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Brilliant: A Virgin Hotels Loyalty Program is In The Works

Where: 203 N Wabash [map], Chicago, IL, United States
October 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We now know you can FINALLY book a room at The Virgin Hotel Chicago on January 15, starting at $209 for a Chamber king room. We also know that you'll get a room with a sliding partition, an ergonomic bed, an oversized vanity, minibar snacks at normal prices and free WiFi.

Outside of your kinky room, there will be five restaurants and lounges for you to socialize in because ain't nobody leaving the hotel when it's freezing outside.

But given that Virgin Hotels are an extension of Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic airlines, we have to wonder about the Virgin Hotels Loyalty Program.

The good news is there will definitely be one. But the bad news is we have to wait a little longer for the details. A Virgin Hotels spokesperson has told us that the loyalty program will be coming out much sooner that initially reported (well before the first Virgin Hotel opens) and it will be integrated into the airlines' current loyalty programs. Whee!

So while the ins and outs of the Virgin Hotels loyalty program are still under wraps, we bet if you have status on either Virign America or Virgin Atlantic, you will see probably some status perks at Virgin Hotels.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak for HotelChatter]

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Snagged an iPhone 6? This Hotel Wants to Reward You for That

September 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Were you one of the lucky ones to wait in a line forever pick up an iPhone 6 last week? Congrats! You've now got a bendable phone in your pocket. Er, we mean, you can totally get bonus hotel rewards from The Grand Hyatt New York.

The hotel is offering iPhone 6 users complimentary Hyatt Gold Passport points, although there are a few catches. First, you have to actually stay at the Grand Hyatt New York with your new phone. Then, upon check-out, show the front desk that you posted a photo of your hotel stay somewhere on social media from your iPhone 6. You have to have tagged the hotel in the photo in some way too.

If all looks well, then 600 complimentary Hyatt Gold Passport points will be dropped into your account. If you don't have an account, the hotel will help you set one up. That's pretty cool, you know, if you were already planning on staying at the hotel.

The offer is available through October 16, 2014. Rates at the hotel start at $299 a night next weekend.

[Photos: Grand Hyatt New York/Facebook and Apple]

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Hilton to Let HHonors Guests Select Specific Rooms Through New Check-In App

July 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Here's just another reason why it pays to become a member of a hotel's loyalty program--access to cool technology that will make checking in a smooth transition after a long day of travel. Or so we hope.

Hilton Hotels has announced a new update to its HHonors app that will allow guess to select their own rooms, right down to the floor and room number. By the end of the year, this app function, along with digital check-in, will be in place at all 4,000 Hilton Hotels worldwide. Here's how it works:

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Kimpton No Longer 'InTouch'; Introduces New Kimpton Karma Rewards Program

July 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (3)

Kimpton Hotels has been dropping hints via email to its InTouch members for a little while now about upcoming changes to their loyalty program and today, the bomb has been dropped. But instead of an explosion, the change is setting off random acts of Kimpton kindness.

The InTouch loyalty program will now go by the name KIMPTON KARMA REWARDS. Oh, Kimpton!

First off, let us reassure you that you will still get free WiFi and a $10 minibar credit during every stay, just by being a member of InT...er, Karma Rewards. However, what is changing is how you can earn points and the ways extend far beyond just booking a room and dining at a Kimpton restaurant.

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Expedia is Now Expediting Ways to Earn Points With Their Updated Rewards Program

July 10, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

A little more than three years after relaunching their Expedia+ Rewards Program, the online booking site announced some minor but meaningful changes today.

All Expedia+ Rewards members will continue to earn 2 points for every $1 spent when booking hotels, activities and packages and 1 point for every $5 spent on flights. But now, members will also earn 2 points for every $1 spent on cruise bookings with most major cruise lines.

Expedia also introduced a new membership level, the +silver tier which comes when you spend $5,000 on Expedia or when you book 15 eligible hotel nights. Benefits of this new level include10% bonus points on point eligible purchases, 250 extra points when booking one of more than 1,400 +VIP Access hotels and exclusive amenities at over 700 +VIP Access hotels. Those amenities range from a bottle of wine, an upgrade or a spa treatment voucher.

Anpve is the completebreakdown of the membership tiers, including the basic level +blue and the top, +gold (formerly Elite Plus.)

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The Atlantis Bahamas to Join Marriott's Autograph Collection

July 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Whoa.

This fall, the sprawling Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas will become a part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott. That means all of the resort's 3,400 rooms (including the super-luxe Cove rooms), 40 restaurants and bars and the 141-acre water park will now be bookable using Marriott Rewards points. Of course, you'll also be able to earn points with your stay too. (And hopefully, the resort will extend free WiFi to Marriott Rewards elite members.)

Atlantis will operate under a long-term franchise agreement with Marriott, who also provided a $100 million mezzanine loan to the resort. So this is a serious deal, not a "we'll try it out for a bit" situation.

And the partnership could not have come at a better time, or maybe it was orchestrated that way, since the nearby Baha Mar Resort & Casino and its resort wonderland is opening later this year and will surely draw folks away from Atlantis. But if you're a Marriott Rewards member with status, it may not make sense to go somewhere else.

Read our ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO ATLANTIS ISLAND here!

