Published on August 18th, 2017 | by Crissandra Ayroso0
How Business Travellers Earn Free Hotel Rewards
Breakfast, wi-fi, late check-outs, room upgrades, early check-ins.
While we have the research that proves it, these are the top five hotel perks business travellers love. Here’s how the SmartSTAY program will give you more of the hotel rewards you love – for free.
Although location, thread count, and whether the bathroom is made of marble or not are noteworthy hotel features, the biggest decision-making factor for business travellers booking a hotel stay is value. This where loyalty programs can make or break your trip.
With one of the more popular loyalty programs, the way it works is the more you book, the more you earn. Book the obligated number of hotel nights, earn points, use them toward a free stay and then do it all over again. Frequent business travellers reap the rewards quickest.
One of the more up-and-coming popular programs is the SmartSTAY program. With our SmartSTAY program, whether you’re a frequent traveller or not, you get free rewards with every hotel stay – a set of complimentary extras that you receive the moment you check-in. You get free rewards every time you book one of the program’s participating hotels, a value which will end up superseding the cost of a free hotel night, not to mention upgrade your hotel stay experience.
Depending on which hotel you stay at, you can receive a combination of any of these rewards, as long as it’s available at the hotel (for example, as long as the room category for your upgrade is available, you can have it; same with free parking, etc.):
– Upgrades on arrival*
– Internet/wi-fi service
– 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
For example, the Hotel Vintage in Portland offers free Wi-Fi, a welcome amenity, bottle of water, and an upgrade to the next available room category. The Fairmont Beijing offers free internet access, breakfast, late check-out, and an upgrade to the next available room category. The Castille Paris offers free Wi-Fi, breakfast, an upgrade to the next available room category, and late check-out. There are plenty more and there will likely be one where you’re staying next.
Download the SmartSTAY app on your iPhone or Android, type in the city you’ll be staying in, and a list of participating hotels will populate. When you’ve selected your hotel, a list of your complimentary extras will appear.
For overall value, which rewards program will work best for your business?
To start earning free rewards with every SmartSTAY, contact one of our travel managers at Flight Centre Business Travel, or FCBT, your one-stop-shop for all of your business travel needs. Connect with us online, or call us at 1-866-940-0217.