Is there a difference between Hotels and Motels?

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Is there a difference between Hotels and Motels?

Postby s.jessica » Mon May 13, 2013 5:02 pm

For rewards, is there a difference in the way Hotels and Motels are coded? For example, if my card gives 3 points per dollar spent on Hotel visits and I stay at Motel 6, I get nothing, correct?


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Postby Z06Biker » Mon May 13, 2013 5:08 pm

That'd be my guess, though you should probably confirm by calling the number on the back of your card.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon May 13, 2013 6:12 pm

I think IF the motel is not listed as part of their participating chains then you get nothing on top of the MR points you get per dollar spend ofcourse.

You will always with Amex get MR points for every dollar spent regardless of the type of hotel you stay in. If the hotel is part of their program (Fine Hotels and Resorts), then you get added benefits and or points.
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Postby rockyrock » Tue May 14, 2013 7:06 am

Z06Biker wrote:That'd be my guess, though you should probably confirm by calling the number on the back of your card.

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I'm curious as well. My guess would be they are the same otherwise where is the line...Inns, B&B, Lodges, Resorts, etc.
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Postby namvet » Tue May 14, 2013 1:03 pm

IME I get points on motels just like hotels.

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Postby hematino » Tue May 14, 2013 10:30 pm

namvet wrote:IME I get points on motels just like hotels.


Same here, have done it quite a few times with my Cash+ and my Sapphire Preferred MC, and in both scenarios motels counted for the bonus.
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Postby namvet » Wed May 15, 2013 7:43 pm

Anybody know where the term "motel" came from?

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Postby rockyrock » Thu May 16, 2013 2:43 am

namvet wrote:Anybody know where the term "motel" came from?


When I was a kid my buddy had this "Odd Facts" book and it said some kid came up with it when there wasn't enough room on the sign to paint the words: Motor Hotel. Funny the stuff you remember.

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Postby benhollberg » Thu May 16, 2013 10:20 am

namvet wrote:Anybody know where the term "motel" came from?


From Wikipedia:

A motor hotel, or motel for short (also known as motor inn, motor court, motor lodge, tourist lodge, cottage court, auto camps, tourist home, tourist cabins, auto cabins, cabin camps, cabin court, or auto court), is a hotel designed for motorists, and usually has a parking area for motor vehicles.
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Postby namvet » Thu May 16, 2013 12:54 pm

Yep....motel has ben defined.



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