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Earn Hotels.com reward nights twice as fast by booking now and traveling later

May 14, 2020
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Sick of scrolling through travels past and ready to hit the road again? We hear you.

While The Points Guy team doesn't encourage any non-essential travel now, we're all for looking ahead to give ourselves something fun to plan for — especially during these uncertain times.

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Lucky for you, Hotels.com just launched a new deal that will earn you double the rewards on stays through the summer of 2021. Translation: This deal will get you two times closer to a free night in half the time. And who's going to turn down a reward night? Not us.

On top of that, we're always up for a good stacking opportunity, so let's dive into the details of this awesome deal and how you can maximize it.

The deal

When you book an eligible hotel through Hotels.com as a rewards member now through May 31 for stays between June 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2021 you will earn two stamps for each night stayed instead of the typical one stamp per night.

Once you've collected 10 stamps, you earn a reward night that’s valued at the average price of the nights you collected.

Here's what you have to do:

  1. Sign. up or sign in to the Hotels.com loyalty program
  2. Book an eligible hotel by May 31 for a stay between June 1, 2020 and Aug. 31 2021
  3. Select the "pay now" option, but keep it flexible by selecting the "free cancelation rate"
  4. Use this promo code (RWD2X2020) at checkout

Voila! Your rewards nights will be credited to your account 72 hours after your stay. The best part about this deal? You can collect unlimited stamps, so you could be well on your way to earning multiple free nights. On top of that, there are no blackout dates for reward nights and you can redeem your nights at over 500,000 properties worldwide.

And while most people's 2020 travels will likely be limited to domestic trips, if you're thinking ahead to 2021, Hotels.com has properties all around the world that you can book now to redeem rewards nights at later.

For domestic U.S. travel, there are some amazing hotels where you can earn rewards nights. And Hotels.com offers more than its namesake -- you can book apartments, vacation rentals, houses and more.

Here’s a look at some stays you can book through Hotels.com:

Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado

(Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Resort and Club)
(Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Resort and Club)

Inn of the Turquoise Bear in Santa Fe, New Mexico

(Photo courtesy of Inn of the Turquoise Bear)

Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida

(Photo courtesy of Hawks Cay Resort)

How to maximize your booking

Hotels.com offers one of the most rewarding loyalty programs out there, with just 10 stays required before earning a free night. While this deal is already very generous, it can become even more lucrative when you book with a travel rewards credit card.

Related: How to maximize your Hotels.com reward nights

This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to build your points balance. In addition to earning you points towards future travel, a lot of credit cards come with additional travel protections, like trip cancellation coverage.

Bottom line

This is a great opportunity to book future travel and earn double the rewards twice as fast. With thousands of properties available ranging from hotels to vacation rentals, there’s surely something for everyone to enjoy.

Additionally, this is a super flexible offering with the promo available on bookings made through the summer of 2021. Just be sure to book by May 31, 2020.

(Featured photo courtesy of Hotels.com)

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases