La Quinta Returns

Overall Score 4.0-stars (4.01)
No. of Hotels in Network 500 - 1,000
Property Diversity 5.0-stars
Geographic Coverage 2.5-stars
Ease of Earning Free Night 5.0-stars
Additional Benefits 3.5-stars
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Program Review

The La Quinta Inns & Suites loyalty program, La Quinta Returns, is best suited for budget-conscious business and leisure travelers, offering perks like complimentary breakfast and Internet access. La Quinta properties can be found in major American cities, including New York City, Miami and San Diego, and — much to road-trippers' delight — along many major U.S. highways. La Quinta's portfolio includes more than 800 properties across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and has a strong presence in Texas (where the company is headquartered). As a La Quinta Returns member, you'll collect points for all nights spent at any hotel within La Quinta's network. Those points can be redeemed for stays at any La Quinta property, as well as at the 21 luxury hotels and resorts with which the hotel chain partners with, including the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix and the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California. Plus, La Quinta's alliance with a handful of air carriers, including Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, allows members to convert loyalty points to frequent flier miles or earn miles instead of La Quinta Returns points. La Quinta Returns members can also apply points to magazine subscriptions or gift certificates for retailers and travel partners, including Amazon and Celebrity Cruises.

Pros & Cons

  • Points can be converted to frequent flier miles
  • Earn points at budget hotels to use at high-end properties
  • Members can reach Gold level after 10 qualifying stays
  • To earn points at participating hotels, you must stay at a La Quinta Inn or La Quinta Inn & Suites property  
  • Free nights at partnering luxury hotels and resorts require more than 35,000 points
  • Top-tier membership status is terminated at the end of the following calendar year after you achieve elite status


La Quinta rewards you with La Quinta Returns points for every night spent at a hotel within the La Quinta Inn and La Quinta Inn & Suites network. La Quinta Returns points can be redeemed at properties within the La Quinta network; they can also be used for free nights at any of the 21 partnering luxury hotels and resorts across the U.S. Or, you can choose to collect frequent flier miles or points that can be converted into miles rather than hotel loyalty points if you present your La Quinta Returns member number as well as your frequent flier program membership number at check-in. However, accumulated loyalty points cannot be transferred to miles or air credit. You may also accrue La Quinta Returns points on meals, entertainment and other purchases made using the La Quinta Returns credit card from Visa.

Can Points Expire? YES

Can Earn Points On...

  • Hotel Stays
  • Credit Card

Can Use Points On...

  • Air Travel
  • Booking Hotels
How to Earn and Use Points»

Membership Levels

The La Quinta Returns program is separated into three membership levels: Silver, Gold and Elite. 

How Membership Works»

The Fine Print

  • You must be 18 years or older to qualify for the La Quinta Returns program.
  • Members who book stays through a third-party booking site will not accumulate La Quinta Returns points.
  • To collect points, you must present your La Quinta Returns membership number each time you check in.
  • If your account remains without stay activity for 18 consecutive months, the account may be closed and all points will be forfeited.
  • You may only receive a 20 or 30 percent tier bonus on top of La Quinta Returns base points per stay at an affiliated La Quinta property; points are not awarded retroactively.
  • Only one program member can accumulate points for his or her membership account per each booking; points will not be awarded until 72 hours after checkout.
  • Members may not collect points for more than three rooms per stay reserved on the same La Quinta Returns membership number.
  • Members are prohibited from grouping points into a collective account and points are non-transferable.
  • La Quinta Returns points do not cover movies, phone calls, taxes or other extra in-room charges.
  • If you register for the La Quinta Returns Visa card, you'll be rewarded with a 20,000 point bonus that you'll receive after your first purchase using the card. Additionally, you'll earn five points — on top of 10 base points — per dollar put toward a stay at La Quinta Inns & Suites. 

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