• Marriott's new program: winners and losers from Marriott Rewards

    Marriott Rewards members will find a new hotel loyalty program waiting for them in August – and perhaps even a new membership tier to come along with it, but how does the new, as-yet-unnamed scheme compare to today’s program for perks and points? Australian Business Traveller compare...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2018 4 Comments

  • Marriott reveals new look for Sheraton hotels

    Marriott is not only rolling out a new loyalty program to encompass its recently-acquired Sheraton brand, it also wants to give the hotels themselves a new look. Sheraton is Marriott International’s largest worldwide hotel brand, but Marriott's chief commercial officer Stephanie Linna...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2018 1 Comment

  • Le Club AccorHotels readies Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel partnerships

    The Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel chains will all join AccorHotel’s Le Club loyalty program in July, allowing Le Club members to earn and redeem points on stays, and elite cardholders to enjoy perks such as room upgrades, hotel lounge access and more. Read: Accor buys Fairmont, Raf...

    POSTED 17 May, 2018 6 Comments

  • Reviewed: Los Angeles' two best new hotels

    Great hotels abound in Los Angeles, and there is no single best way to experience L.A – the time and effort required to brave the city's famously sluggish traffic means that, for many visitors, the place they choose to stay determines the flavor of their experience. Right now, one of the m...

    POSTED 17 May, 2018 2 Comments

  • Marriott downgrades elite status for SPG Gold members

    Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members hoping to nab Platinum Elite status under Marriott’s new combined hotel loyalty program will be disappointed, with the chain now confirming that these travellers will only be matched to Gold Elite under the new scheme – not Platinum Elit...

    POSTED 11 May, 2018 23 Comments

  • How to get Radisson Rewards Gold status from American Express

    Have the American Express Platinum Charge Card? You can get a boost to Gold status in the Radisson Rewards program – formerly known as Club Carlson – giving you perks at Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson Collection, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn and Country Inn hotels. Among thos...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2018 1 Comment

  • Five things you need to know about Marriott’s new loyalty program

    UPDATE | Earlier advice and commentary provided by Marriott International to Australian Business Traveller has proven to be incorrect. Claims from the company that SPG Gold members would be granted Platinum Elite status under the new program by way of their linked Marriott Rewards tier were false...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 18 Comments

  • Revealed: Marriott's new mega hotel loyalty program

    Marriott has taken the next big step to align its three hotel loyalty programs into one, revealing the details of what will become the brand’s single loyalty program, merging members from Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. The new scheme still doesn’...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 26 Comments

  • How to watch Netflix like a boss on (almost) any hotel TV

    Already have Netflix at home? Then keep up with your favourite shows on the road by using this handy yet simple hack, which allows you to watch Netflix on almost any hotel TV. It works like this: with the right HDMI cable, you can attach your laptop or tablet to the hotel television, and can the...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2018 32 Comments

  • Space station hotel will be 300km up and cost $1 million per night

    Aboard the International Space Station, an astronaut’s life is typically work, exercise, rest, repeat. But what if your chance of having the right stuff for NASA’s astronaut corps is, to say the least, minimal? Aurora Station, billed as the “first luxury hotel in space,” ...

    POSTED 7 Apr, 2018 7 Comments

  • How to get Hilton Honors Gold status from American Express

    If you have the American Express Platinum Charge Card, you can quickly elevate yourself to Gold status in the Hilton Honors program: unlocking perks like free daily breakfast, space-available room upgrades and more, at hotels such as Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and DoubleTree by Hilton. Howe...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2018 7 Comments

  • Rooms with a view at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel

    Airport hotels don’t get much more ‘airporty’ than the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. Like the best airport hotels, it’s the shortest of strolls from the airport itself: in this case that’s Singapore’s Changi Airport, and specifically Terminal 3. We’re tal...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2018 18 Comments

  • How to get a Hilton Honors status match to Diamond, Gold status

    Free breakfasts, room upgrades, club lounge access, late checkouts: those are the top perks of Hilton Honors Diamond and Gold status, and they're yours for anywhere from 90 days to a full year under the latest 'status match' promotion offered by the Hilton loyalty program. In order to qualify fo...

