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If you belong to a hotel loyalty program and are considering a spring break trip, how can you maximize your travel with bonus points?
Right now, five major hotel loyalty programs — Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Wyndham — are offering bonus points for booking stays from now through July 1, depending on which chains you decide to book. In this post, we’re going to break down the bonuses these hotels are offering, and how you can earn and redeem those points to your benefit.
Are they worth it?
If you travel regularly and you’re sure you’ll hit the number of nights needed to get the spring promotional bonus points, it’s worth signing up. At a minimum, it’s a good way to boost your bank of reward points. And in some cases, the bonus points are enough to snag a free hotel room night.
Rewards programs: At a glance
|# of promotional bonus points||2000||1,000||Double points||2000, with another 1000 for weekend stays||15,000|
|Dates valid||April 30, 2018||May 15, 2018||April 30, 2018||April 15, 2018||July 1, 2018|
|# of participating hotel brands||14||14||10||18||15|
|Transfer points to airline miles?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Bonus points capped?||No||Yes — 25,000||Yes — 30,000||Yes — 50,000||Yes — 15,000|
If you belong to the Hilton Honors™ program, you can really boost the points in your account. Under the hotel’s Unlimited Bonus Promotion, registered members can earn 2,000 points for every stay through April 30, 2018. You can also earn another 10,000 points after every five stays during the promotion, with no limit on the number of bonus points you can earn.
How to get the deal:
If you’re not a Hilton Honors™ member, you will first need to enroll in the program. If you’re already an Honors member, register here in order to get the bonus points.
- Canopy by Hilton
- Conrad Hotels & Resorts
- Curio Collection
- DoubleTree by Hilton
- Embassy Suites
- Hampton by Hilton
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Hilton Grand Vacations
- Hilton Hotels & Resorts
- Homewood Suites by Hilton
- Home2 Suites
- Tru by Hilton
- Tapestry Collection by Hilton
- Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Hilton Honors™ members earn 10 points for every $1 spent on room rates and charges, including telephone calls and room service. At Hampton by Hilton or Homewood Suites by Hilton, you earn 10 points for every $1 spent on only the room rate. Points drop to five per $1 spent on rooms only at Home2 Suites and Tru by Hilton hotels.
Silver Elite members get a 15% bonus on base points earned for every stay, and get a fifth night free on an unlimited number of stays per year. Gold members get a 25% bonus and Diamond Elite members get a 50% bonus, and both also get the free fifth night.
Hilton Honors™ allows members to use a combination of points and money to pay for hotel stays, with no blackout dates. A free room starts at 5,000 points, but it varies by hotel brand and the time of year when booking. You can also transfer your Hilton Honors™ points to airline, cruise line and car rental partners.
The fine print:
You can earn bonus points on up to two rooms during your stay. You must pay all charges for both rooms on one bill. You can earn Hilton Honors™ base points for both rooms. The bonus points you earn during this promotion don’t count toward Hilton Honors tier qualification. All Hampton by Hilton Hotels in mainland China are exempt from Hilton Honors™ and the bonus points program. There are no blackout dates.
Check out this cheat sheet for using your Hilton HHonors points.
World of Hyatt
Loyalty program members can earn up to 1,000 bonus points a night, for up to 25,000, at Hyatt hotels and resorts through May 15, 2018.
How to get the deal:
Members must sign up for the promotion here by March 31st in order to earn the bonus points.
- Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Centric
- Hyatt House
- Hyatt Place
- Hyatt Regency
- Hyatt Residence Club
- Hyatt Zilara
- Hyatt Ziva
- Participating M life Rewards destinations
- Park Hyatt
- The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
World of Hyatt members can earn five points for every eligible $1 spent on qualifying hotel stays, dining and spa experiences. Elite members get bonus points of 10% for Discoverist, 20% for Explorist and 30% for Globalist status.
