AmericInn has launched Easy Rewards, a new and improved loyalty program for its 200+ hotels in 22 U.S. states. The Easy Rewards catchphrase is “Earn cash for your stays.”
Simply earn 1 Easy Rewards point for every hotel night and after ten room nights your 10 Easy Rewards points can be redeemed for your choice of a $40 check back from AmericInn or a $50 AmericInn hotel credit voucher.
The program is a basic rebate so no leverage opportunities here that I see with the loyalty program. Basically you earn a $4 cash rebate or $5 future hotel credit for every hotel night.
AmericInn properties are primarily in the center of the U.S. Here is a map of AmericInn locations.
Why $40 cash may be a better value than $50 AmericInn voucher
Taking a look at the Easy Rewards program fine print reveals some interesting details.
The $50 AmericInn hotel voucher is not permitted for AAA, AARP, corporate or government room rates. The $40 check could be a better deal since you may have to pay more than $10 over the lowest available rate to use your $50 hotel credit.
I searched 6 hotel rates and the AAA rate was $7 to $11 less for each hotel. Three of the hotels were $10 and more over the AAA rate. On top of the rate difference is the additional hotel tax paid which is generally at least 10%.
The $40 cash redemption looks like the better value to me. The AmericInn $50 room voucher has an expiration date of one year. You can use multiple vouchers for hotel payment, but you get no credit back if you have an $80 hotel stay and use $100 in vouchers.
Points expire after two years of no hotel program activity.
On the plus side, you can earn up to 3 points per hotel night when booking 3 rooms in your name.