How to get free hotel nights – choose a reward program

Free hotel nights with membership

Wondering which hotel chain has the best membership program to reward your loyalty – meaning, which program will give you free nights the fastest.

Most hotel rewards work the same way : basic membership, silver status after ~25 nights, gold at ~50 nights, black at ~75 nights (also called concierge, diamond, …).

As a “black” member of three different programs, Wyndham rewards, Club Carlson, and LeClub Accor Hotels, and traveling often, the question always remains : which program is best to use, and which hotel will bring the most points ?

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In short, here is the answer : Club Carlson is the best choice, with on average 1 night free every 13 nights as basic member, and 1 night free every 8 nights with the highest membership level. See below the detail.

Second best choices are Wyndham gardens as basic member, Le Club Accor / IHG / Marriott Rewards with highest membership level.

How many points earned per night?

See below an analysis of how many points are offered per 1 $ / € spent in the hotel reward program – most of the time, not only including the nights, but also restaurant bills.

Points per 1X spent as Basic member, Silver level member, Gold member, and Black member

How many paid nights to get one free

Adjusting all to Euros (1€ = 0.89$), and taking reward program participating hotels in London and Paris, here is the average nights necessary to get a free night per program, with lowest (basic) and highest (black) membership level :

Best hotel reward program

Generally, with Club Carlson, you’ll get one free night every 13 paid nights as a basic member and 8 as Concierge member, against 40 with LeClub Accor budget as a basic member, and 23 as Platinum member.

These numbers being a maximum, as hotels generally offer points for money spent on services (restaurant, spa…), but also have regular offers, for example points x3 for weekend stays at a specific period, … allowing members to get free nights faster !

Comments (6)

 2018-08-19 -  Keith Brooks
Так вот как мы это делаем, отлично знаем
 2018-08-19 -  Mathew Jefferson
Świetna historia, dzięki za udostępnienie
 2018-08-19 -  Kayla Nichols
Dzięki, że było to pomocne
 2018-08-19 -  Rudolph Henry
Lo pasé muy bien leyendo esta información, sigan con el buen trabajo
 2018-08-19 -  Tyler Colon
Obrigado, muito informativo
 2018-08-19 -  Alfonso Ramos

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