Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points Rewards adds an avoidable £4 reward booking fee

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here. Rewards emailed its UK members yesterday to announce a £4 booking fee when you redeem your ‘free’ nights from 27th November.

This did not come as a surprise, since a similar fee was announced for US and Continental European members a few weeks.  If anything, I’m not sure why the company waited so long.

The £4 booking fee is waived if you book your reward night via the app.  This makes little sense and throws doubt on the claims that this change is needed to ensure the viability of the programme.  It would also, logistically, have been easier to deduct £4 from the value of your free night.

I am a big fan of Rewards – I am typing this in a Kempinski hotel booked via – but the rewards scheme has never been entirely ‘free’.  Certain special offers run by the company are only valid if you agree to waive your right to reward night credit, for example. 

You also do not earn reward night credit on the night you book using your free night voucher so it is best saved for somewhere where the value covers most of the cost.

There is no reason why this change should make Rewards less attractive.  You can avoid the fee as long as you have a smartphone, and in any event a £4 fee to redeem a free night probably worth £75+ is not a disaster.  It remains a scheme that I think makes a lot of sense for people who only do a modest number of hotel stays per year and do not have elite status.

A full-length article on why I like Rewards so much is here.  You can learn more about how the rewards scheme works on its website here.

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Comments (158)

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  • Shoestring says:

    My first £50 Post Office foreign currency prepaid Mastercard just arrived in the post, nice quick service – 2 days. Headline £15 discount for me – but after slightly worse exchange rate than Worldremit and possible £1.50 ATM charge, I’ll clear a free tenner+. Might be better than that if my wife can simply pay a foreign bill online. Dropped down to headline £10 discount today so if you’re interested, keep an eye on the 2 reward sites, I’m sure £15 will be on offer again soon.

    • pablo says:

      It was possible to empty FairFX cards through revolut. I wonder if the post office card would allow that saving the €2 ATM fee.

  • Clive says:

    I have some orphan hotel points to use;

    Wyndham – 3740
    Melia – 2000
    Radisson – 7683

    Any suggestions?

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