HOTEL REWARD PROGRAMS

Brief Introduction

Most hotel chains have their unique reward programs. This could be annoying sometimes, for the program itself is a little bit too complex to explain in brief. Even the front desk staffs get lost occasionally. As a consumer, we don't have to be an expert over every detail, but it is better to have a general idea of what they are. 

A good news is that reward programs are quite similar. Once you figure out one, the rests won't be challenging any more. 

Hotel reward programs are all about you. Because you are the 20% people who drives 80% revenue to hotels, you deserve all the courtesy.
From the table below, you will find several major hotels and their reward programs. Take one minute to check them out--
Hotel Group: IHG

Featured Brands
     Crown Plaza,
     Hotel Indigo,
     Holiday Inn,
     Holiday Inn Express, 
     Stay Bridge Suites,
     Candle wood Suites

 Property Number
     4500+ properties in over 100 countries

Member Tiers& Requirements
     Freely enrolled
     Gold Elite if 
     49≥nights in a calendar year≥15
     Platinum Elite if
     Nights in a calendar year≥50

Hotel Group: Marriott

Featured Brands
Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance,          Bulgari, Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, 
     Autograph Collection,
     Courtyard by Marriott,
     Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott,
     Residence Inn by Marriott,
     TownePlace Suites by Marriott,
     Marriott Executive Apartments,
     Marriott Conference Centers,
     Grand Residence by Marriott,
     Marriott Vacation Club,
     Ritz-Carlton Destination Club

Property Number
      3700+ properties in 74 countries

Member Tiers& Requirements
     Freely enrolled
     Silver Elite if
     49≥Nights in a calendar year≥10
     Gold Elite if
     74≥Nights in a calendar year≥50
     Platinum Elite if
     Nights in a calendar year≥75

Hotel Group: Starwood

Featured Brands
     St. Regis,
     The Luxury Collection,
     Four Points by Sheraton,
     Le Meridien

Property Number
1000+ properties in nearly 100 countries

Member Tiers& Requirements
     Freely enrolled
     Gold member if
     24≥Stays in a calendar year≥10
or if
     50≥Nights in a calendar year≥25
     Platinum Member if
     Stays in a calendar year≥25
or if
     Nights in a calendar year50

It's OK if you couldn't find the one you have enrolled in. More hotels information can be identified on official website or customer contact center. But there is something you will find nowhere else except from this website, so you have to take a look at them--
 tips on how to optimize your stay to get the bang for the buck. 
Travel Journal

It's a horrible night to stay in Aloft Brooklyn on New Year's Eve. I traveled a long way to hotel and wished to take a nap, but guess what, there was a party next door. It's soo0o noisy and I cannot even stay calm in the room. I asked to change for another room, but was told the hotel was fully booked that night, not surprisingly.

There was a  building on the other side of the street which totally blocked the view. It could be extremely suppressed if you looked outside.

I originally booked three nights there, but finally decided to move to another hotel after the first night stay.

Honestly speaking, the room is not bad. Perhaps a little bit small like the other hotel rooms in New York City, but very clean. The bathroom was equipped with Bliss products. Chic design as any other aloft in the country.

Besides, it' s a category 3 hotel in New York City, which means it only cost 7000 points to redeem for one night. You could never find a deal like this in the big apple! But when you choose the hotel, be prepared for the less favorable environment around!

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