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About a month ago, I wrote about the changes that were coming to the Marriott’s lifetime program. At that time, it was still unclear what those would be. Marriott representative was claiming that they had never had official and published program previously (not correct). Now, Marriott’s representative posted the coming changes to their forum.

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Anyway, the new requirements are actually lower compared to the previous ones. The number of night requirement goes down significantly, but the number of points earned stays the same.

Note that points earned from all activities like bonuses and credit card spend count.

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It is still unclear if there is going to be a requirement for how long one has been a member of the program. We probably have to wait for the official announcement early next year.

Conclusion

This is actually a surprise. Marriott is going to lower the number of night requirement at all levels. I have passed the number of night required for the lifetime Gold that you can find when logged in to your Marriott Rewards account. The number of lifetime points earned is not visible at this time, however. You need to call Marriott Rewards customer service to find that one out.

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British Airways is offering 25% bonus for converting hotel points to Avios. This offer is valid until January 13. There is no need to register for this offer and you can read more about it here.

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You can convert points from Starwood, Club Carlson, Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Priority Club, and Shangri-La’s programs into Avios.

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Conclusion

Airlines tend to intermittently run promotions for hotel point conversion to their miles. These offers tend to vary. Would I convert any of my hotel points to Avios due to getting 25% conversion bonus? I absolutely would not, but it doesn’t mean that this promotion could not work for you.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • This promotion is only open to Eligible Participants. An eligible participant is a person aged 18 or over and is a British Airways Executive Club Member (“BAEC”) (membership terms and conditions apply) and is enrolled and registered with one of the hotel partner loyalty programmes. By taking part in this promotion, Eligible Participants confirm that they accept the Terms and Conditions below.

  • Eligible Participants can earn up to 25% Bonus Avios between 13 December 2012 and 13 January 2013 for any qualifying hotel loyalty points converted into Avios. BAEC members must enrol via the hotel property links provided on http://www.britishairways.com/travel/points-to-avios/public/

  • To convert your points, please contact the hotel whose points you wish to convert to Avios.

  • Taxes, fees and charges remain payable by the BAEC member.

  • Bonus Avios can take 4-6 weeks to show on your account from the date of conversion. Once they have been credited, you can start redeeming them for flights, hotels and Avis car hire.· Bonus Avios is non-redeemable for cash and non-reversible.

  • Bonus Avios is issued subject to the BAEC Terms and Conditions http://www.britishairways.com/travel/termcn/public/en_gb and all passengers and baggage are subject to the general terms and conditions of carriage.

  • Reward flights are subject to availability and capacity control and availability may be limited at peak times.

  • Hotel loyalty scheme membership, and earning and redemption of points are subject to the Terms and Conditions of each specific hotel’s loyalty scheme in addition to British Airways Terms and Conditions, as applicable.

  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other British Airways offers or promotion.

  • Promoter reserves the right to withdraw the promotion or amend these terms and conditions without prior notice at any time, for whatever reason, and without any liability to customers for doing so.

  • This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England & Wales and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

  • This promotion is provided by British Airways Plc Waterside, PO Box 365, Harmondsworth, UB7 0GB. Registered No. 1777777 England

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Marriott just made an announcement on their Marriott Rewards Insiders web forum about the increase in Platinum arrival gift starting from January 1, 2013, to 400 points from the current 200 points at Courtyard hotels in North America. Alternatively, Platinum members can choose a food and beverage amenity.

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The Platinum arrival gift bonus of 250 points at locations outside of the North America hasn’t changed.

Conclusion

You can earn an additional 200 Marriott Rewards points per stay at Courtyards in North America if you choose points instead of the Platinum food and beverage amenity.

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It is the time of the year when many of us are looking at the hotel account statements for stay & night counts. You may have enjoyed the benefits of the elite status such as Diamond or Platinum and are now few stays short on qualifying or, for the first time, you may be few stays short of qualifying for the higher tier.

Does it make sense to do few mattress runs (un-needed stays) to qualify or requalify for hotel elite status?

Overall, if you are, let’s say, 3 to 5 stays short, in most cases, it probably does make sense. You should consider your travel patterns in 2013. Do you expect to have about the same number of stays as this year or is your travel going to pick up?

You could always do bunch of stays in early 2013 before your status lapses and then requalify for all the way to early 2015.

How much do you realistically value the benefits that you have received in 2012 based on the elite status such as:

1. Upgrades

2. Club lounge access / breakfast

3. Welcome amenities

4. Extra points

5. Problem resolution

6. Complimentary internet access

When I say realistically value, I mean, how much you would have paid for those extra benefits. I don’t mean what is the “rack” rate i.e. between a room you booked and the suite you received.

If you have decided to requalify or qualify for the higher status and are few stays/points short, here are my tips for various chains:

Hilton

Hilton has offered fast tracks for qualifying Gold and Diamond status several times over the years. They have also not downgraded me on some years from Diamond to Gold, when I have been few stays short.

Hilton properties in non-resort locations are rather inexpensive around the holidays, when business travelers are gone. Hilton just announced excellent public Friends & Family sale that qualifies for stay credit and points. You can snag very good properties at exceptionally low rates. You can also try other discount rates such as Little League, UK Public Employee Offer, Corporate Benefits Employee offer and MVP. Note that Hilton’s awards also count for stay/night credit.

Hilton has a very good Gold level status program and it is probably not worth a lot trying to make a Diamond. Gold gives you access to VIP awards, free internet access and for breakfast and/or lounge access. The latter is not guaranteed.

You could always do a MVP Gold challenge early next year and qualify for Gold status until February 2015.

Hyatt

Hyatt’s Platinum status is fairly useless and gives you just complimentary internet access. Hyatt just announced that they are going away with Platinum Extras Awards that Platinum members used to get for every three stays.

So, I would only do a mattress run to get to the Diamond status. Hyatt doesn’t count award nights for status qualifying purposes, so you need to pay for a going rate that can get very expensive very fast if you are located outside of the United States.

You may be able to take advantage couple of discounts that around the holidays this year; “Home for the Holidays” and “Make the Moments Last”.

InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club

With Priority Club you can qualify based on the points that you have earned or the number of nights that you have stayed at their properties.  They are changing the qualification criteria next year to only count the base points that you have earned from the stays or the nights. Currently all earned points count towards the status.

