Why Do Loyalty Programs Send Mystery Offers?

We’ve all received emails from loyalty programs teasing us with a special offer. All that’s required is to log in and to unlock your “mystery offer.” When you log in, you’re told what your mystery bonus is. The problem with these types of offers is that you’ll usually already know what bonuses are being offered, because they tell you in the email.

If you receive anything but the best offer, it’d be no surprise if you’d be disappointed. Why didn’t you get the higher offer others had received?

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Marriott Bonvoy Just Wants To Make Sure You’re Really Loyal With Their Current Promotion

I’m always interested in hotel promotions. For starters, it costs nothing to sign up for them and if a hotel chain is going to offer bonus points, I’m going to take them. On a more intellectual level, I think hotel promotions can give an insight into which customers a hotel is trying to convince to stay at their properties. They also can show which customers a chain really doesn’t care much about.

To use some current examples, Hilton’s current promotion awards double points for every stay and triple points if you pay with a Hilton co-brand AMEX card. They just want more people to stay at their hotels and hopefully for some people to sign up for their credit cards.

IHG’s current promotion doesn’t pay off for a single stay and only starts to get valuable after your third or fourth and subsequent stays.

So what about Marriott Bonvoy’s promotion?

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IHG Targets Frequent Travelers With Their Newest Promotion

IHG, the parent company of hotels such as the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Kimpton and Intercontinental, among others, recently launched their end of year promotion. You can register as of September 24th and the offer runs until January 31, 2020. You have to register and book all eligible stays before December 15, 2019, and it’s necessary to register before your stay to receive any bonus points.

So what’s the promotion, and how does it stack up to other IHG offerings?

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Why I’m Excited About The Current Hilton Honors Promotion

On September 9th, Hilton started their end of 2019 promotion. It’s not much different from their past offers. The Power Up promotion offers double base points on all stays between September 9, 2019 and January 5, 2020. If you use a Hilton Honors American Express card to pay for your stay, you’ll earn triple base points.

Normally, I’d say this promotion is rather bland and since Hilton points are only worth 1/2 cent each, it’s not much of an incentive to change any upcoming stays to a Hilton property.

Well, things change and now I’m really excited about this promotion.

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Accelerate Is Back! Sign Up For The Next IHG Promotion Now

IHG promotions have gone from being one of the most interesting offers out there to just plain disappointing. After flipping the script and encouraging people to find ways to maximize promotions, they went away from that formula last summer and came out with some yawners like Double Points Plus More or Easy Like Summer which provided a discount over normal rates and a gas discount (for which I never received my code).

In January 2019, IHG came back with an Accelerate promotion, but they didn’t call it Accelerate. Instead, they called it Free Nights, Faster. Our offers for that deal weren’t anything worthwhile so I was hoping the next promo would bring something good.

Offers for the current Accelerate promotion must be completed between May 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019 (both dates inclusive). You need to register for the promotion by June 18, 2019.

To register, click on THIS LINK

Here are the offers we received:

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