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Book A Room On Room 77, And You'll Be Rewarded (Handsomely)

April 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

We're doing our best to keep up with the ever-shifting landscape of hotel booking sites, but there's certainly been a lot to keep track of! The latest: Room 77, which made a name for itself by being able to match up guests with the exact room they want, is now allowing guests to earn loyalty points from bookings made through Room 77. In other words, you no longer have to choose between the convenience of window-shopping for hotel rooms and the satisfaction of using the hotel's loyalty program.

This harks back to a discussion topic we started in 2010 about whether it's possible to earn loyalty points for rooms gotten through blind booking sites like Hotwire and Priceline. The line was pretty blurry back then, as we're sure it still is now, but this looks like a sign that more hotels are giving in. What's more, all the friendly competition going on between the hotel booking sites right now means that guests are the ones who cash in. Who said we can't have our cake and earn points for eating it too?

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How Can You Make The Most Of SPG's New Culinary Benefits?

March 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Starwood just launched a brand new culinary program for SPG members that provides discounts at over 500 restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as other perks like online cooking classes taught by Starwood chefs. Just in time for the launch, Starwood built a brand new SPG Restaurants & Bars website, on which guests can type in the name of the city they're traveling to and find out what discounts they're eligible for.

But, as with any major points program, not all hotels are created equal. So we did a little digging to find out just which cities are offering the biggest bang for your buck.

Click below to find out which ones top our list!

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Starwood Tempts Prospective SPG Members With Free Chocolate

March 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

As we explained last month, Starwood rolled out a bunch of new perks for its dedicated SPGers, and the changes took effect on March 1.

On the sidelines, if you've checked into a Starwood property over the past few weeks, you will have received a token of the brand's appreciation burning desire to make you, too, a member of the SPG ambassadors program. At Aloft, for example, all guests are receiving little purple foil-wrapped chocolate bars. Bearing the slogan, "Being an SPG member has never been sweeter," the yummy snack directs you to Starwood's website to learn more about the program.

Knowing how much of a weakness everyone (including us) has for chocolate, we're guessing they've been successful in, at the least, catching people's attention.

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Individual TVs and Plenty of Power Outlets At Sheraton New York's New Club Lounge

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  Site Where: 811 7th Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

 120 Sheraton Club Lounges around the world got an upgrade this year, and we just happened to have caught a glimpse of the one in Times Square yesterday during one of our routine Manhattan hotel inspection rounds (we don't actually do those, but it sure sounds fun, doesn't it?).

The VIP lounges are only accessible to SPG members, but regular civilians who want to cough up an extra $50-$150 (depending on the season) can also experience the lofty life too.

In the mornings, fruits, cereals and other breakfast items remain laid out until 11am; while in the evenings, dessert is brought up, hors d'oeuvres are served, a bar opens, and guests are invited to linger as long as they like. You see, at Sheraton, the Club Lounge is open 24/7—no weekday closings, no curfew. And because the facility is always available, they've made the new design super user-friendly with individual TV screens, plenty of power outlets all over the place, and of course, killer views everywhere you turn.

Click below to see our photo gallery!

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Join SPG, Get Free Water at W Hotels

February 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we were checking out the W Scottsdale yesterday, our guide pointed out the hotel's bottled water selection, found in all the rooms.

On offer was two types of Fiji water ($3 and $2), a bottle of Smart water ($6) and one Nestle water ($1). But members of Starwood's Preferred Guest program actually get bottled water for free. (Just one and it's the cheaper Nestle kind.)

This free water perk used to be available to the elite tiers of the SPG program but now it's free to all members, even those who sign up on the spot. So, is this a nice perk for members, regardless of the member status, or a clever way to sign up the especially parched to SPG? You decide. Just remember, SPG's new perks go into effect on March 1.

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Starwood Unveils New Loyalty Program Perks for Dedicated SPGers

February 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember two years ago when we first got wind of this super-secret Starwood Ambassadors program? Well, it turns out the program is now going public.

Today Starwood unveiled a couple of big changes to their Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program starting on March 1st which includes personal ambassadors for SPG members who have spent 100 nights annually in Starwood hotels.