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Yotel New York Wants Your Business Travel Business

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  Site Where: 570 Tenth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
May 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're a frequent guest of the Yotel New Yorkin Times Square, well, that's kinda cool. Tell us more about that. Oh sorry, we mean, you may want to join up with the hotel's new loyalty program called, TheClub@Yotel (all one word.) But there's a catch--it's only for business travelers.

Here's what repeat biz travelers and their companies can get with the new club program:

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Here's Where You Can Use Your Hotel Loyalty Points in Vegas

February 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're a frequent hotel guest, then you're probably a member of that hotel's loyalty program. Or you should be, so you can earn and use loyalty points at different hotels across the world.

While using a hotel's loyalty program is pretty straight-forward (find the hotel brand in whatever city you like and book), things work a little bit differently in Las Vegas which is dominated by massive hotel-casino resorts. In past years, you needed to be a member of a casino's players club program to earn rewards like upgrades, dinner comps and free rooms.

But that's no longer the case. Even first-time visitors to Vegas (affectionately called Vegas Virgins on our sister site, VegasChatter.com), can get a free room, a killer view, and more, all through their existing loyalty program membership.

See where your favorite hotel loyalty program can be used in Vegas below!

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Omni Select Guests Can Now 'Carry Around' Their Info in Google Wallet

December 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ok, we're being a little cheeky with that headline. But members of Omni Hotels Select Guest loyalty program can really access their account information through Google Wallet.

Not familiar with Google Wallet? It's a mobile app that allows consumers to store their loyalty cards from various places in one spot. Not only convenient, it allows you to ditch all those loyalty cards you've been carrying around in your real-life wallet.*

Omni is one of the first hotel groups to sign up with Google Wallet and in celebration of doing so, they are offering Select Guest members and new customers a 20 percent discount on a two-night stay at participating Omni hotels. Members who link their current account to Google Wallet or new members who sign-up for the Select Guest program, can book now through January 31, 2014 for stays through March 31, 2014. There are some restrictions (namely it can't be combined with other offers so read the fine print carefully.)

Google Wallet can be downloaded for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Also free to join is the Omni Select Guests program which you can join up right here.

*(We actually keep all these random loyalty cards in a separate pouch that we keep in our purse. It's maddening to carry around all the time, so we should probably get on this Google Wallet train.)

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Now You Can Get More from Your Vegas Vacation with SPG and Caesars' Total Rewards

December 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aside from redeeming and earning SPG points at the Westin Casaurina just off the Strip or at the Element Las Vegas way out in the Vegas burbs, there hasn't been much opportunity for Starwood Preferred Guests to make the most of their Vegas Vacation. Until now.

Yesterday, SPG and Caesars' Entertainment's players club program, Total Rewards, announced a new partnership that will give program members "the ability to both earn and redeem Starpoints and Reward Credits when staying at participating Starwood or Caesars Entertainment hotels."

This is tre similar to the sharing program launched over the summer by Hyatt Hotels and MGM Resorts. The SPG-Total Rewards program will officially launch on January 9 but you can sign up at spg.com/caesars or totalrewards.com/spg in the meantime.

The key word here though is "participating." Right now, about 1,100 Starwood properties are participating. That's most of Starwood's portfolio but it does leaves out about a few hundred hotels. Just FYI.

Below is the nitty gritty of what the program entails including point redemptions and the types of SPG Moments that you can purchase in Vegas. (HELLO, BRITNEY!!!)

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Shangri-La Starts a 'Points for Charity' Effort, But Who Really Benefits?

October 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM | by | Comment (1)

With the holiday season just a month or so away (sorry to be the bearer of bad news), Shangri-La is giving members of its Golden Circle rewards program the opportunity to help out two Hong Kong based charities, Oxfam Hong Kong (which aids poverty and disaster relief) and MedArt (which brings care to those in long-term confinement, such as prisons, psychiatric institutions, hospices, homes for the elderly, etc).

For every 1,000 points given by a member, Golden Circle will donate $20 to one of the charities on the member’s behalf. The minimum donation starts at 2,000 points and can be increased by increments of 1,000 up until a maximum of 10,000, equivalent to a $200 cash donation. Members may donate by visiting the “Redeem Points” section on Golden Circle's website.

The donated points are forfeited from your account in exchange for the donation made by Golden Circle. How much these points are actually worth varies. For example, at a Shangri-La "collection A" hotel, a standard room is worth 1,000 points/night. At the highest tier of hotels, "collection G," a standard room is worth 20,000 points. So, a guest who donates 2,000 points sacrifices a two-night stay and the hotel donates $40 to charity.

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Got a Problem with Your Hotel Reservation? FaceTime With Starwood About It

September 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cannily timed to coincide with the launch of iOS 7 on Wednesday, Starwood has launched an all new iPad app aimed at members of its loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest.

The new app, which was built from scratch to run on the iOS 7, was created in response to a massive increase in mobile traffic for Starwood, and launched simultaneously in Chinese.

The company has optimized more than 50,000 images of their properties for iPad retina display, with the result that scrolling through the app is just like flipping through your favorite glossy travel magazine, except that you can make a reservation without leaving the app -- and with just one click, if you've preloaded your information.

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