Earn three points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels and resorts, two points per $1 spent at restaurants, on tickets purchased directly from an airline and at car rental agencies and one point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
Use your World of Hyatt points for free nights, room upgrades, dining and spa experiences, in-room movies, parking and transportation. You can pay for stays with a mix of points and cash. Turn your points into airline miles on 27 global carriers or points for Avis car rentals.
The fine print:
You can only earn spring promotional bonus points on one room per stay, but you can earn base points for up to three rooms per night at the same hotel or resort. Bonus points can be redeemed at any time as long as your account stays active for 24 months. World of Hyatt members will still earn their standard five base points per eligible $1 spent.
IHG Rewards Club
Under the IHG Accelerate program, club members can earn double bonus points for hotel stays and dining through April 30th. Earn another 10,000 points by staying at Kimpton Hotels, also by April 30th. There’s no cap on the number of points you can earn.
IHG Rewards Club members also get benefits such as free internet, no blackout dates for reward nights, and exclusive room rates for personal stays. Elite members get priority check-in and extended checkout.
How to get the deal:
Rewards Club members must sign up for the program here.
- Crowne Plaza
- Hotel Indigo
- Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Express
- Staybridge Suites
- Candlewood Suites
Club members earn 10 points for every $1 spent on hotels except for Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites, which earn five points for every $1 spent. IHG Rewards Club members who book direct at IHG.com can earn a bonus of 1,000 more points for each hotel night, and those points count toward earning and maintaining elite status.
Earn points with companies including Groupon, consumer survey organization Opinion Check-In, Hertz, IHG Rewards Club Dining and OpenTable. If you belong to an airline loyalty program, you can choose to earn miles instead of points for your hotel stays at 50 major carriers around the world. Check this IHG page to see exactly how many miles you can earn with each airline.
You can earn points on eligible charges for up to nine hotel rooms as long as the member is staying at the same hotel and their club account number is listed on each reservation.
There are no blackout dates. You can redeem points for rewards for between 10,000 and 70,000 points. And you can use a mix of points and cash to book reward travel at any IHG hotels and resorts.
Use IHG® Rewards Club PointBreaks to book hotel stays for as little as 5,000 points per night. Due to the limited availability, you can only book two PointBreaks reward nights reservations per hotel between now and April 30th. See the complete list of participating hotels here.
You can use your points to buy from IHG’s online catalog that sells brand name products, jewelry, electronics and more. Buy gift cards from restaurants, services, travel, entertainment, retail and gasoline. Book flights on more than 200 airlines, stay at virtually any hotel and rent a car almost anywhere.
The fine print:
Bonus points can’t be earned at hotels in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and China. Points don’t expire as long as you earn or redeem points within 12 months. Club Members who choose to earn miles will only receive bonus points. You can’t count bonus points toward earning elite status.
Members who register by March 31st can get 2,000 bonus points per stay, starting with your second stay. The promotion runs through April 15, 2018. You can earn another 1,000 bonus points when you stay at a hotel over a weekend night.
How to get the deal:
Marriott Rewards members can register for the promotion here. You must be signed in to your account in order to register.
- AC Hotels
- Autograph Collection Hotels
- Courtyard Marriott
- Delta Hotels
- Fairfield Inn & Suites
- Gaylord Hotels
- JW Marriott
- Marriott Executive Apartments
- Marriott Vacation Club
- Moxy Hotels
- Protea Hotels
- Renaissance Hotels
- Residence Inn
- The Ritz-Carlton Hotels
- Springhill Suites
- Towneplace Suites
Reward members earn 10 points or up to two air miles per $1 spent on all qualifying charges at the following hotels: Autograph, Delta JW Marriott, Marriott, Marriott Vacation Club and Renaissance. Earn 10 points or up to two air miles per $1 spent on your room rate at Edition, Gaylord, AC, Courtyard, Springhill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Protea, Moxy and the Ritz-Carlton hotels. Earn five points or one air mile per $1 spent on room rates at Residence Inn and Townhill Suites. And earn 2.5 points or one air mile per $1 spent on room rates only at Marriott Executive Apartments and 2.5 points per $1 spent at ExecuStay.
