I purchased a hotel for 4 nights x 2 rooms at the Best Western Plus in San Mateo, CA via Hotwire. (See details on this Hotwire forum.) This is a huge purchase (8 nights in total). I chose Hotwire even though I know I won't be eligible for points because it was $10 cheaper per night than I could find anywhere else (x 8 nights = $80 savings). When I check-in, I am going to play dumb and see if they will give me points. The manager of that particular hotel is active on TripAdvisor, so he is aware of the positive influence social media and web2.0 sites (like milepoint) can have on business. I'll let you know how it goes at checkin.