Not sure what to do with all your hotel points? Here are some recommendations from Natasha Pathela, a Cluster Revenue Manager at AccorHotels.
There are several ways to save when making hotel reservations, one very easy way to do so is through hotel points accumulated through the chain’s loyalty programs!
Just in case you are not sure what are hotel points, big hotel chains allow you to enroll in loyalty programs where you become a member of their chain. Using this, you can earn hotel points and nights on this membership which you can keep utilizing later.
You can redeem your points during your stay to offset a food bill, a beverage bill, a spa bill, business center bill or even a catering bill whether you have a business meeting, party or wedding. I’d recommend you to not do that, and use them towards bigger, more expensive things like a free room night instead.
Instead of using your points to settle your bill upon check-out or on consumption, accumulate your points. Like how you save money to buy things or go on trips, save your points for the exact same reason!
If you’re a frequent traveller, once you start accumulating your points, it won’t be long before you have thousands of points!
Different hotels offer you points rates for a standard room, second category, and a standard suite to redeem your points for 1, 2 or even 3-night stay!
Yes, that’s right, you’re basically staying for FREE, and who doesn’t want that?
What can you do in case you don’t have enough points for an entire three-night stay? There are half-cash, half-point options, which lets you pay for half the room rate using points and paying the other half however you wish to settle. Having that sort of flexibility can come in really handy when you’re in a pinch.
I must say this is the second-best option after redeeming points for room nights, because converting hotel points to airline miles isn’t at a 1:1 rate.
But like saving money, you can accumulate your points and buy a long-haul flight to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit. If you’re on a special trip, like a honeymoon, you might even find that you can afford first class! That’s an experience that you won’t forget, and flights are usually one of the most expensive parts of a trip.
You can see a trend here—use your points to the highest value option there is. It’s the only way to go.
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