How to get more value out of your hotel bookings

Get rewarded with your hotel bookings - without being tied down to one chain.

By Staff Writers, November 30 2019
Executive Traveller x Hotels.com

Business trips can sometimes be tricky to organise, especially when it comes to finding suitable accommodation – and even more so when you don’t have the luxury to book in advance.

Using a platform like Hotels.com can take the pain out of the search process, thanks to their impressively large inventory of properties, smart filtering system and accessibility of the Hotels.com platform.

And if you’re looking for a simple, no fuss hotel rewards program with tangible benefits and no tiers or points to keep track of, Hotels.com could be perfect for you.

This article was written in collaboration with Hotels.com

Don’t get tied down to one brand

It can be tempting to stay at the same locations or with the same hotel chain when travelling so that you can rack up loyalty points - but if you want to broaden your horizons and have more flexibility, Hotels.com offers a highly competitive rewards program that gives you one reward* night after you’ve clocked up 10 room nights. 

Rather than worrying about collecting points or maintaining your status tier, their incredibly simple rewards system means you only need to meet one requirement – for every ten room nights booked, you’ll earn one reward* night.

Unlike other hotel loyalty programs that can be quite restrictive in when and where you can redeem, there are no blackout dates on when you can book your reward nights, and the vast majority of hotels on the platform both earn and redeem reward nights – in our search for London accommodation, every property we were shown was able to both collect and redeem nights.

This means that you’ve got a lot more freedom on how to use your rewards, whether you’re booking a no-frills bolthole or a five-star property with all the bells and whistles.

What’s the Secret?

Hotels.com also offers ‘Secret Prices’ for select properties, which is handy when you’re booking last minute accommodation. To view the secret prices, just sign up with your email and you’ll be shown the prices instantly.

Searching for last minute accommodation in for example London’s city centre revealed several highly rated properties at hundreds of dollars less than the standard list price, thanks to these Secret Prices.

In addition to the savings offered, there were also favourable benefits to booking with Hotels.com even when similar prices could be found elsewhere – for example, booking Dukes London Hotel for two nights had a Secret Price several hundred dollars lower than the standard offer.

We were able to see a similar price on the hotel’s website, however that was for a non-refundable booking only, whereas the Hotels.com offer was able to be cancelled up until the day before arrival – a huge benefit for business travellers whose plans need to be flexible.

Mixing business with pleasure

If you’ve got time at the end of a business trip, Hotel.com’s features make it perfect for making the most of your time. You can collect free nights on your business bookings, and redeem them for personal use at almost any hotel, or save them for another business trip and reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.

The range of properties on Hotels.com also includes apartments, city homes, country retreats and everything in between, so if you’re looking for something with more local flavour you’re covered.

In addition, you can use your reward nights in conjunction with Secret Prices – so not only will you get a great deal, you’ll be able to use your earned rewards exactly where you want.

This article was written in collaboration with Hotels.com

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