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Calculating hotel reward points | 2009 case scenarios

Though signing up for recognition clubs is simple and free, calculating how you earn and spend points on rooms can be more complicated, because each company has its own formula. Marriott Rewards, for instance, gives 10 points for each dollar you spend at most of its hotels (a $250 room will net you 2,500 points). On the other hand, InterContinental doles out 2,000 points per visit, regardless of length of stay. And while blackout dates have plagued programs in the past—until recently, Starwood, InterContinental, and Hyatt were the only chains that allowed members to redeem points on any available night—Hilton and Marriott have now both changed their rules to allow guests to book at any time. There’s never been a better moment to show your loyalty.

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