Points Value and Rebate Percentage for 20+ Airlines, Hotels, Rail, and Rental Cars – January 2019

American Airlines Jets at BOS by Evan Didier, on Flickr

"American Airlines Jets at BOS" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Evan Didier

Table includes the value of one point and the rebate percentage (in points) for 20+ airline, hotel, rail, and rental car rewards programs. Valuations were last updated in January 2019.

Value of a Point or Mile and Rebate Percentage

Scroll right on the table for additional information on earnings and rebate percentage for co-branded credit card spending. There are quite a few assumptions and calculations that go into determining these values (more below chart), and it is important to remember that valuation can often be more of a subjective art than an objective science. [...]  read more

Obtaining Elite Status with Credit Cards

American Express Platinum Card by Evan Didier, on Flickr

"American Express Platinum Card" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Evan Didier

Many co-branded credit cards offer elite status in various frequent flyer and rewards programs for airline, hotel, rail, and rental car travel providers. Sometimes, card holders receive elite status simply for being a card member…this is especially true for co-branded hotel credit cards. In other instances, spending on the co-branded credit card get you elite credit/nights/miles in a given program at specified thresholds or ratios.

For travelers who want to experience the benefits that elite status has to offer, but who do not travel enough, or split up their travel too much, to earn elite status “the hard way,” co-branded credit credit cards can be a cost-effective way of obtaining elite status without having to put in the miles or nights. [...]  read more

Which Hotel Brands Offer Free Breakfast? Info for 130+ Hotel Brands

Continental Breakfast at the Renwick Hotel by Evan Didier, on Flickr

"Continental Breakfast at the Renwick Hotel" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Evan Didier

Why pay for breakfast when you can eat for free? Check out our table for free breakfast information at 130+ hotel chains and brands, including (a) whether or not elite status is required, and (b) whether or not the complimentary breakfast is continental or full.

At last count, 27 hotel brands offer a complimentary hot full breakfast to all guests, and 12 hotel brands offer complimentary continental breakfast to all guests. In addition, upper-tier elite status members at Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott will net you at least a free continental breakfast at most of the brands affiliated with those groups. [...]  read more

120+ Hotel Brands Comparison and Equivalency Table

King Deluxe Room at Conrad London St. James by Evan Didier, on Flickr

"King Deluxe Room at Conrad London St. James" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Evan Didier

The nine largest international hotel groups currently maintain a collective total of over 120 hotel brands. Talk about overwhelming!

It can be difficult to try and make sense of all of the different hotel brands. Even if you are loyal to one hotel rewards program and know all of their hotel brands inside and out, you can still become pretty lost when you’re trying to figure out which brands from competitor hotel groups match up with your favorite brands.

It’s not always clear on the hotel groups’ own websites what the differences are between the hotel group’s own brands. And they certainly don’t give you much indication of what the competitor brands are, even though it could help you put an unknown brand into context. [...]  read more

Which Hotel Brands Offer Free Dinner or Snacks and Evening Drinks?

King Bed at Embassy Suites Kansas City Overland Park by Evan Didier, on Flickr

"King Bed at Embassy Suites Kansas City Overland Park" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Evan Didier

While 39 hotel brands offer a hot or complimentary breakfast to all guests, only 10 hotel brands offer complimentary food to all guests in the evening. Even fewer offer more substantive appetizers every day of the week.

But if you’re looking to save money on dining expenses when traveling, or are only looking for a light evening snack, the following ten hotel brands should hit the spot with their free evening food and beverages. It should be noted that it will prove difficult to assemble a hearty or healthy dinner (aside from salad) from any of the hotel brands mentioned below. [...]  read more