How Business Travellers Can Earn Free Hotel Rewards

by Crissandra Ayroso
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Editor’s note: Originally published Aug. 2017. Updated Jun. 2019.

How business travellers earn free hotel rewards with some of the most popular loyalty memberships and SmartSTAY, our exclusive hotel rewards program.

Hotel Loyalty Rewards Programs

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Not all hotel loyalty rewards programs are made equal. From breakfast and hotel nights to free concert tickets and gift cards, loyalty rewards are earned in different tiers, depending on which program you use regularly. Here’s a list of the four most popular rewards programs, and what they have to offer.

Marriott Bonvoy Rewards

Marriott’s Bonvoy rewards program allows travellers to earn points with every stay. The more nights you stay, the more points you get to redeem on more hotel nights, flights and car rentals. Marriott hotels are worldwide with more than 7,000 properties across 131 countries. Marriott owns 30 hotel brands to complement their signature Marriott hotel brand, including The Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, Westin, St. Regis, and Aloft.

IHG Rewards

IHG has over 5,000 properties, including Regent, Crowne Plaza, Kimpton, Holiday Inn, and Intercontinental, across 100 countries. The more nights you book, the more points you get to redeem on hotel stays, put toward airline miles, and receive members-only access to concerts and sporting events.

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has over 9,000 properties across 80 countries. Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Ramada, Tryp and of course their signature brand, Wyndham, make up just a few of the brands under its umbrella. Earn points with every stay and redeem on hotel nights, plus a diverse selection of rewards, including shopping and dining experiences, and Amazon, Best Buy and Starbucks gift cards. With the number and great selection of hotels available alone, it’s super easy to earn reward points in highly travelled destinations all around the world.

Hilton Honors Rewards

Hilton has more than 570 properties across 78 countries. Earns points with every hotel stay and redeem on more hotel nights, in-destination day tour excursions, shopping and dining, and members-only access to concerts. Hilton Honors also has a unique program that allows you to link your Hilton Honors and Lyft accounts to earn even more points every time you use Lyft.

Earn More Hotel Rewards With SmartSTAY

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SmartSTAY is our exclusive hotel rewards program. More than 3,000 hotels around the world, including many of the popular ones mentioned above, are part of the program and include special SmartSTAY rewards when you book one. SmartSTAY hotels always include free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and at least one bonus reward. The most exciting part about this rewards program is that SmartSTAY rates qualify for each hotel’s parent chain loyalty program. So when you book a SmartSTAY hotel, you can double down. Receive your free bonus rewards AND collect your hotel loyalty rewards, too!

Rewards can include:
– Upgrades on arrival*
– Late check-out or early check-in
– Welcome drink
– Car parking
– Use of meeting space
– Laundry services
– Access to the hotel’s club lounge
– Food and beverage credits with hotel restaurants
– Bonus loyalty points
– Discounted offers for local businesses in the area


Start earning free rewards during every SmartSTAY. Contact a Travel Manager at Flight Centre Business Travel, the one-stop-shop for all of your business travel needs!

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