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SPY Guide: Hotel Loyalty Programs Compared

Best Hotel Loyalty Programs
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* Like airline miles, many hotel group offer loyalty programs
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Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or both, make the most out of your jetsetting lifestyle and take advantage of some of the best hotel rewards programs available. Just like airline miles, hotel loyalty points can score you some serious perks both in and outside of the hotel.

1. Marriott Rewards

Marriott Hotels loyalty program

This loyalty program is applicable to travelers throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe and has 4 different membership levels, offering a slew of different benefits. Members will earn rewards points when they stay in any of Marriott’s 17 hotel brands including The Ritz Carlton, Renaissance, and Courtyard Marriott.

Rewards Member

  • Choice of Marriott Rewards points or Frequent Flyer miles earned per eligible U.S. dollar spent
  • Elite night credit earned on paid and redemption stays
  • The lowest rates, all the time when you book direct
  • Rewards points earned for meetings and events
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access when you book direct through Marriott

Silver Elite

  • Choice of Marriott Rewards points or Frequent Flyer miles earned per eligible U.S. dollar spent
  • Elite night credit earned on paid and redemption stays
  • The lowest rates, all the time when you book direct
  • Rewards points earned for meetings and events
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access when you book direct through Marriott
  • 20% additional bonus points for eligible stays

Gold Elite

  • All benefits offered to Rewards and Silver Elite Members
  • Complimentary enhanced in-room Internet access
  • Guaranteed room type
  • 48-hour guaranteed room availability
  • Complimentary room upgrade
  • Guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout, subject to availability at resort and convention hotels
  • Guaranteed lounge access and breakfast for two

Platinum Elite

  • All benefits offered to Rewards, Silver Elite, and Gold Elite members, plus an arrival gift of bonus points, a food & beverage amenity or air miles

Sign Up For Marriott Rewards

  

The World of Hyatt

hyatt loyalty program

The World of Hyatt program (formerly titled The Hyatt Gold Passport Program) offers points to travelers who visit major cities across the U.S., Mexico, Asia, and Europe. Under the Hyatt network includes branches such as the Andaz, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and more. The benefits program allows members to earn points to be used on free rooms, flights, rental cars, dining, and even spa services. The program is divided into six levels of membership:

Member

  • Save up to 10% with your Member Discount rate at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts.
  • Spend points on free nights (with no blackout dates at Hyatt hotels and resorts), airline miles or car rental and share points with other World of Hyatt members.
  • In lieu of Base Points, opt to earn miles with our airline partners for stays at Hyatt hotels and resorts
  • Enjoy waived resort fees on free night awards 

Discoverist

  • Achieve status after completing 10 qualifying nights or earning 25,000 Base Points or holding 3 qualifying meetings/events per calendar year.
  • All benefits from basic member applicable
  • Premium Internet and a bottle of water daily
  • Receive a free night on us once you stay at 5 different Hyatt brands
  • Earn 500 Bonus Points for Avis car rentals
  • Share points or free night awards with any World of Hyatt member

Explorist

  • Achieve status after completing 30 qualifying nights or earning 50,000 Base Points or holding 10 qualifying meetings/events per calendar year.
  • All benefits of basic and discoverist membership levels offered
  • Receive 4 Club Lounge access awards annually, which include breakfast daily.
  • Get 20% Bonus Points on all eligible purchases.
  • Host a qualifying meeting or event and earn one Bonus Point per eligible U.S. dollar spent, up to 50,000 Bonus Points

Globalist

  • Achieve status after completing 60 qualifying nights or earning 100,000 Base Points or holding 20 qualifying meetings/events per calendar year.
  • All benefits of basic, disoverist, and explorist memberships offered
  • Get comfortable with room upgrades, up to standard suites, and Club Lounge access, which includes breakfast.
  • Enjoy waived resort fees on free night awards and eligible rates.
  • Receive 30% Bonus Points on all eligible purchases
  • Enjoy complimentary parking on free night awards (available where parking can be charged to your room)
  • Receive priority access to available rooms when checking in early

Lifetime Globalist

  • Achieve this lifetime status by earning 1,000,000 Base Points over the course of your program membership.
  • All benefits offered to aforementioned memberships level included
  • Earn Base Points for qualifying activity at participating M life Rewards destinations
  • Expedited check-in at a dedicated area reserved for elite members
  • Enjoy two complimentary United Club one-time passes annually
  • Share your in-hotel benefits with your Guest of Honor when transferring an eligible award

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Starwood Preferred Guest Program (SPG)

starwood hotels loyalty program

The Starwood Hotel group owns several luxury hotel brands including Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Four Points, W Hotels, Le Méridien, and St. Regis. The benefits program is mainly geared towards business people, allowing you to accumulate Starpoints through staying in one of their hotels, dining and shopping with Starwood partners, and even by using Uber.