If you haven’t signed up for any Priority Club promotions for a while and have at least Gold status, you can easily get in excess of 10K points out from a paid stay due to numerous one time bonus offers that I have written here.

Alternatively, you can stay in a hotel that offers extra Priority Club Points that will also count toward the stays.

The last option would be to just buy the number of points that you are short off. These counts as well.

Marriott

Marriott’s requirements for Gold Status (50 nights) and for Platinum (75 nights) are high compared to other chains.

You can always buy back the status that you have this year in 2013 IF you don’t qualify or they don’t extend your status based on your stay history.

Other options would be to do the Taste of Platinum or Gold match early next year.

Reward nights do not count toward status.

Marriott’s also awards 10 elite qualifying nights, if you arrange a meeting at their property. This “meeting” can require as little as renting a conference room for couple of hours at a Courtyard for hundred bucks or so.

Overall, the difference between the Gold and Platinum with Marriott are relatively insignificant especially if you are traveling in North America and mainly use limited service properties.

Starwood

Starwood introduced several new levels within the Platinum status this year; 50 nights gives you SNA’s (Suite Night Awards), 75 nights gives you fourth Starpoint and You24, and 100 nights personalized Ambassador.

Personally, I wouldn’t bother reaching for 50, 75, or 100 nights unless you are just couple of stays short. The benefits are not that significant. I haven’t used a single SNA, never tried using You24 (not confirmed but rather based on availability), and have used the Ambassador only handful of times.

But if you are just few stays short of Platinum status, I would most definitely try to reach it. Paid, award and cash + points now all count toward the 25 stays or 50 nights requirement.

If you find a really good rate, you can make the booking for THREE rooms. You can book up to three rooms under one membership number and get a stay/night credits for all the rooms. Note that the SPG member must pay for them all.

Conclusion

It really is a last call when it comes to qualifying for 2013. I have given up on both Marriott and Hyatt this year.

I have been Hyatt Diamond since around 2004 and this is the first year that I am not qualifying. They just haven’t had enough good promotions and the lack of reasonably priced international locations have been both deterrents. I had had more than 30 nights as awards, but they don’t count with Hyatt.

With Marriott, I am going to do a challenge next year or use the elite buy back process that I was referring above. Not sure what I am going to do with the Hyatt,however. SPG Platinum, Hilton Diamond and Priority Club Platinum/InterContinental Royal Ambassador are all banked at this point.

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The registration for two of the five promotions that I have listed here has already ended. Marriott & Starwood promotions required registration in October/November period, although the earning period is still going on.

Don’t forget to get some extra cashback for your hotel stays! Getting Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings

Please note that these five are in no particular order:

1. Marriott’s MegaBonus for extra points or for up to three category 1 to 4 free night certificates after every two stays.

Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Update on Marriott Fall 2012 MegaBonus Choices

2. Hilton’s promo with Virgin Atlantic that would earn you 30K extra HH points after five stays. Requires you to credit to Virgin Atlantic and later transfer the points back to Hilton.

Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

3. Starwood Better by the Bight promotion with online booking, social check in + Aeroplan bonuses.

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

SPG “Better by the Night” Promotion Just Got 500 Starpoints Better for Android Owners

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

4. Priority Club Stay-bonus that is combined with numerous one time bonuses that you can earn.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

Priority Club One Time Bonuses for November

5. Wyndham’s promo for 16K bonus points for a stay for up to three stays at their newly opened properties (20 total) in the United States.

Wyndham Opening Special (Rerun) – 16000 Bonus Points per Stay for Up To 3 Stays

Conclusion

Most of the promotions are coming to an end this months and we should start shortly learn about the promotions for the first quarter of 2013.

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The year is soon coming to an end and most of the hotel related promotions will end by December 31. Hyatt doesn’t have any promotion going on this month and the situation is same with Choice. I will have an updated post about top promotions for December tomorrow.

Accor Hotels – Le Club

Club Carlson is offering 30% discount on Best Available rates in Middle East & Asia + Breakfast & 1000 bonus Le Club Accorhotels points in the Middle East for Qatar Airways frequent fliers (don’t have to be Qatar member).

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Le Club Accorhotels Offer of 30% Discount in Middle East & Asia + Breakfast & 1000 Bonus Points in Middle East

Accor has an offer for 2000 bonus Avios for a stay of 2 days or longer between October 1 and January 31, 2012 that is booked by December 31, 2012.

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Le Club Accorhotels Bonus Offer for 2000 Avios for a Stay of 2 Nights or Longer

You can get instant Platinum status with Le Club Accorhotels just by signing up to the program.

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Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts

Best Western Rewards

Best Western is offering 1000 bonus points per night for up to 4 nights in California, Nevada, and Hawaii by January 31, 2013.

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Best Western Rewards Winter Promo of 1000 Bonus Points Per Night in California, Nevada & Hawaii

Best Western is offering 250 bonus points for each stay booked on their website and consumed by June 30, 2013.

Best Western Online Bookings Bonus of 250 Points

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Club Carlson has a global “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points” promotion for up to 120K bonus points for 20 nights. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Club Carlson 4th Quarter Bonus Point Promotion “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points”

You can get triple points + 2000 bonus points by booking a breakfast package. This promotion is valid until December 31st, 2012 at selected Radisson & Radisson Blu locations.

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Book Breakfast Package Rate & Get Triple Gold Points at Select Radisson & Radisson Blu Hotels

Club Carlson has interesting promotion for 40% off of Bed & Breakfast rate + 5000 bonus points for select Park Plaza &art’otel stays in Europe. Registration is not required but you need to book specific rate plan. This offer is valid for stays between December 15 and March 31 that are booked by February 28, 2013.

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Park Plaza 40% Off + 5000 Bonus Club Carlson Points

Club Carlson has a 50% off redemption promo for select properties in Europe, Middle East & Africa + 1 property in Beijing as well. This offer is valid until March 31, 2013.

Club Carlson 50% Award Discount in Europe, Middle East & Africa + One Hotel in Beijing

You can get double Gold Points for stays of two days or longer at select properties in Europe, Middle East & Africa. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Double Points for Stays of Two Days or Longer at Select Club Carlson Properties in EMEA

You can get triple American Airline miles (1500) for Radisson/Radisson Blu stays worldwide until December 20th, 2012.

