For companies that have business dealings in other cities around the world, business travel expenses add up. While the costs for hotels, flights, food, transportation, are worth it in the long run, it’s nice to have money-saving opportunities through rewards programs.
Hotel Loyalty programs are available at most major hotel chains, but some are better than others! We’ve put together a list of the top 5 programs for your employees to take advantage of that will maximize your business travel investment.
The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) rewards program has long been a favourite for travellers for both business and leisure. Earlier this year they announced a merger with Marriott, making the roster of hotels even more extensive, and offering members an enormous selection of rooms around the globe.
As an SPG member, you can opt-in on the Starpoints credit card which allows you to collect points on hotels, flights with China Eastern, Delta, or Emirates, and even car rentals with Hertz. You’ll earn points on the credit card spend, as well as the loyalty card, which doubles your earnings in some cases!
The SPG program covers 6,700 participating hotels over 29 brands. This gives you a ton of options in major cities around the world! You’ll earn 2 points for every dollar on hotel rooms, and participating hotels may reward up to 6!
Wyndham rewards are pretty fantastic. For each stay, you earn 10 points on the dollar, or 1000 points, whichever is greater. There’s no guessing with redeeming your points. One free night is 15,000 points with no blackout dates at any of their hotels/resorts.
Car rentals at Budget and Avis give you 100 points per day, allowing you to build your point value further
Wyndham also has a partnership with Caesar’s Entertainment, which gives you the opportunity to redeem points on their hotels at the same redemption value as the Wyndham hotels & resorts. Also, if you’re a Caesars Total Rewards member with Platinum status, you receive three free nights annually at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas!
Opt-in on the Wyndham Rewards Visa and for a $75 annual fee, you’ll earn points on sign-up, among other rewards!
They Hyatt rewards program “World of Hyatt” is considerably more complicated than the Wyndham rewards; however, it is an excellent option if you are staying in higher end hotels.
As you move through the tiers of the program, you’ll receive additional perks and upgrade opportunities. If you make it to Globalist status (60 qualifying nights, or 100,000 points per year), you will have great perks like 4 pm checkout, suite upgrades, waived resort fees, club lounge access, free breakfast, etc.
You can earn points faster using the World of Hyatt Credit Card, but the best rewards come with the higher status levels.
Hilton has one of the largest offerings of hotel rooms around the world, with over 5000 hotels in 100 countries. As a member of the Hilton Honors program, you can earn points and redeem them on both mid-tier and luxury hotels, with plenty of options to fit your comfort needs.
There are four levels in the membership, with perks that are increasingly better the higher status you have. At the highest level, Diamond, members earn 20 points on the dollar, while the lead in earning of 10 points on the dollar.
For budget hotels, the IHG Rewards program ranks among the best. With no blackout dates, reasonable point redemption, the ability to redeem on their all-inclusive properties, and more, guests at IHG Rewards members have plenty of perks.
Members may use their Points & Cash option to redeem points and use cash to make up the difference.
You’ll earn 5-10 points per dollar, depending on your membership level, and find this program easy to redeem.
Although it takes some time and travel to build up your points, it is worth joining a program now and getting the opportunity to redeem points sooner rather than later! Keep in mind that many of these programs base the point earnings on the US Dollar, before taxes and resort fees.