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13 Best Hotel Rewards Programs for Families

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Earn free nights, enjoy complimentary snacks and don’t pay a dime for Wi-Fi on your next family vacation. Membership to one of these hotel rewards programs (all of which are free!) can really pay off, and starts with your first night’s stay. Enroll now and reap all of the special benefits.
Family checking into hotel.Kimpton Karma Rewards
With fun, colorful decor at every property, plus kids’ welcome amenities and complimentary evening wine receptions, we are already big fans of Kimpton Hotels. Sign up for Kimpton Karma Rewards, and your family will be fans, too. The basic benefits of the program include free Wi-Fi, one $10 mini-bar credit per stay, custom stay preferences and exclusive offers, such as discounts at hotel restaurants.

Plus, the more you stay, the more you get — free room upgrades, late check-out, spa credits, newspaper delivery and more are offered to guests who stay longer and more frequently via Tier 2, Tier 3 or Inner Circle status. No matter what level you’re at, you’ll always rack up points for free future nights at a Kimpton Hotel, too.

Marriott Rewards
Sign up for the Marriott Rewards program and receive exclusive benefits before, during and after your stay at a Marriott property. The free membership program includes earning and redeeming points for free nights or miles for free flights, plus no black-out dates and priority check-in. Additionally, families receive free Wi-Fi and hotel discounts during their stay. When you stay more than 10, 50 or 75 nights at a Marriott property, you’ll receive even more benefits via Silver, Gold or Platinum status, like late check-out privileges, gift shop discounts, free room upgrades, 48-hour guaranteed availability and more.

Marriott Rewards are valid at qualifying properties, including Courtyard, Renaissance, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, JW Marriott, Marriott Vacation Club and Autograph Collection Hotels.

Wyndham Rewards
Earn points with every dollar you spend and every night you stay via the free Wyndham Rewards loyalty program. Families will receive a minimum of 1,000 points with every qualified stay at a Wyndham Hotel. When you have 3,000 points, redeem them for a credit toward your next stay at a Wyndham hotel. And when you get up to 15,000 points, you’ll receive a free night. You can even use your points like cash toward magazine subscriptions, gift cards and more.

Wyndham Rewards are valid at qualifying properties, including Wyndham Garden Hotels, Wingate by Wyndham, Ramada Hotels, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Microtel, Hawthorn, Travelodge and Baymont Inn & Suites.

IHG Rewards Club
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) encompasses family-friendly brands such as Holiday Inn (including Express, Club Vacations and Resorts), Crowne Plaza, InterContinental and StayBridge Suites, and the free IHG Rewards Club is valid at them all. Members receive free Wi-Fi, free newspapers and extended check-out, plus they can collect points or miles for free nights or free flights for their next vacation. Stay longer and receive free room upgrades, guaranteed room availability, member-only hotel perks and more via Gold Elite or Platinum Elite status. For a $200 fee, families can upgrade to Ambassador status, which guarantees in-room snacks and drinks upon arrival, extended check-out, free pay-per-view movies and more points toward free nights.

Hilton HHonors
Enrollment in the free Hilton HHonors rewards program automatically comes with late and express check-out privileges, quick reservations and a speedy check-in, plus when applicable, your second guest will stay for free in the same room. After just four stays or 10 nights at a Hilton Hotel or Resort, your family will move up to Silver status, which includes complimentary fitness center access, free in-room bottled water, and every fifth night free. Gold and Diamond members get even more after 40 and 60 nights, such as free Wi-Fi and more points toward free nights and miles.

Hilton HHonors is valid at qualifying properties, including Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Hotels, Canopy by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Starwood Preferred Guest
Sign up for the free Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program and earn points per every dollar spent, free night and flight awards and complimentary Wi-Fi when you book your stay through the SPG website or mobile app. Plus, the more you stay, the more you earn. After 10 stays or 25 nights at a Starwood Hotel, receive Gold status and get a welcome gift and an enhanced room (based on availability) at check-in and late check-out privileges. Stay 25 times or 50 nights, and move up to Platinum status, which includes all of these benefits, plus a room upgrade upon check-in, free in-room Wi-Fi and complimentary Sheraton Club and Executive Level access, with free breakfast, drinks, snacks and more at participating hotels.

Starwood Preferred Guests can receive these benefits at qualifying properties, including Sheraton, St. Regis, Westin and W Hotels.

Families staying at a BEST WESTERN Hotel already receive a complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi, but with a BEST WESTERN Rewards membership, stays get even sweeter. Enroll in the free program and receive 10 points for every dollar spent — good toward free nights or airline miles — exclusive offers and no black-out dates. Points can even be used like cash for retail gift cards, dining credits, travel, gas and car amenities and more.