Triple American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Radisson/Radisson Blu Stays

Club Carlson is offering award at 50% off at select hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa. This offer is valid until March 31, 2013.

50% Off Award Sale at Select Club Carlson Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Here are few other interesting posts about the Club Carlson program:

There is an elite offer for 2 for 1 and 4 for 2. You need to be a Gold or Concierge member to take advantage of these discounts that are valid in Europe, Middle East Africa.

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 2 Pay 1

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 4 Pay 2

You can get a Club Carlson Gold through a status match or being a shareholder:

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Club Carlson Gold Status for Rezidor Shareholders

If you have a friend or family member working for any Carlson hotel, you maybe eligible for the Friends & family discount:

Carlson Hotels Friends & Family Discount

Choice Privileges – Choice Hotels

There are no global Choice promotions at the moment.

Fairmont – President’s Club

You can earn up to 2000 Avios (British Airways & Iberia)  until December 31, 2012. The normal number of miles earned per stay is 500. This offer applies to Swissotel & Raffles hotels as well.

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Up to 2000 Avios at Fairmont, Raffles & Swissotel Hotels

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s chainwide 4th quarter “1,000 Reasons” promotion is valid for stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012. You will get 1000 bonus Hilton HHonors points per night for Thursday to Monday nights.

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Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Promotion Registration Now Open

Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Bonus Points Promotion for November – December

Hilton offers number of airline related bonus offers in the 4th quarter of 2012. I have summarized them all in one post.

Hilton HHonors: Third Look at Airline Related Promotions for the Fourth Quarter

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

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Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012. This offer is available at select hotels.

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250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

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Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

Hilton is offering double points for Air Canada Aeroplan members until the end of December, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Hilton is offering triple miles for number of Asian airlines frequent flier members. They have variation of the offer for Thai, Singapore, Korean, Asiana, Malaysia, and Cathay Pacific.

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide

Triple Asiana Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles for Hilton Stays Worldwide

Triple Korean Air Skypass Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Cathay Pacific Asia Miles with Hilton HHonors

Triple Jet Airways & Kingfisher Miles for Hilton Stays Worldwide

Triple Air China, China Eastern & Hainan Miles for Stays at Hilton Properties Worldwide

You can earn 6000 bonus Alitalia MileMiglia miles for four Hilton stays by January 31, 2013

Up to 6000 Bonus Alitalia Miles for Four Hilton Stays

You can earn up to 3000 bonus Avios (for BA Gold member) for a Hilton stay by December 31, 2013.

Up To 3000 Bonus Avios (British Airways) for a Hilton Family Hotel Stay

Hilton has a special “Be Yourself” package for Conrad resorts. Gold/Diamond members will receive 5000 bonus points per stay.

Conrad Hotels “Be Yourself” Offer of Breakfast/Room Upgrade or 5000 Bonus Points

Hilton is offering instant Gold status until 2014 and bonus points/miles for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin American frequent fliers. This offer is targeted.

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status Until March 2014 for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin America Frequent Fliers + Bonus Points & Miles (Targeted?)

Here are some other important posts:

The double dip options are somewhat difficult to understand. I have written an article about them:

Hilton HHonors Double Dipping – Earning Hilton Points and Airlines Miles

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

It can make sense to use Virgin Atlantic as Double Dip partner and then transfer the miles back to Hilton. You can read more about this here:

Hilton HHonors Double Dip Strategy with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt doesn’t have a global promotion at this time.

Here are couple of other important posts:

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

Sometimes it makes sense to use Hyatt Stay Certificate instead of paying. You can read about more of them here:

Hyatt Stay Certificates – Way to Save Money On Hyatt Stays

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here. I have also written about different type of Priority Club promotions here and what you can expect to earn for your first stay if you sign up for an account here.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States. I take absolutely no guarantees what will post to your Priority Club account.  They may also conflict with a promotion that you have already signed up for and just return an error message.

You can get up to 20% cashback for your IHG Group of hotels stay.

Up to 20% Cashback Rebate for InterContinental Hotel Group Stays

There is an interesting “Roles To Rooms’ promotion for total of 15K bonus points for four stays. This promotion appears to be geographically targeted to Asia Pacific region.

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Priority Club “Roles to Rooms” Promotion: 15000 Bonus Points for Four Stays

Here’s an update about the “Roles to Room” promotion:

Priority Club “Roles To Rooms” Promotion Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Here’s second update about this promotion:

Priority Club “Roles to Room” Promotion Second Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Priority Club Candlewood & Staybridge Suites Promotion for 5000 Bonus Points

You can get 5000 bonus Priority Cub points for staying two consecutive nights at Candlewood or Staybridge Suites property in the United States by December 30th, 2012.

Holiday Inn Resorts Winter Break Offer of Free Night Certificate After Two Night Stay

You can earn a free night certificate for staying two nights at select  Holiday Inn Resort locations. This offer is valid until February 28, 2013.

Triple Priority Club Points in Spain & Portugal – Need to Book IKTB2 Rate

Triple points for stays at select properties in the Iberian peninsula. Valid until the end of December.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

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These are valid from October 1st to December 31st, 2012. You should sign up for 5K, 10K or 15K variation of this offer depending how many IHG nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

Priority Club has a bonus offer for Meeting Planners that book a qualified meeting by February 28, 2013 for January 1 to March 31, 2013.

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Priority Club “50 Meetings” Meeting Planner Bonus of 50K Bonus Points for San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and New York

Priority Club “Sweetheart Deal” $100 Visa Prepaid Debit Card for Each 3 Night Stay within 90 Day of Wedding

Priority Club is offering a $100 rebate for every stay of 3 nights or longer within 90 days of your wedding, This promotion is valid until the end of 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

You can get up to five codes that you can redeem for various gift card by booking online or mobile on any of IHG branded websites.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

You can get triple Priority Club points for meetings by switching your account to Priority Club Meetings Reward member.

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points or More

There are number of surveys that you can do in number of different languages for a quick 2000 Priority Club points, if you haven’t done any of them earlier. This is a quick way to get some points. My points posted immediately.

Priority Club Welcome Survey for 1000 Bonus Points

Not sure what is going on with this promotion, but you can try to see if it works for you.

