“If you are loyal and you know that you are going to stay at a specific hotel, usually you can find a comparable rate on the hotel website. And that is where I decide, if that rate is $12 or $13 more than when I book through Hilton, then I think that I am getting my points, so I am willing to pay a little extra,” says Scott Mackenzie, whose website Travel Codex, compares the differences between loyalty programs and gives tips on travel hacking. Another bonus of booking directly through a hotel chain? Perks. “Hotels earn more from you when booking direct - they don’t have to pay an [online travel agency] commission fee - they are more inclined to offer you upgrades, better perks or complimentary add-ons,” explains Gautam Lulla, president of Travel Tripper. Get the full story at Forbes