Marriott has now released details of its latest global promotion which starts today and runs into October. All of Marriott's global hotel properties are participating so there's plenty of scope to participate even if you're not venturing out of your home country, but be aware that registration is required before you can start to earn the bonuses on offer.
Way back in April 2017 (those seem like halcyon days right now!) when Hilton refreshed its Honors loyalty program, part of the refresh included the addition of a points pooling feature that is remarkably easy to use. There's no fee to pool Hilton Honors points and up to 11 people can participate so this is definitely something all Hilton Honors members should be aware of.
On the face of things, Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Upgrades look like a very nice benefit to be offered, but there are so many ways in which Marriott has allowed the upgrades to be devalued that they can often feel like a chore to use rather than the fantastic benefit they should be.
There are two IHG Rewards credit cards which offer cardholders a free night stay at any IHG property costing up to 40,000 points per night – the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and IHG Rewards Club Select credit card (not open to new applicants) – and this is a quick step-by-step guide to redeeming the IHG free night certificate once it’s loaded to your account.
Hyatt has been running its current points sale since the middle of July but today is your last chance to take advantage. When this sale first launched it wasn't particularly exciting (the 40% sales are the ones we normally look out for) but, since then, Hyatt has started to offer a rebate of up to 25% on award stays made by 8 October. For anyone looking to travel in the next few months that makes this sale considerably more attractive.
Apparently someone has pointed out to IHG that it needs to up its game because, all of a sudden, the InterContinental Ambassador program is looking a lot more interesting than it has for a while. First, we get the news that the InterContinetal Ambassador free night benefit can be used at Kimpton properties (and midweek) and now we're seeing the program expanded (albeit on a trial basis) to select Regent properties too.
From a social distancing point of view and from a 'staying healthy' point of view, the Ritz-Carlton Tenerife and Tenerife itself seem like as good a place as any to visit right now...but I'm hugely conflicted about how to book the accommodation.
Yesterday I wrote about the good news that some Chase IHG Free Night Certificates are still able to book any property in the world and, although I'd only gone through the booking process as far as the final "book reservation" button, everything looked in order and no errors occurred. The same cannot be said when just tried to complete a couple of reservations.
In mid-April, IHG confirmed that all existing free nights certificates earned via Chase credit cards would see their expiration date extended by 6 months but, when the certificates started appearing in member accounts, the few remaining certificates that would have worked at any IHG property in the world before their original expiration date could no longer book any property costing over 40,000 points. I tested this for myself.
A comprehensive guide to the Marriott Annual Choice Benefits on offer to Bonvoy members who credit 50 and 75 nights to their accounts in 2020.