There are many ways to get a free hotel stay; earning and redeeming awards points as part of a hotel loyalty program, using a gift card, or winning a free night from a raffle are all common – but did you know that a free hotel stay through an anniversary bonus can be a perk for co-branded hotel credit cards too?
Hotel Reward Programs
Hotel rewards programs allow you to redeem points for free nights and often have different status levels that can be achieved by spending money at hotel properties owned and operated by the brand of whose loyalty program you’re a member. As you progress towards elite statuses, you are granted exclusive perks that are only available at the tier you’ve achieved; even basic membership will open the door to suite hotel benefits that simply are not available to regular customers. Best of all, membership is usually free!
Additionally, co-branded hotel credit cards are another door into these loyalty programs and come with a suite of perks only available to cardholders that compliment (and expand) the points that can be earned from basic membership. Approval for a co-branded hotel card rewards program is typically accompanied by an introductory bonus that can be redeemed for free nights, but one perk will stand out for cardholders: the anniversary bonus.
An anniversary bonus is a perk that is granted to a qualifying cardholder or rewards program member on the anniversary of their program activation. Each calendar year, the card issuer gives the cardholder this special bonus, which can vary from extra rewards points to discounts not available anywhere else or, in the case of many hotel co-branded credit cards, it can take the form of one or more free nights.
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