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Is the Hotel.com Free Night Reward Worth It?

You may know the deal; it’s been all over the TV and press over recent months.

The Scheme

Book your hotel through hotels.com and when you have completed your 10th night stay, you will be rewarded with one free night.

It appears to have been a popular promotion, it’s a very simple offer, and with no restriction on the day you stay or the hotel you stay at (they have access to over 500,000 properties worldwide), we can see why it has been popular.

But is it worthwhile?

We love going places, so hotel stays are a big part of what we do, nights add up quickly, so we get plenty of use, and what we are basically offered with this hotels.com reward scheme is effectively a 10 percent discount on all of our stays.

We also find that we like the types of hotel and accommodation that you get on hotels.com (a lot of boutique hotel or a unique property etc.) – so we find it worthwhile.

Would you find it useful?

If you shop around to find the absolutely cheapest accommodation for you stay, then this reward scheme probably isn’t for you.

If you prefer to stop at a big chain Hilton, Wyndham, Hyatt, Best Western etc, then you are probably better off joining their scheme and earning their points.

There are as already suggested some small caveats (isn’t there always!)

  1. You can’t redeem multiple free nights to cover a single, expensive night. So if your average over 20 nights is £70, you earn 2 free nights up to the value of £70 each, not £140 for one night in a much better hotel.
  2. If you book with additional discount/coupon of cashback offer then you won’t earn a night credit on hotels.com
  3. If you don’t complete the booking and stay, it doesn’t count towards a free night
The Bottom Line

If you book enough of the big chain hotels to earn hotel points, then Hotels.com may not make sense for you. Remember that for bookings made with online travel agencies like Hotels.com, in most cases you won’t earn hotel points.

But if you like to book more boutique hotels, then hotels.com rewards is probably right for you.

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