If you have an upcoming hotel stay, today just might be the day to book it. PointsHound, a website that offers frequent flyer miles for any hotel stays booked through them, is giving away a free United Club Lounge pass when you book a stay for 2 or more nights. The pass will be mailed to you roughly 30 days after completing your stay and will expire on December 31, 2013. Although you must book today (January 8), you can complete your stay at any point, though ideally by November in order to actually use your pass before it expires.
As a reminder, PointsHound stays typically earn 3-4 miles per dollar spent with your choice of Delta, United, Hawaiian, or AeroMexico frequent flyer programs. The downside is that these rates usually aren’t also eligible for hotel points, elite benefits and/or stay credit. You’ll have to weigh the value of these frequent flyer miles against the value of those hotel points (factoring in any promotions you may qualify for). My previous analysis of PointsHound was that the hotel points are generally a better deal, though a club pass will change the value equation given its $50 price tag. This becomes a very nice bonus if you were planning on staying with an independent hotel that doesn’t normally earn points or miles anyway – and in fact, those stays are when PointsHound is most valuable anyway.
While many PointsHound rates are refundable and cancellable, you will forfeit the pass by canceling the stay. Regardless, there’s not much to lose with a “just in case” booking, so you might want to book any potential stays, especially if you look for non-chain hotels like I do.
If you’re new to PointsHound, you can earn 100 miles with your choice of participating airlines simply through joining through someone’s referral link. If you then refer someone else, you’ll earn 500 miles when they book and complete their first stay. I encourage you to share your referral in the comments section below and/or use someone else’s referral link – let’s all share a few miles in this community!
This deal is “while supplies last”, with no mention of the supplied quantity, so I’d get on the deal quickly if you’re interested.