4 Hotel Loyalty Programs that Give You Bang for Your Buck

When traveling for work is a regular part of life, it makes sense to rack up as many perks as possible. And that means more than just using a credit card to earn rewards for travel costs. When it comes to getting the biggest bang for your business travel buck, you need to double down with hotel loyalty programs.

Here are the Top 4 Programs you should make part of your hotel traveling circuit:

Wyndham

The Wyndham Hotel Group has locations all over the world, so business travel is a breeze when you stay at one of this company’s hotels. And when you join Wyndham Rewards, you’ll earn 10 points on every dollar you spend -- or 1,000 points for every stay (whichever is higher).

You can redeem those points for free nights at any Wyndham Hotel, or you can spend them on gift cards, travel discounts, and merch like purses and smartphones. You can also donate points to charity -- or buy from the Golf Pro Shop if you’ll be talking green on the green.

The Wyndham Hotel Group also includes dozens of other well-known properties, like TRYP, Wyndham Grand, Wyndham Garden, and Wingate by Wyndham. And Wyndham’s partnership with Caesars Entertainment lets you earn and redeem points at Las Vegas hotels, including The Linq, Harrah’s, The Cromwell, Paris, and Planet Hollywood.

Omni Hotels & Resorts

Business travelers will find at least one Omni Hotel in most major U.S. cities, plus Mexico and Canada. So if you frequently travel within North America, you’ll want to become a Select Guest at Omni because the more often you stay, the more rewards you’ll reap -- beginning with free WiFi and free sign-up. Here’s how your rewards level up:

Gold Level - Get free bottled water, shoeshine services, daily newspaper, plus express check-in and checkout.

Platinum Level - After you stay just 10 nights at an Omni Hotel, you’ll also enjoy late checkout, room upgrades, and double points.

Black Level - Members who stay at Omni Hotels for at least 30 nights throughout the year get the royal treatment, including a free drink upon arrival, plus super early check-in and late checkout privileges.

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Another business-friendly hotel chain with an impressive loyalty program is La Quinta. When you join La Quinta Returns, you can start earning points toward gift certificates, travel discounts, magazine subscriptions, and free hotel nights. You can even transfer your free hotel points to your airline tickets for added flexibility. Or you can donate your points to military charity groups to show your support of the troops.

NH Hotels

If your business takes you around the world, the NH Hotel Group’s loyalty program is the one to join. NH Rewards allows you to earn points on every stay, which you can use toward free nights. As a member, you’ll also get exclusive rates, free WiFi, early check-in, late checkout, and a host of other business-friendly perks!

Like the Omni program, NH Rewards get better and better the more you stay -- so it pays to be loyal when you’re traveling the globe. You’ll find NH Hotels in over 20 countries, including Spain, France, Austria, and Italy -- all the international destinations that will be your home away from home.

And the best part? As a member of any (or all) of these Hotel Loyalty Programs, you’ll always earn ALL of your points when you book your stay through Upside. Which means you can rest easy knowing that you’ll never give up your points. In fact, when you layer in the better service, rewards, and deals you’ll find at Upside, you’ll come out with even more.

Here’s to a rewarding business trip!