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Hotels.com rewards stamps, I’m 3 nights off Gold

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  • Amy C

    I need 3 more reward nights before March 6th to hit Gold with hotels.com
    I can’t see this happening as I haven’t got the time. Vaguely recall people saying in the past the way around this problem is to book 3n in a hostel somewhere cheap like Delhi or Thailand?
    Does that actually work when I can’t physically check in?

    Rui N.

    Yes, it works. My go to destination is Vietnam. Lots of hostels with £2/night bunk beds.

    dougzz99

    Is Gold worth anything?

    Amy C

    Is Gold worth anything?

    I’m only 3 stamps off so it’s worth a shot I figured.

    Thanks RUI.N

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    masaccio

    Is Gold worth anything?

    They’re a more likely to refund you a non-refundable booking if you’re Gold from my experience at least. I have very rarely failed to get a non-refundable booking cancelled with a refund even pre-pandemic.

    AirMax

    Interesting, does the hotel take the hit or do they?

    stevenhp1987

    Is Gold worth anything?

    No.

    Been gold for a few years. Nothing extra. Some hotels may offer late checkout but that’s not really worth much.

    DevonDiamond

    Can anyone suggest a suitable cheap hostel to extend any rewards that expire at the end of December?

    Carlos

    Can anyone suggest a suitable cheap hostel to extend any rewards that expire at the end of December?

    The cheaper you get the hotel stamps the less your free night is worth

    Froggee

    Can anyone suggest a suitable cheap hostel to extend any rewards that expire at the end of December?

    I had a lovely non-stay at Aunty’s House & Uncle’s House in Siem Reap a while back which did the job. Yours for £1 on 7th December.

    Points Hound

    Can anyone suggest a suitable cheap hostel to extend any rewards that expire at the end of December?

    The cheaper you get the hotel stamps the less your free night is worth

    Correct, but that is wholly irrelevant if the previous nine nights value is about to be lost and this last night is to secure that voucher. It’s all upside, even if a £2 Vietnam night keeps it alive.

    Jerseylou

    I’ve recently been refused reward stamps by them after paying in advance but not turning up. I screwed up on dates. Even though I paid in advance, in full,they point blank refuse the stamps as I was a no show.

    Froggee

    I’m guessing this was at a proper hotel? You generally find that hostels in South East Asia charging £1 a night tend not to report such things back although it is, of course, a gamble.

    A lower risk approach is to book and check into a cheap place near where you live. This, of course, negates the saving though. There is a pub hostel at Euston for £33 a night. Obviously don’t stay there though. Eughhhh!

    aseftel

    If you have Avis President’s Club status (which you can get with Amex Platinum), you can obtain Hotels.com Gold on an ongoing basis without making any bookings.

    https://www.avispreferred-hotels.com/

    Tracey

    If you book somewhere in the Ukraine, they know it is to offer support rather than visit.

    DevonDiamond

    Can anyone suggest a suitable cheap hostel to extend any rewards that expire at the end of December?

    I had a lovely non-stay at Aunty’s House & Uncle’s House in Siem Reap a while back which did the job. Yours for £1 on 7th December.

    Thanks, I’ll pay them a visit!

    While it will reduce the value of my voucher as noted above, I’m happy to chance a quid as it’s the cheapest way to extend it.

    Carlos

    Isnt there a way for them to mark the visit as complete without physically going?

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