Bigger Hotel Chains Offer More Options for Travelers

hotel pool_big hotel chainsThere are lots of things you may not love about living in the digital age: your boss emailing you at midnight, your sister-in-law’s Instagram account that you were guilted into following, etc… But what you can’t bemoan these days is a lack of options. We’ve become a people who don’t just like options; we need them. We feel like we’re getting a bad deal if we don’t have options. So, we choose between eight different kinds of salad dressings, ten different types of houseplants, four different streaming services, and all this is meant to make us feel empowered.

When it comes to travel, we know you have many options ahead of you: when to go, where to stay, what to do. There actually end up being too many options! However, what if we told you that it’s possible to keep your options sane when you’re traveling. The answer might come from where you least expect it: hotel chains.

The best and biggest hotel chains don’t own just one brand. They own many brands with many different price points. This is ideal because you can be brand-loyal (and reap the benefits of that loyalty) while still retaining many options. For example, if you join Marriott’s reward program, that doesn’t mean you have to stay at a Courtyard every trip you take. You can choose from every one of Marriott’s hotel brands. You could stay at a Sheraton every time you travel for work but splurge on a Ritz-Carlton for a special weekend.

Our hotel partners give travelers some of the best options out there. These brands offer a wide variety of hotels depending on your travel style and budget. For a deeper understanding of those options, read From Luxury to Economy: The Different Types of Hotels You Can Book.

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*The depiction above may not be complete and is provided for illustrative purposes only as of January 27, 2020.

The Benefits of Booking with Hotel Chains

1. You Get to Peruse Dozens of Hotel Brand Options

When you join a loyalty program (which is the best way to get a good deal on a hotel room), you’re committing to a specific hotel chain. Of course, you don’t have to book with that same chain every time for the rest of your days, but that’s the quickest way to rack up reward points. But how do you possibly pick one hotel chain that will suit all the different ways you travel and all the different things you look for in a hotel? Enter: multiple hotel brands. When you join the rewards program for Marriott, Hilton, IHG, or any other major hotel chain, you’re getting access to every brand they own. That’s the beauty of today’s hotel industry: Committing to one brand still gives you multiple options every time you travel.

2. You Get to Use Your Rewards Points Anywhere

You rack up rewards points on every hotel stay within your desired hotel chain—it doesn’t matter which one of their brands you pick. This means that you can get points for every business trip stay in Hilton Gardens, then use those same points on two nights in the Waldorf Astoria for your anniversary. You’re multi-faceted, so why shouldn’t your loyalty points be the same?

3. You Get to Choose a Hotel that Fits Your Vacation Needs

A beachside resort? Adjoining rooms for a family reunion in downtown Philadelphia? A no-frills stay for a quick business trip overnight? A relaxing haven that makes you forget where you even decided to stay because you don’t want to leave the hotel? No problem.

With big hotel brands, you have all those types of properties and more to choose from. You don’t have to compromise when finding the perfect location for your vacation or work trip, and you can earn reward points no matter which property you stay at. Big hotel brands will give you options of amenities, locations, and styles, so you’re sure to find a perfect fit, no matter what kind of traveler you are.

Search on to Explore All Your Options

When you search for your next hotel stay with Roomkey, you see every hotel option in the area from all the major hotel chains. But not just that… We show you the lower rates from the hotel loyalty programs so you can search for the best prices. When you click on a hotel to look at their amenities, location, and reviews, you also see which hotel network they’re part of, and which loyalty program to join to get the best rate at that property.

If you’ve already signed up for a hotel program and you want to stick to it, you can narrow your search for hotels within a certain loyalty program, so you know you’ll get your points. Once you’ve made your selection, we’ll send you to the hotel’s website to complete your booking and secure your low rate. At Roomkey, we want to make travel work for you. So we aim to show you all of your options without the gimmicks or runaround that other travel sites put you through. With Roomkey, you’ll get no tricks; just travel.