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  1. jack says:

    very nice post

    thanks

  2. william says:

    thanks for sharing really this is very useful please keep on update.

  3. Idris says:

    Wow thank you for your effort in compiling this list! You really listed many different areas in travel (eg hotel, airline, transport etc), the companies associated with them and the perks for using their service. However, for someone who travels at most once or twice a year, it would be a waste for me to sign up for those with loyalty points/perks as I don’t travel frequent enough. I should look at those that offer incentives for new sign ups instead.

    One helpful area in this post is the list of car rentals. I like to drive when travelling abroad, so your list would really be of a great help in choosing the company that benefits me the most!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Idris, although you don’t travel very frequently, you may be surprised at the perks that you could qualify for by joining the loyalty program. They are not all super-amazing, but hopefully this article helped you to spot a few gems that would be worth your time to sign up!

  4. Paul says:

    hey there, I always found that even though I travel a lot that the rewards just never seem to add up to anything worthwhile , but reading this article I am determined to make sure I now make the most of any and all rewards on offer. I just need to get organised and this post has given me both some ideas and also the inspiration to make the most of them

    Cheers paul

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Paul, It can be frustrating to have to wait for the rewards to accumulate when you are ready to travel NOW… but fortunately many of the loyalty programs have started adding extra ways to spend your points / miles for things like upgrades, gift certificates, magazine subscriptions, and more.

  5. Edwin Bernard says:

    I’m amazed at the free perks available in the travel industry just for signing up. In the 1980’s and 90’s I travelled a lot for business. The best deal we ever got was from TWA. For only 50k miles we got 1st Class upgrades. We qualified for the Gold Card that provides us with Business Class upgrades if Space was available without using miles. We were very disappointed when TWA was acquired by American Airlines as these perks went away. The miles needed for 1st Class upgrades rose to 100k. 

    The latest loyalty program we like immensely is from Cunard. After our first cruise we now qualify for free stateroom upgrades and spending credits. We are now Gold class guests and get invited to special parties on board.

    I like the idea of perks just for joining loyalty programs. Do these companies publicize them? Would they offer them when signing up or would you have to know about them and ask.

    You’ve provided a comprehensive list that will come in very handy.

    Cheers.

    Edwin

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Edwin, Each company is a little different, but generally they do try to “push” their programs to their customers because in the end, the loyalty programs will have a net positive effect on their bottom line. 

  6. Wildecoll says:

    Discount and bonuses are really nice things most people look out for whenever they are making any kind of payment of monetary exchange because it drops at least, so change into their pockets. I’ll take time to go over these offers again because I’ve seen a couple of ones I make us work a lot like the hotel and travel agencies. It’s so thoughtful of you to share.

    • Alyce says:

      If you are a frequent business traveler, you can definitely score some nice perks through travel loyalty programs. I do hope you found some new travel programs you would like to join!

  7. Bella says:

    Great post you have got here and I really appreciate it a lot. Just look at what you have shared here. It is not totally bad getting to have the quick rewards bonuses from a company as part of the travel bonuses and it can really be benfitcial to the journey and as such, would improve more patronages from one and also to recommend to friends. Though I do not know about most of these before but then, I just learnt well about them and I will ry to make good use of them all. Thumbs up to you for sharing

  8. Anthony Hu says:

    Thank you for your post. I am travel lover and like to have tours around the world. Your article on signup bonuses is really helping me to save money for my trips.

    It is amazing that for any kind of travels there there are signup bonus program. Right now when I book my traveling, I search through internet and in most cases I end up the websites such as Expedia, Priceline, and Kayak et al. I found that I could not claim the loyalty program perks. I don’t know if you have ways to enjoy the both benefits?

    It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us.

    • Alyce says:

      Unfortunately the travel loyalty programs can make it difficult to “double-dip” and enjoy multiple offers at the same time. You may find a great low price on expedia, but it will not include access to loyalty program perks that you get when you book directly with the provider. It’s a tradeoff that can take you for a negative surprise if you don’t fully understand the rules of these programs.

  9. Alblue says:

    This is also very useful, because I plan to have more traveling around the world next few years. Signing up for their loyalty programs will help me to save some features. I think I will start by signing up for Uber and Lyft. They will come into handy for local transportation. Thanks for the information

    • Alyce says:

      Definitely sign up early for the programs and spend some time to understand what kind of value they offer (some are more business focused while others cater to a leisure market). 

  10. Wildecoll says:

    I love making judicious use of every good chance I get at making some pennies into my pocket, so this sign up rewards bonuses is a good idea, I travel a lot and it’s something I can take advantage of since it operates in some hotels too. Everyone loves discount to be sincere so this will actually be of help, I’ve learned a new thing today, thanks to you.

    • Alyce says:

      Wonderful — I hope that you can start enjoying your trips just a little bit more with these great perks from travel program rewards!

  11. Travis says:

    I am big fan of the loyalty programs, in fact I’m part of the red roof inn and hyatt programs. This was brilliant because they know that people with cost the company that they have points already for than a new company if they are close in price. I never even thought about car rental companies since I don’t use those as often but I will keep that in mind next time I’m looking for a rental. Thank you for the information! 

