IHG has released details of its summer 2019 Accelerate promotion which is due to start tomorrow (1 May 2019) but, at the time of writing, a large number of people (including Joanna and me) can't actually register.
Hilton is the first program to open up registration for its second major points promotion of 2019 and with no gap between the first promotion and this new one there’s no let-up in points earning opportunities for Hilton Honors members.
Last night the Freddie Awards were held at the CR Smith Aviation Museum in Dallas Fort Worth and it was a night on which we got to find out how 7.1 million frequent travelers feel about the various loyalty programs they belong to, the airlines they fly and the hotel chains they stay with.
For the past few months it has been Marriott's Bonvoy program that has been in the spotlight for, amongst other things, increasing the number of points needed for award bookings and allowing its various brands to pick and choose which benefits they're happy to offer elite guests...but Marriott isn't alone when it comes to shenanigans within its loyalty program.
Accor Hotels (the group that includes Sofitel, Novotel, Raffles and Fairmont among many others) is currently offering a very good deal for Avios collectors staying at one or more of its properties through 15 July 2019.
Joanna and I have recently returned from a trip to Australia where we stayed at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel for 5 nights. I made the award night booking back in 2018 and when I received my suite night upgrades (courtesy of my Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status) I applied five of them to this stay.
There was a time where the best rate guarantees offered by the big hotel chains were a valuable tool in getting great deals but over the past few years most programs have watered down their guarantees to such an extent that they're not often worth very much (some don't seem to be worth anything at all).
It looks like Marriott has taken a further leaf out of Starwood's playbook by launching a points promotion in which it is offering Bonvoy points for sale at a 25% discount to their regular price.
Hilton is back with another points sale and just like its first promotion of 2019 it's offering a bonus of up to 100%. This time around the maximum bonus is available on all points purchases of 5,000 points or more and that's just about as good as Hilton points sales get.
IHG Rewards has rolled out its latest points sale in which it's offering members a chance to earn a bonus of up to 80% on points purchases made by the end of business on 1 May 2019.