Instant Hotel Rewards

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You may qualify for free perks at your hotel without knowing it. Just join a hotel rewards club.

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

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

AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN BY VANTAGE
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Includes Americas Best Value Inn, Americas Best Value Inn Hotel, and Americas Best Value Inn & Suites.

Program Name Value Club.

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

CHOICE HOTELS
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Includes Cambria Suites, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, MainStay Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, and Suburban Extended Stay 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 for members only.

FAIRMONT
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Includes Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

Program Name President's Club.

What You Get Exclusively
Private reception desk with express check-in.
Reservations hotline and online accounts for members only.
Free high-speed Internet access in your room.
Free shoe shine at city center hotels.
Free local calls.
Complimentary use of workout clothing and footwear.
Light fitness equipment, such as a yoga mat and small weights, can be delivered to your room if you prefer to exercise in private.
Available MP3 player preloaded with music.
10 percent off spa treatments and products at Willow Stream Spas.
15 percent off at Fairmont stores.
Free use of TaylorMade golf clubs at select hotels.
Opportunity to buy a kit containing $30 worth of Aveda travel products for only $9. Includes dental kit, purifying gel cleanser, lotion, shave kit, hair gel, energizing body cleanser, and hairspray in carry-on friendly one-ounce sizes.

HILTON
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Includes Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, The Waldorf Astoria Collection, Hilton, and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Program Name HHonors.

What You Get Exclusively
Express check-in at select hotels.
Reservations hotline for members only.
Late checkout, until 2 p.m.
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
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Includes AmeriSuites, Grand Hyatt, Hawthorn Suites, Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Summerfield Suites, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt Resorts.

Program Name Gold Passport.

What You Get Exclusively
Obtain your room as early as 1 p.m. on your day of arrival (or even earlier if you have diamond or platinum status) by calling 800/243-2546.
Reservations hotline for members only.
Free USA Today daily.
At some properties, coffee is delivered to members' rooms 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 HOTELS GROUP
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Includes Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, and InterContinental Hotels and Resorts.

Program Name Priority Club Rewards.

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

LA QUINTA
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Includes La Quinta Inns & Suites.

Program Name Returns.

What You Get Exclusively
Express check-in.
Reservations hotline for members only.
Late checkout, until 2 p.m.
Access your account with La Quinta online.

MARRIOTT
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Includes Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn, JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Vacation Club International, and Horizons by Marriott.

Program Name Rewards.

What You Get Exclusively
Newsletter with members-only specials.
Create an electronic profile that records your preferences, such as bed type and pillow type. Staff will attempt to accommodate your preferences.
Specify the newspaper youprefer,such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, or a local paper. Regular guests receive a newspaper, too, but a member of the rewards program can choose which paper he or she wishes to receive.

OMNI HOTELS
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Includes Omni hotels.

Program Name Select Guest Program.

What You Get Exclusively
Express check-in.
Reservations hotline for members only.
Free high-speed Internet access in your room (by entering a code when you attempt to access the Internet on your laptop).
Evening housekeeping with turndown service.
Morning beverage service to your room: Two nonalcoholic drinks per day per guest.
Choice of newspaper (USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, or a local daily newspaper) delivered to your door.
Create a record of your preferences, such as bed type and pillow type. Staff will attempt to accommodate your preferences.

RED ROOF INN
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Includes Red Roof Inn

Program Name RediCard.

What You Get Exclusively
Express check-in.
Reservations hotline for members only.
Newsletters to keep you updated on promotional offers and a summary of benefits.
Five free outbound fax pages per stay (sent to locations within the U.S.).
Free USA Today delivered to your dooron weekdays.
Option to pay your bill with a personal check, if you provide appropriate identification.
Late arrival check-in, until 8 p.m.

SOFITEL
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Includes Sofitel

Program Name Privilege Card.

What You Get Exclusively
Welcome drink at hotel bar, such as wine or champagne.
Welcome gift, such as chocolates, flowers, a bathrobe, or an invitation to a free spa treatment at select properties.
In hotels outside of the U.S., where many of the rooms have small, full-size mattresses, members of this program can receive a room with a larger bed for two persons, if available.
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.)

WYNDHAM HOTELS AND RESORTS
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Includes Viva Wyndham Resorts, Wyndham Garden Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, Wyndham Resorts, and Wyndham Historic Hotels.

Program NameByRequest.

What You Get Exclusively
Express check-in.
Late checkout, until 2 p.m. (This may be available as late as 4 p.m., in some cases.)
Free local and long distance calls within the 48 contiguous states at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties in the U.S., and free calls within whichever other country your hotel is in.
Create an electronic profile with your preferences, such as choice of welcome snack and beverage.
Personalized welcome notes.
Free high-speed Internet access in your room (though some properties are offering free Internet to all guests and not just members of this program).
Free photocopying and faxing.
Monthly e-mail with exclusive offers.
Best available room on arrival.

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