Monday, February 22, 2010

Planning a hotel stay? Become Elite For Free

Being elite helps. I'm not a big elite person, but I still enjoy the upgrades and benefits of elite status when I can. Usually you have to work hard to get and keep elite status, but here are some free ways to get a taste of elite status.

Each program has different benefits for different levels, but if you're staying somewhere, you may as well be elite if you can. Now that I use AwardWallet.com, it's real simple to sign up up for a new program. All you need to do, is add your login information once, and it stays there.

Hyatt
Free 180 day trial for Platinum status. You can sign up until the end of the year, so if you have a stay planned, sign up within 180 days of your stay.

The main benefits of Platinum status are hopefully getting an upgrade, free internet, and 15% bonus points. If you stay 5 nights during the 180 day trial you will stay Platinum through February 2012, or 15 nights to achieve Diamond status until then.

Best Western
They are offering a status match from any other hotel program. So if you get Hyatt platinum status, you should be able to get it with Best Western too.

Accor - A|Club
Free Gold status. Use this promotion code when signing up: CMBANKACLUB.

Starwood
I don't know if it still works, but you can try to get upgraded to gold status. If it doesn't work, lot's of people had luck just by calling them and asking to be upgraded to gold.

If you're Platinum, here's some good news: starting March 1st, you will get free internet in your rooms.

BMI
It's an airline, not a hotel, but it's still a free offer for Silver elite status. See here.

I signed up for it when I posted about it, and for some reason they just threw in a free 1,000 points as well. I don't know what I can do with it, but I'm not complaining.

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