How to reap the travel rewards

This weekend the hubby and the Prospect head off to Cincinnati, OH for the Cincinnati Flames wood bat tournament and I’m taking the softball player to beautiful Traverse City, MI for the Traverse City Waves Northern Classic.  We left the college kid at home to play ball, work and feed our ferocious guard dog so don’t even think about breaking in and stealing anything. Beside, we don’t have any valuables; our kids play travel sports. The softball bat is probably the most expensive item we own.

ferocious guard dog

He's got huge sharp, er, he can leap about!

That means five nights of hotels. In July, we’re looking at 15 or more nights of paying to sleep somewhere. (See previous mention about lack of valuables.) Many times, we’re forced to use tournament partner hotels at partner prices so you can’t even shop around and save money. But you can squeeze a few lemons here and end up with some lemonade by signing up for reward accounts at hotel chains.

Eventually, all these nights on the road with baseball equipment scattered around the room will add up to a free stay somewhere. Or a room upgrade, early check in, late check out or other perks. It’s free to sign up and, in many cases, you can bundle it with airline or rental car points. So, if you haven’t used up all your vacation time traveling to tournaments, you’ve got the opportunity for nice freebie getaway.

To make the task of signing up easier, I listed the major hotel chains, which affiliates are included in their reward programs and links to their  pages. Just sign up for all of ’em, you never know where you’ll end up.

Marriott Rewards

  • Marriott Hotels
  • Renaissance Hotels
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • Courtyard
  • Residence Inn
  • TownePlace Suites
  • Fairfield Inn
  • SpringHill Suites

Wyndham Rewards

  • Wyndham Hotels
  • Days Inn
  • Ramada
  • Baymont
  • Microtel
  • Howard Johnson
  • Super 8

Holiday Inn Rewards

  • Crowne Plaza
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Staybridge
  • Candlewood
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express

Hilton Honors

  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Conrad
  • Hilton
  • Doubletree
  • Embassy Suites
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Homewood Suites
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton
  • Hilton Grand Vacations

Hyatt Gold Passport

  • Hyatt
  • Park Hyatt
  • Andaz
  • Grand Hyatt Hotels
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Hyatt Place
  • Hyatt Summerfield Suites

Drury Inn


Best Western

And no, I wasn’t kidding about the ferocious guard dog. He cut his teeth on hockey pucks and plays a mean defense.
Happy travels and stay safe!

3 Comments on “How to reap the travel rewards”

  1. Hi Trophy mom! My name is Janis Meredith and I write jbmthinks, a sportsparenting blog. I saw you have been featured on REAL SPORTS MOMS with me and I just wanted to touch base. I would like to follow you on twitter and facebook….what are your names on those?

  2. Diana Hampo says:

    Thanks for the hotel help. we are doing a 4 day TKD tournament in Dallas in three weeks. love the blog, Diana

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