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“Members who do not engage in eligibility activity for 24 months will be re-classified as “Non-Active” and immediately forfeit all Rewards Points in their account.”
Unfortunately, Sonesta Travel Pass has not joined the host of other airlines and hotels with suspended points expiration during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Sonesta extended Travel Pass elite status through June 30, 2021.
What Constitutes Activity
What constitutes eligible activity is a little complicated according to the Sonesta Travel Pass T&Cs:
“Eligibility activity includes accruing or redeeming Rewards Points and accruing a Qualified Room Night.”
This raises the question of what is a Qualified Room Night? The answer is simple per the Sonesta travel Pass T&Cs:
“Qualified nights are reservations made at qualifying rates and are used to identify changes in member level and to earn Reward Points.”
So, to prevent your points from expiring, you will have to have some activity (earning or redeeming) on your account in 24 months. This can include a qualified room night.
Earning Sonesta Travel Pass Points
There are a few ways to earn Sonesta Travel Pass points.
- Earn 10X points per dollar for stays at eligible Sonesta properties
- Earn points for everyday spending with the Sonesta World Mastercard®
Redeeming Sonesta Travel Pass Points
You can redeem Sonesta points for stays. Sonesta categorizes almost all of its hotels into 9 tiers, although some resort properties are category 10 or 11. Redemptions are at the following rates:
- 10,000 points at Tier 1 properties
- 12,500 points at Tier 2 properties
- 15,000 points at Tier 3 properties
- 17,500 points at Tier 4 properties
- 20,000 points at Tier 5 properties
- 22,500 points at Tier 6 properties
- 25,000 points at Tier 7 properties
- 27,500 points at Tier 8 properties
- 30,000 points at Tier 9 properties
- 40,000 points at Tier 10 properties
- 50,000 points at Tier 11 properties
A Big Player in 2021
Sonesta has historically been a small player in the US's hotel market, with 74 properties dotted around the country. Things have quickly changed in 2021 with Sonesta is taking over 103 former IHG properties and 98 former Marriott properties. This expansion tripled the size of Sonesta's footprint, making it a much more viable option for stays and a loyalty program.
The Sonesta Travel Pass program is simple and straightforward, with few of the complexities that larger programs have. But with a new larger footprint in 2021 and a reasonably generous points expiration policy, the program is worth a closer look in 2021.
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