Regular Head for Points readers will know that, once a month, we do a round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running. This allows you to plan your stays to maximise the number of hotel loyalty points you earn.
This article is going to be very short, because the current position is pretty weak!
IHG Rewards Club – is not running a global promotion at present (‘Double Points Plus More’ finished on New Years Eve)
Radisson Rewards – is not running a global promotion at present
World of Hyatt – is not running a global promotion at present
Le Club AccorHotels – is not running a global promotion at present
This means, if you’re planning your stays for January, you only have two options: Hilton Honors and Marriott Rewards. Let’s take a look at what is on offer.
Here are quick links to the registration pages you need for each offer – do it before you forget:
Hilton’s ‘Double And Triple Points’ (ends tomorrow) – register here
Hilton’s ‘Points Unlimited’ (starts on Friday) – register here
Marriott / Starwood ‘MegaBonus In More Places’ – register here
Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc):
Until tomorrow (Thursday), Hilton is running its ‘double points’ offer. It is very simple – register and you’ll receive double base points on your stay, or triple base points at luxury and resort hotels. You MUST register for the double and triple points offer by visiting this page of hilton.com.
From Friday, Hilton is running its new offer – ‘Points Unlimited’. You can register here.
You will earn 2,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay between 4th January and 5th May.
Even better, you will earn an additional 10,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every FIVE stays OR TEN nights you complete, whichever comes first.
There is no cap to what you can earn and there are no minimum stay requirements. The bonus should also trigger on reward stays given how similar promotions have worked in the past.
Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, you are getting a good return on your spending here. Someone who only ever spends one night at a time in a hotel would be earning – when you include the 10,000 bonus points per five stays – 4,000 bonus points per stay. I would value that at £13 which is a VERY good return especially as it doesn’t include your base points or any status bonus.
If your hotel stays are generally just for one night then you should seriously consider moving them (in chunks of five) to Hilton this Spring.
There is no small print except that you need to register in advance via the Hilton website here. Existing bookings count, there is no minimum stay rule and all Hilton Honors hotels (apart from Hampton properties in China) are taking part.
Hilton is still status matching too. If you have status with another hotel programme, Hilton will match you to Gold or Diamond for 90 days – I explain how to do it in this article.
The Hilton booking page is here.
Marriott and Starwood (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Moxy etc):
If you don’t like the Hilton Honors promotion, Marriott’s MegaBonus is your only alternative!
Following the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest on 18th August, the two companies are now operating as one even though the individual brands will remain until at least March.
The current offer is called ‘MegaBonus In More Places‘. It runs until 31st January, although registration closes on 7th January.
2,000 bonus points for every 2+ night stay plus (which I would value at £10)
1,000 bonus points for each new brand, starting with your 2nd brand (which I would value at an extra £5)
10,000 bonus points for staying at 10 different brands (which I would value at £50)
(a virtually impossible) 29,000 bonus points for staying at all 29 Marriott and Starwood brands
Given that Marriott / Starwood now covers all of these brands – AC Hotels, Aloft, Autograph, Courtyard, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels, Edition, Element, Fairfield Inn, Four Points, Gaylord, Le Meridien, Marriott, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites, W, Westin – you won’t be struggling for places to stay.
Our main article on MegaBonus In More Places is here although it does not mention the 10 brand / 29 brand targets as these were added later. You can register for the promotion here – remember that registration closes on 7th January..
The main Marriott booking page is here.
And finally …..
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(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)