|Note the wide beak on this beautiful duck.|
There’s no magic, coupons, or complicated processes required to acquire free hotel nights when traveling. It’s a matter of a few steps to get the process rolling.
We have a link on this website to the right of what you’re reading now for Hotels.com. You may wonder why we suggest you use the link on our site. Simple answer. We receive a small commission (very small) for every one of our readers who uses the links on our site.
|There were several bodies of water along the edges of the rainforest.|
These small commissions help pay a tiny portion of the cost for maintaining our site on a year by year basis. Using our links does not result in your paying higher prices for products or services than you’d pay to go directly to the web addresses for these various companies. It just helps us in a small way.
For those of you who use our links, we really appreciate you clicking on our site as opposed to clicking somewhere else. That’s all it takes. We thank our readers for participating in our links. Also, we have multiple travel-related links on our site. For today’s purposes, we’re describing one of those which we used yesterday to book a hotel.
|The most exciting aspect of our rainforest hike was spotting pelicans.|
Today, we’re going to take you through the necessary steps to acquire free nights in hotels that may work for those who travel only a few times each year:
1. Click on the hotels.com link on the right side of this page.
2. Sign up for an account, saving your user name and password, keep in a safe place.
3. Feel free to add a credit card to be saved for future use. This is a secure site and sure, things can happen, but we’ve felt comfortable doing so.
If you prefer not to leave a credit card on file on the site, you can add it each time you book a reservation and you’ll still receive full credit. Suggestion for those worried about security: Talk to your credit card company asking their policy if your card number is stolen. They will explain that you are not responsible for any charges you did not make.
|A number of ducks hanging out in the freshwater lake at the edge of the rainforest.|
Our credit card numbers have been stolen twice in the past three years and have been easily resolved by the credit card company canceling the old card and immediately shipping us a new card, usually overnight. We were not responsible for any of the unauthorized charges.
We check all of our credit cards online by setting up a “favorite” with the link. Every few days we check to be assured that no charges are posted that we didn’t make. It takes less than one minute.
|Most likely, this was the mate of the pelican photos we posted today and yesterday, found in the wild.|
It’s easy to set up a request with each of your credit and debit card companies to send you an email each time a charge is made if you prefer not to check it online. We live in a world that is high risk of identity theft. Taking the initiative to ensure your safety and security is entirely up to you.
4. Once your account is set up, you can proceed to check for hotels entering your preferred dates and location. If you choose to check at a later date, click on the link on our site to enter to check hotel prices at any time. Once you stay 10 nights at a hotel you’ve booked through the site, you get a free night. Easy. You can easily access your Rewards status at any time by logging in and selecting the link on the site under “Your Account.”
When booking your free night, make sure, once you’ve selected the hotel and date for the free night, that you check the box that asks if you want to use the Rewards you’ve accumulated. Otherwise, your credit card will be billed.
|Another unusual palm trunk.|
Yesterday, we booked a hotel in Sydney on January 4, 2016, when we’ll have flown in from Fiji, spending one night in Sydney until January 5th when we leave on a cruise from Sydney Harbor.
The hotel is near the port, not quite walking distance but no more than a two-minute drive. Most likely the hotel will have a shuttle to the pier. If not, minimal taxi fare will get us there. Our bags are too heavy to haul the several blocks.
Hotels in Sydney are expensive. Using our Rewards credit toward a free night, which varies depending on how much you’ve paid for past reservations, required we pay a small amount as shown below in our receipt:
Hotels.com Confirmation Number : 123456789 (number changed for security)
Booked: Online – Friday, August 14, 2015 3:50:26 PM GMT+10:00
55 George Street
|The sun peeking through the rainforests at certain times of the day plays an integral role in the growth and development of the forests.|
|The grounds of the swampy area were covered with fallen leaves and branches, suitable habitat for many small creatures.|
|A considerable part of rainforests consists of swampy areas.|
|The trunk of a species of a palm tree in the rainforest.|
|Pelicans are beautiful up close. Little do we realize their exquisite markings when seeing them at a beach.|
Of course, there are many amenities we prefer such as complimentary coffee and tea service in the room, and an on-site restaurant when we’ll be dining. On a single night, hotel stay, a restaurant is less important to us when its nothing to us to miss a meal.
|An ibis pecking on the grounds near the rainforest.|
Photo from one year ago today, August 15, 2014:
|We both smiled when we downloaded this photo. It’s so Paris! Two weeks was a long time to spend in Paris and we were ready to head to London the next day, traveling on the Eurostar (the Chunnel train), excited for the first time experience of traveling under the English Channel on a train. For more photos, please click here.|