The Best Hotel Points Program

In a previous life I used to travel quite a bit from work, I would frequent a tiny little farm town in the middle of nowhere Iowa, the only nice hotel choice was a Holiday Inn. This proved to be the best part of my business travels as I racked up points and soon became platinum. Why? Let me show you:

Cashing in & flexibility

No other major brand on points goes further or gets you to a free night quicker. Reward nights start at 5,000 points, for some locations. It depends on the season, but I have found them to be consistently lower than other brands. The cool thing about this program you can choose to use all miles or a combination of cash and miles. We frequently use the combination option because it lets us spread the savings across more trips.

My absolute favorite reward night to use is at the Candlewood suites just off of Times Square on 38th between 9th and 8th. Last year we had a nice weekend in the city while using 5,000 points and paying $70 per night for a $300/night room. We love the city and we have cashed in here several times, as well as the Holiday Inn Heathrow Airport, Downtown San Jose Costa Rica, Madrid, and even Kenya!

Points bonuses

I usually hit the delete button on my iPhone as soon as I see most reward club emails, but the HI group email softer gave me points bonus that I could actually use, rare I know! If you travel often it is easy double up the miles you would normally earn.

Get the Card

Every company and their brother has a credit card to accompany their reward program, but few even come close to the bonus you receive here. Programs are constantly changing, but when I signed up I got enough points for about 4 nights in most places in the world. You usually get the best bonus points offers if you are already a member if the mileage/points club before applying.

For more tips on travel rewards programs checkout more tips on Airline miles rewards!

If you can’t find a hotel offering a reward stay worth the points always check out midrange hotels especially in Southeast Asia. For the price you pay in Southeast Asia you can get some 4 star hotels for 2 star prices.

Posted on: October 10, 2013, by : Adam

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