Now that our plane tickets to Paris are booked, I need to make some hotel reservations.
To the extent possible, I’d like to leverage my hotel points to book as many free nights as possible.
To that end, I started by exploring availability in the the two programs where I have the most points: Club Carlson and IHG.
Not surprisingly, award availability for our travel dates was hit or miss.
Which Hotel Chain has the Most Hotels in Paris?
There are quite a few Holiday Inns and other IHG hotels in Paris, but only 4 Club Carlson Radisson Blu hotels.
Are these the best loyalty programs if you are looking for free nights for your Paris holiday?
If you read a number of other travel blogs, you’ve probably heard about the Park Hyatt Vendome, and how you can stay there for free by opening a Chase Hyatt credit card.
There are 2,400 hotels in Paris. Why do all the bloggers stay at the same place?
On the one hand, I’d really love to stay in a boutique hotel on the Left Bank or the Marais. On the other hand, I need to economize.
I went to Award Mapper to get a rough count of which chains have hotels that you can book for points in Paris. I was surprised by what I found.
Best Western Has 42 Hotels in Central Paris
Here are the tallies I came up with for the major hotel chains:
Best Western: 42
Club Carlson: 4
Intercontinental (IHG): 14
Starwood (SPG): 4
Best Western has the most properties — 42 hotels in many different neighborhoods in Paris. Hilton has the fewest — just one hotel. Hyatt, Starwood, and Club Carlson each have four hotels.
Are you surprised by these results? Were you able to book award stays in Paris?