There are many promotions. But there are only a few really, really good ones.
In this monthly roundup, we highlight the five most lucrative offers currently available to members of airline and hotel loyalty programs.
(Promotions are listed in alphabetical order.)
Carlson has revamped its goldpoints plus frequent stay program, and to promote the change, members are being offered 5,000 bonus points after every fifth night at Regent, Radisson, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites, and Park Inn hotels through January 31, 2008.
There's a maximum of 50,000 bonus points that may be earned through the promotion.
Marriott Rewards members can earn up to 25,000 bonus points by referring new members to the program.
Current members can sponsor up to five new members. Each time a newly sponsored member makes a stay, up to a maximum of five stays, the sponsoring member earns 1,000 bonus points. New members must enroll by March 31, 2008.
In addition to the bonus for the referring member, the new member will receive a 1,000-point bonus for up to five qualifying stays completed within one year of enrollment.
Through December 31, Priority Club Rewards members can earn double points when shopping at selected merchants in the Priority Club Shopping network.
Participating retailers include the Apple Store, Circuit City, Dell Home, DisneyShopping, JC Penney, Lands' End, Nordstrom, OfficeMax, Overstock, RitzCamera, and Target.
With the bonus, program members earn between two and 10 points per dollar spent.
Through December 18, Mileage Plus members can earn up to 1,500 bonus miles when shopping at any of 18 participating online retailers at the Mileage Plus Mall, including the Apple Store, Nordstrom, Macy's, Barnes & Noble, etc.
Bonus depends on total spending. Earn 300 bonus miles when spending a total of $300 - $499, 600 bonus miles when spending $500 - $999, and 1,500 bonus miles when spending $1,000 or more.
Got an American Express card? Want to spend some quality time at an ultra-hip W hotel?
Then charge two nights at participating W hotels to an American Express card through December 30 and get the third night free.
Offer is valid for arrivals Thursdays through Saturdays except for the following properties which are open for arrivals all days: W Chicago - Lakeshore, W Dallas - Victory, W Honolulu, W Montreal, W New Orleans, W New Orleans - French Quarter, W Seattle, and W Seoul.
To receive the extra night, mention promotion code TNR or TNH when booking.