Marriott Rewards MegaBonus 2013 February 1 to April 30


Marriott just released the MegaBonus 2013 offers for stays between February 1 and April 30, 2013. As has been the case with these Marriott bonus promotions, they have number of targeted versions that are dependent of your activity in the past. The options are exactly the same as on the fall 2012 MegaBonus that is still going on (at the time of writing this). Note that the registration deadline for this promo is on March 15, 2013.


Here are the options for the Marriott Rewards 2013 MegaBonus:

1. Free night certificate category 1-4 for every two paid stays. Max 3 free night certificates.

2. Free night certificate category 1-5 for every two paid stays. Max 2 free night certificates.

3. 25000 bonus points after 15 paid nights + 15000 bonus after 20 nights. Maximum bonus 40000 points.

4. 35000 bonus points after 20 paid nights + 15000 bonus after 25 nights. Maximum bonus 50000 points.

You can access the Marriott’s page for this promotion at, but you will need to be most likely logged in to your account before you can see it. Alternatively, you should find your targeted promotion by logging in to your Marriott Rewards and going to Promotion Central. The base version of this promotion that is open to all is the option number 1 above.

I was targeted for the free night certificate version of this promotion and it does work for me. If the targeted promotion doesn’t work for you, I have written a piece about how to get it changed. Marriott unofficially allows targeted promotions to be changed. I have done it by myself in the past.


Marriott has been very predictable with its MegaBonus promotions for years. I love the fact that they are announced always very early so that you can plan accordingly.

My personal choice for the past few years has always been the free night certificates. They don’t work well in the Americas or Europe due to category 1 to 4 limitation, but there are plenty of properties in the Middle East and Asia where you can use them.

Cashback on Marriott Gift Card Purchases Ending on December 31

Marriott is ending cashback on purchases of gift cards effective on December 31, 2012. Early November, I wrote a piece about maximizing Marriott bonuses for buying gift cards and getting some cashback in the process. You can access the article here. Apparently, this opportunity to save some more is coming to an end on December 31, 2012.


You still have more than a week to make gift card purchases that count for cashback. There are few offers for miles, Marriott Rewards points, or premium loaded to the card for buying them.


It seems that all good will come to an end at some point. I have purchased Marriott gift cards and received come cashback in the process. I know that 5% can seem inconsequential, but after you stack up all the different promotions, the savings can be significant.

Marriott Rewards Making Elite Rollover Nights Permanent

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Marriott has been slowly dripping off information about the changes coming to the Marriott Rewards program in 2013.

Marriott Rollover
Marriott Rollover

Marriott has since 2010 had a promotion for rollover elite nights. The nights i.e. over 75 for Platinum members would automatically rollover for the next year and count for qualification then.  Now, Marriott is making this permanent fixture of the Rewards Program and more information about this can be found in 2013 at (please note that this page is not active yet).

By Elite Level, how many nights are needed to qualify for Elite Rollover Nights?

  • Silver Elite – Nights in excess of 10

  • Gold Elite – Nights in excess of 50

  • Platinum Elite – Nights in excess of 75

  • Platinum Premier Elite – Nights in excess of 75

This is very useful for those that have a very high number of nights in one year and only a few the following year. You can easily qualify at the same level for number of years without having too many stays.

Also, if you are after the lifetime status with Marriott, playing around with these rollover nights can be beneficial. The nights that rollover count for lifetime nights in the year that they were earned AND on the following year as rollover. So, you can have some nights count TWICE. Rollover nights only rollover for one year. You cannot rollover them year after year.


Marriott has been using some sort of internal rollover nights already for a while. If you have qualified for Platinum status for several years, they don’t typically downgrade you for being short on nights on one year.

It is welcomed that they are making this change permanent. I am around 240 nights short on lifetime Platinum with Marriott. I will probably have quite a few stays (& meetings) in 2013 to have large number of nights rollover to 2014.

Preparing for Marriott Lifetime Status Requirement Change

As I wrote yesterday, the requirements for lifetime Marriott Silver, Gold, and Platinum status are changing in 2013 and the program becomes official.


It is important that you know:

1. How many nights you have with Marriott Rewards


2. How many lifetime Marriott Rewards points you have earned

It is easy to check the number of nights you have with Marriott. You just need to log into your Marriott Rewards account and click View Rewards Activity. You then have access to a summary that shows the number of “Total Membership Nights” that are used for the lifetime requirement qualification.


Founding the number of Marriott points that you have earned during your account existence is more difficult, however. This information is not available online right now, but probably is sometime next year once the lifetime program has officially kicks in. You need to either call or email Marriott Rewards customer service using the Contact Us web form. I was surprised to get a response back in less than an hour yesterday, when I inquired about my lifetime point total.

