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 all sorts of travel and lifestyle brands. The sometimes sensationalized language in the subject lines 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
Right now, the four most popular hotel loyalty programs are:
These hotels 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 the current hotel promotions and how to enroll in them. Keep in mind that you’ll have to 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 Rewards promotions
Between Feb. 1 and March 31, you can earn 2 times the number of base points on stays with IHG. Most brands offer 10 base points per dollar, while Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites earn just 5 base points per dollar. So, you’ll earn between 10 and 20 points per dollar with 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.
Scroll down to the “IHG® Rewards member offers” heading to see current points promotions. Then, click the “Register Now” button underneath a promotion to enroll.
Enrolling in Marriott Bonvoy promotions
From Feb. 8 to May 4, you’ll earn a bonus of 1,000 Marriott points per night. That in itself is nothing to get terribly excited about. But there’s a second part to this promotion that can prove much more valuable.
You’ll receive 2 times the elite night credits during the promo period. That makes it much easier to earn Marriott elite status. For example, you’ll normally achieve Platinum status after staying 50 nights per year. Through May 4, you can achieve it with just 25 nights if you’re starting from scratch, or as few as 10 nights if you have both a Marriott business and personal cobranded credit card.
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 at the upper right-hand corner of the screen and then selecting the “Promotions” button.
You can view all current offers at the center of the page. Click the “Register” button to enroll in the active promotions.
Enrolling in World of Hyatt promotions
Through April 20, you can earn 2,022 bonus Hyatt points for every two qualifying nights you complete. There is a cap of 20 nights, meaning you can earn up to 20,220 points during the promotional period. And if you hold a World of Hyatt credit card, you’ll earn an extra 1,000 points per eligible stay in select cities, on up to 10 stays.
To register for World of Hyatt promotions, log in to your Hyatt account and click the “Offers” button at the top of the screen.
Now, scroll down to the “Members Are Even More Rewarded” header. Here you’ll find all currently active World of Hyatt promotions. Click on the promotion you’re interested in to be redirected to the enrollment page.
Enrolling in Hilton Honors promotions
Through May 1, you’ll earn 2,500 points per stay with Hilton’s Points Unlimited promotion. There are no minimum night requirements, therefore you’ll benefit the most when your stay lasts a single night. If you and a partner are traveling together, you may find value in booking alternate nights to each earn 2,500 points per night.
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.
This page has a list of all ongoing and limited-time offers, including the current Points Unlimited promotion. Scroll through the list and register for any limited-time promotions that interest you.
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. And if you happen to use a promotion, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see your updated points balance!
Featured photo by Taylor Jenkins/The Points Guy.
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