Review: Coast Hotels Rewards Program – Coast Rewards

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Coast Rewards is a rewards program under Coast Hotels. You can find these hotels mostly in Canada and West Coast states in the United States such as California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

One interesting airline partner that Coast Rewards has is the ability to transfer Coast Rewards points to Alaska Airlines at a 1:1 ratio. This is the reason that made me look into this hotel rewards program in the first place. 

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    Coast Hotels Coast Rewards Overview: Points, Tiers & Elite Benefits

    • 3 tiers level: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. 
    • All members get the benefit of the priority check-in. 
    • Late check-out benefit is only available for Gold and Platinum. 
    • Platinum members receive the following:
      • Welcome amenity
      • Complimentary continental breakfast with select hotels
      • 50% off second room at Best Available Rate
      • Guaranteed availability 48 hours before check-in
      • Complimentary room upgrade. 
    • The number of nights required for Gold is 15-39 nights and for Platinum is 40+ nights. 
    • Points are earned per dollar spent before taxes. 
      • Silver earns 1 point per $1
      • Gold earns 1.25 points per $1 
      • Platinum earns 1.5 points per $1
    • If no activities, points expire after 24 months. 

    Redeeming Coast Rewards Points

    • Coast Rewards doesn’t divide hotels into categories. 
    • Free night requires 1,750 points per night at any Coast hotel. 
    • Free night is provided in the form of a “paper voucher” that can be used to book for a one (1) night stay in a Comfort Room type at any Coast Hotel. 
    • The paper vouchers must be redeemed within one year. 
    • If you want a bigger room, 2,250 points will give you a paper voucher to book for one night stay in a Super Room type at any Coast hotel, or you can exchange only 500 points for the paper voucher to upgrade the room. 
    • Currently, points earned can be converted to two airline programs: Aeroplan and Alaska Airlines at a 1:1 ratio, starting at 1,000 points. 
    • You can also use points to redeem for getaways, dining, charity, Coast hotels gift cards & other merchant gift cards. However, these types of redemption are not that great. 
    • Here’s the link to the Coast Rewards redemption options in detail (sign-in required). 

    My Two Cents

    It’s always nice to learn about other reward programs that are less discussed by the miles and points community. Granted, the reason for that is because those rewards programs are not as good as the bigger ones out there like HYATT, HILTON, MARRIOTT, etc. 

    Moreover, there are currently very few Coast Hotels out there at this time (here’s the list), but the simplicity of the rewards program without an award chart based on each category property is what I love about this program. 
    In my opinion, the good Coast Rewards points redemption besides the free night is the ability to convert points earned to Aeroplan and Alaska Airline at a 1:1 ratio. There are not many hotel reward programs out there that have this type of generous conversion from hotel points to airline miles after SPG Starwood was gone. I am hopeful that the list of airlines transfer partners will grow in time. 

    On the other hand, the downside of the program though is if you don’t have the status with them, you only earn 1 point per 1 dollar spent before taxes. That will require some spending to reach the 1,750 points for a one free night stay, 500 points for a room upgrade, or 1,000 points to transfer to airline miles. Coast Hotels also does not have any co-branded credit cards. 

    If Coast Rewards allows status matches from other hotel reward programs, this may be worth looking into as their top-tier Platinum elite members get pretty good benefits. 

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