Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Free Hotel Rooms Require More Points

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Free Hotel Rooms Require More Points

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Here's another sign the economy is stronger: Several major hotel chains are significantly raising the number of loyalty reward points needed to book a free room.

It's a simple matter of supply and demand, said Joe Brancatelli, who writes an online column on business travel. An improving economy has spurred more travel, prompting hotels to raise rates.

"Demand is up, so they can charge more," he said of hotels adjusting their reward points programs.

Most of the chains adopting point increases are shifting hotels to a higher tier in their respective programs. Each tier designates the points needed to stay in that hotel. The higher the tier, the more points needed.

For example, Starwood Preferred Guests, the program for the Westin, Sheraton and W hotels, among others, raised the rate by at least 25 percent on nearly 250 hotels.

Wyndham Rewards, which includes Days Inn and Howard Johnson, raised the points requirement by as much as 66 percent on about 1,600 hotels around the world. …

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