ENDS SUNDAY: Get an extra Hotels.com Rewards free night credit on your next stay

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This weekend is your last chance to take advantage of our exclusive Hotels.com offer.

Hotels.com is once again offering Head for Points readers an exclusive promotion code to help boost your Hotels.com Rewards account.

And, unlike many Hotels.com promotions, this one is valid on virtually every hotel on their site – including all branded hotels.

When you make a booking at Hotels.com by Sunday (18th February), you will receive one free extra credit in Hotels.com Rewards. The minimum stay required is 2 nights, the maximum stay 28 days. You can only earn one extra credit per account via this offer.

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If you book a stay of two nights, it will count as three nights towards the ten you need for a free night. A stay of three nights will earn four credits etc.

If you are working your way towards a free night but are a little short, this offer could push you over the line quickly and release the ‘locked in’ value you have built up.

Why we like Hotels.com Rewards

A lot of people end up, by choice or by default, splitting their stays across a number of different hotel chains. They do a lot of nights, but never enough to build up status or a decent number of points.

For these people, Hotels.com Rewards is a better way to go.

Hotels com Rewards Review

Hotels.com will be familiar to most readers. It is a huge hotel booking portal covering pretty much every corner of the planet.

You won’t find Hotels.com much cheaper than booking a hotel directly, although you can get special ‘member only’ deals when you are logged in. (Rob saved 10% on his Hyatt Place booking in Dubai last week compared to booking direct.) However, the majority of the properties on the site count for ‘Hotels.com Rewards’ (295,000 hotels, which is about 10 times more than all of the ‘big seven’ loyalty schemes combined!)

Hotels.com Rewards (their home page is here) is an idiot-proof loyalty scheme:

You earn 1 credit for every night you book, whatever the chain

When you have got 10 credits, you get a free night

The value of the free night is the average price you paid for those 10 nights

Your credits don’t expire as long as you have one stay every 12 months

There aren’t any catches when you redeem. You can pick any property on Hotels.com that takes part in Hotels.com Rewards (ie most of them) and you can pay the difference if you want to book a hotel which is more expensive than the value of your free night voucher.

There is a lot of upside here:

ALL of your stays (assuming the hotels you book are in Hotels.com Rewards and most are) will count towards free nights. No more ‘wasted’ stays.

Your free night can be used to book any room on Hotels.com. Most reward schemes restrict the ability to book club rooms, suites, family room etc. That is not a problem with Hotels.com Rewards.

When travelling, you are free to stay at the hotel which is most convenient for where you need to be – no need to mess around with badly reviewed properties or out of the way hotels purely to find one in your favourite chain.

If you book multiple rooms, you get credit for all of them. Most hotel loyalty schemes restrict you to earning points on one (IHG), two (Hilton) or at most three (Starwood) rooms per night.

The only snag is that Hotels.com bookings do not count for points or stay credit in the loyalty scheme of the chain where you are staying. You may get your status benefits but it is down to the goodwill of the hotel – Marriott is the only major group to guarantee benefits on third-party bookings. If you are booking independent hotels, or hotels chains where you do not collect their points, Hotels.com could make sense.

How do you get your extra Hotels.com Rewards free night credit?

The good news is that this special Head for Points code can be used at virtually any hotel that can be booked on the Hotels.com website that is eligible for Hotels.com Rewards. There are no restrictions on what chains can be used.

Here is the process:

Stage 1:

Visit Hotels.com via this link, or any other link in this article. The code will only work if you visit the Hotels.com UK site via a link on Head for Points.

Stage 2:

You must log into your Hotels.com Rewards account before booking.

Stage 3:

Select your room, which must be:

  • a pre-paid one
  • for a TWO-NIGHT or longer stay
  • completed before 30th April 2018

Stage 4:

Enter the code AFHFP0218 when booking as shown below.

Hotels.com coupon code

If you don’t see the price breakdown with the bonus free night highlighted it hasn’t been applied properly. This could mean that you’ve visited Hotels.com via a third party and not via a link on Head For Points.

The last day to book is this Sunday, 18th February 2018.

You can only claim one free night credit per Hotels.com Rewards account.

What is the small print?

You can find the full T&C’s on this page of the Hotels.com website. There are no major exclusions or issues, however.

The last word ….

We’d like to thank Hotels.com for making this offer available to Head for Points readers. If you collect Hotels.com Rewards free night credits, or you think that this is a good time to start, an extra credit will give you a good push towards your next free night.  You need to book by midnight on Sunday.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Simon Cross says:

    Actually this is not exclusive to HFP readers as I had an email from hotels.com earlier this week offering this to me as a hotels.com member.

    It is still a good deal though.

    • Except there are very few restrictions on the hotels you can use in the HfP offer and LOADS of restrictions on those you can use in the email offer direct from hotels.com.

  2. why will it lower the value? Reads to me like your redemption will be based on the average of 9 nights

    “The value of these promotional nights will not impact the average daily rate in determining the value of any reward night”

    • I don’t think so. Normally your pot is made up of 1/10th of 10 nights. With this offer it will be made up of 1/10th of 9 nights.

      • We know how this works from last time. The third free night drops in at the average value of the other two nights.

  3. That’s now how it works. The extra night is the average of the other two.

  4. If that’s the case then I take back the criticism. This seems like a genuinely good offer. The T&Cs are very poorly written however

  5. Martin Robertson says:

    Hi Rob,
    T’s and C’s say ‘…your check-in date before 30 April 2018.
    The article states ‘completed before 30th April 2018’
    Can you confirm which is correct?
    I’m lookiñg at a stay from 27th – may 1st.

  6. Hotels.com usually give a free night after 10 are booked.

    That works out at an average 9% off IF you meet the min target.

    Hotels have to pay these OTAs between 15% and 25% in commission.

    So, you are better off calling your preferred hotel and requesting a disount.

    A city centre hotel with lots of competition will likely offer you between 10% and 15% off – as they also save between 5% and 10%.

    Smaller hotels in less compeitive areas will still offer around 10% off.

    So book direct for the biggest savings.

  7. Okay, someone please explain. I used the HFP Hotels.com link, logged into my account, booked three nights instead of the four I need, saw “Coupon applied (You’ll collect 1 extra night with Hotels.com Rewards after your stay. )” but it turns out that all it means is that you get another stamp on the card – not a free actual night’s stay – as I had thought it would mean from HFP article. So now I have to make a separate booking just for an extra stamp on the card??? Is that correct? If so, I cancelled a better booking for this!

    • Andrew M says:

      You need to read such articles carefully. Bolded it says “If you book a stay of two nights, it will count as three nights towards the ten you need for a free night. A stay of three nights will earn four credits etc.” So it’s clear what you are getting, just not from the headline.

  8. Off Topic
    The UK AMEX Gold card gets you 2x points per £ on direct airline Spend and 3x with the Amex travel agency.

    Does the UK Platinum get this too ?

    • You must be on special promo on your gold card, AmEx Platinum does not offer such generosity

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