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A Short List of Even More Hotel Loyalty Programs To Join

May 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (3)

Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World

Last week we rounded up the known loyalty programs of boutique hotels and the other day, in our annual WiFi report we listed the loyalty programs of some of the bigger chains. Today we're exploring yet another way to get free WiFI and other complimentary perks during your next hotel stay--by joining the loyalty programs of various hotel collections.

· Destination Hotels & Resorts: The privately held hospitality management company has nearly 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs in its portfolio such as Terranea Resort near Los Angeles and the MileNorth Hotel in Chicago. Their Destination Delivers loyaly program gives members 10 percent off the best available rate, complimentary room upgrades or late check-outs (based upon availability), VIP status (varies by property but includes an F&B amenity, welcome gift and other perks) and 20 percent off a two-night stay for their birthday month.

· Epoque Hotels: The Epoque Hotels collection consists of hundreds of truly boutique hotels throughout the world from Beijing to Barcelona and Brisbane. Becoming a member of Club Epoque gets you six percent of the total cost of your hotel stay put into your Epoque Bank which you can use towards future reservations (once you hit $50.) You also get early check-ins/late check-outs, the right to gift your bank to someone else and credit for when someone you referred also makes a reservation through Epoque Hotels. As for free WiFi, Club Epoque doesn't offer that perk because all their hotels already have free WiFi.

· Fine Hotels and Resorts: This program is restricted to American Express Platinum cardholders (which has a $450 annual fee) but includes the following hotel perks: noon check-in, room upgrade, complimentary breakfast for two people, a 4pm late-check out and usually a significant hotel or resort credit like a $100 food and beverage credit or a massage for two people.

· Preferred Hotel Group: This collection has more than 500 independent hotels in its portfolio ranging from boutique to luxury to design and even residences. It includes SLS Hotels and Trump Hotels. Members of the iPrefer program receive complimentary WiFi, early check-in/late check-out and a welcome amenity that varies by hotel. We've also seen iPrefer offer great introductory rates at new or just-about-to-open hotels too.

· Kiwi Collection: With over 2482 hotels in 132 countries, there's bound to be a hotel you like. Becoming a member will also get you access to room upgrades, complimentary Internet access, spa credits and more. Booking with a Visa card will get you seven more exclusive benefits ranging from complimentary breakfast to late check-outs.

· Leading Hotels of the World: It costs $150 a year to be a member of the Leaders Club ($1,200 if you want the unlimited membership) but that comes with the following perks: complimentary breakfast, one category room upgrade, complimentary internet, late check-outs and access to other members-only events. And you get the chance to earn complimentary nights with every four or five stays. Oh and if you get the unllimited membership, you get free airport transfers in 10 cities including New York, London and Milan.

· Small Luxury Hotels of the World: As its name suggest, The Club gives members perks at small luxury hotels around the world--520 hotels in more than 70 countries to be exact. On your first stay, you're entitled to a room upgrade and access to The Club's special rates. After that, you get a complimentary room upgrade on every stay (when available), continental breakfast for two and late check-outs. After you complete five hotel stays, you get a free reward night after every five stays, a priority complimentary room upgrade, plus early check-in and breakfast included in your stay.

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I'm big on loyalty programs, and I remember reading a while back the SLS South Beach was not going to be a member of the Preferred Hotel Group and just a quick click through their website, the original SLS isn't a part of PHG either, but I do think they once were a part of it, but the Redbury is. And before I give Trump my money, I'd rather walk on nails lol

Checking on this...

I was told SLS South Beach was included but I'll find out what's up with that. Stay tuned!!!

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