We were given SPG points for a Planet Hollywood in Vegas stay booked through Hotwire. And our Facebook friend said that Hilton did credit him once, although they admitted they do not normally do this. (La Quinta and Crowne Plaza, however, did not.)
We also were told that we would receive a 1,000 Virgin America points for our recent Morgans Hotel stay which was booked through Quikbook's new Secret Sale. (They haven't showed up yet but we're holding out hope.) You can read even more instances of earning points through third-party booking sites on FlyerTalk here and here.
Now that we've started to take a very keen interest in loyalty programs again (see our interview with The Points Guy), not being able to earn points for our blind-booking stays might cramp our deal style. While we figure out what we're gonna do, we'd thought we ask you to share your experiences with third-party booking sites and loyalty points.
Have you earned loyalty program points when using a third-party booking site or a blind booking site? Let us know which hotel and where in comments below!
Just for good measure, we hit up the Terms and Conditions for the four hotel loyalty programs below to see what they had to say about earning points on third-party booking sites. This is what we found:
“Eligible Charges” are charges incurred by you on your room account for Eligible Rates, food and beverage (excluding alcoholic beverage purchases where prohibited by law), direct dialed telephone and direct-dialed in-room fax, laundry/valet, and in-room movies and video games only. Eligible Charges do not include:
(a) room charges that are not included in the definition of Eligible Rates (NOTE: certain pre-paid rooms where the booking is made through a third party are not Eligible Rates);
Stays booked via "opaque" channels where the brand is unknown at the time of purchase are not Eligible Stays for the purpose of earning points, miles or stay credit toward VIP tier status, or the receipt of VIP tier benefits such as upgraded accommodations / amenities or access to health clubs.
Prepaid wholesale rates booked through 3rd party online retailers are not eligible for points, miles or Elite night credit, including, but not limited to, Priceline.com, Hotwire.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, Travelocity.com, Hotels.com, etc. Wholesale packages and series tours are not eligible for points.
Points are not issued for stays at the following reduced room rates (“Non-Qualifying Room Rates”; “Non-Qualifying Stay”)...most rates booked through most third party web sites....