Win a $250 Hotel Credit + Free Club1Hotels 30 Day Trials

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There are an untold number of websites available for making your hotel reservations, and most of them claim to have the best rates. As I’m sure you know, there is no one best site to use for all stays. However, there are some sites that are worth a look when you are shopping around for the cheapest paid hotel rate. Often times I book directly with the hotel chain in order to maximize discounts while still earning hotel points, elite status, etc. That said, if a significantly better rate can be found elsewhere, then I am sometimes willing to give up some of those perks to save some real cash on my paid hotel stays.

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Potentially Save Money on Hotels via Club1Hotels

A site I first shared about last year, Club1Hotels.com, has taken a slightly different approach than some sites when it comes to offering the best hotel rates. They offer you “wholesale hotel rates” that they claim are sometimes cheaper for some 3 – 5 star hotels than the rates available on other major sites such as Expedia and Kayak. Their partners reportedly pre-purchase over $650 million in room nights annually at hotels and then pass the discounted wholesale rates on to members.

To access these discounted rates, you theoretically have to pay for Club1Hotels membership, assuming you don’t get in on a free trial. Regular month to month membership usually costs $29 (though also comes with a $25 booking credit on the first reservation), and annual memberships go up to $695 per year with lots of goodies like 20,000 airline miles and a $100 first booking credit thrown into the deal. However, they are offering all Mommy Points’ readers a 30 day free Club1Hotels trial as well as your chance to win a $250 Club1Hotels credit to use by the end of the year. I would skip to the end of the post if you just want to enter, otherwise keep reading to learn more about Club1Hotels.com.

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Does Club1Hotels Save Money on Hotel Bookings?

The big question of course is whether Club1Hotels.com really offers the lowest prices? The answer is yes…sometimes.

I have done dozens of test searches for upscale family friendly hotels I would actually stay at over the last year or so, and I would say around half the time Club1Hotels.com offered the lowest price I could easily find online. Sometimes their savings was only a few dollars and sometimes it was hundreds of dollars. A very unscientific average savings was in the 10 – 15% range on the searches I ran – and that is against the lowest price I could find with the hotel directly whether it was a Member’s Only or AAA rate. That is not against the pricier “standard” type of rate since most of us don’t book those rates anyway.

I found savings via Club1Hotels at properties such as Hyatt Lost Pines, Hyatt Ziva Cancun (all-inclusive), Andaz Wall Street, Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, Best Western Greater London, Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, and the St. Regis Princeville.

Beach at St. Regis Princeville

Of course factor in that there are a myriad of ways to book luxury properties like the St. Regis Princeville and similar including via the Amex Fine Hotel and Resorts program where you probably won’t find a lower nightly rate, but you will get extras like daily breakfast, late check-out, a potential upgrade, and a $100 property credit. As always, do the math and factor in the trade-offs for booking via the various sources. This sort of math may not be super necessary for a one night $100-ish stay, but if you are talking about multiple nights at a high end property when you aren’t using points, it is obviously worth the time investment to calculate how best to stretch your money.

In some cases the savings you find via Club1Hotels can offset some perks you may be trading away by booking via that site, and of course sometimes it won’t.

Club1Hotel Search Tip

One big tip when searching for hotels within Club1Hotels is that sometimes the website shows the same hotel multiple times under slightly different names and at different prices. I can’t quite explain that phenomenon, but it is still happening, so be sure you choose the best deal for that property.

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Win $250 Club1Hotel Hotel Credit

To encourage you to give them a try, Club1Hotels is giving one Mommy Points’ reader a $250 credit to use towards a hotel booking made via their site by December 31, 2017. To enter to win the $250 credit, you just have to sign-up for their complimentary 30 day membership. If you are already a Club1Hotels member but still want to enter, just sign-up for a 30 day trial with a different email address then you normally use and you will be good to go. You do not have to provide a credit card number for the 30 day trial membership/$250 credit giveaway.

This giveaway is unique to those who sign up via the Mommy Points link above, so your odds shouldn’t be terrible. Entries must be received by August 31, 2017, to get the free 30 day trial and enter to win the $250 Club1Hotels credit.

Must be 18+, void where prohibited, and giveaway/winner selection managed by Club1Hotels.

Good luck if you decide to enter, and if you have used Club1Hotels already I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

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  1. Do you get points and stay credit towards elite status if you book through Club1Hotels? What about elite status benefits?

    Thanks!

    • The answer on the Club1Hotels site is: “Policy and enforcement of policies vary by hotel chain (and often by individual hotels within chains), rates booked through Club 1 Hotels are generally eligible for points and status earning with most major Frequent Guest Programs. If you have any questions, we recommend asking the hotel at check-in how your Club 1 Hotels reservation will be treated by your Frequent Guest Program.” My advice would be don’t count on it. That said, I haven’t seen many real world data points either way.

  2. Im actually in a dilemma with this.. I do have club 1 membership and am looking to book hyatt montego bay this yr.. Booking to their site is $1100 for a 3 day stay with 4 pax, however i do need to earn the rest of my 40k points for my 1st time companion pass this yr.. Hubby will get his after this aug stay in orlando..we want to have both at the same time so our kids are free..other option was to book hyatt with southwest for points and we will get 33k points but pay $2300 for same room as club1.. Thats a substantial difference, then another issue, we have to spend on hubbys SPG biz card with a 5k min.. We only used about $1,500 of it and need to have it done by sept 3… So kind of hard to decide to book with club1 for more than half the price diff but how to earn the rest of my southwest points for cp for the rest of the yr considering we only have till nov before statement closes to include points earning for this yr..any ideas?

  3. Thank you Mommy points for sharing this booking site with your readers! Through Club1Hotels I was able to book a trip to Cancun next April (Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach) and a trip to Costa Rica next June (Westin Playa Cochal) at substantial savings from the reduced prices I already found through other booking sites. I actually called into customer service and they were able to find even better rates than the ones listed on their website. It did take a bit of time to book over the phone, but the savings made up for it. Some tips: the trial membership actually lasts for 1 year and not 30 days and you must be a member in order to actually take the booked vacations. So if you have a 1 year membership your booked trip has to be within that year. I think this is important to mention to your readers. Also their booking confirmation doesn’t list the fine print like cancellation policies so it’s important to ask them to send it to you in writing so there are no issues later on. Hopefully all goes well with my trips next year!

    • Cathy, i didnt know about the part having to be a member to be actually able to take the booked vacation..who said that? Im considering bookings for nxt yr and on the fence about keeping the club 1 trial membership but that could be a concern if my vacay fell out of the one yr and i did not renew..

      • Justin, the customer service representative I spoke with over the phone advised me of this rule. I don’t see it written anywhere that I can find but perhaps it is in the fine print somewhere. I encourage you to email them or call them to inquire yourself! My trips are within the free 1 year membership so I would be covered.

        • He was the one i actually spoke and communicate with when i bought the discounted gift card value. However, he never mentioned anything about being a member to actually stay in the booked hotel. I will send him an email.. Thanks

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