Apr022012

La Quinta Returns Gold Elite after two nights in 60 days

La Quinta Returns Gold elite status after only 2 nights in 60 days is an opportunity to earn 20% bonus points and upgrades on future stays. The enrollment page for this offer states new members can sign up for La Quinta Returns offer through December 31, 2012, but history shows elite fast-track offers can disappear before the stated end of the promotion period.

La Quinta Returns Gold elite after two nights special offer enrollment page.

La Quinta Gold normally requires 10 nights in a calendar year and comes with the benefit of two free room upgrade certificates per year. I don’t know if those are one certificate valid for a one night upgrade or a multiple nights stay upgrade? I would appreciate a description of the upgrade certificate terms if any reader knows.

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You also get free FAX up to 15 pages per FAX as a Gold elite member if you long to fax someone while staying at a La Quinta hotel.

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There are 800 or so La Quinta Inns and Suites around the USA and the brand is starting to grow in the Americas. There were some towns in the remote western US on my road trips last year where the hotel brands are Wyndham, Choice, Best Western and La Quinta, unless you want to drive another 50 to 100 miles. We have a La Quinta Inn in Monterey by the Holiday Inn Express and Embassy Suites.

This offer looks like an easy elite fast-track, if La Quinta is a two night option for your hotel stay.

Related post: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about using La Quinta Returns points for cheap partner hotel rewards at expensive Hilton luxury brand Waldorf Astoria stays.

Cheap Value Waldorf Astoria Stays with La Quinta Returns (March 19, 2012)

Looking at the title now I think it should real “High Value Waldorf Astoria with La Quinta Returns”.

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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  1. Ric:
    The upgrade certificates are each good for one stay and not dependent on the duration. Thus, if your staying for several consecutive days, only one certificate is required. Usually the price for a King Leisure room is $10 extra per night, so the savings for a multi night stay make it worthwhile.
    Another nice benefit of the upgrade certicates is that they never expire. I haven’t been an Elite La Quinta Returns member for several years, but saved the Upgrade certificates and used one a few months ago.
    Although LaQuinta may not always be my favorite hotel chain in the budget price range (their quality does vary by property), I am a big fan of their Returns Program.

  2. @Steve T – thanks for giving your experience with the La Quinta Returns Upgrade certificates.

    The upgrade valid for length of stay is a nice feature similar to the way Hyatt Gold Passport upgrade certificates work (7-night limit with HGP and expire end of Feb year after earned).

  3. I’m not too familiar with hotel rewards programs but I was wondering if the following is possible:

    I stay two nights at the La Quinta, get upgraded to Gold Status, and then ask another hotel program to match my Gold status. Thoughts?

  4. @Julie – Status matches work with programs like Best Western Rewards and Club Carlson. SPG and Hyatt favor challenges these days. Getting status matched with Choice Hotels might work too.

    There have been periodic promotions this past year for free Le Club Accor Platinum which is a higher tier status. That offer does not appear to running at this time.

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