You can also now link your account with Marriott Rewards or The Ritz‑Carlton Rewards to enjoy two new additional advantages: elite status match and the opportunity to transfer points between the two programs.The SPG program has 3 membership tiers:

Preferred Guest

  • 2 Starpoints earned per eligible U.S. dollar spent
  • Redemption of Free Night Awards without blackout dates
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access when you book through our sites or the SPG apps
  • Complimentary in-room bottled water

Gold

  • 10 stays/25 nights annually
  • 3 Starpoints earned per eligible U.S. dollar spent
  • Welcome gift of 250 bonus Starpoints (125 at Aloft, Element, Four Points), in-room Internet access or free drink
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access when you book through our sites or the SPG apps
  • Complimentary in-room bottled water

Platinum Preferred 

  • 3 0r 4 Starpoints earned per eligible U.S. dollar spent
  • Club and Executive-level lounge privileges, where available
  • SPG Nights Benefits award Platinum members with even more after 50, 75, and 100 nights in a calendar year
  • Best available room upgrades at check-in, including Standard Suites
  • Guaranteed room availability

Sign Up For Starwood Preferred Guest

  

Kimpton Karma Rewards

kimpton hotels loyalty program

The Kimpton loyalty programs caters to those who travel for both business and leisure in major U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The Kimpton Karma Program has four basic tiers–the first of which only requires a sign up to reap its benefits. This rewards program is notable for personalizing your stay, letting you list everything from the type of room you like (quiet, high floor, low floor, etc.) to your pet’s name and favorite treat, so they have it ready upon arrival.

Tier 1 

  • Free WiFi
  • Custom stay preferences (i.e. requesting pillow type, room type, etc.)
  • $30 credit to the hotel spa where available
  • “Raid the Bar” credit to put towards your in-room mini bar or the restaurant
  • Birthday month discount credit
  • Points accumulation to earn free nights with limited blackout dates

Tier 2

  • 3 annual stays per year/ 10 night per year
  • All benefits from Tier 1 available
  • Complimentary upgrade available on check in for next room level

Tier 3

  • 7 annual stays per year/20 nights per year
  • All benefits of Tier 1 and 2 includes
  • Late checkout priority
  • Free one-time welcome gift, such as a snack or cocktail
  • Complimentary chef’s taste test

Tier 4

  • All benefits offered to tier 1, 2, and 3 included
  • Free newspaper delivered to your door
  • Complimentary one-night stay at new hotels
  • Dedicated hotel reservation line
  • VIP priority restaurant reservations

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Hilton Honors

hilton hotels loyalty program

Hilton Honors members can earn points by staying at any of their of 4900 hotels, including the other brands in the Hilton portfolio: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels and Hilton Grand Vacations.  Each of the tiers of membership offer stellar perks.

Member

  • Access to earning style options, allowing you to redeem hotel perks or airline miles
  • Guaranteed Discount: A discounted, changeable & refundable rate is exclusively available for Hilton Honors Members
  • Digital Check-In: choose your room, and customize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance
  • Late check-out (must request in advance)
  • Third guest stays for free

Silver

  • 4 Stays or 10 nights per year
  •  receive a 15% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.
  • Get your 5th night free when booking a reward stay of five nights or more using all points
  • Quick reservations and check-ins based on your room preferences
  • Two complimentary bottles of water per stay  at select hotels

Gold

  • 20 stays, 40 nights or 75,000 Hilton Honors Base Points
  • Receive a 25% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.
  •  get every 5th night free when booking a reward stay of five nights or more using all points
  • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or one in-room movie per stay at Waldrof Historia hotels
  • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or a complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay at select hotels

Diamond

  • All benefits from lower levels included
  • Choice of two among the following: 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay; one in-room movie per stay; or a spa, golf or restaurant discount, as designated by the property at Waldrof Historia hotels.
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay at Hilton, Conrad, Double Tree, and Tapestry hotels
  • Executive Floor Lounge Access (available at select properties)
  • 750 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or a complimentary Hot Cooked-to-Order Breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay at Hilton Garden Inn hotels

Sign Up For Hilton Honors

  

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG Rewards)

InterContinental hotels loyalty program

The InterContinental Hotel Group network includes InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites. This program offers expanded options for using accumulated points, from free hotel stays to air travel to buying certain goods online. This program also allows you to use your points for free nights at hotels outside the IHG network and free flights select airlines. Membership levels are divided into four levels: club, gold elite, platinum elite, and spire elite.