Starwood’s ambassadors work one-on-one with guests to understand their preferences and what matters to them on each trip to deliver a customized experience on property. Ambassadors also provide services beyond the hotel and are even empowered to assist guests when they’re not traveling

SPG also introduced a new loyalty tier for the devoted SPGers--SPG Lifetime which gives guests who stay 250 total nights and who have maintained their elite status for five years (consecutive or not), a lifetime of SPG Gold status. Members who tally up 500 stays and who have maintained their elite status for ten years (consecutive or not), will become SPG Platinum for life.

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Now You Can Hold the Trump Card, Thanks to Trump Hotels

January 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

At last, Trump Hotels has announced a loyalty program that will give you the Trump card at any Trump hotel..literally.

Called the Trump Card Privileges Program, the card offers members a Personalized Preference Program which will keep your room preferences on file "so no request needs repeating"; the best available room rates; early check-in and late check-out (based on availability) and 24-hour access to signature Trump Attaché service, a welcome amenity upon arrival.

After you meet a certain amount of milestone bookings, the card will also upgrade you to "experience" the Trump Hotel Collection suites. Additionally, you can also earn complimentary stays valid at any Trump Hotel upon certain milestone stays, with no blackout dates.

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Swissotels Have a New Loyalty Program, Swissotel Circle

September 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's only one Swissôtel in the United States (in Chicago) but if you're a frequent guest at these hotels in Europe and Asia, you'll be pleased to know the hotel chain has a new loyalty program--Swissôtel Circle. And even if you're not a frequent guest, we think the membership tiers will still give you a giggle.

That's because they are alpine-inspired--Inizia, Elevà and Zenit, giving you more perks for each level you climb, er, reach.

Guests reach the Inizia level as soon as they have stayed five nights at a Swissôtel. This level grants them personalized room preferences, priority waitlist status, complimentary access to spa and sport facilities as well as the hotel's Advantage Awards whcih can be exchanged for upgrade, free breakfast or free internet access.

The Elevà level is for those who do 20 nights in a Swissôtel in 12 months and gives them select benefits such as free breakfast, executive lounge access, free internet, 48 hours guaranteed room availability, and Premier Awards which can be exchanged for free room nights or dinner for two.

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Black Level Masters of Omni Select Guest Can Now Test Drive a Tesla Roadster

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  Site Where: 21 E. 52nd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
July 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Standard New York might have softcore porn and the Ace New York might have Google Chromebooks but only the Omni Berkshire Place has the Tesla Roadster.

The electric supercar was brought to the hotel the other day as part of a special event that started in the Omni's Roger and Hammerstein suite (Note to self: must check this one out) and ended outside with an up close inspection of the green roadster.

While it was just select guests of Omni's Select Guest loyalty program who attend the special event, the car is available for hotel guests who earn Black level status (that takes about 20+ stays a year.)

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Stash Rewards is Giving Away Thousands of Points for Its Birthday

May 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

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This is fitting--Stash Rewards wants to give you a stash of points for its birthday. The loyalty program for independent hotels will turn one year old on May 20 but will celebrate the milestone all next week and, in some cases, for the rest of the month.

The year has been a good one for Stash. It's gained 146 hotel members and the title of fastest-growing loyalty program in the country. New members to the Stash family include the Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami, Tower 23 in San Diego, Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale and Grade Bay Resort in St. John, its first Caribbean partner.

If you're a member of if you've been meaning to sign up, here are some of the Stash Birthday specials going on right now:

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Expedia Elite Plus Now Offering Free Hotel Room Upgrades

December 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (3)

UPDATE: Sorry, we got too excited. Expedia Elite Plus is NOT the new Expedia loyalty program that will replace ThankYou points. This is an existing VIP program. Thanks to Gleff for pointing this out in comments. We'll update you when the new program is out.

After doing away with ThankYou Points a few months ago, Expedia is now offering its own hotel loyalty program called Expedia Elite Plus that offers members a sweet perk we could get into: free room upgrades.

To live up to the "Elite" in its name, membership is by invitation only; you must complete 15 stays or spend $10,000 through Expedia in a year and you'll automatically get entered into the program.

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Give a Best Western Gift Card and Get Yourself Some Swag

December 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

You'll want to buy everyone Best Western Travel Cards on your holiday list this year, not just because it's easier than scouring stores looking for the perfect present. It's because you will selfishly benefit, too.

Your giftee can use the card to pay for rooms and incidentals at Best Western's more than 4,000 hotels, while you earn your own gift card or reward points.

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