Install (Not Required) Priority Club Shopping Toolbar & Get 300 Points

You can get easy 300 points by installing a Priority Club shopping toolbar.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register. You need to have the email address associated with the Priority Club OR the Priority Club account number available AND the four digit code associated with the promotion.

Priority Club Canada Stay Offer of 1000 Points for a Stay

You can earn 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada.

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102 – 1000 Bonus Points

This is most lucrative of the offers. You will get additional 1000 Priority Club points per stay for 90 days after your sign up.  Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108 – 1000 Bonus Points

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion. Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221 – 3000 Bonus Points

This works for sure if you are a Platinum member, but could work for Gold’s as well. Doesn’t hurt to sign up, right? You will get 3000 bonus Priority Club points for your next stay. You will need to have the stay within 90 days after signing up. You can only earn this once.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 7489 – 3000 Bonus Points NEW

This is another 3000 bonus points for an elite member. It posts for sure if you are Platinum but might work for a Gold account as well. You need to do the stay within 90 days of registering for this offer.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120 – 1500 Bonus Points

You will get 1500 Priority Club bonus points for one stay after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days.

New Member Bonus – 3107 – 1500 Bonus Points

This is a new member bonus, but works for existing members as well. You will get onetime 1500 Priority Club bonus points after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days after registration.

Next Stay Bonus – 5109 – 1500 Bonus Points

This should be open for elite and non-elite members. You will get onetime bonus of 1500 Priority club points after a paid stay. The stay must be within 90 days after registration.

Weekend Stay Bonus – 3136 – 5000 Bonus Points

This should be open for all. You will get 5000 Priority Club bonus points for a two night weekend stay. Weekend is typically defined Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. The stay must occur before the end of 2012. This promotion may require your Priority Club access to be in the United States. The promotion did post for me after a while. This promotion can be done several times.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168 – 5000 Bonus Points

You need to be a Priority Club Gold or lower member and do the required number of stays to get the Platinum status + bonus points.

We’re pleased you have continued to stay with us and are now even closer to earning exclusive Platinum Elite benefits and 5,000 bonus points. All you need to do is register and stay with us 5 more nights before 30th November 2012. It would be our pleasure to reward your loyalty with exclusive Platinum Elite benefits. Keep staying with us and you’ll soon be there. We look forward to helping you make it to the top: Platinum Elite status!

Marriott Rewards

Marriott has their usual fall MegaBonus starting on September 15th and ends on January 15th 2013. You need, however, register for the promotion by October 31st, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Update on Marriott Fall 2012 MegaBonus Choices

Here are three other posts about Marriott Rewards:

You can get bonus Marriott Rewards points, Southwest Rapid Rewards points or United miles for Marriott Gift card purchases.

Marriott Gift Card Bonus Offer – 10 Points per Each Dollar Loaded

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points for Marriott Gift Card Purchases

5000 United Miles for 1000 USD Marriott Gift Card Purchase

Get 10% More + 5% cashback for your Marriott gift card purchase.

10% Bonus + 5% Cashback for Buying Marriott Gift Cards

Marriott is offering a category 1 to 5 free night certificate for new members in Spain that sign up to the program and have one stays by January 31, 2013.

Marriott Rewards Joining Offer For Spain: Free Night Certificate (Category 1 to 5) After Paid Night

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Status Match Silver, Gold & Platinum – Taste of Silver, Gold or Platinum

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

There are no current Ritz-Carlton Rewards promotions.

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood’s next promotion Better By The Night began on October 1st and ends on December 20th, 2012. You will receive double Starpoints for stays of 1 to 2 nights and triple points for stays of 3 nights or longer.

You can take advantage of four different promotions during this period. I have revisited the promotion after the bonus for FourSquare check ins was introduced.

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

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SPG Better By The Night Autumn 2012 Promotion for Double or Triple Starpoints

You can get 500 bonus points for booking made on the iPhone SPG app or 250 points for bookings made on spg.com.

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SPG Better By The Night Online & iPhone Booking Bonuses

You can now get 500 bonus points for making the booking using the SPG Android app just like if you had done it using the iPhone one.

SPG “Better by the Night” Promotion Just Got 500 Starpoints Better for Android Owners

You can get another 250 bonus points for FourSquare check ins during the promotional period.

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SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

Starwood has a promotion with Air Canada’s Aeroplan for maximum of 8000 bonus miles. This is in addition to the Starpoints that you earn. Promotion is valid from September 10 to December 9, 2012.

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

Westin Kierland and Sheraton Wilde Horse Pass have exciting bonus points opportunity. Stay once at both properties and earn 10000 bonus Starpoints.

Stay at Westin Kierland & Sheraton Wild Horse Pass for 10000 Bonus Starpoints

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood has been offering bonus points or free night certificate for new accounts that haven’t had stays

SPG Bonus Beginnings: 3K Bonus Starpoints or Free Night Award

Starwood has a Redeem & Rewards promotion for  30% to 50% discount on the number of points needed for a free night at 21 of their properties in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You need to register by November 30, 2012.

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SPG Redeem & Reward Promotion: Save 30% to 50% of Starpoints Required for an Award

Starwood has a rate promotion for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore that is valid for stays until February 28 that are booked by December 20, 2012.

SPG Step Into Paradise Rate Promotion: 50% Off (Maybe) for Stays in Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore

Here’s a post about Starwood status match opportunity:

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham is offering 1000 bonus points per stay at select location in the United States, Canada, Mexico The Caribbean, and one property in the Netherlands. This offer is valid until January 31, 2013.

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Wyndham Rewards Bonus Offer of 1000 Points at Select Locations

Wyndham’s promotion for 16K bonus points for a stay at any one of their 20 new properties in the United States has returned. You can earn this bonus maximum of 3 times. The promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Wyndham Opening Special (Rerun) – 16000 Bonus Points per Stay for Up To 3 Stays

Conclusion

Marriott’s promo required registration by October 31, Starwood’s promotion by November 30, Hyatt doesn’t have any promotion for this month etc. It is somewhat slim pickings this month when it comes to good hotel promotions.

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Marriott has a bonus offer going on for gift card purchases. You can get 10 Marriott Rewards points per dollar for up to 20000 points. This offer is valid between November 19 and December 31, 2012. There is no need to register for this offer, but you need to have your Marriott Rewards number on hand when making the purchase.

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Marriott missent the email above this morning and forgot the body of the text. I was able to pull up the term and conditions of this offer from the email, however.

