I Love Hotels
I love looking at them, researching them for an upcoming trip, staying at them and reviewing them. Total nerd alert, I know.
I’m a stay at home mom, so half of the joy of going on vacation is not having to cook and clean! I’m sure many of you can relate (even if you aren’t a stay at home mom!) It’s luxurious to not have to worry about those things, right? There are lots of options out there for every type of traveler and every budget. For full reviews of all of the properties I have stayed at (since starting this blog!) check out my Hotel Reviews section. If you don’t find what you are looking for there, Trip Advisor is a great place to search for reviews.
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Click here for or all of my Hotel Reviews.
Click here for a guide to Hotel Loyalty Programs.
Tips For Managing Hotel Loyalty Programs
- Know the ins and outs of your hotel’s loyalty program: Marriott | Hilton | Starwood | Hyatt | IHG
- Having an account with a hotel’s loyalty program is great even if you don’t travel a ton – many programs will offer things like free internet just for joining the program.
- Once you sign up for a hotel’s loyalty program, keep track of all of your membership numbers and account passwords in a simple excel spreadsheet
- If you forget to add your membership number to your reservation you can always add it after your stay on the hotel’s website
- If you are fond of a particular chain, consider getting that chain’s branded credit card or a partner credit card with transferable points
Chase Ultimate Rewards Points transfer to Marriott, Ritz Carlton and IHG
Tips For Booking Your Hotel
- If you have any type of status with a hotel chain, book direct! If you book through a 3rd party site you might not have your status recognized and therefore could miss out on some of your benefits.
- Book direct if you want to earn hotel points. You might not earn any hotel points if you book through a 3rd party.
- Check the hotel’s website – they will often offer benefits like free water or internet just by booking direct.
- Using a 3rd party site like booking.com is fine if you don’t care about status or points. It often works well for smaller, independent properties or international properties.
- Booking.com can be a great search tool for small, independent or international properties. You can search for things like B&Bs and guest houses too!