NerdWallet: Don’t be too loyal in the reward points and miles game

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You’re planning your next vacation, surfing the web for the perfect place to stay. Three hotels appeal to you. One is part of a large international chain, and another is part of a large international chain where you’re a loyalty program member. The third is a boutique hotel you’ve never heard of, but it looks alluring and gets rave reviews.

Words start popping into your head: “elite,” “bonus points,” “late checkout,” “lounge access.” Each is pulling you toward choosing the hotel where you’re a member. But if you heed the loyalty program’s siren song too readily, you could end up a loser in the points game.

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