Understanding Hotel Loyalty Programmes

Hotel Loyalty Programmes are the best part of utilising loyalty in any avenue.

There is nothing better suited to saving than the ability to stay with family a month or more for free at a 5 star hotel worldwide. With hotel loyalty programmes its super easy especially when meals are included in the perks.

Perks matter and every hotel chain has some sort of magic that the other one does not. I will highlight the uniqueness of each below.

The worlds biggest and best loyalty programmes are where you want to spend your money at in order to get the points that will make your stay an investment, not a loss.

They all have sales regularly, bonus point offers ( this is what you want when paying cash) and specials on points / reward bookings alone.

There are 3 ways to book hotels.

1) Cash

2) Points only

3) Combination of Points  + Cash

When rooms are super expensive option 2 and 3 will save you mega bucks.

IHG  – Intercontinental Hotels Group.

IHG Brands

The worlds biggest hotel group and loyalty programme with some 86 Million registered subscribers.

Loyalty Programme name: IHG Rewards Club

Earning ratio: 10 points per dollar spent as standard level member. This increases to 100% bonus as top level Spire member.

What I love of IHG: Their special called ‘Pointbreaks’, hotels that go on special at only 5000 points per night which could cost 50,000 points per night normally. Earning points is super easy so is ‘manufacturing points’. You could easily travel free on points here for months.

What I wish IHG had: Confirmed suite upgrades, free breakfasts for elites and every 5th night free on points. While I have had great upgrades, complimentary breakfasts and lounge access on many trips there are a lot of instances where you could book a free room and burn yourself paying 16 euro per person for breakfast.

Read more on: IHG MEMBER BENEFITS

Hilton.

Hilton Brands

Loyalty Programme name: Hilton HHonors

Earning ratio: 10 points per dollar spent as standard level member. This increases to 50% bonus as top level Diamond member.

What I love of HILTON: Upgrades and confirmed free breakfasts are seamless through all their brands. They have every 5th night free when booking on points. Hilton offers the best bang for buck, you could travel for months on points very easily here too.

What I wish HILTON had:  A point redemption special on top tier properties, Utilising points alone is very expensive for their top category hotel brands, however in some instances Points + Cash can offset this, but then every 5th night is not free.

Read more on: Hilton HHonors member benefits.

Club Carlson / Radisson.

Club Carlson Brands.

Loyalty Programme name: Club Carlson

Earning ratio: 20 points per dollar spent as standard level member. This increases to 100% bonus as top level Concierge member.

What I love of CLUB CARLSON: Their EMEA ( Europe, Middle East  & Africa) of buy 1night get 1night free and buy 2 get 2 free over weekends. This works out cheaper than all the sales on the dates. Gold Elites get instant Platinum status with Sixt car rental ensuring 15% off and a vehicle upgrade. (Double upgrade in North America). They have  mammoth point earn options with 3 day car rental.

What I wish CLUB CARLSON had:  A point redemption special on top tier properties, Seamless perks through all the brands with complimentary breakfast for Gold Elite members.

Read more on: Club Carlson member benefits.

Starwood.

Starwood Brands.

Loyalty Programme name: SPG – Starwood Preferred Guest

Earning ratio: 10 points per dollar spent as standard level member.

What I love of SPG: Their EMEA ( Europe, Middle East  & Africa) of buy 2 get 1 free with certain credit card offers. They uniquely have bonus miles of 5000 when converting to airline loyalty programmes in quantities of 20,000. Every week they have a Hot Escapes special with some bargains. Category 4 points plus cash options that run at 5000 points + 75$.

What I wish SPG had: A point redemption special on top tier properties and easier point earn options.

Read more on: SPG member benefits.

Hyatt Gold Passport.

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Hyatt Brands

Loyalty Programme name: Hyatt Gold Passport

Earning ratio: 5 points per dollar spent as standard level member.

What I love of Hyatt GP: They the only hotel chain to offer confirmed suite certificates for upgrades for Diamond members. Diamond members get 4x certificates per year for up to seven nights each. This includes access to club lounges. Hyatt’s consistent level of quality properties with finishes therein  is second to none.

What I wish Hyatt GP had: More properties. They minute compared to the other brands. Only 500+ hotels.

Read more on: Hyatt Gold Passport member benefits.

Marriott.

Marriott Brands

Loyalty Programme name: Marriott Rewards

Earning ratio: 10 points per dollar spent as standard level member.

What I love of Marriott Rewards: They huge and seem to be buying out other brands and expanding. Excellent recognition for Elites and excellent upgrades with breakfasts at certain brands within their portfolio. They offer every 5th night free on points and uniquely offer book on non existent points now pay with earned points later. They have Pointsavers and E-breaks specials consistently. Elites can also uniquely buy back their elite statuses with points at year end.

What I wish Marriott Rewards had: Consistency for Elites through all their brands. easier point redemptions for their top tier brands. Perks at top level Ritz Carlton is not guaranteed not even for Marriott Reward Platinum members.

Read more on: Marriott Rewards member benefits.

Fairmont.

Loyalty Programme name: Fairmont Presidents Club

Earning ratio: No points. Certificates are issued.

What I love of Fairmont: Quality properties. They have a consistent great Rates Great dates special every month with 50% savings at desirable locations.

What I wish Fairmont had: More hotels and a point earn / burn structure.

Read more on: Fairmont member benefits.

Best Western.

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Loyalty Programme name: Best Western Rewards

Earning ratio: 10 points per dollar.

What I love of Best Western: Many hotels in Europe and Americas. Consistent promotions. Decent upgrades for Diamond members.

What I wish Best Western had: More quality properties in desirable locations, most of hotels are in the budget /  motel like category.

Read more on: BEST WESTERN MEMBER BENEFITS.

Accor Hotels.

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Loyalty Programme name: LeClub Accor

Earning ratio: 5% +

What I love of LeClub: Many hotels in Europe and Americas. Consistent promotions. Decent upgrades for Gold and Platinum members.

What I wish LeClub had: More quality properties in desirable locations, most of hotels are in the budget /  motel like category.

Read more on: LeClub Accor member benefits.

 

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