If you’re planning an event at a Marriott property, you can earn points for meeting services, events spaces and room blocks even when your guests are paying. Refer up to five new members each calendar year and earn 2,000 bonus points for each stay they make, at up to five stays per referral, and up to 50,000 bonus points for you. Your referrals can also earn 2,000 bonus points for their first five stays, for up to 10,000 points.
You can earn points on Marriott partners including Hertz, Cruises Only, Diners Club, Identity Points, Traveling Club and Avios. Use a mix of miles and points to buy merchandise at the Marriott Rewards More website. You can choose to earn airline miles instead of points on 39 global carriers.
If you book a cruise on the Marriott website, you can earn six points per $1 spent, up to 60,000 points. And if you reserve a car rental at Hertz, you can save up to 35% on the base rate and earn 2,000 points on rentals of two to four days and 5,000 points on rentals of five or more days.
Besides the free hotel nights, you can also use a mix of points and cash when booking stays. Under the PointSaver program, you can use 33% fewer points to book stays at hotels on a list that’s updated weekly. If you have flexibility, you can select “My dates are flexible” and “Use Rewards points” on the PointSaver site to find the best points deals available.
Use points to upgrade your room or transfer points between Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred loyalty programs. Redeem points for flights, car rentals, access to Priority Pass airport lounges or enrollment in the TSA Pre? ® program. You can also convert your points into airline miles at 39 global carriers.
Get members-only access to the Marriott Moments program and use points to buy sports, culinary, lifestyle and entertainment experiences worldwide. You can also book cruises and travel packages, plus shop at Marriott Rewards More.
If you don’t have enough points for a reward, you can still book a hotel stay and either buy points to make up the difference or earn the miles needed by no later than 14 days before arriving at a hotel.
The fine print:
You can only earn a maximum of 50,000 points under this promotion. Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s stay. Members who choose to earn airline miles can’t get bonus points under this promotion, but you can switch from earning miles to points and vice versa before a stay by updating your membership profile. Rooms booked through most third-party online sites and select travel agency bookings can’t earn bonus points for this promotion. The Marriott Vacation Clubs do not participate in no blackout dates.
Members can earn 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points when you book two stays by June 30, 2018, and complete them by July 1. That’s good enough for a free night at any of the brand’s more than 8,000 hotels worldwide.
How to get the deal:
- Baymont Inn & Suites
- Days Inn
- Dolce Hotels & Resorts
- Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
- Howard Johnson
- Knights Inn
- Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham
- Super 8
- Wingate by Wyndham
- Wyndham Garden
- Wyndham Grand Collection
- Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Earn 10 points per $1 spent or 1,000 points, whichever is more, for hotel stays. You’re not limited to Wyndham points, choosing to earn Amtrak miles or miles on 16 airlines. Also earn points by participating with the Opinion Rewards Panel or reserving car rentals with Avis or Budget.
Under Wyndham’s Go Meet program, group planners earn one point per $1 spent on qualifying revenue regardless of billing method, with no minimum spend requirement and no maximum point limit. Group guests who are Wyndham Rewards members earn 10 points per $1 or 1,000 points (whichever is more) for hotel stays.
Wyndham points can be used to book at thousands of hotels, homes and condos around the world. Points can be used for gift cards, merchandise, travel and hotel golf pro shops. You can transfer your points into miles at 16 global airlines or for rail travel on Amtrak.
Transfer your points into the Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards program. Or use points on the Wyndham auction site and bid on experiences, travel and sporting events.
The fine print:
The bonus points are good for one standard room per night, subject to availability, blackout dates and other restrictions. Points can’t be used to pay resort fees at Caesars hotels. Stays must be booked on the Wyndham website or call center. Hotel stays booked at online sites like Expedia do not count as qualifying stays, which means you can’t earn bonus points.