Getting the most value for your hotel rewards points
Even within hotel chains, there are big differences in the points-price of properties
By Jenny Hoff | Published: December 30, 2015
You've accumulated thousands of hotel points and you're ready to spend them. Whether you've earned them through hotel stays or rewards credit cards, how you redeem them could mean the difference between an uneventful airport hotel in a major city or the vacation of a lifetime in an exotic locale.
Each major hotel chain's rewards program has a different earning and redeeming structure, but we have found that for many properties, price difference is not directly correlated to points difference. Value shoppers who do enough digging can find some great deals at beautiful properties and spend nothing to stay multiple nights.
We've compiled comparisons to give you an idea of how you can get the best value for those hard-earned points.
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