As frequent travelers, we spend a significant amount of time booking all sorts of travel arrangements including hotels, flights and ground transportation. With so many travel booking sites out there, it’s tough to know which one will give you the most bang for your buck. Enter Bonwi.
Bonwi is a hotel and car rental booking site like no other — and we’ve tried them all. Bonwi offers a unique approach to reward points which gives you an incredible value — many times 20% or more of your booking price.
Compared to other hotel booking sites who give an average of 1% to 2% back in rewards, this is a phenomenal rate of return! Add their 110% price match guarantee to the equation and it’s really a no brainer as to where we’ll be booking our hotels from now on.
Bonwi asked us to book two weekend trips using their site to see how many points we could accrue with four nights of hotel stays. The results? We now have $276 to put towards a hotel or flight on our next trip!
How to Use Bonwi to Get FREE Flights & Hotel Stays
How is Bonwi different?
Unlike other travel booking sites, the rewards you earn are not directly related to how much money you spend or how many nights you stay in a hotel. Most booking sites give you 1-2% of your purchase price, but with Bonwi, it’s not uncommon to earn 20-30% of your purchase price.
When you search their site for a particular destination, the number of Bonwi rewards you will earn is displayed next to the price. The default list “sort by” shows the highest Bonwi rewards first, however, you can change this to “price low to high,” “rating high to low,” etc.
How easy is it to accrue free flights and hotel stays with Bonwi?
To test out the site, we booked two weekend trips (2 nights each) and received $261 worth of Bonwi Rewards plus the $15 we received when signing up, for a total of $276. We spent $1102 total on these 4 nights, so that means we received 23% back in rewards.
To give you a few more examples, here are some screenshots of my recent hotel searches on Bonwi.
Does Bonwi price match?
Yes! Not only do they price match, but they also give you an additional 10% off. So you’ll be paying 10% less than the cheapest rate available online and you’ll still get to keep your Bonwi rewards for that booking. It’s a win win.
In order to take advantage of the price match, all you have to do is click on the link at the top of their home page to submit your claim.
How many points do you need for a free airline ticket or hotel stay?
Bonwi rewards are valued at 1 penny each. So for a $300 flight or hotel stay, you’ll need 30,000 Bonwi rewards. The rewards we earned from 4 nights in a hotel are worth $261 towards a flight, hotel or gift card. If your flight or hotel stay costs more than your rewards, you can choose to pay the remaining balance yourself as long as you are paying at least 50% of the item cost with Bonwi rewards.
Here’s an example of a couple of flights we can get for free with our rewards. We can get TWO free round trip flights from San Diego to San Francisco or one free round trip flight from San Diego to Miami (which is normally a $400-$500 round trip flight for us). We can also use these rewards for hotel stays, gift cards, or a VISA cash card.
Do you have to pay fees or taxes when redeeming your rewards?
Nope! There are also no blackout dates when redeeming your rewards.
Can you cash out your Bonwi rewards for gift cards?
Yes! I don’t know of any other hotel booking sites that offer this perk. If you decide you don’t want to use your Bonwi rewards for travel, you can choose to “cash out” by using your rewards to purchase gift cards to places like Amazon, Home Depot, Apple and even a VISA cash card!
Do Bonwi rewards expire?
As long as you’ve made a reservation on the site within the past two years, then your Bonwi rewards will not expire. If you don’t think you’ll use your rewards in that time frame, you can always cash out with a gift card.