We are big fans of Hotels.com Rewards at Head for Points, believing that it is the ideal hotel reward scheme for anyone who doesn’t stay enough nights to bother with hotel reward schemes.
This HfP article explains why we like Hotels.com Rewards.
For every 10 nights you book, you get a free night valued at the average pre-tax price you paid. You earn multiple stamps towards free nights when you book multiple rooms, and you earn even if you book rooms for other people.
When you redeem, you can use your credit against virtually any room, irrespective of cost. You can pay the difference if the room costs more than your free night credit.
The only niggle is that, in late 2019, Hotels.com introduced a £4 redemption fee if you spent your free night voucher via their website.
Bookings via the Hotels.com app were free, but not on the website.
This move made absolutely no sense:
- the money raised was trivial
- it forced members to jump through a hoop by downloading the app to save £4
- it made Hotels.com look cheap
Very quietly, the £4 fee seems to have disappeared. Reader Geoff flagged this with me last week, and having done a dummy redemption booking myself I can confirm his findings. The references to the £4 fee have not been removed from the Hotels.com Rewards FAQ but, regardless, it seems to have gone.
This is a positive move, although we are still expecting substantial changes to Hotels.com Rewards next year as it merges with Expedia Rewards and eBookers BONUS+.
You can find out more about Hotels.com Rewards on its website here.
Hotel offers update – November 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 is currently a special offer running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 7th December), Marriott Bonvoy (45% bonus to 8th December) and World of Hyatt (30% discount, equivalent to a 43% bonus, to 30th December).