While travelers are finding it increasingly difficult to redeem frequent-flier miles, hotel reward programs have become even more generous. The economic downturn has hit bookings at most hotel chains, prompting the companies to do more to fill their rooms. "This is an awfully good time to be using hotel points," says Tim Winship, publisher of FrequentFlier.com. "You'll save money, and you shouldn't have any problems getting a free night."
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