#Travel: Are hotel chain rewards programs worth it?

I am a member of six hotel rewards programs:

  1. Choice Hotels Rewards : link to Android App
  2. Hilton Honors : link to Android App
  3. World of Hyatt : link to Android App
  4. Marriott Rewards : link to Android App
  5. Radisson Rewards : link to Android App
  6. IHG Rewards : link to Android App

The are all free to join. These are the hotels that we frequent in our travels as they are very accommodating for large families. I figured why not earn rewards points since we already patronize these establishments and they require no upfront capital.

The programs and membership give me access to cheaper rates and sometimes rooms that are not available to 3rd party sites. You can earn free services and discounts at the hotels such as free WiFi, breakfast and upgrades. Some of the hotels also allows redemption with their partners such as restaurants, retailers and airline miles to name a few.

All the rewards programs listed above have Android apps which frees you from the hassle of carrying all the membership cards. You can track your points and redeem them via the apps in addition to booking rooms and other services at the hotels


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