    POSTED 18 Mar, 2018 20 Comments

  • The next hotel room convenience could be wine on tap

    The situation: You key in to your hotel room after a stressful business meeting. All you want is an immediate glass of wine to drink while watching the evening news. The problem: You don’t want to open the full bottle of ludicrously overpriced plonk in the minibar. Room service will take 4...

    POSTED 10 Mar, 2018 15 Comments

  • Mandarin Oriental hotels launches new Fans of MO loyalty program

    Mandarin Oriental now has a hotel loyalty program, dubbed ‘Fans of MO’ in a nod to the chain’s iconic logo, doing away with the typical offerings of points and status tiers as common of other hotel schemes. Instead, the Fans of MO program – which is free to join – o...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 2 Comments

  • New York hotels now slugging travellers "urban destination fees"

    Many business and leisure travellers trekking to New York City are now finding extra fees tacked onto their hotel bill, described by some chains as an “urban destination charge”, and by others as either a “mandatory destination fee” or a “daily destination fee”...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2018 22 Comments

  • Instant status match: how to link your Marriott, Starwood accounts

    Thanks to the merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, elite members of the chains’ respective Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs can snap up elite status in the other program, just by linking their accounts. For example, if y...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 3 Comments

  • How to beat those annoying hotel 'resort fees' in the USA

    Unlike Australia, many hotels in the United States charge guests compulsory daily ‘resort fees’ over and above their nightly room rate, which can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of each stay – even at inner-city hotels which aren’t in fact ‘resorts’. But t...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2018 21 Comments

  • Review: Hoshinoya Bali - Ubud

    Recently we covered the Hoshinoya property in Tokyo, a ryokan-style business hotel that makes an interesting alternative to standard chain hotels in the area. We also spent some time at the Hoshinoya resort in Ubud, Bali. While this isn’t a business focused hotel, if you’ve got some t...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2018 0 Comments

  • The Darling Hotel, Sydney

    Heading to Sydney on business? The Darling Hotel now offers visitors to the harbour city the only Sydney hotel that has been awarded the prestigious Forbes five-star rating. This article is sponsored by The Darling Hotel Boasting 171 rooms, suites and penthouses, you’ll be able to soak up...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2017 0 Comments

  • Now open: Novotel Singapore on Stevens hotel

    AccorHotels has dropped yet another pin onto its map of Singapore hotels with the new Novotel Singapore on Stevens joining the upscale Sofitel Singapore City Centre, which opened in October 2017. The Novotel sits alongside the Mercure Singapore on Stevens, on Stevens Road, and nor...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 0 Comments

  • Sydney Airport to get a 1960s-themed airport hotel

    A penthouse bar, 'first class' and 'business class' guest rooms, a rooftop view of arriving and departing flights at nearby Sydney Airport, and even meeting rooms named Airbus and Boeing – Sydney's new Felix Hotel might just become the new hot spot for business travellers. Located at ...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • Australia’s best credit cards for earning Hilton Honors points

    Credit cards are undeniably a great way of earning airline frequent flyer points, but for travellers who amass plenty of these throughout the year from actually flying, a smarter strategy can be to earn hotel loyalty points from credit cards instead, such as in the popular Hilton Honors program. ...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2017 5 Comments

  • What makes a great hotel executive lounge?

    TALKING POINT | Hotel 'executive lounges' or 'club lounges' are literally a business traveller’s home away from home, so when choosing where to stay, the quality or even availability of a hotel lounge can be a strong influencer for many high flyers. So what do you like to see in a hotel lo...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2017 15 Comments

  • Marriott plans new Westin Darwin hotel for 2020

    Travellers to the Top End will find a new luxury Westin Darwin hotel opening in 2020, as part of the chain’s Australian expansion which also includes new Westin properties in Brisbane and Perth. The 240-room hotel will feature 14 suites with water and city views, along with three internal ...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

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