One of the best ways to increase your hotel point balances is by taking advantage of special offers. This strategy can work exceptionally well if you have a nice block of upcoming travel — for instance, a month or more of back-to-back business trips. I like to think of it in the same context as a Super Mario Bros’ video game, collecting as many coins as you can while you traverse the map. In this case, you’re using offers to collect as many points as possible.

Special hotel offers come around pretty often so today let’s talk about the latest from Marriott and IHG.

Marriott MegaBonus

The Marriott MegaBonus allows you to earn points on hotel stays and brand stays. It’s like the Pokemon Go of hotel offers — stay at as many brands as you can and you’ll earn the most points.

Here’s how it works:

  • Stay two or more nights and earn 2,000 points
  • Earn 1,000 points for each Marriott brand you stay with starting with your second stay

If you have 10 stays of two or more nights planned for the Fall, you can earn 20,000 Marriott points. If 10 of those stays are all at different brands you can earn an additional 9,000 points (1,000 for each brand you hit starting with your second). And this is on top of the points you’ll earn for the actual stay.

If you want to get real crazy, pick up the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card and earn 6x points per dollar spent at Marriott properties.

Big time points to be had!



Status or Points Offer

IHG is offering your choice between a status or points offer. If you choose the status offer, you’ll need to stay two nights to earn Gold Elite status and when you stay five nights you’ll earn Platinum Elite status. In addition, if you stay at Crowne Plaza hotels, you’ll earn 2,000 points on each stay.

If you choose the Double Points offer, you’ll earn double points on all stays, up to 20,000 points. In addition, if you stay at Crowne Plaza hotels, you’ll earn 2,000 points on each stay.

You’ll earn these offers on stays between now and November 30th.

Save 20% Offer on Points & Cash Bookings

Are you a Chase IHG Premier credit cardholder? This one is for you. 

With this offer, you’ll get 20% savings towards your next points & cash booking.

You have to book your trip between 9/13/18 – 9/20/18 and stay between 9/13/18 – 11/4/18.

Will you be taking advantage of these offers?

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Any ideas why a member would not be eligible for this promotion? I got this message after clicking the link and logging in:

A Note About This Promotion
We’re sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.

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