Hotel Loyally programs are usually free, providing you with items like high speed internet access, discounts on bookings, room upgrades and free nights. If you choose one of the first three programs on the list below you are most likely to accrue substantial points, definitely enough to access some of the above rewards. Considering it’s free to join most of these programs it’s a no brainer if you plan to spend any amount of time in hotels during your trip. We would suggest using Airbnb for any stay over 3 nights, this allows you to experience more of the culture, sights and sounds of the local area. Below we have summarised an excellent article by PointHacks
1. SPG – Starwood Preferred Guest – join
Starwood has hotels in most major cities around the world, with their hotel range extending from budget to luxury, something for everybody.
2. Hilton HHonors – join
Hilton have a reasonable presence in Australia and all over the worlds major capitals. Hilton has also links with a variety airlines including Qantas Frequent Flyer.
3. IHG Rewards – join
IHG Rewards is the loyalty program of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, which includes budget hotels and the more luxurious Intercontinental.
4. Hyatt Gold Passport – join
Hyatt has a much smaller number of hotels around the globe, thereby it is more difficult to find a bed in some of those smaller towns you might wish to visit.
5. Accor – join
Accor is the parent brand for Sofitel, Novotel, Ibis and other hotels. Accor has its biggest presence in Europe, so might be the sensible choice if you are heading over to that continent for most of your travels.
6 – Leaders Club – join
The rewards program for The Leading Hotels of the World chain. A joining fee is payable, but you instantly get access to an excellent range of add ons.