-night stay at participating hotels in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America No registration required. Book here. Through Oct. 4, 2020

Related: The award traveler’s guide to Marriott Bonvoy

Radisson Rewards

Radisson Rewards is offering some pretty lucrative promotions through the end of the year. The 5K for every stay promo offers 5,000 bonus points through Dec. 31, 2020. While Radisson free nights range from 9,000-70,000 points per night, you can use 5,000 points for a Points + Cash award at a Category 1-3 hotel.

Best of all, this promotion applies to paid, award and Points + Cash bookings. So if you book a Category 3 Points + Cash award, you’ll essentially get the points portion back.

Promotion Details Book-by date Dates of stay
5K for every stay Earn 5,000 bonus points per stay. Includes paid, award and Points + Cash bookings. Dec. 31, 2020 July 1-Dec. 31,2020

Related: Your complete guide to earning Radisson Rewards points

Rocketmiles

This is perhaps the easiest way to earn 5,000 points or miles, as long as you remember to book your next hotel stay through Rocketmiles instead of your preferred chain.

Promotion Details Register-by date Dates of stay
Daydream promotion

5,000 bonus miles or points on your first booking anytime in 2020.

Existing Rockemiles members will earn 1,000 miles or points on every booking through 2020, valid on stays into 2021.

Dec. 31, 2020 Before Dec. 31, 2020

World of Hyatt

The 500 Reasons promotion is fine, but with such a low bonus, I’d avoid chasing after it since you don’t need to register anyway. The Elite Member promotion is great – but only if you’re targeted.

The Bonus Journeys promo appears to be the best of Hyatt’s current promotions, especially if you have elite status. Hyatt members usually earn 5X points on normal charges, while elite members earn additional points bonuses. During this promo, members will earn at least 15X.

If you pay for your stay with The World of Hyatt Credit Card, you’ll continue to earn 4X points, bringing your return up to a whopping 19x points per dollar spent before factoring in any elite bonuses. Make sure to check our guide to earning Hyatt points on stays, promotions and credit cards.

Promotion Details Register-by date Dates of stay
Hyatt Miraval BOGO sale Book one night using points, get a free night. Use code: “WOH_Miraval_BOGO” at checkout. Dec. 31, 2020 July 15 – Dec. 31, 2020
Bonus resort credit for Miraval stays Earn a bonus $75 resort credit for each person in your party for paid stays. Use code: 2020_WOH_Miraval_Bonus Dec. 31, 2020 July 15 – Dec. 31, 2020
Rebate on award stays Hyatt members who book award nights will get 15% of their points back. World of Hyatt Credit Cardholders will get a 25% rebate. Members can register here; Hyatt cardholder can register here Dec. 1, 2020 Stay by Jan. 4, 2021
500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New Earn 500 bonus points when you stay at one of Hyatt’s 36 new hotels. No registration required Varies among the 36 participating locations
Just for Members Save up to 15% on standard or premium stays at participating hotels. No registration required Subject to availability
Free parking Free parking on award stays for all members. Globalist members get free parking on paid stays. No registration required Jan. 4, 2021
Dine Local Earn 3x points on dine-in, take-out and delivery at participating Hyatt restaurants. No registration required Jan. 4, 2021

Related: Amazing new World of Hyatt promo will offer up to 25.5x points on paid stays and more

Wyndham

Wyndham frequently offers promotions that give you even more points for your paid bookings. The current promotion lets you earn a free night after booking two consecutive nights.

Promotion Details Register-by date Dates of stay
Stay 2 Nights, Earn a Free Night Earn a free night (7,500 points) after staying two consecutive nights. Must book by Sept. 30 and stay by Oct. 2 Through Oct. 2, 2020

Featured photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,600

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
Intro APR on Purchases
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Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
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