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Hotel points on air travel?

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:28 pm

I know hotels often have programs where you can earn frequent flyer miles on hotel stays instead of hotel points. Does this ever work the other way around? That is, could I earn IHG points when I book airfare directly with the airline?

I expect the conversion rate(s) would be awful, but the thing is I know I can actually end up using IHG points. They won't expire worthless, like so many miles do. Even converting one carrier's miles to another might not do much for me if I want to book a flight on a different alliance. I'd rather not earn regular miles on paid flights, but instead direct that all to IHG and apply MRs and URs when and where I need them for flights.

Any advice?
Very useful: SchwabPlat, CSP, IHG, Costco (was AA Plat), Freedom, SPG
Somewhat useful: Discover, ED (was EDP), BCE, Hyatt
Plan to PC: Prestige to DC
SD with activity alerts, might close: Arrival and Brooks Bros

Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech, BofA Travel PH


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