Hotels.com Free Night “The Key Card Collector” Promotion

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Every now and then hotels.com has some great promotions giving out free nights for active travelers. This time, they are offering a free night stay (after one paid stay) for those who have a) stayed at 3 different hotels since 1/1/11 or b) stayed at the same hotel at least 5 times since 1/1/11. This is for those who are not yet part of hotels.com “Welcome Rewards” program. However, you can always register with another email to take advantage of the promotion.

To receive the free night, you must follow these steps:

  • Register for the promotion here.
  • Submit proof of the three or five stays within 45 days.
  •  Make a reservation at hotels.com by November 15, 2011 using the coupon code that you received in the email upon registering.
  • A free night will then be awarded to your account which will be equal to the average daily rate, before taxes and fees, of the stay using the coupon code (the maximum value of the free night cannot exceed $400).

Overall, the promotion is pretty straight forward. Although it does take some manual effort to send in your previous hotel statements, it is well worth it to get a free night. Additionally, when registering for this promotion you will be automatically enrolled in their FIVESTAR program until December 31, 2011. After looking more into this program, it doesn’t look too special to me, but some might enjoy its benefits (special phone number, premium price match, early access to promos/deals).

Remember that typically you cannot earn points for hotel stays when using hotels.com since it is a third party vendor, but it is great to use for boutique hotels who do not offer a rewards program anyways.

Click here to view additional T&C for this promotion.


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  1. “This offer is open to US residents, 18 or older, who either (a) are not currently welcomerewards® members, or (b) are currently welcomerewards members, but have not made any bookings in the welcomerewards program prior to registering for this promotion.”

    So not available to those who took advantage of their recent, similar, “unloyaling” promotion.

    • @ Bradley and NB – That is correct that it is only open to new members of the Welcome Rewards program. However, if you think you might take advantage of this promotion, you can register another email with the program to receive the free night coupon. The only caveat is that the paid stay will not count towards another account with hotels.com, not the account that you typically earn your credits towards.

  2. I’m confused.

    “You will also receive a coupon code for a free night in your confirmation email. The coupon code will be activated immediately upon registration. Just make a qualifying booking on hotels.com® using the coupon code and complete the stay by November 15, 2011. After we have verified your activity in three (3) separate major hotel loyalty programs, and after you have completed your qualifying stay by November 15, 2011, your account will be updated to reflect the free night. ”

    I sign up, get my proof of stays approved. Then I book a stay using the coupon code, but the free night isn’t applied to that.

    “The free night will be awarded in the form of ten (10) bonus loyalty credits. The value of the ten (10) bonus loyalty credits will be equal to the average daily rate, before taxes and fees, of the stay you book and complete using the coupon code…. Allow 4-6 weeks after completed stay for loyalty bonus points to be credited. ”

    After I’ve completed my stay, I then get the free night coupon 4-6 weeks later.

    Does the free night also have to be used by 11/15? If so, the timeframe for the qualifying stay really seems to be end of September-ish. If not, is there an expiration date on it?

    • @swag- I agree that the t&c are a bit confusing. Essentially if you qualify for promotion you are given a coupon code to us on your next hotel stay. This does not have you any discount on that hotel stay but registers in the rewards program to give you another free night once the paid stay in complete. So it is essentially a buy one get one free promotion.

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