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Lobby Bar – January 20: Toilets of the Future, Nudity Aboard the Aircraft, and Cloning Yourself for Extra Hotel Points

Lobby Bar – A Curious Collective of FBT News and Views
Bathroom munchies. The Japanese toilet industry plans to introduce newer, more easily understood controls for high-tech toilets. The industry will also be doing away with one feature: a button that looks as though it should clean the toilet bowl but actually places an order for sushi through a local restaurant, and delivered through the bathroom window.
Quiet please! Remember, in the U.K., …

Starwood Announces Changes to Uber Partnership

Starwood Announces Changes to Uber Partnership

Starwood Preferred Guest will be making changes to the way its members earn points with Uber.
Beginning February 1, members will earn two Starpoints for every one dollar spent on Uber while staying at a participating SPG hotel. Previously, members could earn up to four Starpoints, depending on their tier.
Members will also be able to earn one Starpoint for every two dollars spent with Uber when not staying at a hotel. …

Marriott Rewards and SPG Launch Coordinated Bonus Program

Marriott Rewards and SPG Launch Coordinated Bonus Program

Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards announced their first coordinated bonus program since the Marriott-Starwood merger, which closed in September.
Members of all three guest loyalty programs will be able to earn double points on their first three stays at participating hotels in each program. This translates to two bonus Starpoints for every dollar spent on a member’s first SPG stays and ten bonus Marriott Rewards points per dollar …

Starwood Preferred Guest Elites Now Eligible for Additional Upgrades on Delta Flights

Starwood Preferred Guest Elites Now Eligible for Additional Upgrades on Delta Flights

Delta Air Lines announced a new benefit for Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum-level members as part of the Crossover Rewards program between SPG and Delta.
Henceforth, SPG Platinum-level elites traveling on Delta flights will be eligible for complimentary day-of-departure upgrades to Delta Comfort+, the airline’s premium economy light section, on paid tickets.
Previously, those members were only eligible for complimentary upgrades to first-class seats. Since the SPG elites only cleared on the day …

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa, Palm Springs, California – Hotel Review

It was love at first sight and the most unexpected encounter I’ve ever had at a hotel. Sally, a Chihuahua mix, was living large in the reception area of the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa, looking for a guest to adopt as part of the hotel’s pet adoption program.
Sally let me take her for a walk around the property’s beautiful grounds and it was clear that we enjoyed …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2016

Robert Esnault-Pelterie, a French aviation pioneer, was born on November 8, 1881. He developed the idea of ailerons, which allow “banking” of fixed-wing aircraft around the fuselage’s longitudinal axis and are essential in making turns when aloft.
The Hotel Kämp in Helsinki, Finland, opened its doors on November 1, 1887. The hotel is still in operation today, and is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels.
The first flight in a rigid …

Marriott Plans to Keep All 30 Brands Post-Merger

Marriott Plans to Keep All 30 Brands Post-Merger

When Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts first announced plans to merge late last year, many wondered which of the company’s 30 brands would be combined after the merger.
The merger closed on September 22, making Marriott the world’s largest hotelier and the company recently provided an answer to the question: Marriott will keep all existing Starwood and Marriott brands.
The company’s CEO, Arne Sorenson, indicated this was the plan shortly …