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Get an extra Rewards free night stamp on your next stay

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The minimum stay required is 2 nights, and your stay can be completed at any point up to 5th July 2021.  This means that the offer isn’t necessarily a write-off if you live in a Tier 4 area ….. bonus stamp

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. Rewards works well for some people

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

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

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

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

Your stamps don’t expire as long as you collect or redeem at least one night every 12 months

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, and there is an annoying £4 booking fee which is waived if you book via their app.

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. 

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.

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 stamp?

You must log into your Rewards account before booking.

Your room must be:

  • a pre-paid one
  • for a TWO-NIGHT or longer stay
  • completed before 5th July 2021

The last day to book is Tuesday 22nd December.

IMPORTANT:  Promo code needed

When booking, you need to add the code RWD1DEC20.  The box to add the code appears on the screen at the end of the booking process on the page where you need to enter your name and address.

Once you have entered the code, the screen will automatically change to show that you earn the higher number of stamps from the booking.

Do NOT proceed with your booking if the code is not accepted or the screen does not show the higher number of stamps.

What is the value of your bonus ‘stamp’?

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

You can find the full T&C’s on this page of the website and you can book here.

Hotel offers update – November 2022:

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?

  • Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 22nd November 2022. Click here to buy.
  • IHG One Rewards is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 29th December 2022. Click here to buy.
  • Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 25% discount when you buy points by 20th December 2022. Click here to buy.
  • World of Hyatt is offering a 25% bonus when you buy points by 28th November 2022. Click here to buy.

Comments (10)

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  • DANi says:

    Prepaid?? I’ll pass thanks

  • Chris Heyes says:

    I must admit i use Hotels.Com a lot ! never had a problem with them useful for accumulating a lot of vouchers ok hotels aren’t the cheapest
    but you can get value any long stays i use Hotels.Com normally we are away 3 weeks or more

  • Linda Duncan says:

    We use to book most of our hotel stays when travelling, but due to COVID have not travelled since February. This is a good offer. However the policy of re expiry of status and Reward nights due to COVID restrictions is quite confusing and seems to be constantly changing. It would be good to know what their policy is. Even their agents are unsure.

    • Rob Collins says:

      If you go into the ‘My activity’ section of your account it should tell you. My rewards have been extended until June 2021 because of Covid-19.

    • Geoff says:

      Stamps extended until ‘at least’ June 21. Gold/silver memberships, due to expire before 31Jan 21, extend by a whole year.

    • Rob says:

      Quick £3 hostel in Delhi and you’re sorted.

      • Lashious says:

        Really? I have 2 to go. Thanks. I guess you disengage to check in then. Please just confirm that someone and go ahead

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I extended my free night by booking a 1 person hostel bunk in Cambodia for £2.

  • Jon says:

    Have had great experience with I have also never failed to cancel a non-refundable room and the trick to do it quickly is to have email confirmation from the hotel before starting the live chat. Maybe being gold helps.

    If there are a range of hotels that are suitable for my stay I usually pick a hotel for which has already matched the best rate for. They do price match but this saves the faff.

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