Airlines are on a quest to help their customers plan every part of their travel experiences. There has been a big push in recent years among airlines to help customers enjoy integrated travel experiences by partnering with hotel chains. Most reward programs are pretty fluid with how and when members can accumulate and apply earned miles. This means that members can usually mix and match when it comes to applying their earned points from hotels and flights toward booking hotels and flights.
Partnerships between airlines and hotel chains have historically been extremely beneficial for people who travel often. In addition to valuable reward points, customers get to enjoy familiarity, predictability and the backing of a major airline when booking hotel accommodations around the world. Here, we at GET.com explain 5 of such airline-hotel points sharing partnerships so that you'll have a better idea how you can utilize these to your benefit.
1. United Airlines
United has partnered with Marriott to help travelers enjoy comfortable accommodations every time they land at a destination. Travelers will have to belong to both the Marriott Rewards program and the United MileagePlus program in order to qualify. The big perk of signing up is that users get a discount of 20 percent every time they convert hotel points to MileagePlus miles. In addition, miles automatically increase by an extra 10 percent when customers redeem points for exclusive RewardPlus travel packages.
2. Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic breaks down hotel partners into two categories. Customers can either choose to stay at an earning partner or a spending partner. This means that booking a stay at a hotel that's an earning partner will help travelers accumulate redeemable air miles. Staying at a spending partner means a traveler can pay for their stay using reward miles they've already earned.
Virgin Atlantic's extensive list of earning partners includes hotel chains like Best Western, Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Radisson, the May Fair, Millennium, Starwood and Marriott. The airline's list of spending partners is far more concise. Customers can redeem points for stays at hotels by Gitcombe, Hilton, InterContinental and Kaligo.
3. American Airlines
American Airlines actually enjoys partnerships with several hotel chains. AAdvantage® members can choose to enjoy rooms from hotel chains like Hilton, Sherwood, Marriott, InterContinental, Choice and Wyndham. In addition, there are over a dozen budget-friendly chains that participants in the program can choose from. Members can convert hotel points into miles when they stay at any participating hotels. In case this comes in handy for you, here are 5 benefits of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program you might want to check out.
4. Delta Airlines
Delta boasts that it makes it easy for members to earn points while they sleep. The airline's SkyMiles program has partnered with more than a dozen hotel chains to bring customers more choices pertaining to where they can stay. Delta is constantly rolling out limited-time offers that allow members to use special codes to earn double or triple the miles when staying at preferred hotel chains like Sherwood, Hilton or Radisson.
In other news, Delta has added new routes from New York and Boston to Europe. Cheers to more flight options for those looking to visit Europe!
5. Southwest Airlines
The Rapid Rewards program lets you earn and redeem miles when you stay at hotels that are partners of Southwest Airlines. The program is designed to make it effortless for you to earn rewards while on the ground if you stay at hotels from Best Western, Carlson Rezidor, Choice, Hyatt, La Quinta, Marriott and Starwood.