Whilst I haven’t received an email yet, Hotels.com Rewards has put an announcement on its website to say that free night credits, or ‘stamps’ as they are now called, and ‘banked’ free nights have been extended.
If you go to the Hotels.com Rewards page on the website here and look at your statement, you will see this message:
“(Due to COVID-19 we will be extending nights and reward* nights due to expire between April 2020 and September 2020 by 6 months. Please allow up to a few weeks for this to reflect in your account).”
My current free night is due to expire on 27th September 2020 and is not yet showing as extended, so it seems that it really will take a few weeks to show.
This is one less thing to worry about.
EDIT: A reader with Hotels.com Rewards status sent me a different email he received! He was told:
- We have paused the expiration of any collected nights or reward1 nights due to expire between 1 Apr 2020 and 31 Dec 2020.
- We’ll extend all Gold and Silver memberships that are up for renewal between 1 Feb 2020 – 31 Jan 2021 for an additional year.
- Plus, we’re giving you more time to qualify for Gold or Silver membership. We’ll assess nights stayed in the previous 24 months to see whether you qualify for the next level of membership by your new renewal date.
It isn’t clear which version is accurate, but in any event you will definitely have more time to use any outstanding free nights.
How does Hotels.com Rewards work?
This is a good excuse for a reminder of why we rate Hotels.com Rewards highly.
It is a pleasingly simple scheme. For every 10 nights you stay, you receive a free night. The value of the free night is the average of the ex-tax price of those ten nights.
There is no time limit to how long it takes to earn your free night, as long as you do at least one stay in every 12 month period. The coronavirus extension means that you will effectively be allowed a gap of up to 18 months at the moment.
The only ‘snag’ is that you don’t get any change when you spend your free night, so you need to use it on a fairly expensive stay. You will also not collect new Hotels.com Rewards credits on your reward stay.
Some Head for Points readers find Hotels.com Rewards BETTER than a standard hotel loyalty scheme. Hotels.com has more hotels than every major hotel brand PUT TOGETHER. You never have to compromise on location or hotel quality, as you often do if you are tied to Hilton, IHG etc. You also get rewarded for ALL of your stays, even at independent unbranded properties.
The downside is that you don’t earn any hotel loyalty points or status benefits – no upgrades, no late check-out, no free breakfast – on your stays.
You can find out more about Hotels.com Rewards on its website here.
(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.)