The Scoop: The Guestbook is a premier cash back rewards program that has partnerships with over 700 world-class hotels in the U.S. and abroad. Over 1.1 million people have used the Guestbook to earn cash back on their trips, and the website can offer couples a lot of great deals and vouchers for hotels in romantic destinations around the world. If you’re planning a romantic trip, you can join the Guestbook and use its booking tools to earn 5% cash back or 15% cash forward during your stay.

My boyfriend and I always talk a big game when we’re planning a vacation. We fantasize over hotels on the Miami coastline or right around the corner from the Eiffel Tower — and then we start looking at prices and have to adjust our expectations to fit our budget.

It’s not always easy to plan a romantic excursion that delivers that wow factor without making you also say, “Wow, that cost a lot of money.” But one industrious rewards program is endeavoring to make luxurious hotels less costly and more enjoyable for everyone.

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The Guestbook offers 5% cash back or 15% cash forward on stays at premier hotels.

The Guestbook is a cash back rewards program that delivers excellent savings on stays at over 700 partnering hotels. All it takes is an email address or Facebook account to become a member of the Guestbook and start booking dream vacations while also earning cash rewards.

With its selection of luxury resorts, the Guestbook tempts singles, couples, and families to vacation in style while earning as much as 15% cash back on their hotel stays.

The Guestbook has disrupted the hospitality industry by giving independent hotels the opportunity to raise their profiles, offer competitive prices, and cultivate a loyal customer base.

Frequent travelers benefit from this arrangement by getting savings on hotels located all over the globe. If you’re planning a romantic excursion, you should take a look at the Guestbook’s listings to find opportunities to save money on one-of-a-kind hotel experiences.

“The Guestbook was founded on the belief that a direct relationship between hoteliers and their guests is more rewarding for everyone,” the team said. “With over 200 years of hospitality experience, The Guestbook team is committed to helping independent hoteliers increase net revenue, while reducing dependence on third party booking sites and online travel agents.”

Partnered with Over 700 Boutique & Independent Hotels

As a cash back rewards program, the Guestbook can help travelers save money while booking stays at over 700 distinctive and luxurious hotels. Its search engine and booking options can provide users with the tools to stay within their budget without compromising on quality.

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The Guestbook’s cash rewards can increase a hotel’s booking conversions by 20%, according to the team.

The Guestbook members can search by star rating, currency, or destination, and they can use the interactive map to identify the hotels that are the most conveniently located. The site allows members to book immediately and choose between four redemption options while they’re at it.

Members can earn 5% cash back, which is redeemable through PayPal, Visa, or eGiftcard, or they can earn 5% cash for a cause, which means their cash back rewards will support the charity of their choice. They can choose to earn 5% cash back in the form of vouchers for hotel amenities (spa trips for two, anyone?).

Lastly, members can choose to delay gratification and earn 15% cash back on a future hotel stay booked through the Guestbook.

These options give guests the freedom to customize their stay and stick to a budget, and it’s great for couples who want to make the most of their time together.

The Guestbook encourages savvy travelers to enjoy a top-tier hotel experience while earning cash back rewards that make the vacation more affordable and enjoyable. Couples can transform their vacations and discover wonderful hotels around the world by browsing the Guestbook’s hotel listings.

A Savvy Team Disrupts the Hospitality Industry

The Guestbook team has over 200 years of combined hospitality experience under its belt, and its team is committed to connecting savvy travelers with excellent hotels.

CEO and Founder James Gancos sets the tone for the company and brings years of executive experience and leadership to the table. He has  worked as a manager at large hotels in Istanbul, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Hawaii, and he served as the North America Director of Operations for Starwood Hotel & Resorts for three years. Throughout his career, James has seen what it takes to make a hotel flourish and create a wonderful guest experience from start to finish.

As a graduate from Duke and Harvard Business school, James has a mind for business strategy, and he developed the Guestbook as an innovative way to help independent hotels compete with the loyalty programs of big-name resorts.

“Nurturing guest loyalty is undoubtedly one of the most productive marketing activities that a hotelier can engage in to ensure ongoing revenue,” James said.

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A talented team of hotel experts runs the Guestbook with pride and passion.

Dana Manacher is the Chief Security Officer and Co-Founder at the Guestbook, and she comes from a family of hoteliers, restaurant owners, and entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry. She grew up seeing the back-of-house operations of family-owned hotels and nightclubs, and she grew passionate about the business side of things.

At the Guestbook, Dana is responsible for cultivating relationships with hotel owners and creating strategic partnerships that generate bookings and revenue.

CTO Michael Chu also has Co-Founder in his title because he single-handedly created the Guestbook website’s booking engine, and he’s the technical whiz behind the scenes. Michael is accustomed to developing software for startups, and he brings a tireless work ethic and innovative spirit to the Guestbook team.

Rewarding Members for Booking Stays at Major Destinations

The Guestbook appeals to frequent travelers who look for luxury and savings when they book hotels. The loyalty program has more than 1.1 million members, and these people come from far and wide to earn cash back on their vacations.

The typical Guestbook member is a highly successful and driven individual. Over 50% of Guestbook members have a six-figure income, and 19% earn more than $200,000 a year.

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The Guestbook rewards travelers for using its hotel network to book their stays.

Over 42% of members say the cash back rewards is the reason they joined the Guestbook, and 17% said they wanted an easier booking experience.

The Guestbook prides itself on benefiting both guests and independent hotels. The loyalty program creates a healthy ecosystem where guests can get the experience they want for a more affordable price, and hotels can expand their bottom lines by attracting more loyal customers.

“The Guestbook improves our booking engine’s conversion rate,” said Eumi Koh, Assistant General Manager at The London West Hollywood. “More direct bookings means we have a greater number of opportunities to deliver excellent guest experiences and foster loyalty.”

Independent hotels can sometimes struggle to gain traction while competing against online travel agencies that have partnerships with huge corporations, so many sales and marketing teams have jumped on the opportunity provided by the Guestbook.

“The Guestbook is an important component of our revenue management strategy.” said Dean Yamashita, Director of Sales & Marketing at Hotel Angeleno. “It has helped us capture more direct bookings.”

“The Guestbook has provided us the tool to capture increased direct bookings and compete with all the branded loyalty programs within the area,” said Katherine Davis, Director of Hotel Operations at the Twin Arrow Casino R. “The Guestbook is definitely one of the best loyalty rewards programs in the market and Twin Arrows Casino Resort is proud to be part of that.”

The Guestbook Offers More Bang for Your Buck

The Guestbook boasts being the world’s most generous hotel rewards program because it offers cash back, cash forward, and cash for a cause with every booking. No other hotel rewards program gives cash back for bookings, and that alone has brought over 1 million frequent travelers to the Guestbook website.

Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, a weekend getaway, or a romantic date night, you can earn rewards and save money by joining the Guestbook and taking advantage of its hotel listings.

Thanks to its international connections, the Guestbook gives couples, like my boyfriend and me, the opportunity to stay at luxury hotels without busting their budgets.

As the Guestbook team says, “Across a fast-growing portfolio of over 700 distinctive hotels in 70 countries, The Guestbook stands for innovation that enhances hospitality, solutions that drive success, and the power of personal relationships.”