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Over the weekend I learned from that PointsHound (a hotel booking site that allows you to earn bonus airline miles for your bookings) that they have added Club Carlson and Wyndham Rewards to their “Double-Up” program. In case you aren’t familiar, their “Double-Up” program allows you to earn bonus airline miles with programs such as US Airways, American Airlines, Delta SkyMiles, Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin America, and others for your hotel bookings while still earning hotel points and stay credit toward hotel elite status/hotel bonus promotions. Along with Club Carlson and Wyndham Rewards, you can also book Double-Up rates with Hyatt, Starwood Preferred Guest, Hilton, IHG Rewards, and Marriott.
They have also changed up somewhat how their Double-Up reservations are handled to ensure that accurate frequent guest program account information is included on eligible reservations, so points credit and status benefits are properly applied. The way this will work is that all PointsHound users who book Double-Up eligible rates will receive an email prior to check-in asking to confirm frequent guest program info and room preferences. Confirming info will allow them to (hopefully) ensure proper credit is quickly applied to eligible stays.
My Own Experience With Double-Up Reservation:
A month or so ago I had my first PointsHound Double-Up reservation at a Hyatt since I needed/wanted the Hyatt stay credit and points, but I also wanted the bonus miles for booking via PointsHound. The stay went fine and the hotel had all of my info, but the stay did not post to my Hyatt account as it should. However, there is no way for me to know for sure there the breakdown was, as I also had problems with another Hyatt stay posting a couple weeks after that one that wasn’t booked via PointsHound. Regardless of where the problem was, PointsHound was very proactive when I alerted them to the problem, and the stay ultimately was properly posted to my Hyatt account and earned airline miles via PointsHound, and Hyatt points/stay credit via Hyatt.
Things to Be Aware of:
The Double-Up rates can be more expensive than the regular PointsHound rates (the regular rates have a Low Price Guarantee) and almost always will earn fewer airline miles than the standard rates. Also, be sure to price compare with booking directly with the hotel site, going through a site like ebates.com or topcashback.com, and with competitor Rocketmiles who offer usually more miles, but at far fewer properties and sometimes at higher prices (and without the Double-Up option).
1,000 Bonus Miles on First Reservation:
Through the end of the year, PointsHound has increased the number of miles you can earn for your first stay to 1,000 bonus miles using my referral link. This makes it potentially worth it to give it a shot and see how it goes for you! The standard referral rate is usually 250 or 500 miles.
I have used PointsHound and found them to be a good hotel booking source to consider in order to get the maximum return for your hotel bookings. Have you used them yet? If so, what did you think?