Kaligo is one of the more aggressive hotel aggregators out there that offer bonus points for hotel bookings. It partners with a large number of frequent flyer and bank rewards programs, with chunky bonuses on offer that change relatively frequently.

What points can I earn at Kaligo?

There are over 550,000 hotels available on the Kaligo platform, all of which should be able to earn you points. You can choose to credit to over 40 frequent flyer programs, which include:

(Neither Qantas Frequent Flyer nor Velocity Frequent Flyer is a partner program.)

Example partner programs of Kaligo, which you can change at the start of a booking.

Kaligo’s pricing is variable, and like most hotel bookings, you’ll want to double-check prices against other booking options to ensure you are getting a good deal, even if it does come with a points bonus.

How many points can I earn with Kaligo?

Outside of specific bonus points promotions, you’ll earn points or miles for each stay you book in future. There’s no set earn rate as it varies with how much you spend and the hotel you book.

As an estimate, you could earn about 2,200 points for every US$200 you spend per night on most properties.

Kaligo requires pre-payment for all booking but shows the cancellation policies and associated fees clearly in the checkout process. Where free cancellations are permitted, you would receive a refund.

Generally, Kaligo’s pricing should compete well with other consolidators, especially once you take into account the value of the bonus points or miles on offer but you may still find better outright deals by booking direct, so make sure you always do a comparison to check.

Example comparison of Kaligo prices

For a search of one night at the Rydges Sydney Harbour in early 2021, we found that Kaligo was the same price as Qantas Hotels. However, Kaligo also offered 1,165 Asia Miles, which we value higher than the 627 Qantas Points.

Remember that with Kaligo, you can earn a large variety of frequent flyer miles.

However, both Kaligo and Qantas Hotels compared unfavourably to booking with Rydges directly, where a members-only rate of $167 was available, instead of $209 at the other online hotel websites.

This highlights that Kaligo prices are often in line with other online travel agents, but booking direct may generate savings that outweigh any extra points that could be earned.

Earning Velocity Points through Commonwealth Bank Awards

In another example, we take a look at earning the often malaligned Commonwealth Bank rewards points with Kaligo.

At most properties through Kaligo, you could earn 15 CommBank Award Points per dollar, which would effectively be equivalent to earning 6 to 7.5 Velocity Points for every dollar spent.

This compares better than booking through Virgin Australia Hotels or Qantas Hotels, which typically awards 3 points per $1 spent.

Earning CommBank Award points is an interesting workaround to earn Velocity Points.

Read our guide to the CommBank Awards program for more information on how to transfer Award Points to Velocity Frequent Flyer.

How do I earn points with Kaligo?

Here are the steps to earning points with Kaligo.

  1. Visit the Kaligo website and log in or create a new account
  2. Select your preferred loyalty program from the drop-down menu on the booking page
  3. Enter your destination, dates, rooms and number of people, then click ‘Search Hotels’
  4. Sort through the results to find the listing that works best for you
  5. With your chosen hotel, select a room rate that works for you. Take into account cancellation policies and points/miles earned
  6. Complete the guest, loyalty program and payment information to secure your booking
  7. Points or miles will be awarded to you within 6 weeks of your completed hotel stay

Summing up

Kaligo has a compelling offer if the hotel you want pops up at a cost that is competitive. Its main selling point is its vast number of supported loyalty programs, so you can earn points in a program that suits you.

However, you should check against booking directly with the property to be sure you’re not losing out on a better price or package, just in order to earn points or miles.

Also, keep in mind that booking through third-party sites such as Kaligo may invalidate you from both earning points and elite nights, and from using any elite status benefits that you may have accrued with a particular hotel chain.

If earning and using hotel status is important to you, then be sure to also consider booking directly with the hotel.

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How to earn frequent flyer points on hotel bookings with Kaligo was last modified: October 7th, 2020 by Brandon Loo
How to earn frequent flyer points on hotel bookings with Kaligo was last modified: October 7th, 2020 by Brandon Loo