Hotel Loyalty Programs

Virgin America, Starwood Partner to Offer Cross-Program Benefits

Virgin America, Starwood Partner to Offer Cross-Program Benefits

Virgin America announced the beginning of a new partnership with Starwood Preferred Guest.
Now, Virgin America Elevate members will earn two points for every one dollar spent on Starwood hotel stays.
Additionally, Starwood Preferred Guest members can exchange Starpoints for Elevate points at a 1-t-1 ratio.
Virgin and Starwood are also offering two packages that members can bid on, namely trips for two to Maui and Honolulu that include seats on Virgin America’s …

IHG to Re-Launch Share Forever Promotion

IHG to Re-Launch Share Forever Promotion

InterContinental Hotels Group announced it is bringing back its Share Forever offer.
Members of the company’s IHG Rewards Club loyalty program who register for the promotion will receive a customized set of offerings based on their reward tier, and will receive benefits when they stay at an IHG property between May 1 and September 5 this year.
Examples of rewards include 5,000 bonus points for a first stay completed by May 31, …

Lobby Bar – April 8: Set Fire to the Air, Traveling with Collectibles, and How to Buy an Airline

Lobby Bar – An Artful Alliteration of FBT News and Views, Rated Two Thumbs Up
Airborne danger. Paul Riegler stumbles across an American Airlines “Welcome Aboard” pamphlet from 1959. The pamphlet warns against the dangers of operating personal radios onboard the aircraft. Oh, and please feel free to smoke at any point throughout the flight.
My fair warning. Jonathan Spira heads to City Center to catch a rousing performance of “1776.” To …

Marriott to Introduce Marriott Rewards Member Rates

Marriott to Introduce Marriott Rewards Member Rates

Marriott International said it is launching Marriott Rewards Member Rates on April 11. The program is designed to provide members of the hotel’s guest loyalty program with the “very best” price for a room.
Member Rates are available via the hotelier’s website, smartphone app, call center, and certain corporate travel agents.   If a member finds a better rate within 24 hours of making a reservation, the hotel will not only match the …

Hyatt Gold Passport Launches Stay More Play More

Hyatt Gold Passport Launches Stay More Play More

Hyatt Gold Passport announced the start of its Stay More Play More promotion.
The promotion is valid for stays starting Friday and runs through June 30 and registration is required. Members of Hyatt Gold Passport can earn up to 75,000 bonus points, starting with 5,000 after the first five nights, 15,000 after ten nights, 30,000 after 15 nights, 50,000 after 20 nights, and the maximum 75,000, which is awarded after 25 …

Shangri-La to Offer New Benefits for Loyalty Program Members

Shangri-La to Offer New Benefits for Loyalty Program Members

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced that it is introducing five new benefits for its Golden Circle loyalty program members in honor of the program’s fifth anniversary.
The first, which Shangri-La calls multiple room earning, allows members of the program to earn award points on up to three rooms when traveling with family members or business associates and booking rooms at a qualifying rate.
Another new benefit makes members eligible to earn a …

Wyndham Launches First-Ever Hotel Sitcom

Wyndham Launches First-Ever Hotel Sitcom

Wyndham announced the launch of its new hotel-themed sitcom series, “Have Points, Will Travel.”
The series revolves around a young married couple as they travel south along the west coast of the United States “with only the clothes on their backs and one million Wyndham Rewards points to get them there.”
Newlyweds Dean and Traci, portrayed by Stephen Visocan and Rachel Adams, start their voyage in an unknown location with only their …