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Hotels.com has launched a special offer (it ends on Thursday) to get an extra free night stamp in Hotels.com Rewards.

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.

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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.

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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.

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


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.

Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 7th December) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 31st October).

Comments (18)

  • Roger W says:

    I book via the British Airways affiliated website and usually manage 4 to 6 avios points too per pound spent. Not sure if this offer is combinable. Have managed a couple of dozen free nights over the years. Good site if prices comparable.

  • Greenpen says:

    The great thing about Hotels.com is their prices which are very competitive. I check prices and almost always Hotels.com is the best. Unlike some other hotel sites, some of which give very generous Avios or other awards, their prices are not loaded which is in effect making you buy the award on offer. Some booking sites are blatant about selling miles, they openly offer more miles for a significantly higher price. This is rarely good value.

    Most direct hotel booking offers do not match the award stamp benefit and often not the price either. The huge range also gives good flexibility in choosing a hotel that suits your particular visit.

    One issue I do not like is that the Hotels.com initial list now includes all sorts of rented flats and rooms and it is annoying to have to set the filters each time for “Hotels”.

    • Amy C says:

      After been very loyal over the years Hotels.com has been disappointing me of late. £200 more expensive for Bournemouth Marriott than the hotel or booking.com and the Marrakesh hotel I want to book is £262 on BA and £485 on hotels.com!

      • Rebecca says:

        They do a price match on their site if you want to try that?

        • Amy C says:

          Yeah I did for the Bournemouth and submitted one for the other but it’s such a faff and they never get back to you. They want to know the cancellation policy of the BA hotel only thing and I can’t find definitive info on that. It wouldn’t be the same as Hotels.com 24hr before arrival though.

          • BP says:

            I’ve found they get back to me within 24 hours with price matches. They are normally good at accepting them if you tell them it’s the same room with same booking conditions. For many years they would also give free night credit based on the original price and if the difference was large then this was a massive bonus.

    • Rob says:

      Agreed. When we stayed at The Atlantic in Jersey last year, which is a very upmarket place, Hotels.com was cheaper (after I logged in) than their own website, Hyatt.com or Small Luxury Hotels. This is before adding in the free night stamps.

  • Kevin C says:

    I have two reward nights earned in 2019. These were given a free expiry extension to December 2021. I then had paid stays in 2021 back in July but my reward nights haven’t been extended to 2022. Does this happen automatically, or does it not apply because of the free extension or should I be getting in touch with hotels.com. If the latter, what’s the best way? Thanks!

    • Rich says:

      I had the same extension to end of 2021, and a stay in May 2021. My account shows:

      “Your stamps and reward nights have been extended until 31st December 2021

      Book and complete at least one stay before the end of the year to ensure your expiry date is extended by another 12 months.”

      Which I assume means the normal policy applies now, and my stamps are valid to May 2022.

    • Rich says:

      In fact, under membership details, it says

      “Last collected stamps or redeemed reward night on:Jun 1, 2021”

      What does yours say?

  • Gavin says:

    Agree that this is the best loyalty scheme for a casual stayer as it allows you to stay in the most convenient hotel each time rather than being tied to a chain.

  • Pete Manning [email protected] says:

    Just hope nothing goes wrong, “Customer service ” is abysmal!

    • Doug M says:

      I found prior to Pandemic CS was OK for me. Once the cancellations were becoming the norm their CS did fall off a cliff.

    • Rich says:

      I’ve only had to contact CS once – when a hotel refused to give me breakfast, but they were fine.

      Called them up and they were very quick to give me a voucher – worth much more than the missing breakfast – which I used the next night.

    • mr_jetlag says:

      this is the rare one where the offshore CS (Manila) seems much more empowered than the onshore (US) one for giving credit and resolving issues. Had a major (14×2) night booking issue resolved in one call.

  • Sam says:

    I’ve been a happy hotels.com customer for almost 5 years (silver status), but recently tried to use their price match guarantee (on an identical room and t&c’s) so I could get the best price and the reward nights but they just don’t want to pay out the £200+ difference. Their excuses vary from “we can’t access the website”, “the room type is unavailable”, “the room type is now more expensive on the other website” etc etc, basically a pack of lies and when I call they just tell me to just resubmit my online price match application again. I knew it would be tough to get given the number of horror stories there are about them honoring their price match guarantee but I though persistence would work, but not so far after many emails and calls! Any tips on getting them to stump up the difference??

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