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All you need to do when purchasing the gift cars is to include your Marriott Rewards number on the promotional code field after placing the card to your basket and checking out.

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Note that it makes sense to make separate purchases if you decide to max this offer as the delivery charge is $1 for orders of less than $1000.

Remember that you may be able to combine this offer and get some cashback for the purchase as well. You can read more about getting cashback for your travel purchases here. TopCashback is offering 5% cashback rebate for Marriott gift card purchases. MrRebates, Ebates and others may be offering as well, but I couldn’t find a link that would apply for gift card purchases.

There are other offers for Marriott gift card purchases as well that you should consider. You can get 10% bonus loaded to your card, United miles, or Southwest Rapid Rewards points. There is a Delta offer out as well that is mediocre compared to these four.

Conclusion

I have taken advantage of the Marriott gift card purchase offer several times. If you are close to a travel package figure or vacation needing lot of points, I would choose this 10 points per dollar purchased. If you are points rich, I would choose the 10%bonus in top of the purchase. These offers are close to wash.

The purchase of Marriott Gift Cards is processed by Marriott as count as a Marriott charge if you are using one of the Chase branded Marriott credit cards.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Marriott Rewards Bonus Points Offer

Offer valid on purchases of GiftCards made online at gifts.marriott.com November 19 – December 31, 2012. Offer not valid on Marriott GiftCards purchased via Marriott properties, 3rd parties or 1 800 813 GIFT and cannot be combined with any other offer/promotion. Marriott Rewards members earn 10 bonus points per dollar for each GiftCard purchase made online at gifts.marriott.com and by entering their valid Marriott Rewards number in the Promotion Code field at checkout. A maximum of 20,000 Marriott Rewards points may be earned per member. Points will be posted to the account associated with the MR account number entered within six weeks after the promotion ends on December 31, 2012. Shipping and handling fees apply. $1 shipping option available to U.S. addresses only and for orders under $1000 USD. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Marriott in its sole discretion at any time.

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Marriott has been offering PointSavers for quite some time, but I was able to take advantage of them first time last week. PointSavers are discounted award rooms at up to 33% off of the usual number of points required for a free night. Note that the fifth night free also applies when you book under this offer for even greater savings. You can access Marriott’s web page for this award type here.

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Marriott has a list of properties (rather short) that the PointSavers are offered, but apparently the list is not complete as I recently found out. The Ottawa Marriott, where I used discounted award last week, is not on the list.

Here’s a rate example from Marriott Buenos Aires

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The PointSavers rate is clearly shown and the fifth night free is applied. The average number of points required for a free night is 20K.

Conclusion

This is a nice award option from Marriott, but the number of properties participating is really low considering the number of properties that the Marriott has. Also, it seems that not all the participating properties are listed on Marriott’s web page.

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Marriott has just launched a new type of award category called “Seasonal Awards” at 25% discount on the number of points required.  This discounted award type is eligible for the fifth night free as well.

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The current list of participating properties for this award type is not very long. These “Seasonal Awards” are most likely offered during off season like Palm Springs during the summer time or European cities during the winter months.

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Here’s the current list of participating properties:

USA

Arizona

Camelback Inn®, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Canyon Villas

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

The Buttes, A Marriott Resort

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

California

Desert Springs, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas I

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge I-The Villages

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge II-The Enclaves

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Nevada

Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

The Cosmopolitan

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas Airport

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Springhill Suites Las Vegas Henderson

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

TownePlace Suites Las Vegas Henderson

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Summerlin

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Las Vegas Marriott

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Marriott’s Grand Chateau 1&2

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

SpringHill Suites Las Vegas North

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

New York

The Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Renaissance New York Hotel 57

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

The Carlton, Autograph Collection

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott East Side

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square South

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Chelsea

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott Downtown

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

US Virgin Islands

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

MVCI Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Worldwide

Aruba

MVCI Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

MVCI Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Austria

Vienna Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Renaissance Wien Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

The Imperial Riding School Vienna, A Renaissance Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Belgium

Brussels Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

British Virgin Islands

Scrub Island Resort, Autograph Collection

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman Marriott Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Costa Rica

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Curacao

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Czech Republic

Prague Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Denmark

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

France

JW Cannes

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Germany

Berlin Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Hamburg Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Heidelberg Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Munich Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Hungary

Budapest Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Mexico

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

CasaMagna(R) Marriott Cancun Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Netherlands

Amsterdam Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Poland

Warsaw Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Puerto Rico

La Concha, A Renaissance Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Saint Kitts and Nevis

MVCI Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Switzerland

Renaissance Zurich Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Booking Seasonal Award

If the property is offering this award type, it should come up during the regular award search. To get an idea what is available at the discount and when, it makes sense to check the Marriott website page for this ward type once in a while.

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Here’s an example booking Brussels Marriott for five nights in early January. The correct point price is applied and the fifth night is free.

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The regular rates during this time of the year are low and using points would be waste.

Conclusion

It is good that Marriott is starting to offer more discounted award types. It is likely that the rates at these hotels that you can find on the “Seasonal Awards” list are rather low when this award type is available unless there is something going on in the city.

Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards FAQ’s

What are Seasonal Awards?

Seasonal Awards from Marriott Rewards offers you discounts on redemption rates during certain times of the year.

What is the value of Seasonal Awards?

Hotels participating in Seasonal Awards offer a 25% discount off the Standard Award pricing. View redemption rates for each hotel category participating inSeasonal Awards.

Which Marriott brands participate in Seasonal Awards?

Seasonal Awards is a global program that includes these brands from the Marriott brand portfolio: JW Marriott®, EDITIONSM, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Marriott® Hotels and Resorts, Marriott® Conference Centers, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, Springhill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, and Marriott Vacation Club®. Please note that only select hotels in these brands participate.

Does The Ritz-Carlton participate in Seasonal Awards?

Yes. The Ritz-Carlton hotels offer Seasonal Awards at varying times of the year. Please note that only select hotels in these brands participate.

How do I find hotels offering Seasonal Awards?

The Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards homepage lists participating properties by U.S. cities and international countries. Alternately, Seasonal Awards will display in Search Results when available if the Use Marriott Rewards points box is checked.

Participating hotels change throughout the year, so you’ll want to visit often to see which hotels are available for your worldwide travels.

