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Everyone loves a free night!

Updated: Sep 7, 2019

There are three things you accumulate when traveling the world: great memories, good stories and lots and lots of points. Whether it’s airline points, hotel points or discounts towards your favorite brands, these points do add up. I’ve probably tried every loyalty program to date and if I haven’t, it’s because I’m not aware it exists.

When it comes to hotels, it’s always nice to have a particular brand. Example, Marriott Rewards, Hilton Honors, SPG Starpoints, etc. (You get the idea) If you’re not picky about a particular program, then the Rewards program is right for you.

The Rewards program is simple. Sign up for the program, spend 10 nights and collect a free night. Pretty straightforward right? Or is it?


The free night isn’t just a free night. It’s a discount on the average of your 10 nights spent with the program.

Example, five nights at the Parc 55 in San Francisco at $255 a night, three nights at the Radisson Edwardian in London at $400 a night and two nights at the Marriott Marquis in New York at $450 a night.

Calculation: ($255x5) + ($400x3) + ($450x2) =$3375.

Then divide by 10 nights $3375/10 = $337.50

An example of a redemption night
An example of a redemption night


Therefore, if you wish to spend a night away at the Grand Hotel Palais Royal, at $484.00 a night, by adding the redemption night your new rate becomes $146.50. ($484.00 - $337.50) Not bad for a luxury hotel in the center of Paris. booking courtesy of

You are also able to redeem multiple nights so, if planned correctly, you can create a great vacation. Trust me, I’ve done it. Spend 10 nights a year with the program and you will be upgraded to Rewards Silver and 30 nights to be upgraded to Rewards Gold.

Editors Note: Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of any parties mentioned. None of the entities mentioned has reviewed, approved or endorsed the content listed in this post.


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