After just 10 nights at a BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS or a BEST WESTERN PREMIER property, you’ll move up to Gold Elite status. After 15 nights, move up to Platinum Elite status. And after 30 nights, move up to Diamond Elite Status. As you move up in the program, you’ll earn more and more points. Additionally, you can customize your rewards program in conjunction with your other memberships with AAA, AARP, CAA and Harley-Davidson.

Hyatt Gold Passport
Start earning five points per every dollar spent at a Hyatt hotel or resort with the free Hyatt Gold Passport membership. Redeem your points for free nights with no black-out dates, travel miles, meals, spa services and more. Families can obtain Platinum Member status after five stays or 15 nights, which then includes free Wi-Fi and guaranteed 72-hour room availability, and Gold Member status after 25 stays or 50 nights, which then includes four suite upgrades each year.

The Hyatt Gold Passport program is available at qualifying properties, including Andaz, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Hyatt house, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Residence Club.

Hard Rock Rewards
You’ll feel like a rock star with the free Hard Rock Rewards program at Hard Rock Hotels, Cafes and Casinos. Members enjoy earning points for every dollar spent toward free nights, special experiences, members-only offers, welcome amenities, dedicated check-in, late check-out, priority seating at cafes after every third visit and $15 rewards coupons for every 5,000 points earned. For a fee of $25, families can upgrade to VIP status and receive a welcome package with a Hard Rock Collectible, invitation to Collectors Club events, unlimited first available priority seating at Hard Rock Cafes, property specific VIP amenities, room upgrades upon availability, and special invitations for the casino Players Club.

Loews YouFirst Rewards
Sign up for the free Loews Hotels and Resorts YouFirst Rewards program and enjoy special partner offers from the get-go. After two stays, earn Blue status and enjoy free Wi-Fi, free fitness center access, free room upgrades upon availability and late check-out privileges. After five stays, receive Gold status and enjoy guaranteed availability, custom-created destination packages and special welcome experiences. After 10 stays, you’ll reach Platinum status, which features a $100 credit for the spa or onsite restaurants during your stay.

Omni Select Guest
Upon sign-up, Omni Select Guest members receive complimentary Wi-Fi, exclusive offers and points toward free nights at Omni Hotels and Resorts. Stay two or more nights and receive complimentary shoeshine and pressings for two clothing items; free bottled water; free morning beverage service; healthy options, including Get Fit Kits, healthy meal options and better sleep options; and evening housekeeping upon request. After 10 nights, move up to Platinum level and enjoy guaranteed availability at least 24 hours before arrival, late check-out privileges, free newspapers, customized room preferences and more. Stay 30 or more nights and enjoy Black level membership, with a double room upgrade upon availability, early check-in any time after 9 a.m., free beverages on the night of arrival and a local market amenity to enjoy your first night.

Club Carlson
The Club Carlson rewards program is free for all families to join and upon signing up, members reach Red status. Earn 20 points per dollar spent, 5 percent off food and drinks and free Wi-Fi. After 10 stays or 15 nights, members move up to Silver status, which includes free room upgrades upon availability, 10 percent off food and drinks and early check-in and late check-out privileges. Members reach Gold status after 20 stays or 35 nights and get an in-room welcome gift, 15 percent off food and drinks and guaranteed room availability 72 hours in advance. The highest level in the program is concierge status, which includes 20 percent off food and drinks and a free continental breakfast at the hotel’s onsite restaurant.

The Club Carlson rewards program is valid at qualifying properties, including Radisson Hotels, Park Plaza, Park Inn and Country Inn and Suites.

Sonesta Travel Pass
Stay at a Sonesta Hotel or Resort and start earning points toward free nights after your first stay when you sign up for the free Sonesta Travel Pass program. Plus, enjoy free Wi-Fi, customized room preferences, express check-in and check-out, exclusive members-only offers and a $5 EShoppe Reward to use during your stay. After six nights, members reach Preferred status, which also includes a $10 Eshoppe Reward, 10 percent off at onsite restaurants and resort amenities, guaranteed room type, free room upgrades upon availability, early check-in and late check-out. Reach Elite status after 12 nights and enjoy a $15 Eshoppe Reward, 15 percent off at onsite restaurants and resort amenities, a choice welcome amenity, a free non-alcoholic beverage, a discounted suite upgrade and complimentary hotel club lounge access or a free continental breakfast daily.

The Sonesta Travel Pass program is valid at Sonesta, Royal Sonesta and Sonesta ES properties.

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