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As seen on Barb De Lollis’ Hotel Check-in Blog, a new hotel loyalty rewards program has launched in the U.S. targeting consumers looking to stay at independent non-chain affiliated hotels. The new program, called Stash Rewards, launched on May 20 with a small list of independent hotels from across the U.S. participating. Ranging from boutique to historic hotels, the current locations that are in the program cover cities in 19 states from coast to coast.

Like all hotel reward programs, Stash Rewards is free to join. The program offers 5 Points per dollar spent on eligible room rates and they state that the points can be used like cash towards free nights. I assume this means there are no black out dates, as long as there is availability you can redeem for a room. The redemption rates are variable depending on what type of room you want and the current cost of a room. So if a hotel is coming closer to full occupancy or are staying during peak times like New Years, you can expect that the redemption rates will be higher then on non-peal nights.

Overall the program is simple and seems very easy to use. There are no elite levels, at least at this time and while the catalog of hotels that you can earn and redeem at may not be large it will most definitely grow once it gains popularity with those who may or even may not avoid the major chain hotels.

For full details and to become a member visit the Stash Rewards website

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