  12. Rodarrick says:

    It is a big dream of every potential customer to be offered the free gift that they can get the best out of. Seeing g all of these here is really great at least. The hotels you have talked about is right on. You cannot expect to be just ordinary in the service that one gets especially as bonuses for the travels. When it is centered towards customer satisfaction then it must be. Quick reqrds sign up bonuses however can be a blessing or a curse depending on the needs of the customers

    • Alyce says:

      We all enjoy upgrades and little extras when we travel — hopefully this list can help point you to ways to get these little bonuses!

  13. Scott Hinkle says:

    Loyalty programs have been both a blessing and a pain for me.  The blessing is in the perks but the pain is determining which ones to focus on and so forth.

    I understand the whole loyalty thing but, for me, price plays a factor too.  That leads to more pain in the form of “we’re sorry sir, but you didn’t book directly through us so this stay doesn’t qualify”, etc.  Still, some of the discount sites to offer loyalty programs of their own so I just have to sit down and weed through it all to see what ends up giving me the best bang for my buck, so-to-speak.

    All that said, I really do appreciate the list you’ve provided here.  It gives me a lot to work with and will help me to narrow down my options.

    Thank you so much,

    Scott

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Scott, You are right, there are many things to consider when you book your travel. You can sometimes find a lower price when booking travel from discount sites — especially those that sell “opaque” discounts (where you don’t know the company / location that you’ll get until you have paid and recieved a confirmation). However, you will sacrifice some of the perks of loyalty programs when you choose the most discounted rates. 

      I’m happy to have helped you figure out whether or not the discounts are worth forgoing the loyalty rewards. It’s not always an easy choice! 

  14. Abayomi says:

    Great article,all what you said about hotels are right and additional benefits make customers to consistently use your service and even advertise for others,customers would now turn to your marketer through the value you provided.Those free facilities provided goes a long way persuading people to choose a particular service amidst others. Quick reward  makes more sales actually and also gives customers satisfaction.Thanks for sharing this article

  15. Andria says:

    Hi!

    My husband and I are avid road trippers.  I love your article on travel program bonuses.  We are currently Hilton Honor members we just love their hotel portfolio, its so amazing but I didn’t know you can open the door from the Hilton app.  Technology today is so wonderful and I really appreciate your article  We are always on the lookout for ways to save when traveling!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Andria, That is a cool feature that actually saves time as well. Plus, no more fumbling to find a place for the key when you’re traveling! 

  16. Troy says:

    I have found, generally speaking, that if you book a room via the hotel website, that more often than not, the price is competitive with Expedia, etc.. I have the Choice Hotel app on my phone, and when you factor in the rewards and the ease of booking and check in, I’ll book through the app even if it cost 10 bucks more once in awhile. I rarely fly though, I prefer to keep my feet on the ground, when possible.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Troy, you are right about that pricing, as most hotels offer a “low price guarantee” when you book directly through them. You can often find some slightly lower prices when purchasing “opaque” rooms from online travel agents like Priceline — this is when you make a reservation without knowing which hotel you will be staying at — but often the loyalty perks (like late checkout) will make it worthwhile to book the “qualifying night” directly from the hotel. 

      Thanks for sharing! 

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  17. Ibrahim says:

    I think I made a mistake a few years ago when I got a timeshare.  They made it seem like I couldn’t live without it and we had to sue them to get rid of it.  I’m not going to lie, the vacation spots and rooms our time share provided were amazing, but it was just too much.

    I’ve been looking for something to compensate and your article might be just what I need.  Loyalty programs are a great thing and I try to use them as much as I can, it’s like throwing money away if you don’t take advantage!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Ibrahim, sorry to hear that your timeshare experience wasn’t great. My vacation habits are usually spontaneous adventures (rarely spending more than a few days in the same place), so I’ve never felt compelled to invest that way. I have enjoyed the benefits and perks of hotel loyalty programs though!

      I also personally signed up for the IHG credit card, which previously gave cardholders their platinum status and a free night each year. The credit card program has changed a bit this year, but it continues to be a great value for my family. But even without elite status, it’s good to at least get a few perks with your membership.

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  18. Paul says:

    Dear Alyce,

    Being a traveler your post means a lot to me and thanks a lot for the helpful and insightful article.

    Nowadays all the posts and ads are trying to make money from our pocket but your post is helping us to save money which is amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing these details, your article is saving people time, trouble, money, and effort.

    I will plan my next trip by having this article next to me.

    I am bookmarking your article for future reference and I am going to share your article with my friends and I believe they are going to find great value from your article.

    Information Is Wealth!

    Paul

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Paul, I do hope to help people get the highest value possible where they spend their time and money. I truly appreciate you sharing this post / site with your friends and family!!

      Wishing you all the best, Alyce

  19. coralie says:

    I love reward options. I figure if you are going to buy something anyway, you may as well get something else for it.  Having all the reward options laid out in your post, was fabulous, as it really gave me all the choices for hotels that I never even knew about.  I am taking a trip this summer, so now I am going to make sure that I check out some of your choices. Really a great post. Thank you

  20. Henry says:

    Hi! Wao! Thank you for putting together all this information. This is definitely worth sharing with friends. I have already bookmarked this post.

    I have signed up in the past to a couple of them (Lyft and Uber). And I have heard that in car rental, Alamo is quite cool! But there are so many other programs I can take advantage of. Thank you very much!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Henry, I’m happy to hear that you may be able to benefit from the list! Safe travels!!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

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