June 2015 Hotel Update
Free WiFi is finally here! As of June 4, 2015, when you book your hotel through the Hilton channels and not through an online travel agency (e.g. Expedia, Priceline, etc.), basic Wi-Fi is free of charge for all Hilton HHonors members! And Starting in the summer of 2015, premium Wi-Fi will be free for Diamond members. The switch should happen in the Americas in late June and later in the summer for all other locations. In more tech news, Hilton’s digital check-in and room selection technology is now live across more than 4,100 hotels spanning 11 brands worldwide.
Hilton’s Double Your HHonors promotion rewards members with double points or double miles (with any of Hilton’s 60+ airline partners) for each eligible stay at ANY Hilton hotel or resort! This offer was set to expire but has been extended until August 31st!
You have until June 17th to buy a big bunch of Hilton HHonors points and enjoy a 100% bonus! According to Hilton this is their biggest purchase promotion ever! And what could be better than Hilton’s top two luxury brands rewarding you in three ways? Conrad and Waldorf Astoria properties offer three 2015 promotions that can be stacked together and with other promotions for maximum bonus points on paid and award nights! And two of the three promotions have no cap on the bonus points you can earn!
Some great Hilton HHonors Perks are on the site this month including resort credit and bonus points offers, new hotel promos, free golf offers and more!
Hyatt Gold Passport
Keep an eye out for Hyatt’s newly announced Sweet Dreams Sweet Rewards promotion as well as a new Diamond Elite Offer/Challenge that will be up on TRVLVIP tomorrow! And Hyatt was awarded Best Elite Program at the 2015 Freddie Awards! Although we didn’t get a vote, we really enjoy our Diamond status and can understand why Hyatt won!
Some great Perks are on the site this month. A few highlights include summer savings of up to 25%, several fantastic Hawaii promotions and the wonderful Guest of Honor program that allows Diamond members to share their benefits while gifting that special someone a free night!
All Hyatt hotels worldwide now offer free Wi-Fi to all guests independent of booking method or loyalty program, so hopefully you’ve had a chance to enjoy that! And remember the industry pairing between Hyatt and Mlife, which provides great reciprocal benefits to double down on fun in Vegas!
Be sure to check out all of the current Hyatt Perks and Tips, including a great Tip on the pros and cons of buying and gifting Hyatt Gold Passport points and a few insider tricks on how to use Hyatt free night certificates!
IHG Rewards Club
We encourage you to review the current IHG Perks, which include discounted award stays, summer discounts, bonus points offers at new hotels and more. And of course you should be registered and racking up and sharing points already with the Share Forever summer promotion!
We think IHG’s Ambassador Program is a great value with lots of luxurious benefits and encourage you to take a look. And we have some great information if you’ve ever wondered whether it makes sense to purchase the Bonus Points or Bonus Miles packages. And if you have the choice to stay at multiple IHG brands we encourage you to review the Fast Track to Elite Tip!
Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards
Marriott was awarded Program of the Year at the 2015 Freddie Awards…now that’s a BIG accomplishment! And to keep things innovative on the tech front, travelers can now ask anything, anytime, anywhere with the new mobile chat feature from Marriott. Remember that basic Wi-Fi is free for all Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards members and premium Wi-Fi, when available, is free for Gold and Platinum Elite members.
It was recently announced that Delta Hotels and Resorts will recognize the elite status of Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards members starting June 18, 2015, and members will be able to earn and redeem Marriott or Ritz-Carlton Rewards points by early 2016. Marriott acquired Canada based Delta’s 44 hotels in early 2015. Delta’s own rewards program is expected to retire on February 29, 2016. If you’re heading to Canada, keep this in mind.
Have you ever wondered whether you should choose Marriott or Ritz-Carlton Rewards? It’s a good time to find out especially with the lucrative Ritz 2015 double elite credit offer and the 40,000 points summer promotion! We’d suggest switching over to Ritz-Carlton Rewards if you have any plans to stay with Ritz this year because you will still enjoy all your great elite benefits when staying with Marriott as well.
Starwood Preferred Guest
Keep an eye out for Starwood’s newly announced Sheraton promotion – reputed to be the richest Sheraton offer in the history of the SPG program. This promotion announcement coincides with the news that Starwood has a brand new vision for Sheraton. Registration for this new promotion will not start until July 9th, so there isn’t a promotional page up yet, but look for our alert later this month. According to SPG’s news release, you’ll be able to earn a free weekend night for every five Sheraton nights stayed between July 9th – Sept 30th up to three nights total. And perhaps best of all, you can use those free nights at even the most expensive, highest tier Sheraton hotels in the world!
Wi-Fi is now free for all Starwood Preferred Guest members as long as you book your stay though Starwood. Premium Wi-Fi, when available, is free for SPG Gold, Platinum and Partners level members! And remember the industry pairings between Starwood and Uber, Emirates, Caesars, and Crossover Rewards with Delta – all of which provide great reciprocal benefits! We think Starwood has the competition beat with all of their great partnerships! And Starwood was awarded for Best Redemption Ability at the 2015 Freddie Awards! We sure do enjoy our free nights with SPG!
In May, Starwood announced their Make it Count promotion which rewards 1,000 bonus Starpoints for weekend stays through August 31st! And lots of other great SPG Perks are on the site this month including free night and bonus points offers, new hotel promos, discounted award offers and more!
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