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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!
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.
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Oh boy, we hope the neighbors who are suffering from the Gansevoort Park's rowdy pool parties are stocking up on more ear plugs. That's because another party spot is coming to the block in mid-2013--SLS New York.
The NY Post reports that Sam Nazarian has announced that the Philippe Starck-designed SLS outpost for the Big Apple will open at 444 Park Avenue South, which is literally just a block away from the Gansevoort. The hotel will have 190 rooms, presumably with Ciel toiletries in the bathrooms.
While our source inside SLS says a José Andrés restaurant at the ground-level is not confirmed, we hope it happens as we can't imagine SLS without José. There will also be rooftop scene of some sort and we hear that the S bar brand might be revived. There might even be an outpost of Hyde at the hotel,too.
But that's not all Nazarian has planned for NYC. He's also expanding the LA's Umami burger chain with five Umamis set to open within the next 18 months. (Hint: put one in the SLS and make it a "secret" spot.) He's also hoping to spin off the Redbury Hollywood in SoHo or Tribeca or even open up a second or third SLS hotel down there.
If you love the staying the night at the SLS Hotel or The Redbury and dining on sushi at Katsuya and are totally going to the Hyde Lounge when it opens at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, then you should probably sign up for the brand-new sbe loyalty program called, sbePREFFERED FRIENDS.
Being a preferred friend will not only help you earn rewards for your sbe dedication across hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and even spas but it will also get you access to the Global Concierge, which offers "lifestyle experiences worldwide."
Here's a bit on how it works:
We can't all earn 10 million frequent flyer miles or spend 300 nights out of the year on the road to get supreme elite status so some of us have to get it another way--by buying it. And that's what you can do at InterContinental Hotels to get Royal Ambassador status.
For just $200 a year (or 32,000 Priority Club rewards points), you can get an upgrade to a superior room, priority waitlist reservations, late check-out, instant check-in, instant check-out, a complimentary weekend night upon enrolling, fresh fruit and mineral water at arrival, VIP greeting, in-room welcome gift, one free pay TV movie per stay, complimentary newspaper and an airport chauffeur service (but for a fee.)
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What we imagine the MHG Global Card looks like.
Last week we were trying to nail down exactly what you get for being a Morgans Hotel Group Club Cardholder. We were able to suss out some very VIP perks like hotel room upgrades and priority access and reservations to all Morgans Hotels restaurants and bars but it turns out there's a whole lot more that these privileged card holders can receive.
A tipster and global card holder sent us (from his iPad, natch) a complete list of the perks. We've bolded the ones we like:
· Dedicated concierge to assist you with all of your needs before and during your stay
· Complimentary night at all of our new hotel openings around the world
· $100 in US Hotels or £100 in UK hotels for a standard room if available after 10PM
· Upgrades to the best available hotel accommodations upon arrival which include specialty suites
· Invitations to exclusive Global Card events, openings and special events throughout the year
There's more after the jump.
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The other week we mentioned how the Sky Terrace was open for the season at The Hudson Hotel. The terrace, we noted, is open to hotel guests, select New York influencers and Morgans Hotel Group Global Card holders.
Naturally, any sort of secret club or exclusive card-holding group has us wanting more yet when we inquired about this club, a Morgans rep told us they were still finalizing some details about the program.
However, in doing some internet research, we learned the Morgans Hotel Group Global Card has been around for some time or at least since 2007.
We recently spent a few hours trying to decide how to spend our credit card rewards points on a hotel stay on the east coast of Australia. Something about using rewards points brings out the worst in us – we want to get the best possible value for our "money"; after all, it's taken a lot of spending to get us those points.
But we're also never quite sure if it's worth it to deplete more than half of our points on a hotel stay. Would buying two iPods be better? Or a Best Buy gift card and some airlines miles?
Aside from shopper indecision, our particular credit card rewards program offers a choice. You can buy a gift voucher for a hotel (in various denominations like $50, $150 and $200) or you can buy a night at the hotel. Choices, choices.
What would you do?
If you're a regular at Carlson Hotels which has the Regent Hotels, Radissons, Park Plazas, Park Inn and Country Inn and Suites under its name, then you might want to consider going Carbon Neutral on your next trip.
The hotel chain just announced that it will match the contribution of every goldpoints plus member (that's their loyalty program) donating points to Carbon Neutral, starting April 30th.
Carbon Neutral is a UK-based carbon offsetting company that aims to offset CO2 emissions associated with travel. Last year, Carlson revamped its frequent guest program to include, on a global basis for the first time, the opportunity for its members to donate points to community-based carbon reduction projects that neutralize the CO2 pollution that results from global travel.
Members can redeem points starting at 2,000 points by logging on goldpointsplus.com or by contacting the member service centers which vary depending on your location. More information on the promotion can be found here.
But thanks to a commenter, Michael S Dacko, a W-phile, we finally learn a little bit more about this mysterious card.
That's what we're asking ourselves after visiting the dedicated W The Card web site. We tried to sneak into the members-only site but couldn't brute force it.
Just as we were giving up, a spy tipped us off to what's behind the curtain:
Basically, it seems that you get some sort of priority as a guest of the W when making dinner reservations and you get access to the discotheques. If you check out the VIP card web site there's a lot on there about what you DONT get. Lame.
Looks to us like it's a move toward dividing you between your Starwood guest points and a W loyalty program. If that's the case, then our spy has it right: Lame.
· Starwood Hotels coverage [HotelChatter]