The dip in travel demand for the winter season compounded by jitters in the stock market means more lucrative winter promotions from hotel chains. So be sure to take advantage of the following:
This week Marriott kicked off its popular mega-bonus program which individually tailors your winter bonus based on your Marriott Rewards activity. First off, you have to register for the program, and stay at participating properties between Feb 1 and May 15. You’ll get one free night after two stays at hotel categories 1-5. Then you get to “unlock your new bonus points offer” which will be emailed to you. DETAILS.
Starwood got an early start by kicking off its SPG Take Two promo back in December. But I guess it did not stir up enough interest because it recently sweetened the pot of this promotion. Those who register earn double Starpoints on stays of two or more nights at any of its 1,200+ properties worldwide– good for stays January 11 through April 30. Plus, there’s an opportunity to get 250 more points in certain “popular destinations.” This week Starwood added a bigger bonus geared toward heavy users: Earn an additional 2,500 points for 15-24 nights, or a tidy 7,500 for 25 nights or more by April 30. DETAILS
The InterContinental Hotel Group IHG Rewards Club bonus is called Accelerate 2016 and it’s for stays between January 1 and April 30. Like Marriott, this promo is targeted and your bonus is based on your IHG activity. The program is tiered- for example, stay just once during January and you’ll earn 5,000 points. Stay again after January and some will get a 1,000 point bump…and some who stay five times, will get another 5,000 points. There the potential to earn as many as 40,000-60,000 extra points- depending on your IHG activity. DETAILS
Hilton HHonors Double Your Points promo is more basic: It is offering double program points or airline miles (60 airlines) for stays between January 1 and April 30. When registering, you are required to choose either double points or double miles for the duration of the promotion. DETAILS.
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