» Hotel Reward Points Preferred Over Airline Miles Rewards
The troubled economy in the United States is forcing airlines to cut back on flights and ‘fly full’ in an effort to avoid airline bankruptcy. This reduction in the number of seats available is making it more difficult for travelers to use their airline miles card or frequent flier miles. Add less seats to the number of airline fees, and weakened consumer trust and it is no wonder that a recent study states that frequent fliers have a higher perceived value in hotel loyalty cards and programs as opposed to frequent flier cards or programs.
Interest in hotel rewards go up
Hotel reward cards or loyalty programs have stepped up to the plate in the face of weakening support of frequent flyer cards and miles. Hotel rewards cards now offer a variety of redemption options and even access to airline inventory.
Marriott rewards program
One of the more popular hotel rewards programs is offered by Marriott. The rewards program is available through the use of the Marriott Signature Visa card or by signing up online lets the business traveler choose from over 3,000 hotel properties and more than 250 different ways to redeem earned points. The company also offers participation with several airline partners. Rewards earned through the Marriott program can be used for travel, or at the company’s online mall. You can create a wish list of items you want to work toward with the mall site’s DreamRewards Tracker. Some great advantages to this program include the fact that reward points can be transferred to other Marriott rewards members and e-rewards certificates go directly to the hotels meaning you don’t have to print them out and present them. On the con side paper reward certificates cost $10 and come in the mail up to four weeks after ordering them. You can also not make rewards reservations at the company’s Ritz-Carlton facilities online.
Hilton HHonors rewards program
This business traveler rewards program includes 3,500 participating hotels around the world and fifty airline partners. There are a variety of ways to earn points in the program. The program allows you to earn both miles and points for hotel stays. Your membership level is determined by your stay activity. To reach VIP levels you are required to stay a minimum number of days per year. The minimum level is fairly low. To reach the silver VIP level you need to stay at least four stays or ten nights within a one year period. The rewards can be used toward hotel stays, golf, car rentals, cruises, entertainment parks, shopping, dining and experience rewards. To sign up you just visit the rewards website and set up your program. Advantages of the program are that you can transfer miles to your family or friends or even charitable organizations. There are also multiple membership levels available. You do have to print out your reservations and bring your printed reservation and reward confirmation ID when using your rewards.