What are the best hotel promos for March 2022?
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Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 9th May. Click here to buy.
Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 40% bonus when you buy points by 3rd April. Click here to buy.
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All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Offers’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on each hotel scheme. However, a positive response from readers – especially our 15,000 email subscribers – means we run this monthly article as a handy summary.
Here are quick summaries and links to the registration pages you need for each offer – do it before you forget:
Hilton Honors is offering 2,500 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay between 1st January and 1st May
IHG Rewards is offering double base points on all stays between 1st February and 31st March
Marriott Bonvoy is offering 1,000 bonus points per night and double elite night credits on all stays between 8th February and 4th May
World of Hyatt
World of Hyatt is offering 2,022 bonus points for every two nights you stay between 15th January and 20th April. Your nights do not need to be consecutive. Registration closes on 15th March.
Accor Live Limitless and Radisson Rewards are not currently running a global promotion.
There are also ‘buy points’ bonuses running with Hilton, IHG and Marriott:
Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy 5,000+ points by 11th March
IHG Rewards is offering a 100% bonus when you buy 5,000+ points by 18th March
Marriott Bonvoy is offering up to a 50% bonus when you buy 2,000+ points by 23rd March
Where should you credit your stays for March 2022?
Remember that, irrespective of the offers below, there is never a single ‘best’ offer.
Some offers require multiple stays to maximise the bonus, which you might not do. Some require stays to be a minimum number of nights before a bonus is earned.
You need to factor in any elite status you have, which will earn you additional status bonuses.
More importantly, you need to be able to use the points. There is no value in earning a large bonus in a scheme where you will never go on to earn enough points to get a free night.
Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc)
Hilton has a Spring offer called ‘Points Unlimited’. You can register here. Our full article is here.
You will earn 2,500 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay between now, once you have registered, and 1st May.
This promotion clearly works best for short, cheap stays.
Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, a £50 one-night stay would get you an impressive bonus points which I’d value at £8.33. You would also receive your base points and any elite bonus.
£8.33 of bonus points is less impressive on a week-long stay at a Waldorf-Astoria costing £2,500, of course …..
You need to register in advance of your stay via the Hilton website here. Existing bookings count and all Hilton Honors hotels are taking part.
The Hilton booking page is here.
IHG Rewards (Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Hotel Indigo etc)
IHG Rewards is offering double base points this Spring.
Importantly, the bonus points are elite qualifying. This is very rare in a hotel promotion, with bonus points usually separated from status-earning base points.
The offer runs from 1st February to 31st March. Registration is required which you can do here. Existing bookings DO count.
The bonus kicks in from your first stay after registration, which is an improvement on recent IHG promotions which have only started from your second stay.
Basically, this is the total opposite of the Hilton Honors promotion. It pays out very well on longer, more expensive stays but won’t move the needle on a one-night Holiday Inn Express visit.
Let’s assume that an IHG Rewards point is worth 0.4p (which we usually say it is) and that you have Spire Elite status and earn a 100% elite bonus:
- You spend £100 after deducting tax (so £112.50 total cost in the UK)
- …. which is equivalent to $135
- You earn 10 base points per $1 at most brands, x2 as part of this offer, plus a 100% Spire Elite bonus on top
- You therefore receive 30 points per $1
- You receive 4,050 points for your stay ($135 x 30)
- At 0.4p, the points are worth £16.20
- You receive points worth 16% of your ex-VAT spending
Our full article on the Spring IHG Rewards offer is here.
You can register here. The IHG home page for bookings is here.
Marriott Bonvoy (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Moxy etc)
Between 8th February and 4th May, you will earn 1,000 bonus points per NIGHT on every cash stay at a Marriott hotel. I value a Bonvoy point at 0.5p so this is equivalent to a £5.00 bonus per night. It is clearly a better deal on cheap one-night stays than expensive week-long holidays.
Perhaps more importantly, you will also receive double elite night credits. Each night you stay counts as two nights towards elite status.
Our full article is here. Registration closes early, on 20th April.
The home page for bookings is here.
Hyatt (Andaz, Alila, Thompson, Unbound Collection, Miraval etc)
Hyatt is offering a fixed bonus, like Hilton, which works better on shorter stays.
You will receive 2,022 bonus points for every two nights you stay by 20th April. Given our 1.1p valuation of Hyatt points, you’d be getting a return of £11 per night.
Importantly, the nights do not need to be consecutive or at the same hotel.
Our full article on the ‘Bonus Journeys’ promotion is here.
You can register here. Registration closes on 15th March.
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