(EXPIRED) Sonesta Summer 2021 Promo: Earn Up To 8,000 Bonus Points For Stays Through Sep 30

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Seeing as Sonesta has greatly increased its portfolio over the past year, it’s worth being aware of the promos they run in case you find yourself staying at one of their properties.

They’ve launched a new promotion awarding up to 8,000 bonus points per stay on all stays through the end of September, but your stays have to be booked well before that date.

Sonesta summer 2021 promotion

The Deal

  • Earn the following number of bonus points on every stay at Sonesta properties when using promo code STPBONUS:
    • 1-2 nights – 2,000 bonus points
    • 3-4 nights – 4,000 bonus points
    • 5+ nights – 8,000 bonus points
  • Direct link to offer.

Key Terms

  • Rate is subject to availability, certain restrictions or blackout dates may apply.
  • Must book with promo code STPBONUS by August 15, 2021 for stays through September 30, 2021.
  • Offer is valid for Sonesta Travel Pass members only and Member ID must be on the reservation.
  • Offer valid for reservations at all participating US and Canadian locations.
  • Allow 2 weeks after your departure for bonus points to be deposited into your account.
  • Offers cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers, and do not apply to groups, past stays, or existing reservations.
  • A maximum of 100,000 points awarded per stay (including base and promotional points as per program terms and conditions).

Quick Thoughts

We had our first Sonesta stay a few months ago when we stayed at the Sonesta ES Suites Tucson. It was one of their properties that had converted from a different brand (in this case, a former Residence Inn) and it was a good value stay as it only cost $98.10 per night (including tax) for a two bedroom loft suite. We booked that stay via Hotels.com in order to earn Rewards with them and to use up some Hotels.com gift cards we’d bought at a 20% discount, so that proved to be even better value.

Living room & downstairs bedroom at Sonesta ES Suites Tucson, AZ
Living room & downstairs bedroom at Sonesta ES Suites Tucson, AZ

Depending on how long you’d be staying at a Sonesta property, going the Hotels.com route might still end up being a better option even if you don’t have discounted gift cards seeing as you’ll earn Rewards for every night of your stay and can click through from a portal to earn additional cashback.

With Sonesta Travel Pass, your bonus point earnings are capped at 8,000 per stay regardless of how long you’ll be staying and they’re not currently bookable via any shopping portals. For reference, 8,000 points isn’t even enough for a free night at a category 1 property, although with base points you likely would end up with the 10,000 points needed for an award night at a category 1 hotel.

Sonesta Travel Pass award chart

For stays of five nights though, earning 8,000 bonus points with Sonesta Travel Pass might be preferable for some, especially if you’re trying to earn elite status with them. Then again, you can earn elite status with the Sonesta credit card.

Something else important to note with this promotion is that you have to use the promo code STPBONUS (which stands for Sonesta Travel Pass Bonus rather than Stone Temple Pilots Bonus) when making your reservation.

I was a little dubious initially because normally when hotel chains have you enter a promo code for a promotion like this, it’s because it ends up charging you a more expensive rate to compensate for the bonus points they’re offering. The good news is that that isn’t the case here – the prices I found using code STPBONUS were exactly the same as when searching without the code.

Sonesta STPBONUS pricing

My guess is therefore that requiring that Sonesta Travel Pass members use that code is a limitation of their systems in that members can’t just register for a promotion once and automatically earn bonus points on subsequent stays. If you click through to the landing page above and make a reservation from there, Sonesta’s website prepopulates the promo code. Just in case though, make sure that the search results say ‘STPBONUS Applied’ before making your reservation.

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Billy Bob

I tried to use some Sonesta points on a recent trip across the US but found that the properties that would work used to be Candlewood Suites and were also full of construction/road crews (nowhere to park, smoke, and plenty of noise). I also had the card and a retention offer wasn’t in the cards so I dropped it. Now I have around 70000 points – not sure how to use as we had planned to go to Peru but that’s off for the next few years.