Best Business Hotel Loyalty Program for Earning Free Nights 2016-2017
Best Business Hotel Loyalty Program for Earning Free Nights:
There are many, many ways of deciding which hotel loyalty program offers you the fastest, easiest route to a free night’s accommodation.
It depends on your status within any particular program, the credit card and/or frequent flyer combinations you use, the class of the hotel involved, and the vagaries of one-off deals that float through cyberspace with alarming regularity.
And of course no points system is created evenly, so while you may earn points quicker under one program, they may not buy you as much as those earned under another.
Which is a long-winded way of saying – trust us on this, we’ve done the work and Marriott Rewards is going to earn you a free night sooner, and at less expense.
Essentially the math breaks down to you spending around $750 to earn enough points for a free stay at the Marriott chain’s cheapest offerings, and around $3,000 for a night in a major metropolitan hotel.
By comparison, the Hyatt Gold Passport will ask about $1,000 and $3,000 of you, respectively, and the Starwood Preferred Guest option around $1,000 and $6,000 on the same scale.
But it’s not always all about numbers, even on a business trip.
Marriott is by far one of the most reliable chains out there.
You’ll seldom encounter grumpy travellers complaining online that the company went back on its no blackouts promise for redeeming free nights, and the best price guarantee offer means Marriot will undercut a room price advertised on a third-party website by 20% if you book the night’s accommodation.
That said, we have come across, and can readily understand, frustrations with the time it takes to climb the status ladder within Marriott Rewards. Where some their competitors will start draping silver over you after just 4 or 5 stays, Marriott doesn’t start rolling out the laurels until you reach 10 nights, and the jump to the second tier gold level won’t arrive until a further 40 nights after that.
Once you do hit that 50 night mark the perks are pretty sweet. Free breakfast, automatic room upgrades, free tiered internet, and priority late check out all make life on the road easier. And you’ll earn a 25% point bonus on base rates. Also, any nights you pay with in points count toward boosting your elite status, a trait not every loyalty program shares.
Marriott also operates one of the largest networks of hotels in the US, so It’s actually easier to find somewhere convenient to use your hard earned free nights.
The chain includes more than 4,000 properties worldwide, most of which are dedicated to dominating the US market, and they ranges in style from the famed Ritz-Carlton brand through to the more humble. Marriott also owns the luxurious BVLGARI brand but it and Marriott’s resort locations aren’t included in the Rewards program. Actually, Ritz-Carlton isn’t included in the best price guarantee offer either, which is a little disappointing.
But the bottom line is business travellers have a dependable, plentiful, and affordable partner in Marriot.
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