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For online travel agencies, the only way back is via bookings. To get those bookings, as we’ve been saying for months, the only way forward is through loyalty perks and promos. Hotels.com now joins a growing number of travel brands pushing out great deals, with a way to earn free nights twice as fast. The short version: it’s buy 5 nights, get one free.

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Typically, you earn a “free” night for every 10 nights you book with Hotels.com Rewards. That free night is based on the average cost of the 10 previous nights you booked, and doesn’t include the taxes and fees. If you averaged $250 a night for your 10 nights, you’d have a free night worth $250, which is nice.

To focus your eyeballs back into travel, particularly as countries and local authorities look to open states and borders, the rewards program is now doubly sweet. Book 5 nights, earn a free night of the average value, because nights count for double. You just need to register for Hotels.com Rewards, if you haven’t already.

Basically, you’re earning 2 “stamps” per actual night, so staying 5 nights would earn you then ten. This is a great way to double your rebate from circa 8-9% back, to more like 18% back. That’s super.

The Important Details

All offers like this have important details, and naturally that’s the case here too. If you want to earn the double points per night booked, you’ll need to book by May 24th, 2020. You must book your stays at Hotels.com using the promo link.

The stays must also be for travel completed – aka your butt on a hotel mattress – by June 2021, which gives you more than an entire calendar year to rack up rewards, provided you book them soon.

The only catch to it all is that the double night credits only post once you stay, roughly 72 hours after you do. So if you have travel plans for late 2021, you won’t receive your two nights of credit until 2021. If you have plans for nearer term stays, you’ll have them sooner, obviously.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Thanks for the info. If I booked (using refundable rate) and wanted to change the date, would 2x still be valid for the new date? I’ve had cases where for reasons I still don’t understand, dates couldn’t be changed, can only be canceled and rebooked. I guess if the system allowed changing the date then the answer is yes, if not then the answer is no.

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