Category Archives: Hotels Loyalty Programs

Cancellation Policy for Hotel Stays Booked by Points


Each major hotel brand allows you to book a hotel room using its loyalty program points.  The cancellation policy is different from brand to brand and could be different from paid with cash reservations. The cancellation policy can also depend on whether the property is a hotel or resort.

Below is a summary of cancellation policy for hotel rooms booked with points:

Best Western: 72 hours. Cancel before 04:00 PM hotel time 3 days prior to avoid a charge.

Marriott & SPG: 48 -72 hours in advance for All Standard Rate + Award Reservations In North/Latin America & The Caribbean.

Hilton: 48 hours. 48 Hours advance notice required for Awards Reservations to avoid cancellation penalties.

Haytt: 24 Hours. Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid first night penalty.

IHG: 24 Hours. Canceling your reservation before 6:00 PM a day before will result in no charge. Canceling your reservation after 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on a day before, or failing to show, will result in a charge of 1 night per room to your credit card. Taxes may apply. Failing to call or show before check-out time after the first night of a reservation will result in cancellation of the remainder of your reservation. Points + Cash bookings are charged immediately, and cancellations are refunded in points only.

Wyndham: 24 Hours. TO AVOID BEING BILLED CANCEL BY 06:00 PM a day before; PENALTY AMOUNT of first night PER ROOM PLUS TAXES

Club Carlson: 0 Hours. Cancel by 6:00 PM hotel time on the day of arrival to avoid penalty. Late cancellations will result in a penalty of first night’s Gold Points®. Failure to cancel this reservation will result in a penalty of all Gold Points® for the entire stay.

Please check the particular cancellation policy at the time of booking as it might have changed from the date of publication.

Last Updated 8/6/2017



Marriott Hotels Gold Status Perks


One of the the benefits of  American Express Business Platinum card is Gold Status with Starwood Hotels, etc. (SPG). But because of Marriott and SPG merger you can link accounts in those two programs to match status across both programs, effectively giving you Gold status in Marriott rewards program. You can read more on how to link SPG and Marriott accounts in SPG Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Rewards Points Transfer and Status Match post.

Marriott Gold Status comes with a variety of Perks that can be found  on Marriott Gold Elite Benefits page.

The most valuable ones : free breakfast and guaranteed late check out.  The forum on flyer talk blog keep track of all domestic/international executive lounges open/closed/weekends statuses. Check it out before booking your Marriott reservation.

SPG Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Rewards Points Transfer and Status Match

linkigmarrittspgritzcarlton00Following merger of 2 Hotel giants: Star Wood Hotels  and Marriott, the rewards programs started its integration in September 2016 as well. Now you can Transfer Points between SPG, Marriott Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs. Members can transfer points between both programs at a 1:3 ratio — each StarPoint will be equivalent to three Marriott points. Transferred points should appear within a few hours, and you can move points back and forth as many times as you’d like.

Linking accounts is useful for:

  1. Transferring points between the programs. It also resets the points expiration date:
    SPG StarPoints 1 year after transfer
    Marriott Point 2 years after transfer (Marriott Points Expiration Policy)
  2. Status Match between the programs

To transfer point start by linking rewards programs on Marriott site:,  Select “SPG Members Start Here” and login into your SPG account



To transfer points between the programs  (in this case from SPG to Marriott) perform the following:

  1. Log in in to your SPG Account
  2. Navigate to “Manage My account” / “Account Overview” and Select Redeem & Transfer points:
  3. Select “More Options”/”Transfer StarPoints to Reward Points”linkigmarrittspgritzcarlton03 linkigmarrittspgritzcarlton04
  4. Enter the number of points you would like to transfer  (in 1000 increment):linkigmarrittspgritzcarlton05
  5. The points get removed from your SPG account right away and will appear on Marriott Points account in the couple of hours (in my case it took about 30 min)

I suspect the transfer from Marriott Point to SPG StarPoints will take sthe same amount of time.

Convert SPG Starpoints to American Airline and earn additional 20% bonus miles

AmericanAirline_Starwood-Conversion-Bonus-LandingConvert your Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints® to American Airlines AAdvantage® miles and earn a 20% bonus from August 1 – September 14, 2016.

Plus, if you convert 20,000 points in one transaction, Starwood automatically adds a 5,000 bonus.


Tools of the Trade: Go Hilton website


Recently Hilton anvil new website that provide special rates for Hilton Team Members family and friends. With the old system, You could not make the reservation online with this spatial rates, plus you relative needed to get a letter from his hotel and a voucher. It was to much hassle. Now with the new web site you can see the rates, make a reservation and all with out extra hassle.

The Hilton Team Members program got updated as well: The number of available rooms on this special rate is not fixed but based on hotel occupancy rate at the time of booking. Still not every hotel is participating in the program but the rates are half the price of the base published rates.

To get those rates your relative who is a Hilton employee needs to register your HHonors account information in the system. The rates have to be booked at site only.

“Go Hilton is available to all employees at Hilton Worldwide corporate offices and its owned and managed properties. It is also available to hotel owners in the Owners Recognition Club and employees of franchisees who work on property at independently owned and operated franchised properties in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.”

Hilton HHonors will match your status through March 2018

HiltonHilton is offering status matches. The original link is not working anymore. it has been changed to the new URL. You just need to upload a file showing you have hotel status with a program now, and also that you have had a hotel stay within the last year.

Complete the form by June 30, 2016 and get a status match with Hilton HHonors™, valid through March 31, 2018.

If you have some sort of elite status with other hotels chains:

  • Choice Privileges
  • Hyatt Gold Passport
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Marriott Rewards
  • Starwood Preferred Guest
  • Other

And stayed with that chain at list one night in the past year, Hilton will match the elite status.

“Acceptable forms of status validation include a screenshot of your current account status or your membership card. Acceptable forms of stay validation include a screenshot of your previous reservations or hotel receipt, redacting any personal information other than your name and membership number. We accept .jpg files only. Please do NOT send us any personal information (including your phone number, address, social security number, date of birth, user name, passwords, or credit card information).”


  • You must be a Hilton HHonors member to participate. Join HHonors for free and complete the form.