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If you’ve been reading InsideFlyer for long you’ll know we love to stack discounts and deals together to generate big savings. We focus a lot on hotel loyalty programmes like IHG Rewards Club, Hilton Honors, etc, but if you prefer to pick from a wider selection of hotels, stacking Hotels.com discounts can provide some excellent savings too.
Hotels.com discounts are unlikely to get you the same scale of rebate that you could get by taking careful advantage of the promotions offered by the big hotel chain’s own loyalty programmes, but for scale and simplicity it is unbeatable in my opinion.
Hotels.com now allows you to book ~ 300,000 different hotels all over the world. To put that into context, Marriott (the largest hotel group in the world) has under 6,000 hotels. Basically, if you want to stay at a particular hotel, you’ll very likely be able to book it through Hotels.com.
Hotels.com Rewards is almost certainly the simplest loyalty programme around:
- Collect 1 Reward Night Point for every night you stay at a hotel booked through Hotels.com.
- Collect 10 Reward Night Points and you earn a free night.
- The maximum value of your free night is determined by the average price you paid over the 10 qualifying nights.
As long as you stay at a hotel booked through Hotels.com at least once every 12 months, neither your qualifying Reward Night Points, nor your earned free nights expire.
So, for example, say you had booked a 14 night stay through Hotels.com starting today (16th June 2017) and then your next stay was a 1 night stay in April 2018, both your free night and the 5 Reward Night Points (4 left over from June + 1 from the April stay) would be safe until April 2019. Stay again before April 2019 and it resets the clock for another 12 months, etc.
When it comes to redeeming your free night, you don’t have the the full range of Hotels.com hotels to choose from, but there is still usually plenty of choice, unless you’re looking to stay somewhere relatively remote. You don’t get any ‘change’ when using a free night either, so you want to try and redeem it for its maximum value. Using it at a more expensive hotel is absolutely fine though – you just have to pay the difference between the value of your free night and what the hotel is charging.
So, stay 10 nights get one night free is the upshot – equivalent to a ~9% rebate.
Stack for victory!
A 9% rebate is good, but it’s not really ‘InsideFlyer good’…
Fortunately, we can do better.
You can actually get 12% if you choose not to collect Hotels.com Rewards, but as that’s essentially swapping something worth 9% for just 2% extra cashback, I wouldn’t recommend it.
TopCashback is offering Insideflyer readers an exclusive bonus £1 for making any transaction at all through TopCashback before 25th June 2017.
If your hotel stay is £100 or less, you’ve now bagged yourself a rebate of at least 20%!
New to TopCashback? – Here’s an extra tenner for you!
Yep. Not content with giving everyone a free quid, TopCashback is gifting all new members who sign up through this link an additional £10 bonus too.
All you have to do is spend at least £10 with any retailer, which if you’re booking a hotel with Hotels.com you’re almost definitely going to manage easily, unless you’re staying somewhere unbelievably cheap.
So, in the case of the theoretical £100 hotel stay, you’re now looking at a 30% rebate – I told you stacking deals was good!
If air miles are more your thing, it’s worth pointing out that you can transfer TopCashback credit to British Airways Avios at a decent rate – £1 gets you 105 Avios.
Hotels.com Discounts Conclusion
By stacking Hotels.com discounts, deals and rebates together you can generate some superb savings.