When booking accommodation, you have the option to book hotels direct or to use a third-party website like Expedia or Booking.com. If you book directly with the hotel, you can earn points and status with the hotel's loyalty program. But you won't receive any hotel benefits if you book with a third party. So, is there any benefit in booking hotels through a third-party … [Read more...]
Hotel Loyalty Programs
Hotel Loyalty Programs is a popular topic at the Australian Frequent Flyer. Many hotel chains have generous loyalty programs which reward guests for their overnight stays. We cover Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and the Starwood Preferred Guest hotel programs.
Read our guide how to transfer SPG points for travel on different airlines for an example of what can be done with hotel loyalty programs.
There are rumours that Hilton Hotels could soon be returning to Melbourne with up to three new properties. The popular American hotel chain is planning to open a new Hilton-branded hotel, alongside a Curio Collection and Double Tree. AFF moderator JessicaTam has the scoop on the new Hilton hotels in Melbourne. Initially, Hilton had planned to purchase an existing property on … [Read more...]
IHG Rewards Club points can be redeemed for hotel stays or transferred to a range of airline frequent flyer programs. When redeeming for Reward Nights, hotel rooms normally cost between 10,000 and 70,000 points per night. But there are some great deals to be found in IHG's regular PointBreaks promotions, with rooms from just 5,000 points per night. IHG Rewards Club releases … [Read more...]
This week our members share a clever strategy to save money on hotel bookings. It's often difficult to know when the cheapest time to book a hotel will be. But, unlike plane tickets, most hotel bookings allow for free changes. In fact, many hotel bookings allow you to cancel free of charge until the day before check-in. With this in mind, the strategy to save money on … [Read more...]
American Airlines is offering 25% bonus points on SPG transfers to AAdvantage. The bonus is also available when transferring points from several other hotel loyalty programs to the American Airlines AAdvantage program. This offer expires on 31 May 2018. American Airlines AAdvantage is a popular frequent flyer program for Australians. AAdvantage miles can be redeemed for … [Read more...]