Club

  • No Blackout Dates for Reward Nights
  • Reward Nights Count Towards Elite Status
  • Free internet access
  • Exclusive rates

Gold Elite

  • 10 nights a year to qualify
  • All benefits from club level included
  • Points don’t expire
  • Priority check-in
  • 10% bonus earnings on top of base points
  • Extended check-out

Platinum Elite

  • 40 nights per year
  • Benefits from lower levels included
  • 50% bonus earnings on top of base points
  • Elite rollover nights
  • Complimentary room upgrades
  • Guaranteed room availability with 72 hours advance notice

Spire Elite

  • 75 nights per year
  • Benefits from lower levels included
  • Exclusive Hertz Gold Plus Rewards 

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Best Western Rewards

best western rewards loyalty program

The Best Western program is catered to budget-conscious business and family travelers. Members can earn points at any of their 4,200 worldwide. Another perk of this program is that it allows you to redeem points by purchasing from one of their partners, ranging from flower delivery services to car rental services. Best Western Rewards has five membership levels: blue, gold, platinum, diamond, and diamond select.

Blue

  • Earn 10 points for every dollar spent
  • Points never expire
  • No blackout dates
  • Free night redemptions count towards Elite status

Gold

  • 10 nights, 7 qualifying stays or 10,000 points to qualify
  • Points never expire
  • No blackout dates
  • Exclusive reservations line
  • Room upgrade
  • Free night redemptions count towards elite status
  • Choice of thank you gift or points upon arrival

Platinum

  • 15 nights, 10 qualifying stays or 15,000 points to qualify
  • Points never expire
  • No blackout dates
  • Exclusive reservations line
  • Room upgrade
  • Free night redemptions count towards elite status
  • Choice of thank you gift or points upon arrival
  • 10% point discount on free night redemptions

Diamond

  • 30 nights, 20 qualifying stays or 30,000 points to qualify
  • Points never expire
  • No blackout dates
  • Exclusive reservations line
  • Room upgrade
  • Free night redemptions count towards elite status
  • Choice of thank you gift or points upon arrival
  • 10% point discount on free night redemptions
  • Free night availability, Guaranteed

Diamond Select

  • 50 nights, 40 qualifying stays or 50,000 points to qualify
  • Points never expire
  • No blackout dates
  • Exclusive reservations line
  • Room upgrade
  • Free night redemptions count towards elite status
  • Choice of thank you gift or points upon arrival
  • 10% point discount on free night redemptions
  • Free night availability, Guaranteed

Sign Up for Best Western Rewards

  

Fairmont President’s Club

fairmont presiden't club loyalty program

The Fairmont President’s Club is beneficial to frequent travelers who prefer to stay in luxury and higher end hotels. Members can earn points at any of the Fairmont Hotel Group’s 130 locations, including Raffles and Swissôtel properties in Asia and the Middle East. Fairmont’s loyalty program has three levels: club, premier, and platinum.

Club

  • Sign up for free online
  • 500 points
  • Complimentary, in-hotel benefits are provided on your next stay following enrollment
  • Access to Fairmont Moments

Premier

  • 750 rewards points
  • 1 complimentary room upgrade
  • 1 complimentary suite upgrade
  • $50 Fairmont dining (lunch & dinner) or Willow Stream Spa e-certificates
  • 1 Complimentary third night on a three-night stay
  • Priority wait-list status
  • Two-for-one rounds of golf at select Fairmont golf resorts
  • Complimentary health club access
  • Complimentary shoeshine
  • 15% off at the Fairmont store
  • Complimentary access to BMW bikes at select hotels and resorts
  • Fairmont Fit (in-room delivery of Reebok shoes and apparel, yoga mats and stretch bands)

Platinum

  • All benefits offered to club and premier level members included
  • 2 Complimentary room upgrades
  • 2 Complimentary suite upgrades
  • $100 Fairmont dining (lunch & dinner) or Willow Stream Spa e-certificates
  • Guaranteed early arrival/late check-out
  • Personalized welcome amenity
  • Turndown service

Sign Up for Fairmont President's Club

  

Hotels.com Rewards

hotels loyalty program

The online booking service offers a free rewards program for members. Sign up online for the program and you can not only can earn points by staying at over 290,000 qualifying hotels, but you’ll also have access to secret prices and receive lower prices that aren’t available to everyone. Collect ten nights and get one free.

Perks

  • You choose how you collect 10 nights. Whether it’s a single stay or multiple trips, 10 nights add up fast
  • The value of your free night is the average price of the 10 nights you collect
  • There are no blackout dates or restrictions
  • From major hotel chains and beach resorts to boutiques, villas, and apartments, all types of properties are included

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