"Stay One Night, Get 15,000 Bonus Gold Points."
That's the headline on the landing page for a new Country Inns & Suites promotion. The ad copy continues, enthusing that 15,000 Gold Points are enough for a free night at "select Country Inns & Suites hotels."
So, buy one, get one free?
Too good to be true, I thought. There must be onerous requirements on the earning side, or significant restrictions on the rewards side.
There are indeed some restrictions. But this is still a pretty rich offer.
Between October 3 and November 21, members of the goldpoints plus program can earn 15,000 bonus Gold Points after completing one paid weekday night (Sunday through Thursday) at any of almost 500 Country Inns & Suites hotels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, or Panama.
In addition to the 15,000-point bonus, goldpoints plus members receive a T.G.I.Friday's voucher good for a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entree. And as a regular matter, program members earn 15 points per dollar spend on their qualifying stay, plus 1,000 bonus points for booking on the hotel's website (2,000 for elite members).
So, assuming a $100 room rate, a non-elite goldpoints plus member will earn 17,500 points, plus a free appetizer, for a single night's stay.
Qualifying stays require a three-day advance booking.
The bonus may only be earned once.
Deal or No Deal
- Bonus is enough for a free night at around 120 hotels in North America; six in Latin America and the Caribbean; six in Europe and the Middle East; and 10 in the Asia-Pacific region. Or it could be banked and used toward higher-priced award nights
- Almost 500 hotels available to earn bonus
- Country Inns & Suites offers good value, including free breakfast and Internet access
- Friday/Saturday-night stays don't qualify
- Short promotion duration
- Bonus may only be earned once per member
Bottom line: This compares favorably to any of the numerous hotel bonuses currently on offer, and may be as generous a promotion as you're likely to see.
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This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.