So, here’s my case

I have few stays more than 500 nights with Marriott Rewards that qualifies me for lifetime Gold status under the night criteria. I do need to fulfill the number of points earned during the membership as well. According to Marriott Rewards, I had earned 1,421,793 since joining Marriott Rewards back in 2005. I would need to have 1.6 million points.

What I will do to get my lifetime points up

Marriott counts all the points that have deposited to account for the lifetime points earned calculations. Base points, elite bonuses, possible extra points that hotel is offering, MegaBonuses, Shopping online through Marriott Mall, buying points, points earned from Marriott branded credit cards etc.


The fastest way for me to get the tally up is to buy the maximum number of point allowed during the calendar year of 2012 and then again in early 2013. The price that Marriott charges for their points is rather reasonable $12.50 per 1000 points. You can only buy or be gifted 50K Marriott Rewards points during a calendar year.

Marriott is also awarding bonus Marriott Rewards points for gift card purchases. You could earn 10 points per dollar loaded for up to 20K bonus points until the end of 2012.

What you can do to get your lifetime nights up

The easiest and fastest way is to start arranging meetings at Marriott properties. You can schedule an hour long meeting and rent a space for it. This qualifies you for 10 night credit. I will write about this in the next few days.


The new constraint to qualify for lifetime status for many is the number of lifetime points earned vs nights.  Especially, if your average daily rates have been rather low OR you have been crediting your Marriott stays towards airline miles instead of points (crediting straight to airline miles make very little sense).

In my case, it makes sense to start buying the maximum number of Marriott Rewards points per calendar year that is allowed under the program. When I do it in 2012 and again early in 2013, I am very close to meeting the 1.6 million earned point requirement as well.

I have enough points sitting in my account that, when I add two purchases and points coming in, it would allow me to issue a Travel Package with 120K mile air component. I would wait until an airline offers significant bonus for hotel points transferred/converted before doing that, however.

Marriott Spring 2013 MegaBonus is Coming


We are slowly starting to have a clearer picture of the first quarter 2013 hotel promotions. The registration for the spring 2013 Marriott MegaBonus ( the link will work on 20th) will open on December 20 and ends on March 15, 2013. The promotion itself is valid from February 1 to April 30, 2013.

I don’t have the MegaBonus options available at this time. I should have the entire list by 22nd and I will post it here.

The bonus options are likely to be very similar to those of the last couple of promotions; you can likely earn free night certificates for every couple of stays or bonus points depending of the number of nights of the targeted offer.


I hope that the Marriott would have something new in the coffers this time. They have had the very similar MegaBonus offers for years now.

The only recent addition is the free night certificates that are usually capped at category 4. You earn them after every two stays and are capped at two or three certificates.

Marriott Discontinues Elite Only Gift Cheques on December 31, 2012

This product was going to be discontinued back in 2011, but this time it is happening for good. The elite only Marriott Gift Cheques will be discontinued as of December 31, 2012. You can exchange 135K Marriott Rewards point for $1000 in Marriott cheques that you can almost use like cash. These come in $50 cheques.


In a true Marriott fashion, there is no other public announcement made about this change than a small footnote on the award web page and a note from a Marriott employee on their Rewards Insiders forum buried under some other announcements. Apparently, they are contemplating bringing back some sort of elite discount for buying gift cards using points, but it won’t be a year-round.


We’ll see if these are going to come back as soon as the promised new BOGO (Buy One Get One) certificates for weekend use in the United States that never materialized despite numerous promises.

These gift cheques definitely work for some. You could exchange 135K Marriott Rewards points for $1000 dollars in $50 Marriott gift cheques that you could then use to pay for almost any expense like room rate and wining & dining. If you pay your room charges using these gift cheques, it counts as a regular paid stay. You will get points, any possible bonus points, and a night credit.

Urban properties are often cheaper during the weekends, yet they still require often an inflated number of points per night compared to a paid rate. If one is inclined to use points on a situation like this, it is often better to use points to get the gift cheques and pay the room using them.


At least the Marriott put a footnote to the award page and had the information buried on at thread on the Marriott Insiders forum, rather than just wiping them off on January 1, 2013. I would just hope that Marriott would has more communication about these program changes.

New Lower Lifetime Marriott Silver, Gold, and Platinum Requirements


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.


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.


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.


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.

British Airways Avios 25% Hotel Points Conversion Bonus

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.



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





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

  • 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 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

Increase in Marriott Rewards Platinum Arrival Gift to 400 Points at Courtyards in North America

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.


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


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.

Year End Hotel Elite Status Dilemma (Hilton, Hyatt, IHG/Priority Club, Marriott & Starwood)


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 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’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’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 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.


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.

Top Hotel Promotions for December

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


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.

December Hotel Promotions Update


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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 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.


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


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.

Marriott PointSavers Up To 33% Discount on Awards

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.


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


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.


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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