Most of us sign up for the award programs for the hotels and airlines that we use the most, but we do not take the time to sign up for a hotel that we think we’re only going to stay in for a few nights or an airline that’s taking us on an international trip that is a once-in-a-lifetime. It would be great to know that from here on out, you are only flying this airline and staying in these hotels, but it is just not possible.
This is why I suggest signing up for every travel award program you come across, and start accruing points with your first use. Here are three reasons why:
1) You begin accruing points from your first flight, hotel stay or car rental.
2) The opportunity to use the same airline, hotel or car rental company in the future is high, especially with mergers and acquisitions consolidating the number of companies; and
3) Discounts and deals are sent to you via email, which can offer great savings on future travel. (If you’re worried about too many emails, set up a separate email account just for your travel accounts.)
What if you’ve recently traveled and had not signed up for the travel company’s award program? If you have your receipts or boarding pass, you still have a chance! Sign up now and send in a copy of the proof of your travel and request that the points be credited to your new account.
You never know where your travels may take you!