When hoteliers first rolled out loyalty perks programs, a few free nights at a midrange chain was considered a score. But these days upscale brands like Ritz-Carlton are jumping on the bonus band-wagon and guests are reaping skys-the-limit rewards. Fighter pilot lessons, anyone?
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How it Works: Three levels of rewards, depending on how many stays per year at any of GHAs nearly 300 hotels: 1 night = Gold. 10-29 nights = Platinum. 30+ nights = Black.
What You Get: Gold-level members can embark on a sunset game drive and a massage in the wild at the Kempinski Mokuti Lodge in Namibia. Black status members can go hot air ballooning while at the Omni Tucson National Resort. ghadiscovery.comHILTON HHONORS
How it Works: Book a night at one of Hiltons 3,700 pads say the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and you receive up to 2,590 points with your plush digs.
What You Get: Guests who amass 110,000 points can learn to drive a Formula 1 racecar in the south of France. Big spenders (712,500 points) can sign up for a high-altitude session with a fighter pilot and don a flight suit in select cities nationwide. hiltonhhonors.com
How it Works: For each night that guests slumber at one of Ritz-Carltons 75 retreats, they accrue an average of 3,000 to 4,000 points (guests get 10 points per dollar spent).
What You Get: Squirrel away 145,000 points and you actually earn $1,000 to spend on an exclusive Ritz-Carlton Rewards member trip with tour operator Abercrombie & Kent like a two-week cruise on the Yangtze River in China. ritzcarltonrewards.com
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