TopGuest is an easy way for people to get extra points for “checking-in” at various locations around the world. Generally, these locations are hotels that have an affiliation with a chain’s rewards program such as IHG’s Priority Rewards, or Hilton’s HHonors, meaning that many of them are places we will be staying at anyways. Even better, you don’t have to be staying at the hotel to check-in! Even if you’re just grabbing a drink or dinner at the hotel bar or restaurant, you can still check-in. Moreover, luckily for us, TopGuest makes it really easy to check-in to the hotels so that we can earn bonus points with little effort.
Right now, only a few programs are participating in TopGuest’s program. Some of the bigger ones are Hilton, Priority Rewards, and Virgin America. Hopefully, they will add more programs over time, but the program is still worth using with just these three major ones. Although they have almost 18,000 locations, it’s clear that they have a long way to go. Looking just at New York City, they don’t have the New York Hilton listed as a location, even though that’s one of the more popular hotels in the Hilton Collection in New York. Meanwhile, they have almost 10 different DoubleTree locations listed just in the Times Square area even though there’s only one actual DoubleTree location in Times Square. It’s clear just by this example that they need to work on adding locations and determining which locations are duplicates.
TopGuest works in conjunction with several social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, Four Square, and Instagram. All you have to do is connect your account on each of those services with your TopGuest account and start checking-in. Each service has its own quirks, but the process is similar for all of them. Whenever you visit a location, pull up your preferred app and tell it where you are. In the case of Instagram, you take a photo of the hotel and tell it where you are. Just for doing that, you can get an easy 25-50 points, depending on the location. You can check-in to multiple hotels in one day, but they generally can’t be within the same hotel group. For instance, you can’t check-in to two Doubletree hotels, but you could check-in to a Doubletree and a Best Western, earning you double the points. On top of checking in at multiple hotels, you can also check-in with an airline such as Virgin America. They will have more locations at airports, but if you find one on your way to work or around home, it’s a great way to top off your Virgin America account.
All-in-all the TopGuest program is still young and growing. While it is certainly a great program now, as more reward programs participate and more locations are added over time, it will become even more valuable. Learning how to use it while it’s still young will mean reaping great benefits in the future as it begins to realize its potential.
This is an easy way to rack up some points every day or every travel day without having to go / do / spend anything you’re not already doing; free points.
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IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49