Marriott Bonvoy has released details of all its properties that are moving categories in a few weeks' time and if there was anyone left out there who still viewed Bonvoy as a great rewards program, even they are going to have to now concede that Bonvoy is a dumpster fire that just had gas added to the flames.
The first IHG Rewards promotion of 2020 will start from 15 February 2020 and the headline that IHG is pushing is one that suggests that members will be able to earn "up to 4x bonus points" for stays made through 15 May...but that really doesn't tell the whole story. It's more complicated than that.
At the end of February last year Marriott unveiled a number of new benefits for Bonvoy elite members visiting its properties in the Asia-Pacific region and now that I've had a chance to see some of these benefits in action, I thought it was worth reminding readers of what's on offer...especially as the individual properties may not tell you!
Based on recent history IHG usually uses the beginning of a new year to put through some negative changes to its loyalty program (in 2018 top-tier redemptions became more expensive and in 2019 over 570 properties became more expensive) but so far 2020 has seen IHG Rewards remained unchanged...until now.
IHG Rewards is back with another points sale in which it's offering a 75% bonus to anyone willing to buy at least 20,000 points by 27 February 2020. For the overwhelming majority of people this a bad idea...and here's why
IHG Rewards has launched a promotion for anyone booking one or more stays at select Kimpton properties across the US in which it's offering an amazing 10,000 bonus points/night. Yes, that's 10,000 points per night and not per stay.
Radisson Rewards is the latest hotel loyalty program to announce a first quarter promotion for 2020 and it's offering members the chance to earn up to 150,000 points for stays made through March 31st...but who should be considering this?
I had absolutely no idea that Marriott sends out special packs to Bonvoy members who earn Lifetime Elite status (I haven't even been sent an elite status card for the last 3 years) and, even though I earned the staus back at the end of 2018, it was only over the recent holiday period that I received my pack in the mail.
I don't think that many people will argue when I say that one of the bigger hotel success stories of the past 18 months has been Hyatt's incorporation of over 300 Small Luxury Hotel properties (SLH) into its World of Hyatt loyalty program.
Hyatt may have just launched a targeted promotion in conjunction with American Airlines but Hilton is the first of the big hotel chains to announce an open-to-all promotion for 1Q 2020.