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 partnering luxury hotels and resorts across the world in countries like the U.S., Australia, Italy and Spain. Or, you can choose to convert hotel loyalty points into frequent flyer miles if you present your La Quinta Returns member number and your frequent flyer program membership number at check-in. U.S.-issued Visa cardholders can also redeem La Quinta points on everyday purchases by enrolling in the Redeem Away! program, including those made at qualifying restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, coffee shops and more.
The La Quinta Returns point-earning formula is simple: The more nights you stay – and the higher the dollar amount put toward eligible stays – the quicker you'll accumulate points. For each dollar spent on an eligible stay (full-priced rooms, including most corporate room rates and rooms booked with AAA and AARP discounts), you'll collect 10 base points. Gold and Elite status members will earn additional points for each qualifying night. You may also collect up to 500 additional points when you connect with La Quinta Returns on social media. If you require additional points for a free stay or you wish to purchase points as a gift, you may buy points through the La Quinta Returns website or trade points on Points.com using your La Quinta Returns membership number. Members can buy up to 10,000 points each calendar year; for each $13 spent, you'll receive 1,000 points. Although you may use your rewards for flights and stays at hotels outside the La Quinta network, you cannot earn La Quinta Returns points for flying partner airlines or staying in unaffiliated hotels that accept La Quinta rewards.
You can use your points to redeem a free night's stay at La Quinta properties. The points needed to earn a free night range from 6,000 to 24,000, depending on the type of La Quinta property you choose and the hotel's location. To redeem a free stay at one of the higher-tier luxury hotels or resorts partnered with La Quinta, expect the minimum number of points needed to vary by property type, destination and time of year. Below are the numbers of points needed for one free night in any room (ranging from standard rooms to premium rooms) in a selection of popular business and leisure destinations:
|Destination||No. of hotels||Cost of room in points|
|Orlando||5||11,000 - 24,000|
|New Orleans||4||11,000 - 15,000|
|Miami||4||11,000 - 18,000|
|San Juan, PR||0||N/A|
|Los Angeles||2||11,000 - 15,000|
|New York City||8||11,000 - 18,000|
|Las Vegas||6||11,000 - 18,000|
|San Francisco||4||11,000 - 15,000|
|Houston||15||11,000 - 15,000|
|Atlanta||7||11,000 - 15,000|
The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News on July 6, 2018. We analyzed room rates for one-night stays arriving Saturday and departing Sunday four weeks from the research date. Only hotels with room availability that sit within a 15-mile radius of each destination are reflected in the above chart.
The La Quinta Returns program also allows you to convert points to miles to cover the cost of flights on partnering airlines, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and United Airlines. The points-to-miles conversion rate, rules and distribution of credit varies by airline. You can also use points on gift certificates to retailers, such as Amazon and Target, and for magazine subscriptions, or you can donate points to charity.
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