Developing News: Starwood Hot Escapes to Be Announced Soon

You simply cannot get anything past sharp FlyerTalk members, who in this case caught a premature glimpse of a new program coming soon to the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program: SPG Hot Escapes. According to FlyerTalk member Starwood Lurker — who is also known as William Sanders, social media specialist and one of the official company representatives of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide on FlyerTalk — “SPG Hot Escapes will…

Up to 120% Increase in Points for Rewards? Hertz Devaluation Worse Than Expected?

Point redemption levels for rewards for members of the Gold Plus frequent renter loyalty program of Hertz Rent-A-Car were supposed to increase up to 15 percent in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands as of October 1, 2013, as reported here at The Gate on July 2, 2013 — but FlyerTalk members are reportedly experiencing “sticker shock” with some of the increases which have actually been implemented. “The Adrenaline collection got hit pretty hard”, according to content posted by FlyerTalk member turbov6. “Old rate for a 4-day weekend was 3000 points. It’s now…

Smart Check-In With Universal Key Card: Should Starwood Expand The Program Systemwide?

“I stumbled into a insider talk in the lounge between a general manager and a group of hotel industry types”, posts FlyerTalk member lovenola in this discussion. “They are discussing a new program where you can bypass the front desk at check in and use your spg card as a key at any hotel you are checking in to. It’s being tried out on a limited basis right now. Has anyone here participated in this yet?” The “new” program to which lovenola is referring is the Smart Check-In program — a pilot program first launched in 2009 in which certain members of the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program are selected to participate on an invitation-only basis. You cannot voluntarily opt in and join the pilot program at this time — you must be targeted with an official invitation to participate; and the invitation cannot be transferred to another person. The way the Smart Check-In program works is that…

Indigo Partners Purchases Frontier Airlines

According to an official press release, Republic Airways Holdings Incorporated announced earlier today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Frontier Airlines to an affiliate of Indigo Partners LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $145 million. $36 million — subject to certain adjustments under the purchase agreement — of that $145 million is to…

Earn Double SkyMiles and 250 Medallion Qualification Miles with Hilton HHonors — Yet Again

Hilton HHonors members who book a two-night stay from now through December 13, 2013 at select participating Hilton HHonors hotel or resort properties worldwide will earn 250 Medallion Qualification Miles on Delta Air Lines, plus double SkyMiles. Hilton HHonors members who want to take advantage of this promotion need to ensure to…

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