There is NO MINIMUM STAY. The sweet spot is therefore booking a one night stay and earning two stamps.
Your stay can be completed at any point up to 30th April 2022.
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.
Note that only pre-paid stays are included, not ‘pay at hotel’ rates. This is the case even if a ‘pay at hotel’ rates earns Hotels.com Rewards credit.
Hotels.com 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, Hotels.com Rewards is a better way to go.
Hotels.com will be familiar to most readers. It is a huge hotel and vacation rentals booking portal covering pretty much every corner of the planet.
Hotels.com 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, excluding taxes, 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 Hotels.com that takes part in Hotels.com 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 in cash, 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 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 – both for free nights and for Hotels.com Rewards status. Most hotel loyalty schemes restrict you to earning points on no more than 2-3 rooms per night, and will only allow one of those rooms to count towards status.
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.
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 stamp with this offer?
You must log into your Hotels.com Rewards account before booking.
Your stay must be:
- a pre-paid one
- completed before 30th April 2022
The last day to book is Thursday 23rd September.
There is no minimum stay.
If your booking includes more than one room, the bonus will only be applied to one room.
You can only claim the bonus once PER PROPERTY but you can earn the bonus at an unlimited number of different hotels.
IMPORTANT: Promo code needed
When booking, you need to add the code RWD1921. 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 Hotels.com 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.
Hotel offers update – October 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.