is an independent website that is supported by advertising. may be compensated by credit card issuers whose offers appear on the site. Because we are paid by our advertising partners it may impact placement of products on the site, including the order in which they appear. Not all available credit card issuers or card offers are included on the site.

Earn Bonus Miles on Hotels and Car Rentals

icon-comments Comments
Book a hotel and get bonus miles

There are dozens of ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Setting out on an actual trip is the most conventional way to earn miles and points. You earn frequent flyer miles for taking a flight, but you can also actually earn bonus miles for car rentals and hotel stays as well.

For example, the Hilton HHonors program offers its My Way Earning Style Option where you can select your preference to earn HHonors base points during you stay plus additional HHonors base points or airline/rail miles. You can decide to earn Points & Variable Miles (10 HHonors base points plus 1 mile per dollar spent on your room) or Points & Fixed Miles (10 HHonors base points per dollar spent on your room plus 500 airline/rail miles per stay). (Some brands in the chain like Home2 Suites, Hampton Inn, and Homewood Suites offer fewer points/miles.)

hotel suite
For shorter or cheaper stays, you’re better off with Points & Fixed Miles. Say you stay three nights at Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista near Walt Disney World. The nightly rate is $84 so you’ll spend $252 plus tax and fees on the stay. With Points & Variable Miles you’d net 2,520 HHonors points plus 252 airline miles. If you opt for Points & Fixed Miles, you’d get 2,520 HHonors points and 500 airline miles.

car rental
Airlines also often offer bonus miles if you do business with their partner hotels and rental car agencies. Car rental bonuses will usually net 50 miles per day though there are sometimes special promotions that offer 1,000 or more. Check the airlines website for information.

Alaska Airlines: hotel bonuses car rental bonuses

American Airlines: hotel bonuses car rental bonuses

Delta: hotel bonuses car rental bonuses

United Airlines: hotel bonuses car rental bonuses

US Airways: hotel bonuses car rental bonuses

Editorial Disclosure: Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.

UGC Disclosure: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.