Recently launched points programs worth considering.
For bedding down in boutiques
Stash Hotel Rewards, a loyalty program for indie hotels, recently launched a credit card that provides a 60 percent bonus for stays at member hotels. There are about 150 hotels in the network, almost all of them in the U.S. So if you’re a fan of San Francisco’s Inn at Union Square, say, you can rack up free nights just like at the traditional hotel chains.
For frugal fliers
For its most loyal customers, budget carrier EasyJet is launching Flight Club, a fancier and free alternative to its $250-a-year Plus program. Benefits include the ability to change itineraries and names on tickets without incurring any fees. To get in, you’ll need to fly at least 20 EasyJet segments or spend a certain amount (yet to be announced) on flights in a 12-month period.
For road-trip rewards
Plenti, which launched in 2015, provides points for purchases from a wide range of everyday shopping partners, including Rite Aid and AT&T. While Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the only travel outfit in the mix, Plenti points can be redeemed at Exxon and Mobil, fueling your next driving vacation. Just 1,000 points lets you knock $10 off your gas tab.