How to Get Hotel Elite Status for Free (or Almost Free)
The traditional route to elite status, earning the base number of points or night credits needed for each elite tier within a hotel chain, requires a substantial investment of time and money. Thankfully, we have a number of options that will allow us to get hotel elite status for free.
Everything You Need to Know About IHG Rewards Club
With 5,600 properties in nearly 100 countries around the world, IHG hotels are ubiquitous. Thanks to generous promotions, reasonable award rates, and a great credit card, IHG Rewards Club is a favorite hotel loyalty program for many. In this post, we cover everything you need to know about the program—from how to earn and redeem points to program features and elite status.
Ultimate Status Match Guide to Atlantic City
Atlantic City casinos are currently offering generous status match incentives. With the right strategy, learn how to maximize your next trip to the East Coast gambling center and earn hundreds of dollars worth of free play, free nights and lucrative status benefits.
Leveraging Hotels.com Rewards Instead of Hotel Loyalty Programs 
Hotel loyalty programs such as Hilton Honors and IHG Rewards Club are a fantastic way of leveraging hotel stays, and everyday spend for free nights, upgrades, free meals, and rockstar treatment. But hotel chains aren’t the only providers to offer bonus nights and elite status. Hotels.com offers a simple, easy reward structure that is especially useful when booking stays with independent and botique properties.
Top Hotel Rewards Cards for Earning Points and Free Nights
Hotel rewards cards are the most cost-effective way of scoring free stays and elite status benefits at major hotel chains. There are plenty of good options, so we’ve picked our favorites based on their welcome bonus, earning potential, and the benefits you get just for holding the card.
Transfers Between Accor and Club Eurostar Now Live
Le Club Accor has announced that you can now transfer points between Club Eurostar and Le Club Accor. Since most Accor properties are in Europe, this potentially is good news for European travelers wanting a little more flexibility in their points.
Airbnb Introduces Split Payment Option
Airbnb has introduced the ability to split your payments for a stay. The new system, called “Pay Less Upfront”, came into effect January 15, 2018. According to the Airbnb press release, the functionality comes in response to the fact that 40% of its customers opted to use this option in testing. Most of those who opted for a split payment also opted to take up higher priced bookings when making a split payment.
How to Receive Elite Hotel Benefits Without Elite Status
If you want the benefits of elite status within a hotel program but don’t happen to have that status, leveraging luxury hotel programs could deliver just what you’re looking for. Upgrades, complimentary breakfast, and late check-out are just a few of the perks you’ll be eligible for with the right program.
How Far in Advance Can You Book Hotel Reservations?
How far out you can book a hotel? And does making reservations at the far side of the booking window provides any tangible benefit? Each hotel chain handles reservations differently, with the booking windows of major hotel chains ranging from 11 months through to a mammoth 3 years.