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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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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!!!)
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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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.
Last month we were stoked to hear that Hyatt Hotels would be teaming up with MGM Resorts for a loyalty program partnership that would allow MGM's M life members to earn points at Hyatt Hotels (including Park Hyatt and Andaz Hotels) and for Hyatt's Gold Passport members to earn points at MGM properties, not just in Vegas but also the MGM Grand Detroit and starting in 2014, the Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica in Mississippi.
But you can do so much more than earn points and tier credits. As a Hyatt Gold Passport member, you can use your Hyatt status to get access to some of these kickass M life Moments like selecting the Bellagio fountain songs, scuba diving in The Mirage aquarium, DJ-ing the Coast Nightclub at Beau Rivage or getting a private show from the male dancers of Thunder from Down Under. (Guess which one we'd pick?)
However, as with all loyalty programs and promotions, there's a lot of fine print to wade through. M life has set up a pretty comprehensive FAQ section (under Preferred Partners) but here are some of the major things to know:
1. Be a Member of Both Programs to Earn Tier Credits or Points. To earn Hyatt Gold Passport points at MGM properties and vice versa, you have to be a member of both Gold Passport and M life. At check-in at an MGM Resort, you need to tell the front desk that you would like to earn Hyatt points, in addition to M life tier credits. You also have to add both your M life and Hyatt Gold Passport numbers to your reservation. At check-in at a Hyatt Hotel, you must specify which program you would like to earn towards. In order to earn M life Tier Credits, again you must also be a member of both programs, add both numbers to your reservation, and advise the Front Desk you wish to earn Tier Credits.
Back in March, we were psyched to hear that InterContinental Hotel Group would be making major changes to their loyalty program, starting with a name change from Priority Rewards to IHG Rewards Club. But best of all, the program would start offering free WiFi to all members by July 2014.
Starting today, the program has officially made the name change and right now, elite members of the program will get free WIFi at any IHG hotel. IHG Rewards Club will also give members the ability to fast track their elite status by staying in three or more of IHG's hotel brands. Additionally, reward nights will count towards earning elite status and platinum elite members "extra" nights will roll over to next year so they can keep that coveted status.
This is all extremely good news for current IHG members and we wouldn't be surprised if it attracted a whole new crop of members either. Also not hurting is that IHG has over 4,600 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories. Then again, we recently took a chance on Holiday Inn Express and we're not sure it was worth the double points we got for the stay. We'll stick with Hotel Indigo and InterContinental flagships in the future.
For more on the program changes and what each level of status gets you, go here.
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Back in May, we told you about a website called PointsHound that allows you to earn airline miles for your hotel stays. It seems this market is now beginning to catch on and grow, as another site called Rocketmiles has emerged in the same light, offering a minimum of 1,000 miles or points for each night's stay at a hotel. In some cases we saw, the rewards were as high as 5,000 a night.
Like PointsHound, using Rocketmiles a very simple process -- sign up, link your mileage accounts, and book through the site. Rocketmiles is currently partnered with American AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles, HawaiianMiles, United MileagePlus, US Airways Dividend Miles, and Virgin America Elevate. Generally, hotel rewards points will not be earned in addition to your Rocketmiles preferred currency, however your stay will most likely count toward your elite status level (although the exact policy differs from hotel to hotel).
Are there any real differences between PointsHound and Rocketmiles? In terms of policies and site interaction, not really. But from the eyetest, PointsHound seems to have a bigger selection of hotels while Rocketmiles offers, on average, more points per night at fewer locations. The good thing for us is that we have both sites at our disposal, and together they make up a pretty good team with plenty of options should we want to pad our airline points accounts.