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FAQ: Air Traveler's Handbook 3/4 [Monthly posting]
Section - [3-13] Hotel Frequent Flyer Plans

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Many large hotel chains offer frequent traveler incentives to their
guests, including free airline miles and points that are redeemable
for free hotel rooms. Some are even offering the free airline miles
without requiring a flight with the stay.

Here's a summary of what the hotels are now offering:

   Hilton:
     -  Airline Miles: 500 miles/stay.
        Airlines include Air Canada, American, America West, and
        United (no flight required); Delta and USAir (ticket and
        boarding pass required). 
     -  Points: 10 points per $1 spent. Redeemable for free weekend
        nights, sports tickets, and merchandise.
     -  May earn miles and points for same stay. Spouses may combine points.
     -  3 stays earn one free weekend night.
     -  Extra goodies for gold-level members (12 stays/year), such as
        airline club passes, boosts in FF membership status, and car
        rental club benefits.

   Holiday Inn:
     -  Airline Miles: 500 miles/stay, 2.5 miles per dollar spent.
        Airlines include Air Canada and Northeast (flight required),
        United and Northwest.
     -  Points: 1 point per $1 spent. Redeemable for free travel and
        merchandise. 
     -  May not earn miles and points for same stay. (No double dipping.)
     -  $10/year membership fee, waived for the first year.

   Hyatt:
     -  Airline Miles: 500 miles/stay for United mileage (no flight
        required), Alaska Airlines, Northwest, and USAir (flight
        required). 1000 miles/stay for Delta (flight required).
     -  Points: 5 points per $1 spent. Redeemable for free travel,
        room upgrades, and car rentals.
     -  May not earn miles and points for same stay. (No double dipping.)

   Marriott:
     -  Airline Miles: 500 miles/stay for American, British Airways,
        Northwest, or USAir. 1000 miles/stay for Continental or TWA
        (no flight required).  2,500 bonus miles after fifth stay.
        5,000 bonus miles for Continental.
     -  Points: 10 points per $1 spent, including amounts charged to
        your room, but excluding tax and service charges. Bonus points
        from Hertz car rental. Redeemable for free travel, hotel
        rooms, and car rentals. 35,000 points gets you a free night
        stay in any Marriott Hotel.
     -  Restrictions: In a given stay, can get points or miles, but
        not both.

   Sheraton:
     -  Sheraton Miles: 2 miles per $1 spent for (free) standard membership
        (blue club card), 3 miles per $1 spent for gold membership
        ($25/year, golden club card). Each Sheraton Mile is redeemable
        for one Airline Mile on American or United. Sheraton Miles are
        redeemable for free stays, special vacation packages, etc.
        Gold membership provides you with 4 pm late check-out
        guarantee, room upgrades, and other amenities.

Many hotels also offer discounts for members of certain groups. For
example, membership in AAA (American Automobile Association) or the
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) for example can get you
a 10% discount at many hotels and motels. Visiting someone at a local
university or hospital can be good for either a discount or a room
upgrade, depending on the hotel. There are also often special
discounts for government employees and military personnel.

 Note that you don't need to be 65 to become a member of the AARP --
you can be as young as 50. You also don't necessarily need to be a
member of the AARP to take advantage of some discounts. For example,
if you're over 50, Choice Hotels offers a 30% discount for travelers
with advance reservations, 10% for those with no reservation. 

Always ask for the best price, especially in the off-peak travel season.

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