Hotel rewards programs reward the loyalty of their frequent customers by offering perks and discounts. Each rewards program targets different preferred lodging styles, travel habits and goals. Where some hotels prioritize flexibility and earning points for free nights, others focus on membership-only privileges, such as free WiFi access or minibar credits.
Frequent travellers for business or pleasure can reap the benefits of hotel rewards programs without breaking the budget, but infrequent travellers can also obtain points by signing up for hotel rewards credit cards, and meeting some basic requirements. Even families can profit this way, by using the credit card for everyday purchases in order to gain points, as opposed to doing so through paid hotel stays.
When choosing a hotel rewards program, consider your reason for travelling. Business travellers are more likely to gain points through hotel stays, whereas leisure travellers do so through credit cards. Perhaps a combination of both is the best solution for you. It’s also important to compare the earned points per dollar across different programs, and whether the points ever expire.
Some hotel rewards programs also include many limitations to the usage of points, such as restricting the brands you can stay at within the hotel chain, incorporating blackout dates and different weekend rates, and change their rewards system if reservations are booked last minute. Getting the most out of your points requires planning, understanding the rules and stipulations, and finding lodging you can travel to easily.
HOTEL AWARD PROGRAMS
- Marriott Rewards (soon to be Marriott Bonvoy)
- Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)(soon to be Marriott Bonvoy)
- Hilton Honors
- IHG Rewards Club
- Hyatt – World of Hyatt
- Wyndam Rewards
- Le Club Accor Hotels
- Kimpton Rewards
- Best Western Rewards
- Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Connect – Radisson Hotels
- Leaders Club – The Leading Hotels of the World
- Ritz-Carlton Rewards (soon to be Marriott Bonvoy)