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Get those hotel points!

Most travelers know about airline frequent flyer programs, where you earn miles or points on each paid flight, which can later be redeemed for free flights. But did you know that all of the major hotel chains also have rewards programs?

Hotel loyalty programs are a great way to earn rewards toward future travel. Before your vacation be sure to enroll in the program for the hotel of your choice, and you will earn points based on the amount of money you spend. Once you accumulate enough points they can be used in a variety of ways, not the least of which are free rooms. Here is a quick rundown of the major hotel rewards programs:

Hilton HHonors
Priority Club Rewards (Holiday Inn)
Marriott Rewards
Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton)
Hyatt Gold Passport
Club Carlson (Radisson)
Wyndham Rewards
Best Western Rewards
Choice Privileges (Quality Inn)

If you are unfamiliar with what family of hotels your preferred hotel belongs, just look them up online, and be sure to enroll in the program. Last but not least, most hotel loyalty programs run very generous promotions which enable you to maximize your rewards, with bonus points, bonus airline miles, or free night certificates. These promotions normally require you to register, so be sure to check for that, and register your membership number so you don’t miss out!!