Sign in to your IHG account to see your personalised Accelerate bonus points offer for January to April 2017

If you are a member of the IHG Rewards loyalty program (covering the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotel brands), you’ll get a bonus points challenge every quarter, giving you the chance to boost your IHG points balance.

The latest Accelerate promotion is open for registration and valid for stays between 1 January and 15 April 2017. Continue reading…

Intro to Club Carlson – hotel loyalty program for Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Plaza Plaza hotels

Club Carlson is the loyalty program of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the owner of around 1,300 hotels in about 100 countries, including the Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotel brands.

In this guide, we’ll highlight key hotels in Australia and overseas; explain status benefits; and how to maximise value in earning and redeeming Club Carlson points. Continue reading…

Intro to Virtuoso – a travel agent hotel booking channel for free upgrades, hotel credits and breakfast

‘Virtuoso’ is a travel agent only booking channel that offers customers free room upgrades, breakfast and a $100 USD hotel credits, and often at a cheaper rates than many of the popular online travel booking websites.

The system operates through an international network of travel advisors and includes over 1,300 hotel properties worldwide, from large chains to small boutique properties. Continue reading…

Hotel rewards demystified – everything you need to know to get started earning points from your hotel stays

Knowing how to navigate the world of hotel bookings for maximum return (points, cash, status and/or benefits) is a minefield, and is hard to get your head around at the best of times.

Hotel chains and their loyalty programs are constantly running offers for discounts, sales and bonus points, and ultimately it’s hard to know where to go to look for both a deal and to be rewarded for being loyal.

Given there are so many ways to book hotels, and methods of earning rewards and discounts, in this guide I’ll try and lay out my thoughts on the basics of hotel loyalty. A version of this guide was published back in 2015, so it was time for an update!
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Our Kaligo offer round-up to help earn more points or miles when booking hotels

Kaligo is one of the most aggressive hotel aggregators out there that offer bonus points for hotel bookings – they partner with a large number of frequent flyer and bank rewards programs, with chunky bonuses on offer that are changing relatively frequently.

Kaligo is more focused at the Asia-Pacific and European markets – when it comes to customers, rather than their range of hotels. They now have over 400,000 hotels available, all of which you should be able to earn points from.

We’re going to try and round up all of the different deals they are running each month into one consolidated place – this guide. Continue reading…

Qantas Hotels have 9 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels worldwide until November 16th

In a quick 3 day flash offer, Qantas Hotels are offering 9 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels booked through the platform until midnight November 16th (Wednesday).

9 Qantas Points per $ is about the point at which I start to get interested in running the numbers on whether it’s worth booking through Qantas Hotels vs other channels – that’s a return of around 9% to 13% based on a Qantas Point value somewhere between 1c and 1.5c per point. The last time we saw this offer was in May.

The ability to earn points was recently opened up for all partner hotels – meaning there are now 140,000 at which you can earn at least 3 Qantas Points per $ at when booking through Qantas Hotels.

The offer excludes airbnb bookings, which still earn at 1 Qantas Point per $.
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Get 1500 free Marriott Rewards (convert to 500 SPG) points for linking your social media accounts

By linking your Marriott Rewards profile to your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, you’ll receive 500 points for each link, plus you can get an extra 50 points each for following Marriott Rewards on Twitter and Instagram.

Due to the merger of Marriott and Starwood, you can now link your two loyalty accounts and transfer your points from Marriott to Starwood at a ratio of 3 Marriott Rewards points = 1 Starpoint (or vice versa at a 1:3 ratio). Continue reading…

Amex Travel offering 4th night free at selected hotels – How to use American Express Travel for bonus Membership Rewards points

American Express Travel are running a ‘fourth night free’ sale for hotels booked until 31st October.

If you have a Membership Rewards linked card, and are in the market for a hotel booking to be made in the next few weeks, it’s probably at least worth checking the price through Amex travel – you’ll earn 1 Membership Rewards point per $ on top of the points earned on your card. Continue reading…

Free (for now) Club1Hotels membership offers discount / wholesale hotel rates to the general public

A new site – Club1Hotels – made the rounds on many US-based points sites in the last few weeks.

I’ve just gotten around to taking a look at and it looks like a pretty promising tool to add to your hotel-booking swiss-army knife – at least in the short term.

Club1Hotels works by offering a paid membership program to access discount rates – but for a limited time, there’s a free trial period (which is generous, at 1 year) for anyone to check it out. Continue reading…

How to save money on hotel stays with the Citi Prestige Fourth Night Free Benefit

One of the most valuable benefits that come with being a Citi Prestige Visa Infinite cardholder is the fourth night free when booking hotels through the Citi Concierge, which can amount to some decent savings.

In this guide, we compare booking through the Citi Concierge service and online through Hotels.com to see how much you can actually save. Plus, we outline a few key terms and conditions and caveats to be aware of, as well as how to go about booking through this service. Continue reading…