One way to boost your hotel program point balance

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Earning lots of points is the name of the game, whether in an airline or hotel program.  While airlines have become stingy with bonus mile promotions in recent years, the big four hotel chains – Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood – tend to offer several bonus opportunities to boost your point balance each year.  Typically each program offers three or four promotions every year, and these are a very important tool to get your balance high enough to enjoy rewards, including free nights and suite upgrades.

As with airlines, you should pick a single hotel program and stick with it as often as possible.  This is even easier with hotels than with airlines, since each hotel chain has a variety of brands that compete fiercely for business, meaning good rates are often easy to find.


Boost your hotel program balance right now

Hilton HHonors

Hilton has just announced the Weekend Rewards promotion.  By registering, you’ll earn:

  • 1,000 bonus points for every night you stay
  • An additional 5,000 bonus points for every weekend stay of two nights or more

The Weekend Rewards promotion runs through April 30.

Starwood Hotels is in the middle of its Bring on the Nights promotion, which also runs through April 30 (though registration is now closed.)  This promotion offers 2,500 bonus points for every five eligible nights (up to 20 nights) and an additional bonus of 5,000 points when you hit 25 nights.

Hyatt and Marriott have similar opportunities to rack up points, so be sure to register for those if you plan to stay at one of their properties.

Remember, if you’re going to be staying in hotels anyway, why not rack up extra points at no additional cost?  Hotel program points are versatile, and can be used for hotel nights, suite upgrades or transferred to airline programs.

Bonus points are only a few clicks away. Make sure you get everything you’ve earned!

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