WHAT: PointsHound.com is a global hotel booking website that entices you with airline mileage points in exchange for your business. There are 100,000-plus hotels to choose from.
HITS: Free points just for the taking. There are three levels of free membership, and as your number of hotel-night stays grows, you can earn even more airline miles. Keep your eyes open for the Big Earnings lightning bolt button; some hotels allow you to earn 10 times the miles. If you already earn points through hotel loyalty programs, use the Double Dip button to earn points with both PointsHound and your hotel reward program. There were plenty of hotel deals to be found. But check the hotel's website too. I once found a better per-night rate by booking direct.
MISSES: When I tested the site, there were only five loyalty programs: Delta, United, Hawaii, Aeromexico and Baltic. If you fly American Airlines, try Rocketmiles.com, a similar site.
-- Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times