The Best Hotel Promotions of May 2023

Get the scoop on current hotel free night promotions and other discounts.
Steve Miller
By Steve Miller 
Edited by Kevin Berry

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Maximizing your hotel points earnings means more than just booking stays and using a hotel credit card. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for opportunities to earn bonus points through each hotel loyalty program’s limited-time promotions. Some of them are seasonal, and some apply only to certain destinations or hotels.

Be sure to register for the promotions that require it since many won't automatically deposit points into your account if you’re not signed up before your stay.

All promotions are subject to availability, and blackout dates may apply.

Best Western promotions

Earn 2,000 bonus points per night

Now through May 7, 2023, Best Western Rewards members can book stays and earn 2,000 bonus points per night, with no ceiling on bonus earnings. Stays must be completed by Sept. 4, 2023.

To learn more and register for this promo, click here.

Earn up to 16,000 bonus points

Best Western Rewards members can earn 8,000 bonus points by staying two nights during Best Western's spring promo. Nights can be separate or consecutive.

Members have the opportunity to earn the bonus twice for a total of 16,000 points. Stays must be completed by May 7, 2023. Once members earn the full 16,000-point bonus, they will receive an email offer to register to earn double points on any additional stays through May 7, 2023. Note that you must opt-in to email communications to receive this offer.

Register here.

Marriott promotions

50% bonus when you transfer Chase points to Marriott Bonvoy

Now through May 15, 2023, Chase Ultimate Rewards® members can transfer points to Marriott Bonvoy and receive a 50% bonus in Marriott points.

To review this promotion, log in to your Chase account and navigate to the transfer partners page.

Up to 20% off Stay Longer rates at Vacation Club properties

Book a Stay Longer rate at eligible Marriott, Sheraton or Westin Vacation Club resorts by May 1, 2023, and get 10% off a three-night stay, 15% off a four-night stay or 20% off a five-night stay or longer.

Review eligible resorts and promotion terms here.

50% off a second room in Europe, the Middle East or Africa

Book a second room for your kids at half-price if you're traveling abroad this summer. Marriott is offering 50% off your second room at participating hotels in Europe, the Middle East or Africa if your kids are 16 or younger. Use the promotional code ZJ5 to book through May 3, 2023.

Hilton promotions

Earn 2x points and 1,000 bonus points with Double Up & Explore

Now through April 30, 2023, register for Hilton's Double Up & Explore promotion to receive double points on every stay up to two nights and an additional 1,000 bonus points for every new brand stayed at during the promotional period. Stays must be completed by April 30, 2023. Register here.

Double Hilton Honors points

Hilton Honors members staying at Hilton properties will earn double the points when booking on this page. You can also book by phone and request "2x points."

Milestone Bonuses

Hilton Honors members who have stayed at least 40 nights or more in one calendar year can earn a huge chunk of bonus points. Members will receive 10,000 bonus points after their 40th night, and another 10,000 bonus points at every 10th night after that. At 60 nights, members net an additional 30,000 bonus points on top of the 10,000 Milestone Bonus points.

Hyatt promotions

Bonus Journeys: Earn up to 45,000 bonus points on stays

World of Hyatt loyalists can earn 3,000 points for every two nights stayed, starting with the second stay, for stays completed between March 20, 2023, and May 26, 2023. Guests can earn bonus points on up to 30 nights during the promotion period for a total of 45,000 possible points.

World of Hyatt consumer or business cardholders can earn a further 500 bonus points for every two nights stayed during the promotion period, starting with the first stay, provided those nights are at participating hotels in any of ten eligible cities.

Participating hotels for cardholder bonuses can be found in the following cities:

  • Atlanta.

  • Chicago.

  • Dallas.

  • Denver.

  • Hong Kong.

  • London.

  • New York City.

  • Paris.

  • Tokyo.

  • Washington, D.C.

You can register for this promo here. Registration must be completed by April 30, 2023, to qualify.

500 bonus points at new World of Hyatt hotels

Check out World of Hyatt's list of new properties for a chance to get 500 easy bonus points if you stay during the promotional period, which varies by property.

The promotional period is usually at least three months long — so you have time to take advantage of these new accommodations. This list is updated frequently, so can check often for new offers.

IHG promotions

Earn 5,000 bonus points for booking through the IHG app

IHG One Rewards members can register to earn 5,000 bonus points the next time they book through the IHG app. Stays must be completed within 60 days of registration to qualify. Eligible members will receive targeted communication to register for the promotion, so watch your inbox.

Bonus points for dining

Bonus points packages

See if your travel plans could earn you extra points when you book with Bonus Points Packages. You could earn up to 5,000 points per stay at participating InterContinental Hotels. Plus, the bonus points count toward earning elite status.

10,000 points for attending a timeshare presentation

While you're staying at a Holiday Inn Club Vacation location, attend a two-hour timeshare presentation and receive 10,000 bonus points. Keep in mind there are some age and income requirements to be able to participate in this promotion.

Radisson promotions

3,000 bonus points when you book 2+ nights on the mobile app

Earn an easy 3,000 bonus points when you use the Radisson Rewards mobile app to book a minimum 2-night stay. You can only earn this bonus once.

Sonesta promotions

Up to 20% off suites and double points for Travel Pass members

Book by April 11, 2023, and get up to 20% suites at certain Sonesta properties for stays through Sept. 5, 2023. Travel Pass members will earn double points on promo bookings.

To review promo details, click here. Book using promo code SUITEW.

Up to 30% off and 7,000 bonus points on longer stays

Travel Pass members can book by April 30, 2023, for stays through Sept. 15, 2023, and receive discounts and bonus points on stays longer than two nights:

  • 2-3 nights: Up to 20% off and 1,000 bonus points.

  • 4-6 nights: Up to 25% off and 2,000 bonus points.

  • 7+ nights: up to 30% off and 4,000 bonus points.

To review promo details, click here. Book using promo code SPRING23.

Wyndham promotions

Double points rate

You can earn 2x the points on your stay when you book a hotel with this rate as part of an ongoing promotion. Check here to see if your next destination has a participating Wyndham property.

Bonus points with Home Chef meal kits

Cooking at home can get you a good portion of Wyndham bonus points. Wyndham Rewards members will earn 2,500 points when they order their first box of meals and 500 points for every box after that. Order through this link.

Choice Privileges promotions

Up to 2,000 bonus points for renting a car

Avis has partnerships with both Budget and Avis to offer loyalty program members 1,000 Choice Privileges bonus points when they rent a car through the end of the year. If you rent a car for four days or more, you'll earn an additional 1,000 points. Use the links on this page to book the promotion, which also includes a discount of up to 30%.

The bottom line

Don't miss out on these opportunities to earn extra points if they fit in with your travel plans. You should register for your hotel loyalty program’s promotions as early as possible to maximize your earnings. If you’re looking to get a larger chunk of points, you might want to consider applying for a hotel credit card. These cards usually come with a significant number of bonus points, if you meet the spending requirement.

How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2023, including those best for:

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