Hotel chains offer free-to-join loyalty/rewards programs. And unlike with flying, you can actually accumulate free nights pretty quickly without credit cards, by staying a couple of nights in a chain’s properties (flying will not earn you many points, unless you do it extremely often or on extremely expensive tickets, hence the need for credit cards).
Credit cards are still great for free hotel nights, for example with one of the best deals for Canadians, the Marriott Bonvoy Card that gives you up to 8 free nights with its welcome bonus alone.
But you can (and should) maximize even further with your paid hotel stays too.
With hotels, the regular earn rate is usually pretty good, and there are often special promos too. That’s what we’ll talk about today.
Seasonal global promotions
We’ll have a detailed post shortly, but each hotel chain regularly has a global promotion that all their hotels participate in. It’s often seasonal, so it’s in effect for a few months.
It doubles your points, it gives you a fixed amount of bonus points, it gives you some other special bonus… it’s really worth taking advantage of. It accelerates the earning rewards part a whole lot.
We’ll list each promo and gather all the info in one spot soon, including an overview of each hotel chain (and their many brands):
In short, it’s really worth comparing promos for almost everyone who travels even somewhat often. And if not…
Teaser: simpler hotel rewards tip
Here’s a teaser, to reward you for your patience while we put together the best travel rewards guide in Canada—and to convince you that you’ll get more great tips by signing up to our free travel rewards newsletter.
It’s for those who want to get free travel, but want it to be extremely simple.
Did you know that simply by booking through Hotels.com, you’ll get 1 free night after every 10 nights you stay? No matter the hotel chain, you’ll get 1 free night that you can also use anywhere.
No need to worry about chains, rewards programs rules, or points: you spend 10 nights and then you’ll get 1 free night. Super simple. The value of your free night will be the average price of your 10 paid nights, the equivalent of a fixed 10% back always.
It’s usually not as lucrative as the hotel chains’ own rewards program, but it’s infinitely simpler. No need to stay loyal to a chain, no need to look at the promos, no need to learn all about their program; it’s perfect for those who don’t travel often enough to want to complicate things by being loyal to one chain.
It’s a far cry from the welcome bonus of up to 8 free nights in beautiful hotels that the Marriott Bonvoy Card gives you, which we’ve talked about before (since it’s one of the best deals out there for Canadian travelers).
But some travelers simply don’t want to prioritize saving money and don’t want to plan a trip around those specific destinations (we’ll have more content to help you out with that by the way). It’s like anything else in the world of travel (or life in general actually): it can either be convenient, or it can be cheap.
We plan on making it as easy as possible for you with our Marriott Guide, but if you prefer, the simple Hotels.com rewards program is certainly as easy as can be.
Just be sure that the Hotels.com price is as low as on Booking.com, which is often the case. In fact, it can even be up to 10% higher and you’ll still come out ahead with Hotels.com compared to Booking.com (which we love for its filters and search options, but if the chosen property is available at Hotels.com within 10% of the price, we’ll book there instead of course).
Personally, I try to stay in Marriott hotels as much as possible as a Titanium Elite Member. But whenever I book non-chain hotels, I always try to book with Hotels.com to add to my stash of free nights.
We’ll have a detailed guide about this very simple Hotels.com rewards program for our travel rewards newsletter subscribers, so subscribe today, it’s completely free.
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Hotel promotions are a great way to save money on future hotel stays.
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