“Redeem Away!” is La Quinta’s new way to earn and redeem points for everyday purchases, via your mobile phone.

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To entice people to start using the new redemption options, La Quinta Returns is offering an easy bonus 1,500 points to members through December 31, 2016 just for linking your Visa with your Returns account.

Here’s the Redeem Away page, and a Youtube video about it –

Here are the three easy steps to getting 1,500 bonus La Quinta points

1. Enroll, to link your Visa card with your Returns account.
2. Make a qualifying purchase.
3. When you receive the welcome SMS message verifying your mobile number, reply “BONUS” within 12 hours.

Note: I’m not sure if you actually have to make a purchase in order to get the bonus points, or if you get the welcome message immediately after enrolling since the Redeem Away offer page just says you get the points after completing enrollment.

The 1,500 bonus points can be earned one time per La Quinta Rewards member, by December 31, 2016. You can add these bonus points to your account and redeem for a hotel room starting at 6,000 points, or get something smaller instantly such as a cup of coffee.

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While I have never redeemed hotel points for anything other than hotel stays (and transferring points between programs), especially if you have a bunch of orphan accounts with small amounts in each it might make sense for some people to redeem for other items. I’ve had family members that don’t travel often tell me they’ve redeemed for magazines and were very pleased.

(Hat Tip to Angelina Travels to alerting us to this deal)

Today is also Day 9 of the 12 Days of Giveaways.

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For those just joining, click here for full contest details.

To enter today’s contest, leave a comment about miles & points redemptions. Do you use them for just hotel rooms and flights, transferring points, or for other items like magazines, blenders, and chocolates?

Today’s contest ends at 9pm PT December 21, 2016.

Good luck to all!