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Quick Points: Earn bonus points by registering for hotel promotions

Aug. 19, 2022
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Quick Points: Earn bonus points by registering for hotel promotions
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Your email inbox likely sees a daily deluge of promotional emails from travel and lifestyle brands. The sometimes sensationalized language in the subject line is often irritating enough to make you close your browser.

The promotional emails you should always click on, however, are ones sent by your favorite hotel loyalty programs. Though sometimes lackluster, promotions sent by major hotel chains can yield a significant uptick in rewards you earn on paid stays.

Even if you don’t foresee yourself staying at these hotels during the promotional period, it’s a good idea to enroll anyway. You never know what unexpected event will put you at the doorstep of a hotel.

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Enroll in all hotel promotions, even if you don’t think you’ll use them

Hyatt Centric Key West. (Photo by Kyle Olsen/The Points Guy)

Right now, the four most popular hotel loyalty programs among the TPG staff are:

These hotel programs perpetually offer promotions to incentivize you to stay (though the best promos are sometimes targeted toward members who stay the least). Promotions often take the form of bonus points, free night certificates and extra elite night credits.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the current hotel promotions and how to enroll in them. Remember that you must register before your stay to benefit from these offers, so it’s beneficial to check before you check in to your next hotel.

Enrolling in IHG One Rewards promotions

Through Aug. 31, you can earn up to four times the points on stays with IHG.

The earning structure from this promotion is simple:

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  • Earn two times the points on two to five nights.
  • Earn three times the points on six to 14 nights.
  • Earn four times the points on 15 nights or more.

As you can see, you won't unlock the full four times the points until you've spent 15 nights at IHG hotels. However, even if you don't get to the full four times the points, you stand to walk away with some extra points in your account by enrolling in this promotion.

To enroll in IHG promotions, head to the IHG website and log in to your account. Then, navigate to the hotel’s official offers page by clicking the “Offers” button at the top of the page.

(Screenshot from ihg.com)

Scroll down to the “IHG® One Rewards member offers” heading to see current points promotions. Then, click the “Register Now” button underneath a promotion to enroll.

(Screenshot from ihg.com)

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Enrolling in Marriott Bonvoy promotions

Marriott doesn't have a current public promotion, but I was targeted for a double-points offer that includes a weekend stay through Aug. 31.

It's worth checking to see if you've been targeted for an offer. You can enroll in Marriott promotions by going to Marriott’s website, signing in and heading to the Promotions Central page. Do this by clicking on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and then selecting the “Promotions” button.

(Screenshot from marriott.com)

You can view all current offers at the center of the page. Click the “Register” button to enroll in the active promotions.

(Screenshot from marriott.com)

Related: These promotions will make your next hotel stay more rewarding

Enrolling in World of Hyatt promotions

Like Marriott, Hyatt doesn't have any current widespread promotions. However, you can register now for the brand's new Bonus Journeys promotion, which will offer double points on all paid stays and double elite nights on all-inclusive stays. This promotion is valid on stays between Sept. 15 and Dec. 20, but you must register by Nov. 15.

To register for World of Hyatt promotions, log in to your Hyatt account and click the “Offers” button at the top of the screen.

(Screenshot from hyatt.com)

Find the offer you'd like to enroll in and click the "Learn more" button. Note that not all promotions — for example, the new property bonus — require enrollment.

(Screenshot from hyatt.com)

Finally, enter your World of Hyatt membership number and click the "Register" button.

(Screenshot from hyatt.com)

Related: What is World of Hyatt elite status worth in 2022?

Enrolling in Hilton Honors promotions

Through Sept. 5, you’ll earn up to three times the points on every stay. When you stay one or two nights, you'll earn double points, while stays longer than three nights earn triple points. Additionally, the hotel group will offer double points on paid stays once this promotion expires.

You can enroll in Hilton offers by heading to Hilton’s website and logging in. Then, click the “Offers” button at the top of the screen.

(Screenshot from hilton.com)

This page has a list of all ongoing and limited-time offers, including the current promotion for up to three times the points on each stay. Scroll through the list and register for any limited-time promotions that interest you.

(Screenshot from hilton.com)

Related: Earn bonus Hilton points with these special offers

Bottom line

There are some great hotel promotions out there, and every point counts when you’re working toward your next big redemption. Get into the habit of enrolling in hotel promotions whenever you see them — then you can forget all about them. If you happen to use a promotion, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see your updated points balance!

Additional reporting by Kyle Olsen.

Featured image by (Photo by Taylor Jenkins/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more