We have all heard the stories of people who fly around the world for free using up the travel reward points they have collected but how do they do it? Travel reward points and programmes are really popular with frequent flyers and we have put together a list of the best programmes and ways to build your own collection of points and rewards.
TopCashback is the leading cash back site in the UK and provides you with money back when you book via them. The process couldn’t be easier and accounts are free so all travellers and holidaymakers should sign up to start getting a % of their travel expenditure back as cash in the bank.
You can get money back from leading flight companies, hotel chains, car hire outlets, travel insurance and much more. We wrote about how to get cashback on your travel costs in an article and that will provide you with all of the information you need to save yourself money.
Hilton have hotels all over the world so you will never be too far away from a Hilton hotel. The Hilton Honors reward programme encourages travellers to book direct with Hilton rather than to go through a third=party hotel booking site. It is free to join Hilton Honors and the key benefits are:
- Free wifi in your room
- Exclusive room rates
- Lowest price guaranteed
- Late check-out
As with most loyalty schemes, Hilton offers progressive benefits for loyal members. All customers start on the standard membership but can rise through to silver, gold and diamond status depending on how frequently and how many nights are booked. The key benefits of an improving status is the ability to get a fifth night free when you book 4 as well as being able to access free room upgrades. Find out more about the benefits on offer here.
One of the most well-known and most-loved rewards programmes is from the hotel booking giant, hotels.com. This simple programme means that you will get 1 free night stay for every 10 nights that you book and stay via hotels.com.
10 nights may seem like a lot but a couple of short breaks away or a family holiday and you will be surprised how quickly the nights add up. Once you have reached your 10 nights, you can use your free night credit across the whole hotels.com portfolio (nearly 300,000 properties). The value of your hotels.com is worked out by taking the average price of your ten qualifying nights and that is the £ value you can use on your next booking.
There are 3 hotels.com reward tiers:
- Rewards (standard)
- Silver – upgraded to this tier once you have booked 10 nights via hotels.com
- Gold – upgraded to this tier once you have booked 30 nights via hotels.com
Hotels.com Silver & Gold membership benefits
Here are the benefits of the standard, silver and gold hotels.com reward programme. As well as getting free night hotel stays you can also get access to exclusive hotel deals price guarantees, priority customer service and more. See the table below for more details.
Hertz Gold Plus
When you land at your destination and have to battle the queues and hassle of car hire, stress levels can quickly rise! The Hertz Gold Plus reward programme has made it on to this list primarily because of the queue skip, no paperwork and instant return.
While there are lots of other benefits and ways to accrue points with Hertz, the idea of being able to jump straight in to the car (and you will receive an email in advance so you know what to expect) when you land is a reason enough to sign up for free.