Mar242010

Easy Rewards by AmericInn Gives Guests Cash Back

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.

Links: AmericInn home page and Easy Rewards loyalty program

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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