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HFP EXCLUSIVE: Get an extra Rewards free night credit on your next stay

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Starting today, is once again offering Head for Points readers an exclusive promotion code to help boost your Rewards account.

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

When you make a booking at by 3rd March 2019, you will receive one free extra credit in Rewards. The minimum stay required is 2 nights. 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 Rewards

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

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

Punchcard will be familiar to most readers. It is a huge hotel and vacation rentals booking portal covering pretty much every corner of the planet.

You won’t find much cheaper than booking a hotel directly, although you can get special ‘member only’ deals when you are logged in. Silver and Gold members receive VIP/VAP benefits like free breakfast, money off a spa treatment or else.

Price is not a reason to use them.  However, the majority of the properties on the site count for ‘ Rewards’ (295,000 properties, which is about 10 times more than all of the ‘big six’ loyalty schemes combined!) Rewards (their home page is here) is an idiot-proof loyalty scheme:

You earn 1 credit for every night you stay, whatever the chain and even vacation rentals

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 collect or redeem at least one night every 12 months

There aren’t any catches when you redeem. There are no blackout dates and you can pick any property on that takes part in Rewards (ie most of them).  You can pay the difference if you want to book a hotel which is more expensive than the value of your free night voucher. You do have to pay taxes and fees.

There is a lot of upside here:

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

Your free night can be used to book any room on Most reward schemes restrict the ability to book club rooms, suites, family room etc. That is not a problem with 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 (Marriott) rooms per night.  Note if you book a vacation rental with multiple rooms, eg a 2-bed apartment, you will only get one credit per night.

The only snag is that 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.

If you are booking independent hotels, or hotels chains where you do not collect their points, could make sense.

How do you get your extra Rewards free night credit?

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

Here is the process:

Stage 1:

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

Stage 2:

You must log into your 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 4th September 2019

Stage 4:

Enter the code RWD1H4PA19 when booking as shown below (you might need to click the image to enlarge).

As you can see the punch card on the left shows two Rewards Nights. hfp offer

Once you’ve applied the code, the punch card will show three Rewards Nights as you can see in this screenshot: hfp offer

If you don’t see the price breakdown with the bonus free night added to the punch card, the code hasn’t been applied properly. This could mean that you’ve visited via a third party and not via a link on Head For Points.

The last day to book is Sunday 3rd March.

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

The value of the extra HFP night credit will be average value per night for your stay.  If Night 1 was $90 and Night 2 was $100, you will receive three credits in your Rewards account for the value of $90, $100 and ($90+$100/2) $95 for the 3rd credit.  When you’ve reached 10 credits, the value of your free night is the average of the 10 credits.

What is the small print?

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

It might take up to four weeks for the extra reward night to be added to your account, but they usually arrive immediately after your stay.  We have run this promotion a few times over the years and never had any problems.

The last word ….

We’d like to thank for making this offer available to Head for Points readers. If you collect 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.

Hotel offers update – January 2021:

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

Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 5th March), IHG Rewards Club (75% bonus to 25th February), Radisson Rewards (50% bonus to 31st January) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 23rd February)

Comments (75)

  • Peter K says:

    No. Prepaid means you pay in advance, whether refundable or not. I prepaid a stay recently but cancelled it later and got my money back on my card.

  • Mike S says:

    Hi, I followed your steps 100%
    Applies the coupon, and it was accepted.
    And on the confirmation email it says the following:

    You’ve used a discount coupon with this booking
    Just so you know, you won’t collect nights this time

    Booked 5 nights, so should get 10? or should I cancel and recook, with no voucher?

  • Liz Hall says:

    OT which airline has the best first class, Air France and Lufthansa? I’m unlikely to be able to fly on either but would be good to know. TIA.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Booked 2 nights and forgot the code as I never read it properly/cooking dinner. Have emailed the gold support desk to see if they can add it manually.

  • Drolma-la says:

    I’ll add my experience to the others above whose confirmation email says: “You’ve used a discount coupon with this booking – Just so you know, you won’t collect nights this time”. On the page when I booked, the website confirmed that I would earn 3 reward night credits for my 2-night booking. And when I check my Rewards status on the website it shows 3 pending nights for my 2-night booking. So I’m going to ignore the message in the confirmation email and chalk it up as yet another time-waster.

  • Geoff says:

    I don’t get a ‘punch card’ when booking – it seems that is only shown when you are not logged in – as per your screenshot. I also get the “You’ve used a discount coupon with this booking – Just so you know, you won’t collect nights this time” message – it all seems a bit of a shambles.