After months of drought, it looks like Amex is starting to open the floodgates on transfers from Membership Rewards to other loyalty programs. Not only is there now a 40% bonus on transfers to Hilton Honors but Amex is now also offering targeted cardholders a 40% bonus on transfers to Marriott Bonvoy.
For the first time in months, American Express is offering a bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to a travel loyalty program and the promotion that I'm seeing in my account is for a bonus of 40% on transfers into the Hilton Honors program.
Hyatt has launched a points sale which runs through the end of the month and it's offering World of Hyatt members a discount on the price they pay for points rather than offering the usual bonus points that we often see. What this means is that although the headline number (25%) doesn't look particularly impressive, the final price you pay per point isn't too bad at all.
Around a month ago, we were given a heads up that IHG was about to launch a new promotion to try to encourage members to renew their InterContinental Ambassador membership. Since then, however, there doesn't appear to have been any official announcement of the promotion (at least not one that I've seen) and, even though the promotion is now live, it would be very easy for someone to not realize that a promotion is running when they go to renew their membership.
Marriott has brought back its elite status challenges for a limited period of time (although we haven't been told when that limited period of time will end). Travelers with elite status in a number of other major hotel loyalty programs can now earn Marriott elite status at a greatly accelerated rate by booking and consuming a pre-set number of nights at Marriott properties within a 90 day period.
Hilton's current "Points Unlimited" promotion ends on 7 September and details of the promotion to follow this one are now live. The new "Double Rewards" promotion is one that builds on the Points Unlimited promotion in a way that should please Hilton loyalists and in a way that makes earning top-tier elite status through a status match incredibly easy. Registration is now open.
Yesterday I wrote about the new promotion that Hilton should be announcing officially in the next few days and which will offer double elite qualifying nights for all stays through the end of the year. That in itself was very good news for anyone looking to earn elite night credits towards elite status in 2022, but it's also fantastic news for anyone looking to complete a Hilton status match challenge.
Back before "lockdown" was even a thing for some people, Radisson Rewards was the first of the major hotel loyalty programs to announce status extensions for all of its elites and one of the first to announce that it was pausing point expirations too. Now, with the revised deadline for points expirations looming at the end of the month, Radisson Rewards has made two more favorable announcements.
I'm a big fan of Hyatt despite not actually having World of Hyatt elite status. I cannot remember the last time I had a bad stay at a Hyatt property and the value I frequently get when I redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Hyatt stays is something that I struggle to match with a lot of my other redemptions.
Marriott Bonvoy allows its members to choose 5 suite night awards as part of their benefits package when they earn 50 elite night credits in a year (the Annual Choice Benefits), and it allows members to choose a further 5 suite night awards as part of their benefits when they earn 75 elite nights in a year. That makes it pretty important to know how to apply these upgrades online.