You may read this and think,"Duh." But if you haven't already signed up for hotel rewards programs, do it today.
The offers available include having a full-night paid by points or having a night reduced by points with a much lower out-of-pocket rate. Sometimes there will not be a reduced rate offered, and the only way to get a discount is to pay for the night in full with points.
You do have to book through the hotel's website to use your points towards a night's stay.
Wondering which one to pick? You don't have to choose just one.
I use Wyndham and Choice Hotels. Depending on where you plan to stay for the night, one chain may not have any hotels in a town and the other might.
If you travel for work, you should get a rewards card for the hotel chain your company uses most often.
A friend of mine travels throughout the year for work. She has saved up her flight miles and hotel points to take a round-the-world trip each year for the past 8 years. Sometimes twice a year.
While that sounds exciting, I'm hoping to accumulate enough points for a discount on my family vacation.
On our most recent trip, I was able to get 3 nights at reduced cost due to points accumulated from previous stays.
What are you waiting for? Start banking those points today!