I discovered the Crystal Rewards program last month when I spent the night in Logan, Utah.
There’s a Holiday Inn Express, a Hampton Inn, and a SpringHill Suites. The folks I was there working with report that the SpringHill Suites is their preferred property, probably because it’s Utah and it’s a Marriott. I’d have been happy to earn Marriott Rewards points for my stay, but the place was sold out.
So they booked me into the Crystal Inn & Suites. Little did I know that this is an actual chain hotel, and they have their own rewards program: the Crystal Rewards program.
The chain apparently has 8 locations:
The hotel was.. interesting. The sink was in the bedroom, not the bathroom.
But the room was comfortable enough, and in better repair than the Hyatt-affiliated Concourse Hotel at LAX.
There were over 100 Future Farmers of America kids on property, running around. The hotel has an indoor pool directly off the checkin desk, and the kids were lettin’ loose.
But what really made an impression wasn’t that the kids were still running around at 2 a.m. It was the hotel’s rewards program.
With Crystal Rewards, a free hotel stay is worth less than a $25 restaurant gift card. Here’s the Crystal Rewards redemption chart:
- Free Night Stay at participating Crystal Inns – 1500 points
- $25 gift certificate to a variety of restaurants and retailers – 2000 points
- $50 gift certificate to a variety of restaurants and retailers – 4000 points
Now, you earn 2 points per dollar spent on room rate — but earn double points when booking direct with the chain. So you earn a free night after $375 in spend. That’s actually one of the best earn rates around.
My room rate, with hotels booked solid in Logan, was over $100. Four nights would have generated a comparable-property free night.