If a hotel is listed as participating in Seasonal Awards, will there always be availability?

Seasonal Awards are offered at hotels during specific times of the year. The hotels and time periods vary but availability is guaranteed during the participation dates under the Marriott Rewards No Blackout Dates program.

Are e-certificates available for Seasonal Awards?

Yes, they are available.

Are upgrades available with Seasonal Awards?

You may combine standard cash or point upgrades with Seasonal Awards when booking a redemption stay. However, Seasonal Awards do not affect the points required for upgrades.

Where can I get help with Seasonal Awards?

We’ll be happy to help you. Simply contact the Marriott Rewards Customer Service office closest to you.

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Marriott made an announcement on their “Marriott Community” that the qualification requirements for the various Marriott lifetime statuses would be changing next year:

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The current qualification requirements are as I have posted earlier here:

Silver

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 1.2 million

– Number of Marriott nights 600

– Must have qualified as a Silver member at least once during the program membership

Gold

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 1.6 million

– Number of Marriot nights 800

– Must have qualified as a Gold member at least once during the program membership

Platinum

– Member of the program minimum of 12 years

– Number of Marriott Rewards points earned 2 million

– Number of Marriot nights 1000

– Must have qualified as a Platinum member at least once during the program membership

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This “Michelle”, the official Marriott Rewards social media spokesperson, makes very little sense. The requirements of the lifetime statuses that I have listed above have been well known and most definitely are not urban legend.

Conclusion

It is interesting to see the “official” requirements for various levels that are supposedly made public early next year. The only hint that “Michelle” gives is that the number of year requirement is going away.

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Marriott often has promotions for buying gift cards. There is currently an offer for Southwest Rapid Rewards points or United Airlines miles, but this Amtrak offer for 10% bonus is better.

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You can get additional 10% loaded to your Marriott Gift card for using a promotional code (AMT). Just input the code (AMT) to the promotion code field at the check out.

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The bonus 10% will show instantly on the receipt. If you want to save on shipping costs, make sure that the purchase is below $1000.

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Getting 5% Cashback for Gift Card Purchases

You can also get cashback for buying Marriott Gift Cards online. These cashback rates vary between online shopping malls. Currently the best offer is 5% and offered by TopCashback. If you are not yet a member, just sign up and click through to the Marriott’s gift card mall from TopCashback. You will receive the 5% cashback in a few months.

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Note that purchasing Marriott gift cards through their online mall qualifies for Marriott spend. You will receive 5 points per dollar used if you are paying using the Marriott branded Chase credit card.

Conclusion

This is a great way to save money on Marriott hotel stays. These gift cards can be used at all Marriott properties. Just be prepared to some confusion at overseas locations that don’t see these cards often. They are processed through the Marriott’s internal system.

You will receive $990 gift card + $45.05 cashback for paying $901. Essentially this is a 14% discount of the hotel price.

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The year is slowly coming to an end and we should start hearing about 1st quarter 2013 promotions later this month. Some of the current promotions expire at the end of November and some are valid right up to the new year.

I have already maxed out three of the following five promotions for this quarter. Still working on the Starwood and Club Carlson ones.

Yesterday, I made an updated post of hotel promotions for this quarter. Here are the five that I am taking advantage of and I think that you should too:

1. Marriott Rewards – Free night certificate after two stays for up to 3 certificates

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This is an excellent promo for free night certificates. Only drawback is the categories where they can be used (category 1 to 4). Very useful in the Asia/Middle East but not so in the Americas.

Please note that the registration for this promotion has ended. If you signed up for the promotion, you have until January 15, 2013 to complete the required stays. The free night certificates will post to your account.

Just pay attention that your Marriott stays actually post your account. I have one stay during the promotional period that hasn’t. I need to contact the Marriott customer service to have it posted and to get the last certificate.

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2. Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Promotion for 15K Bonus Miles

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Hilton apparently doesn’t have Hilton HHonors point promotion for this month, but you can make your own by taking advantage of this Virgin Atlantic one. If you have FIVE stays at Hilton HHonors properties (no Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, or Home2 Suites), you will receive 15000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles in addition to 5000 base miles. You can transfer Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles then to Hilton HHonors points and you will receive 40000 Hilton points for 20000 miles.

The bonus miles will post within a day or two after your stay has posted. It will take couple of weeks before they hit your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account. however. I have already maxed this promotion.

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3. Priority Club Promotions here and here

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There are number of promotions that you can always take advantage of. Some of these “unpublished” but I have listed them all here on LoyaltyLobby. I will do the Q4 stay promo combined with the Roles to Rooms. With other bonuses, I will earn in excess of 50K Priority Club points for 7 stays. You can do even better if you start with a “fresh” account. I have maxed this promotion already. You can also get up to 20% cashback that doesn’t affect eligibility to earn Priority Club points.

4. Starwood Better By the Night + IOS Bookings Bonus or Android Booking Bonus + Air Canada Aeroplan Bonus

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You can actually combine all these promotions. The Better By The Night is lackluster but ok when you make the hotel booking using SPG’s iPhone app for 500 extra points per stay. Starwood just launched their Android app and you can get 500 bonus points for making the booking using it as well. You can combine these two with the Aeroplan bonus of 5K miles for 5 stays.

You cannot “max” this promotion, but I am planning to do at leas the 5 stays to get the maximum number of Aeroplan miles.

5. Radisson Free Night Promo: Stay One Night, Get One Night

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You can get a free night award just for staying for a night by December 31, 2012 at any Radisson/Radisson Blu property in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The free night award is valid until December 31, 2013.

The registration for this promotion have now ended. You still have time to do the required stay by December 31, 2012.

Conclusion

You should consider these five promotions that t, although I have already maxed three of them.

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Here our monthly blog post about hotel loyalty promotions. You can now find an updated list just by clicking the “Hotel Promotions” tab. This will be updated throughout the month when promotions expire and new ones are announced.

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You can forward emails about promotions that you receive from hotels and airlines to john@loyaltylobby.com. Most of the promotions are open to all, but sometimes well hidden.

Make sure that you take advantage of cashback rebates that you can get for booking your hotel stays online.

Getting Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings

Accor Hotels – Le Club

Le Club Accorhotels members can earn triple points for weekend stays until December 30, 2012. You need to make the booking by November 25.

