Hotel Rewards Programs Overview and Guide

View from Hotel Room in Santorini, Greece
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Make your business trips more rewarding (pun intended) by taking advantage of hotel loyalty programs. You will start earning your way towards free nights, elite status and more.

01 of 06

Marriott Bonvoy Rewards

Marriott Hotel Room Furnishings

Marriott hotels are almost ubiquitous for business travelers. If you’re heading somewhere for business, there’s a good chance there’s a Marriott nearby

Marriott Rewards Perks include:
No blackout dates, PointSavers options, preferences remembered, dedicated customer service line, exclusive member offers, 20% discount on converting points to miles, free in-room Wi-Fi, and more.

Expiration details:
Since 2/1/2016, Marriott Rewards points expire after 24 months if members do not have qualifying activity.

Qualifying Hotels:

  • Marriott Hotels & Resorts
  • JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
  • Renaissance Hotels & Resorts
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Residence Inn by Marriott
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott
  • Marriott Vacation Club International
  • Marriott ExecuStay
  • Marriott Executive Apartments
02 of 06

Hilton HHonors

Hilton Hotel Room
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Hilton hotels come in a range of choices, from the business traveler-oriented Hampton Inns and Hilton Garden Inns to DoubleTrees and the eponymous Hiltons. But Hiltons also feature a strong collection of vacation- and family-oriented brands and properties.

Hilton HHonors Perks include:
Digital check-in up to 24 hours in advance (choose your room and customize your stay), free in-room Internet access at selected hotels, easy and quick reservations based on customized preferences, late check-outs when available, second guest stays free.

Expiration details:
Hilton HHonors points will expire after 12 months if a member is not active.

Qualifying Hotels:

  • Hilton
  • Conrad
  • DoubleTree
  • Embassy Suites
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Homewood Suites
  • The Waldorf Astoria
03 of 06

Hyatt Gold Passport

Grand Hyatt Washington DC Lobby View
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It’s hard to go wrong with a Hyatt. Hyatt has a number of business-traveler oriented hotels, including its reinvigorated Hyatt Place brand, but it also has some incredible luxury and vacation properties, as well as great big-city hotels.

Hyatt Gold Passport perks include:
No blackout dates—stay in any standard room, five points per dollar spent, points-to-miles conversion options with over 30 travel partners

Expiration details:
Hyatt Gold Passport points will expire after 12 months of inactivity.

Qualifying Hotels:

  • Hyatt
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Park Hyatt
  • Hyatt Resorts
  • Andaz
  • Hyatt Place
  • Hyatt Summerfield Suites
  • Hyatt Vacation Club
  • AmeriSuites
04 of 06

IHG Priority Club Rewards


With the traditional Holiday Inn backbone hotels for business travelers, IHG is a hotel company that most business travelers have probably stayed with at some point or another. In addition to the Holiday Inns, though, IHG has trendy modern brands like Hotel Indigo and longer-stay hotels like Staybridge Suites.

IHG Priority Club Rewards perks include:
Free Internet, quick advance to Elite membership by staying at three IHG brands, rewards nights count toward next membership level, rollover nights—extra nights for Platinum level roll over to next year, no blackout dates, faster rewards through a combination of points and cash, redeem points for flights, and more.

Expiration details:
IHG Priority Club Rewards points will expire after 12 months of inactivity.

Qualifying Hotels:

  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
  • Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Candlewood Suites
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05 of 06

Starwood Preferred Guest

Four Points by Sheraton LAX
Four Points by Sheraton

Starwood's hotel brands provide some of the widest selection for business travelers, from the ultra-high-end St. Regis hotels to the luxury Le Meridiens and Westins, "down" to the business traveler staples such as Sheratons and Four Points. A great choice for business travelers.

Starwood Preferred Guest perks include:
Lots of luxury hotel choices for redemption, no blackout dates, free nights start at 2,000 points, VIP access via SPG Moments to sporting events, concerts and more, free Internet when booked through SPG websites.

Expiration details:
Starwood Preferred Guest points will expire after 12 months of inactivity.

Qualifying Hotels:

  • Starwood Preferred Guest
  • Le Meridien
  • Four Points
  • Westin
  • The Luxury Collection
  • Aloft
  • Sheraton
  • Element by Westin
  • St. Regis
  • W Hotels
06 of 06

Choice Privileges

Cambria Hotel
 Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Choice Hotels provide a great "choice" for business travelers that want to both save money and have a reliable and comfortable stay. I've frequently stayed at Comfort Inns and Quality Inns.

Choice Privileges perks include:
Express reservations and check-in, extended check-outs, free Wi-Fi, free newspaper,

Expiration details:
Choice Privileges points will expire on December 31 two years after they are deposited in your account.

Qualifying Hotels:

  • Comfort Inn
  • Comfort Suites
  • Quality
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion
  • Cambria Suites
  • MainStay Suites
  • Suburban
  • EconoLodge
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Ascend

Edited by David Kelly

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