Instant Hotel Rewards You may qualify for free perks at your hotel without knowing it. Budget Travel Thursday, Sep 20, 2007, 5:42 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Instant Hotel Rewards

You may qualify for free perks at your hotel without knowing it.

Most hotel chains offer free membership in their loyalty programs. The typical rewards are airlien miles or points you can redeem for free travel later.

But what about the perks you can take advantage of right away, such as free beverages or newspapers? Here's a rundown of these perks you can use right away. We've only included hotel loyalty programs that offer these instant, tangible benefits.

AMERICA'S BEST VALUE INN

Includes America's Best Value Inn.

Program Name Value Club.

What You Get Exclusively
Free room upgrade, if a room is available.
15 percent off future stays.
Free travel insurance travel insurance offering up to $200 in baggage protection and up to $2,000 emergency medical and dental. (Coverage is for the length of the stay from the morning of your arrival through the end of the day of your departure, and it's only available if you make your reservation online.)

CHOICE HOTELS

Includes Cambria Suites, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, MainStay Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, and Suburban Extended Hotel (but not including Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn).

Program Name Choice Privileges.

What You Get Exclusively
Express check-in.
Late checkout until 2 p.m.
Reservations hotline that's for members only.

FAIRMONT

Includes Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

Program Name President's Club.

What You Get Exclusively
Express check-in.
Reservations hotline that's for members only.
Free high-speed Internet access in your room.
Free shoe shining.
Free health club access (some of Fairmont's hotels charge for this).
Access to fitness rooms and fitness equipment.
10 percent off hotel spa treatments and products.
15 percent off at the gift store.
Opportunity to buy a kit containing $30 worth of Aveda travel products for only $9. The amenity kit includes a dental kit, purifying gel cleanser, a lotion, a shave kit, a hair gel, an energizing body cleanser, and hairspray in carry-on friendly one-ounce sizes.

HILTON

Includes Conrad Hotels, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Scandic, and the Waldorf Astoria Collection.

Program Name HHonors.

What You Get Exclusively
Express check-in.
Reservations hotline that's for members only.
Late checkout until 2 p.m.
Free newspaper daily.
Double room at the price of a single. (Some hotels charge higher rates for rooms with double occupancy than rooms with single occupancy. If you're a member of this program, you pay the lower, single occupancy rate even if you share the room with another person.)

HYATT

Includes Grand Hyatt, Hawthorn Suites, Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Summerfield Suites, Park Hyatt, and Regency Hyatt.

Program Name Gold Passport.

What You Get Exclusively
You can obtain your room as early as 9 a.m. on your day of arrival by calling 800/243-2546.
Reservations hotline that's for members only.
F
ree USA Today daily.
At some properties, coffee is delivered to the room of members on request.
$250 check cashing privilege per stay.
Personalized online profile of your account, which allows you to select your preferences, such as bed type and rough proximity of your floor to the ground floor.

INTERCONTINENTAL

Includes Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, and Staybridge Suites.

Program Name Priority Club.

What You Get Exclusively
Reservations hotline that's for members only.
Late checkout until 2 p.m.
Weekday newspaper delivered to door (either USA Today or a local paper).

LA QUINTA

Includes Baymont Inns & Suites, La Quinta Inns, and Woodfield Suites.

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