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Everyone’s traveling style is completely different. Some prefer to stay at one place for a short period of time, and some prefer to stay at one place for a long period of time. 3-night stays are typically my maximum nights that I stay in a hotel in a particular city when I am traveling, but when a destination has a lot of things to do and see, I don’t hesitate to stay longer. After all, traveling is all about the experience and the journey it takes to get to each destination.
There are a few rewards programs out there that offers additional free night when you redeem points for consecutive nights on award stays, and then there are other rewards programs out there that offer free night on consecutive stays as well when you pay with cash. We are going to cover these rewards programs starting with the ones that you can use points.
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1. IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Rewards Club
If you have either the Chase IHG Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card ($29 annual fee) or the Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card ($89 annual fee), you can get one free reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights. Other rewards programs out there typically requires 5 nights, so it is nice to see that IHG Rewards Club requires only 4 nights. This works perfectly for those that prefer to stay at one location in a short period of time.
2. Hilton Honors
Hilton Honors Rewards Program offers Silver, Gold and Diamond elite members 5th night free on award stays. Members receive every 5th night free on points stays of five consecutive nights or more. This benefit, however, does not extend to regular Hilton member status. But you can obtain Hilton’s elite status by getting a Hilton credit card or an American Express Platinum credit card that offers automatic Hilton Gold elite status to card members.
The 5th night free benefit is automatically applied when you redeem Marriott points for minimum 5-night stays. You do not need to hold any credit card or have any high elite status with Marriott. All you need is sufficient Marriott points to cover the entire 4 award night stays, then the 5th night will be free or zero point.
4. SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest)
Starwood Preferred Guest rewards program is going to merge/combine with Marriott coming this August, 2018. So we do not think we need to cover this at this point as the SPG rewards program is going to be the Marriott rewards program. Therefore, members are going to receive the 5th night free benefit that we mentioned above.
5. American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts Program
If you hold an eligible American Express credit card such as the American Express Platinum card that offers the benefit of Fine Hotels & Resorts program, you can receive complimentary 3rd night or 4th night free at participating hotels & resorts. The downside of this program is that you are paying with your hard earning money and the list of participating hotels and resorts are typically luxurious properties and thus can get expensive. If you can afford this, the 3rd night & 4th night free along with other benefits such as $200 or more property credits, breakfast for two, room upgrade, late check-out, etc. can really save you several hundred dollars compared to booking directly with the hotel or resort. With that being said, you must make booking on the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts website. or through American Express card’s concierge.
6. Citi Prestige ThankYou Program
One of the benefits offered to the Citi Prestige credit card member is the complimentary 4th night stay at any hotel of your choice after a minimum 4-consecutive nights. You must make booking through ThankYou.com or the Citi Prestige Concierge to take advantage of this 4th night free benefit. Your total out-of-pocket money will be based on your average night stay, exclusive of taxes and fees.