Posted by William Charles on July 6, 2016
Hotel Rewards

Published on July 6th, 2016 | by William Charles

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How Much Are La Quinta Returns Rewards Points Worth?

In this post we’re going to be having a look at the little talked about rewards program, La Quinta Returns Rewards and how much their loyalty points are worth. You can redeem these points for the following:

  • Free nights at La Quinta Inns & Suites (varies based on room rates and if you’d pay the cash rate you stay there)
  • Gift cards/certificates (0.33¢ per point)
  • Transfer to other miles/points programs (value varies based on the value you assign airline miles)
  • Donate to charity (value varies based on how much you value donations)
  • Use your points towards magazines/newspaper subscriptions (selection is limited)
  • Luxury Resorts (over 1¢ per point)

Let’s take a look at each of these options and see what gives you the best value per point.

Free Nights

Points can be redeemed for free nights at all La Quinta properties, there are six different categories ranging from 6,000 points to 24,000 points.

  • Category one: 6,000 points (16 hotels)
  • Category two: 8,000 points
  • Category three: 11,000 points
  • Category four: 15,000 points
  • Category five: 18,000 points
  • Category six: 24,000 points (4 hotels)

La Quinta provides you with this useful page that’ll show you hotels by points category or location. Most of their properties seem to be in the 11,000 point category. With 8,000 and 15,000 being the next most popular. I hope to have some average cost per night data in the near future for each category and La Quinta as a whole.

Gift Cards & Certificates

La Quinta offers a number of $25 gift cards, all of them cost 7,500 points for a value of 0.33¢ per point. Obviously that’s if you value the gift cards at their face value (you shouldn’t, since it’s possible to buy most gift cards at a discount and you’d usually get credit card rewards points for purchasing at full price anyway). Here are some of the gift cards they offer:

  • Mexico 350 Pesos Gift Card
  • Target
  • Cabela’s
  • Best Buy
  • Home Depot

A full list can be found by clicking here.

Transfer To Travel Partners

La Quinta points transfer to the following travel partners at the following rate:

  • AeroMexico Club Premier: 6,000 points: 1,000 miles
  • Alaska Airlines: 6,000 points : 1,000 miles
  • American Airlines: 6,000 points : 1,000 miles or 10,00 points : 2,000 miles
  • Amtrak: 6,000 points : 1,000 miles
  • Avianca: 6,000 points : 1,000 miles
  • Southwest: 6,000 points : 1,000 miles

The absolute best rate you can get is 5:1, even if we value American Airline miles at 2¢ per point (a high valuation), this gives La Quinta a value of 0.4¢ per point. If we look at one of the other travel partners the best you can get is 6:1 for a value of  0.33¢ per point. Obviously if you value airline more or less, this will affect the valuation.

You can donate your points to Hotels Heroes, you cannot claim this as a tax deduction. The value is really dependent on how much you value donating to charities. There is a minimum of 1,000 points that can be donated to charity.

Magazines/Newspaper Subscriptions

You can redeem your points for magazine subscriptions. These are usually fantastic value if you would pay full price for a magazine subscription, but the options are limited and it’s unlikely you’d be able to find enough interesting subscriptions to actually make this an option for redeeming points. Still for low with a low amount of points, great value can be had.

‘Luxury’ Hotels

La Quinta allows you to book a variety of different hotels using a combination of cash and points. This program is actually run through PointsHound and looks relatively new? PointsHound usually allows you to earn airline miles and other loyalty program’s currencies when you make a cash booking. This partnership with La Quinta allows you to book hotels using cash + points, or just straight points.

The rates on PointsHound also look to include all of the taxes and fees you’ll be charged. There is usually a third rate that includes a better mixture of cash and points, bu this will only display on the last booking page.

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Let’s look at a few options to see how it stacks up:

  • Lexington New York City Autographic Collection:
    • 47,725 points or $382 + 4,775 points or $191 + 23,850 points
    • Direct cash rate is $480.86 when all taxes & fees are included

If you use all points you’d be getting slightly over 1¢ per point. The small points, big cash rate would get you over 2¢ per point and the half points/half cash rate would get you over 1.21¢ per point.

  • W New York:
    • 38,250 points or $306 + 3,825 points or $153 + 19,125 points
    • Direct cash rate is $485.93

If you use all points you’d be getting slightly over 1.27¢ per point. The small points, big cash rate would get you over 4.7¢ per point and the half points/half cash rate would get you over 1.74¢ per point.

I did a few more searches and everything seem to give you over 1¢ per point. This seems like pretty good value, obviously you won’t receive any stay credits towards elite status or anything like that but it does look like La Quinta points can make a significant savings on hotels bookable through PointsHound.

Our Verdict

I was a bit surprised by the results of researching this, I had assumed that La Quinta points would have been worth around the 0.25-0.4¢ per point mark. But it seems like you can get significantly better value than that by booking one of their rooms and especially by taking advantage of their partnership with PointsHound. In fact I was so shocked by the PointsHound results, I am almost certain I did something wrong.

How much do you value La Quinta points? Let me know in the comments.

 

 



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Ben
Ben

They are also able to be converted to 1 or 2 programs in Points.com. Obviously not a great use, but I racked up ~2400 doing the free 300 points promos over a couple years and converted those since I didn’t feel like waiting another couple of years to get to 6000 LQ points.

James
James

Of course, pointshound.com may not have the lowest bookable rates, which is how they can award outsized value for La Quinta points. Check other ota’s rates as well for valid comparison

Barb Hedstrom
Barb Hedstrom

LQ Returns sucks. They will not give you the points if you don’t book the reservation with them directly. You cannot use expedia, travelocity or any other way to reserve the room. So 5 nights I stayed there go bye bye. And if you don’t use your LQ for 6 months, you are posted as inactive and your points are reduced by 600. Choose another hotel.

Kristina
Kristina

If anybody reads this just want to inform them. If your planning on booking with Laquinta and have a membership or offered to sign up. Be aware Wyndham has purchase Laquinata and you have to transfer your points from Laquinta to Wyndham by March 31 2019. Do not forget to match your status with this process or your will start back at the bottom with Wydham meaning your tier status. Your points will role into Wyndham Rewards on April 3rd, 2019. Silver members please transfer now because Wyndham is not matching you for every 2 Laquinta point it goes to Wyndham as 1 point on April 3rd. All members need to have current email address on there Laquinta account to make the transfer via web only. Once April 3rd, 2019 Laquinta membership will no longer exist all Questions re guarding will be directed to Wyndham. Points will be forfeited if you have no email address on account. Luxory Resort that are partnered with Laguinta Members and you have questions re guard to using them on these resorts please be advised the hotel is not owned by Laquinta. You are allowed to use points from Laquinta Membership for them. If you need to cancel those reservations using points from Laquinta Membership you can, but good luck getting them in return even though you cancelled within the deadline of that hotel policy. Managers don’t know even now how to give them back even if your within cancelation policies. If your still reading this up to now Laquinta members if you are attempting to transfer points to Wyndham please be on laptop or pc running on Internet Explored or the transfer will not work. Also your exact info needs to be in each account the same or it will not work, Also if you call into Laquinta Membership please be advised the wait time could be long because of all the deadline of Laquinta Membership line. Hope everyone finds this helpful if not good luck getting your points transferred and good luck getting them back after April 3, 2019.

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