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Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for Weekend Stays Worldwide

You can get instant Platinum status with Le Club Accorhotels just by signing up to the program.

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Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts

Le Club Accorhotels has a Facebook game for total of 2000 free points over four week period. You only need to match 10 hotels with correct cities on the map.

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Get 2000 Le Club Accorhotels Points for Matching Properties with Cities

Best Western Rewards

Best Western’s fall promotion for double/triple points is starting on September 23rd and ends on November 18th, 2012. You can read more about this promo by following the link.

Best Western Rewards Fall 2012 Promotion Double or Triple Points

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Club Carlson has a global “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points” promotion for up to 120K bonus points for 20 nights. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Club Carlson 4th Quarter Bonus Point Promotion “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points”

You can get a free night voucher for every two night stay at the Country Inns & Suites locations in the United States and Canada. This offer is valid from October 1 to November 30, 2012.

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Country Inns & Suites Bonus Offer: Stay for Two Consecutive Nights and Get a Free Night Certificate

You can get triple points + 2000 bonus points by booking a breakfast package. This promotion is valid until December 31st, 2012 at selected Radisson & Radisson Blu locations.

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Book Breakfast Package Rate & Get Triple Gold Points at Select Radisson & Radisson Blu Hotels

You can get triple American Airline miles (1500) for Radisson/Radisson Blu stays worldwide until December 20th, 2012.

Triple American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Radisson/Radisson Blu Stays

Club Carlson is offering award at 50% off at select hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa. This offer is valid until March 31, 2012.

50% Off Award Sale at Select Club Carlson Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Here are few other interesting posts about the Club Carlson program:

There is an elite offer for 2 for 1 and 4 for 2. You need to be a Gold or Concierge member to take advantage of these discounts that are valid in Europe, Middle East Africa.

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 2 Pay 1

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 4 Pay 2

You can get a Club Carlson Gold through a status match or being a shareholder:

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Club Carlson Gold Status for Rezidor Shareholders

If you have a friend or family member working for any Carlson hotel, you maybe eligible for the Friends & family discount:

Carlson Hotels Friends & Family Discount

Choice Privileges – Choice Hotels

Choice’s fall 2012 promotion is valid until November 14th, 2012. You will earn at the minimum 8000 points for every two stays.

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Choice Hotels Fall 2012 Promotion for Maximum of 8000 Bonus Points for Every Two Stays

Choice also has a promotion for Southwest Rapid Rewards points. You can earn 1200 Rapid Rewards points per stay. This offer is valid until November 15, 2012.
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1200 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points per Stay at Choice Hotels

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s next chainwide 4th quarter “1,000 Reasons” promotion kicks of on November 1 and ends on December 31, 2012. You will get 1000 bonus Hilton HHonors points per night for Thursday to Monday nights.

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Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Promotion Registration Now Open

Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Bonus Points Promotion for November – December

Hilton offers number of airline related bonus offers in the 4th quarter of 2012. I have summarized them all in one post.

Hilton HHonors: Second Look at Airline Related Promotions for the Fourth Quarter

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012. This offer is available at select hotels.

250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

You can earn 3000 Virgin Australia Velocity points per stay until October 31, 2012.

3000 Virgin Australia Velocity Points for Hilton Stays

Hilton is offering double points for Air Canada Aeroplan members until the end of December, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus points for Hilton hotel stays worldwide until December 31, 2012.

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide

You can also earn triple Asiana Club miles for Hilton stays until November 30, 2012.

Triple Asiana Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

You can earn up to 3000 bonus Avios (for BA Gold member) for a Hilton stay by December 31, 2013.

Up To 3000 Bonus Avios (British Airways) for a Hilton Family Hotel Stay

Hilton has a special “Be Yourself” package for Conrad resorts. Gold/Diamond members will receive 5000 bonus points per stay.

Conrad Hotels “Be Yourself” Offer of Breakfast/Room Upgrade or 5000 Bonus Points

Hilton is offering instant Gold status until 2014 and bonus points/miles for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin American frequent fliers. This offer is targeted.

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status Until March 2014 for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin America Frequent Fliers + Bonus Points & Miles (Targeted?)

You can get free 500 Hilton HHonors points for liking Hampton Inn on Facebook.

Get 500 Free Hilton HHonors Points by Liking Hampton Inn on Facebook

Here are some other important posts:

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

It can make sense to use Virgin Atlantic as Double Dip partner and then transfer the miles back to Hilton. You can read more about this here:

Hilton HHonors Double Dip Strategy with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt’s fall 2012 promotion is valid from September 1st to November 30th, 2012. You will earn 5000 bonus points after 5 nights and 10000 bonus points for every additional five nights for maximum bonus of 65000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.

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Hyatt Gold Passport Autumn “Imagine the Possibilities” Promotion

Here are couple of other important posts:

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

Sometimes it makes sense to use Hyatt Stay Certificate instead of paying. You can read about more of them here:

Hyatt Stay Certificates – Way to Save Money On Hyatt Stays

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here. I have also written about different type of Priority Club promotions here and what you can expect to earn for your first stay if you sign up for an account here.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States. I take absolutely no guarantees what will post to your Priority Club account.  They may also conflict with a promotion that you have already signed up for and just return an error message.

There is an interesting “Roles To Rooms’ promotion for total of 15K bonus points for four stays. This promotion appears to be geographically targeted to Asia Pacific region.

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Priority Club “Roles to Rooms” Promotion: 15000 Bonus Points for Four Stays

Here’s an update about the “Roles to Room” promotion:

Priority Club “Roles To Rooms” Promotion Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Here’s second update about this promotion:

Priority Club “Roles to Room” Promotion Second Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Complimentary Intercontinental Ambassador Status After Three InterContinental Nights

You can get complimentary InterContinental Ambassador status that normally costs $200 for staying 3 nights at InterContinental properties by the end of November

Priority Club Candlewood & Staybridge Suites Promotion for 5000 Bonus Points

You can get 5000 bonus Priority Cub points for staying two consecutive nights at Candlewood or Staybridge Suites property in the United States by December 30th, 2012.

Triple Priority Club Points in Spain & Portugal – Need to Book IKTB2 Rate

Triple points for stays at select properties in the Iberian peninsula. Valid until the end of December.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

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These are valid from October 1st to December 31st, 2012. You should sign up for 5K, 10K or 15K variation of this offer depending how many IHG nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

Priority Club has a bonus offer for Meeting Planners that book a qualified meeting by February 28, 2013 for January 1 to March 31, 2013.

