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Frequent flier miles seem to be able to be earned from nearly everything you do today: shopping for clothing, subscribing to newspapers and magazines, and even dining out. For the savvy traveler, this can amount to free trips earned almost completely from goods and services that would have been purchased anyway.

Now, a recent website rewards travelers for writing reviews of hotels on their website. The Swiss site, HolidayCheck, is pretty barebones, but that only makes it easier to sift through the chaff and get to earning some miles.

Simply create an account with HolidayCheck, and write your first review. After clicking on the “Review a Hotel” tab in the dropdown menu, you will be taken to a page where you must type in the name of the hotel. Type in keywords, like the hotel brand, name, and city it’s located in; the list will narrow down until it hopefully shows a matching result (if not, you can contact them to get it added). On the next step, you choose whether you want to submit a “basic review” or “detailed review,” and I would suggest you stick with the basic, as it’s pretty detailed already. Keep following the prompts and you’re on your way to earning some substantial miles.

Only 10 reviews per month earn miles. Points are subject to review and approval, which could take up to 2 weeks.

The Points and Programs

Currently, only 3 airline frequent flier programs are participating with HolidayCheck reviews, and they’re all European:

  • Lufthansa’s Miles & More points – 100 per review
  • airberlin’s topbonus points – 150 per review
  • airBaltic’s BalticMiles – 150 per review

Is there a catch?

One thing I noticed was that a few people who commented on posts about HolidayCheck seemed to not get their miles; it appears that these folks’ reviews became subject to further scrutiny that was not mentioned in the registration to the site (or anywhere else, that I could find), and HolidayCheck may have asked them to provide receipts of paid stays and other similar proof. If this is true, it would certainly turn a lot of people off, as the reviews don’t compensate enough to have to go through that hassle. I will update with more as I await my first points from HolidayCheck.

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