If you’re one of those people who sincerely enjoys traveling for business (or you have a nearly bottomless bank account), then you don’t need to worry about getting the most mileage from your buck. If you’re one of the rest of us, though, seized of uncontrollable wanderlust but still working for every dollar you make, then you’re going to need a good travel rewards programs. You might be aware of the big boys’ loyalty schemes, but there are a host of smaller or lesser known travel rewards programs that just might help you get where you’re going a little cheaper and a little more comfortably.
The Preferred Hotels loyalty program, iPrefer, is perfect for the international traveler. Not only is iPrefer free to join, it’s good at more than 600 indpendent hotels in 85 countries around the world – not the big chains. A great points system (and the option to use your rewards on a number of hotel services beyond just free rooms) make this one of the best programs if you like getting room upgrades, priority check-ins, late check-outs and the like and some top-notch properties.