For many members of loyalty programs, soaking up some sun on an all-expenses-paid vacation is the eventual goal. But earning enough points and miles to cover airfare and a hotel stay can often take time and patience. Luckily, signing up for hotel and airline loyalty programs also helps you earn plenty of small perks capable of making a big difference on your next vacation. 

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Check out four perks that can make your next vacation a little more enjoyable.

Free Drinks

Exploring a new city with your family is exciting, but there comes a point in every vacation when parents can use a few hours away from the kids or the rest of the group. The “Raid the Bar” card from Kimpton Karma Rewards certainly hits the spot. After checking in, all Kimpton Karma Rewards members receive a complimentary $10 credit that can be spent at a Kimpton restaurant bar or in-room honor bar during their stay. Enjoying a drink (…or three!) is always a great way to unwind before embarking on your next adventure.

Flexible Check-in and Checkout

Have you ever caught yourself rushing to squeeze in one last activity before your vacation comes to end? Then the La Quinta Returns program may be right for you. From the moment you sign up, La Quinta Returns members are eligible for late checkout as well as express check-in. Rather than sitting around the hotel lobby waiting to check in or cutting your vacation a few hours short, this loyalty perk gives you the opportunity to make the most of your time off.

Daily Newspaper

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to miss out on everything that’s going on back home. Every weekday, IHG Rewards Club members get a complimentary newspaper delivered straight to their hotel room. This is perfect for those of you who want to keep track of the news. IHG Rewards Club members also have access to free internet, making it easy to fire off a few emails or pay any bills before heading out for the day.

Priority Boarding

Traveling with young children can be exhausting. From navigating security to changing diapers mid-flight, it takes plenty of planning and patience. Thankfully, most airlines are willing to lend a helping hand. Virgin America Elevate Silver members, for example, enjoy priority security and boarding, making for a slightly less stressful airport adventure.

There are many perks to being a loyalty program member so make sure you check them out and cash in on your next family vacation.

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