It’s safe to bet that your relationship status with your points is ” it’s complicated”. All that red tape and complication creates a real love/hate relationship and in the end, some people just want to break up. If you can’t ever figure out how many you need or when you can use them, what’s the point? Well, with that in mind there are some really easy “red tape” free ways to earn free hotel nights, without earning points…

Marriott Stay Two Get One FREE Offer…

It’s not a secret but it almost feels like it. Marriott has a really friendly offer for people who aren’t already members of their loyalty program (or who create a new account with a different email address). Simple stay two nights anywhere (they have to be at least one night apart) and you’ll get a free night at many incredible hotels, even including some luxurious JW Marriott properties all around the world. Full details on how to take advantage are here.

Hotels.com Buy TEN Nights Get ONE Free…

You read right, buy ten nights (even for other people), get one free. One ten night stay, two five night stays, ten one night stays, it doesn’t matter. When you stay ten nights you’ll receive a certificate for a free night with no blackout dates, which you can use like cash. The value of your voucher will be the average price you paid for the first ten nights. Enjoy! Sign up HERE.

SLH/LHW Stay Five Get One Free…

Small Luxury Hotels and Leading Hotels, which have many gorgeous boutique properties around the world that are hard to pass up have an even more enticing loyalty program. For every five stays, you get a free night at any of their properties. The only red tape is that your five stays must use at least two different hotels and the five stays can’t be single consecutive night stays. SO basically, stay at at least two hotels, don’t try to cheat by checking in and checking out five times for the same stay and then get a free night! You can even grab instant ELITE status HERE.

Credit Cards Which Offer An Annual Free Night…

There are some really worthwhile credit cards out there, which more than justify their reasonable annual fee by offering a complimentary annual night at any property within the chain. Depending on your location, some cards which generally offer a worldwide free night include The IHG Rewards Card, Fairmont Card and Hilton Platinum Visa (UK). In addition to a free night, you may snag elite status, which leads to nice perks like free breakfast, late check out and more…

Citi Prestige 4th Night Free On EVERY Stay (US Only)…

Ears perk up? Yep, this crazy benefit is good for an unlimited amount of stays. Every time you travel, if you stay somewhere for four nights, you get the fourth night free. The card carries a high annual fee of $450, but comes with unlimited airport lounge access for three people, $250 right back to you for booking any airline ticket and of course, the fourth night free on any and every hotel without blackout dates. Pretty cool if you travel…