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Priority Club “50 Meetings” Meeting Planner Bonus of 50K Bonus Points for San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and New York

Priority Club “Sweetheart Deal” $100 Visa Prepaid Debit Card for Each 3 Night Stay within 90 Day of Wedding

Priority Club is offering a $100 rebate for every stay of 3 nights or longer within 90 days of your wedding, This promotion is valid until the end of 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

You can get up to five codes that you can redeem for various gift card by booking online or mobile on any of IHG branded websites.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

You can get triple Priority Club points for meetings by switching your account to Priority Club Meetings Reward member.

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points or More

There are number of surveys that you can do in number of different languages for a quick 2000 Priority Club points, if you haven’t done any of them earlier. This is a quick way to get some points. My points posted immediately.

Priority Club Welcome Survey for 1000 Bonus Points

Not sure what is going on with this promotion, but you can try to see if it works for you.

Install (Not Required) Priority Club Shopping Toolbar & Get 300 Points

You can get easy 300 points by installing a Priority Club shopping toolbar.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register. You need to have the email address associated with the Priority Club OR the Priority Club account number available AND the four digit code associated with the promotion.

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102 – 1000 Bonus Points

This is most lucrative of the offers. You will get additional 1000 Priority Club points per stay for 90 days after your sign up.  Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108 – 1000 Bonus Points

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion. Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221 – 3000 Bonus Points

This works for sure if you are a Platinum member, but could work for Gold’s as well. Doesn’t hurt to sign up, right? You will get 3000 bonus Priority Club points for your next stay. You will need to have the stay within 90 days after signing up. You can only earn this once.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 7489 – 3000 Bonus Points NEW

This is another 3000 bonus points for an elite member. It posts for sure if you are Platinum but might work for a Gold account as well. You need to do the stay within 90 days of registering for this offer.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120 – 1500 Bonus Points

You will get 1500 Priority Club bonus points for one stay after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days.

New Member Bonus – 3107 – 1500 Bonus Points

This is a new member bonus, but works for existing members as well. You will get onetime 1500 Priority Club bonus points after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days after registration.

Next Stay Bonus – 5109 – 1500 Bonus Points

This should be open for elite and non-elite members. You will get onetime bonus of 1500 Priority club points after a paid stay. The stay must be within 90 days after registration.

Weekend Stay Bonus – 3136 – 5000 Bonus Points

This should be open for all. You will get 5000 Priority Club bonus points for a two night weekend stay. Weekend is typically defined Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. The stay must occur before the end of 2012. This promotion may require your Priority Club access to be in the United States. The promotion did post for me after a while. This promotion can be done several times.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168 – 5000 Bonus Points

You need to be a Priority Club Gold or lower member and do the required number of stays to get the Platinum status + bonus points.

We’re pleased you have continued to stay with us and are now even closer to earning exclusive Platinum Elite benefits and 5,000 bonus points. All you need to do is register and stay with us 5 more nights before 30th November 2012. It would be our pleasure to reward your loyalty with exclusive Platinum Elite benefits. Keep staying with us and you’ll soon be there. We look forward to helping you make it to the top: Platinum Elite status!

Marriott Rewards

Marriott has their usual fall MegaBonus starting on September 15th and ends on January 15th 2013. You need, however, register for the promotion by October 31st, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Update on Marriott Fall 2012 MegaBonus Choices

You can earn triple airline miles tarting on your second stay on Marriott’s MegaMiles promotion that ends on October 30th, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Here are three other posts about Marriott Rewards:

You can get Southwest Rapid Rewards points for Marriott Gift card purchases.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points for Marriott Gift Card Purchases

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Status Match Silver, Gold & Platinum – Taste of Silver, Gold or Platinum

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton has an offer for 30K bonus points for a stay of four nights or longer. This offer is valid until October 15th, 2012.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood’s next promotion Better By The Night begins on October 1st and ends on December 20th, 2012. You will receive double Starpoints for stays of 1 to 2 nights and triple points for stays of 3 nights or longer.

You can take advantage of four different promotions during this period. I have revisited the promotion after the bonus for FourSquare check ins was introduced.

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

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SPG Better By The Night Autumn 2012 Promotion for Double or Triple Starpoints

You can get 500 bonus points for booking made on the iPhone SPG app or 250 points for bookings made on spg.com.

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SPG Better By The Night Online & iPhone Booking Bonuses

You can now get 500 bonus points for making the booking using the SPG Android app just like if you had done it using the iPhone one.

SPG “Better by the Night” Promotion Just Got 500 Starpoints Better for Android Owners

You can get another 250 bonus points for FourSquare check ins during the promotional period.

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SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

Starwood has a promotion with Air Canada’s Aeroplan for maximum of 8000 bonus miles. This is in addition to the Starpoints that you earn. Promotion is valid from September 10 to December 9, 2012.

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

Westin Kierland and Sheraton Wilde Horse Pass have exciting bonus points opportunity. Stay once at both properties and earn 10000 bonus Starpoints.

Stay at Westin Kierland & Sheraton Wild Horse Pass for 10000 Bonus Starpoints

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood has been offering bonus points or free night certificate for new accounts that haven’t had stays

SPG Bonus Beginnings: 3K Bonus Starpoints or Free Night Award

Starwood has a Redeem & Rewards promotion for  30% to 50% discount on the number of points needed for a free night at 21 of their properties in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You need to register by November 30, 2012.

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SPG Redeem & Reward Promotion: Save 30% to 50% of Starpoints Required for an Award

Here’s a post about Starwood status match opportunity:

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham’s promotion for 16K bonus points for a stay at any one of their 20 new properties in the United States has returned. You can earn this bonus maximum of 3 times. The promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Wyndham Opening Special (Rerun) – 16000 Bonus Points per Stay for Up To 3 Stays

Wyndham’s autumn promotion is extra points or miles for second and fourth stay before November 30, 2012.

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Wyndham Rewards Fall 2012 “Bonus Earnings” Promotion 11K Bonus Points or 2K Bonus Miles

Conclusion

You should always carefully all the promotion opportunities out there. I will have a new post up tomorrow for my personal top picks for November.