Loyalty Certainly Pays off – Best Travel Rewards

By Carlota Nelson | 10:30

Frequent-flier miles, hotel loyalty points and car rental memberships. All these programs are becoming very valuable and Millennial Travellers are on the right path to redeeming them, as they are 3 times more brand loyal. Here, you’ll discover how to earn reward benefits and get the most of your travels.

Hotels

To obtain hotel loyalty memberships, all you have to do is sign up and start accumulating points. The good thing is that they don’t expire, like most frequent flier programs. Some hotels even offer expanded redemption options so you can trade your points for events, airline tickets and gift certificates. Make sure you visit the hotel chain’s website to find out what benefits you’ll be rewarded with. 

If you are a member of the NH Rewards Program, for example, you’ll be able to enjoy the wide variety of hotels (+400 hotels and resorts in 28 countries!), the best available rates anytime and will have immediate access to hotel information, room availability and existing promotions. As a member, the cancellation policy is flexible and there are no reservation costs. You can earn up to 3% of your total bill in points and redeem them for rooms and restaurant services enjoyed during your stay.

Think ahead. If you’re planning a wedding or an annual family vacation, staying at a hotel chain will earn you plenty of points, which you can redeem on your next travel adventure or weekend getaways.  Remember, it’s free and if you are a loyal member, you get great perks and some extra pampering like getting the best rooms, free Wi-Fi, early check-in, late check-out, and express check-in, amongst others.

Remember that most hotel-branded loyalty programs do not accept bookings made through third party websites. So be sure to book your room by calling directly or making your reservation through their site.

Many hotels unite with other brands making it possible to multiply your earnings and redeem your points. NH Hotel Group has partnered with Iberia, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeroméxico and Alitalia. Sign up now and you’ll earn €15 after your next stay.

Airlines

Flyertalk is a website focused on travel loyalty programs and once a year they celebrate the industry awards. The winners of this year are American Airlines, considered to be the industry’s most generous airline. United Airlines came in second place. As far as European carriers go, British Airways ranks amongst the best. It allows Executive Club members access to airport lounges around the world. Enjoy showers, spa, Internet connection, free food and drinks and the chance to rest during long layovers. Jetairways is the favourite amongst Asian and Middle Eastern airlines.

Car Rentals

According to the Flyertalk awards, Hertz won the top award for its category. The New York Times calls Cheapism “a consumer report for the cheap” and in the Car Rental category, it named Enterprise and Alamo, their best picks. Alamo offers good customer service, cheap rates and excellent vehicle performance. If you’re a member you get a 10% discount when you prepay. Enterprise offers weekend specials, free pick-up and drop off and excellent customer service.

Make the most of your travels today!

Photo Credits: Nelo HotsumaNicola

 

 

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