In a loyalty program-saturated world, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is an avid points or miles collector. There are some who aren’t interested in tracking loyalty programs, some who don’t see the value and others who just don’t know where to start. If you find yourself frequenting the same airline, hotel or retailers, join their loyalty program. It can pay off in dividends, right from the get-go!

While it can take time to earn enough points and miles to cover a round-trip vacation, there’s a wide range of perks offered to new members which you can enjoy as soon as you’ve enrolled. Check out these four benefits of signing up for a hotel or airline loyalty program that you can reap almost immediately.

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Choose your seat

Prefer an aisle seat when flying but accidentally booked a window? As a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club member, you can change your seat assignment up to 72 hours before the scheduled departure. That way, if a friend or family member is joining for the trip last-minute you can still sit together for your flight.

Express check-in

Nothing compares to taking in the sights and sounds of a new city. But early morning flights coupled with late check-in times often put a damper on things. After landing, you might end up spending a lot of time in the hotel lobby waiting to get into your room to drop off luggage and freshen up.

As a La Quinta Returns member, Express check-in lets you pop into your hotel room, unpack and begin exploring in just a few minutes. Best of all, you can also check out a little later than most guests – giving you a few extra hours of vacation.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Most of us have the best intentions to stay offline while vacationing, but sometimes the temptation is too strong not to post that enviable beach shot in Aruba, or the selfie with a Royal Guard in front of Buckingham palace. But it will cost you. Many hotels charge a pretty penny for in-room Wi-Fi access.

As a Hilton HHonors program member, regardless of when you join or how many points you collect, you’ll receive complimentary in-room and lobby internet access during stays at many of their worldwide properties.

Spa and drink discounts

Falling asleep on a plane can be next to impossible, even with jet lag, But it’s nothing a relaxing day at the spa can’t fix. As a Kimpton Karma Rewards member, you receive a $30 spa credit to help get back up to speed after a long flight. Whether you go for a facial, massage or some much needed R&R, it will help start your vacation off on the right foot. And after a relaxing spa visit, why not head down to the hotel bar for a nightcap – with the $10 credit Kimpton Karma Rewards program offers members for in-room snacks or cocktails at the bar?

A lot of time, effort and money go into planning your perfect vacation. Don’t miss out on the benefits that hotel and airline loyalty programs offer just for signing up and being a valued loyalty program member. Special members-only perks could take your next travel experience from good to great.

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