Following a truly terrible sale back at the end of October, IHG Rewards Club brought back its best-ever points sale in honor of Black Friday so, for the past few days, it has been offering members the opportunity to buy up to 500,000 points at a cost of just 0.5 cents per point. That opportunity ends today.
Choice Hotels is currently running a couple of promotions that should stack together very nicely. The first promotion is offering between 20% and 30% off stays taken by the end of the year (US only), while the second promotion is offering 2,000 or 5,000 points depending on the number of nights you stay by the end of the year.
Marriott has been running a flash sale this week in which it's offering a bonus of up to 60% on Bonvoy Points purchases. Historically speaking, this is the highest bonus we have ever seen Marriott offer (it matches the bonus offered back in May) and we now apparently have it on good authority that this will be the best offer we see during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
Radisson Rewards has launched a Black Friday points sale and, unsurprisingly, it's the best sale that the loyalty program usually publishes. Most points purchases made through 2 December will earn a 100% bonus and as that values Radisson's points at just 0.35 cents each and as Radisson has boosted the maximum number of points its members can buy in a year, this opens up the opportunity for significant savings at some of the hotelier's best properties.
Hyatt's current points sale is offering a bonus of 30% on points purchases made through 24 November (tomorrow) and ordinarily, this wouldn't be a sale that gets much of my attention (I'd prefer to wait for Hyatt to offer a 40% bonus) but, on this occasion, the added opportunity to book award stays with a 25% rebate changes my perspective.
In the past 24 hours, Marriott launched a new sale in which it's offering Bonvoy members the opportunity to buy points with a bonus of up to 60% thrown in. Historically speaking, this is the highest bonus we have ever seen Marriott offer (it matches the bonus offered back in May) but there's an outside chance that there's something better to come.
Choice Privileges Rewards has brought back a sale that we last saw in September in which it's offering members a 40% bonus when they purchase a minimum of 15,000 points. If you're a fan of Choice properties this is probably a sale that's worth looking into as it's one of the better sales that the loyalty program offers and given that it covers the Black Friday sales, there may not be a better offer this year.
It appears to be the season for 30% Avios bonuses. First we have Chase offering a 30% bonus on Ultimate Rewards Point transfers to various Avios-issuing airlines and now we have British Airways offering a 30% bonus on transfers from IHG Rewards Club and Radisson Rewards. But is this promotion any good?
With occupancy rates at record lows, hotels are looking for more ways to bring in some much-needed cash and this is why we've seen the likes of Hyatt and Marriott encouraging customers to treat their properties as home offices as well as places to relax. Hilton is now getting in on the act too and it has just launched a new promotion which is offering Hilton Honors members 10,000 bonus points after they complete their first 'WorkSpaces' booking.
The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card issued by Chase has a number of very useful benefits (it's why I got the card earlier this year) and among them are the upgrade certificates that allow cardholders to upgrade select paid stays three times a year. The Covid crisis put paid to most people's chances of using their certificates this year but it looks like those certificates will now be given a second lease of life.