Category: Promotions

IHG Shows Why Loyalty Programs Are Anything But That

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I love the term “loyalty program.” Kind of makes you seem like the merchant is giving you something for having done lots of business with them. It isn’t, but it sounds a lot better than “trying to influence your future behavior” program.* IHG Accelerate No company makes the point better than IHG, the parent of …

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Hilton Brings Back Double HHonors Points Promotion

For a while, it seemed that Hilton always had a double points promotion going. If I remember correctly, and I probably don’t, Hilton ran some version of the promo for eight consecutive quarters. And after taking a slightly different term with Points Unlimited last time around, Hilton has brought back the old favorite. Hilton Honors …

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Southwest Airlines: Double Rapid Rewards Points

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Southwest Airlines recently announced a double Rapid Rewards promotion for flights booked and completed between April 6 and June 13. You will need to register. Rapid Rewards Overview Why is this program different from all other programs? Rapid Rewards is one of the more favorable programs, with points that can be used for any flight …

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SPG And Marriott: Worst. Promos. Ever.

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Well, that was disappointing. Marriott and Starwood have announced their promotions for the next quarter and, well, they aren’t good. (A Few) More Points Per Night Both companies are now owned by Marriott, so they’re putting out essentially the same promotion. And although you earn 250 extra points per night at Starwood (starting with your …

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Double Miles On AA For Flying In First Or Biz; Possibly Targeted


Every once in a while, a company will throw out a “targeted” promotion. It’s just what it sounds like: It’s a promotion that only some people have access to but not others. Often, the promotions are sent to either “lapsed” users (formerly frequent customers who have dropped off) or those who only do a little …

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Radisson Rewards (Formerly Club Carlson) Bonus: Up To 120,000 Points

 I used to call Club Carlson “the little program that could.” The owner of the Radisson, Park Plaza and other brands changed its name to Radisson Rewards, but it maintained the best features of the rewards plan,* including excellent promotions throughout the year. Today, I got an email regarding a new one. Earn Up to …

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“Quarterly” Hilton Promotion


Yesterday, I discussed the quarterly promotions from Marriott and Starwood. Today we’re moving on to Hilton, whose promotion runs January 1 — April 30, 2018. Points Unlimited At least it has a cool name. Hilton has dumped its usual double points promotion in favor of one that’s simply not very good. You’ll earn 2,000 points …

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Quarterly Promos: Marriott And SPG

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Well, Starwood adopted one policy from Marriott awfully quickly: Lousy quarterly promos. We recently learned what they will be for the first quarter of 2018, and I’m unimpressed. For those of you new to the world of hotel points, the lodging companies tend to run a lot of promotions. They run frequent smaller promotions, but …

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Weekend Tidbits


Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a good start. Here are a few tidbits to mull over today: Updated Marriott Megabonus Well, that was anti-climactic. One of the most interesting things about this time period’s Megabonus offer was that, if you finished the two stays and earned your free night, they would give you an …

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IHG Brings Back Accelerate Promotion


Another year, another Accelerate promotion from IHG, parent of several brands including InterContinental, the Holiday Inn themes and a few others. This one is for January 1 – April 30. Accelerate 1Q18 The Accelerate promo is the IHG bonus that we see every four months. The company gives you a list of “tasks” and, the …

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