Get the most out of loyalty programmes with these simple tips.
By David Grady
In a bit of a hurry? Here’s a handy infographic for a summary on loyalty program success.
Wouldn’t it be easier if you could declare loyalty to just one airline, just one hotel brand, and just one car rental company, and use each exclusively when traveling for business? Imagine the critical mass of loyalty points you’d earn as you travel the world on behalf of your organization while climbing the corporate ladder. After a while, with all those points, all your personal “bucket-list” destinations would be within easy reach.
Sadly for you, though, (and me) most companies have travel polices that demand you use their reservation systems to book the cheapest available room, reserve the smallest car, and choose the least expensive flight with multiple layovers – which means that all of those points you earn are probably going to be spread across multiple travel and hospitality companies.
Yes, your employer appreciates your willingness to travel for them, but they need to control costs — so you need a strategy to maximize the benefits of the many points programs you sign up for along the way.
It takes some effort – but not too much effort
Here are some of my tips for earning, and reaping, rewards without getting overwhelmed:
So invest a little time and energy into your loyalty programmes, and thank yourself with the benefits and rewards.