• Marriott's new program: how many points you'll need to book a stay

    With Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards being merged into one giant hotel loyalty program from August 1, Marriott has finally revealed how many points will be needed to book a room at each hotel under the new scheme. This includes the shift from a flat rate to de...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2018 7 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 4 Comments

  • 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. Specifically, this relates to a statement from the company that SPG Gold members would be granted Platinum Elite status under the new program by way of their link...

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Travel tip: have Amazon deliveries sent to your hotel

    Although Amazon is finally gearing up to launch in Australia, we could see significant differences in both the range and pricing of items available through the local outlet compared to the Amazon mother-ship in the USA. But if you regularly travel to the US, there’s a canny way to access t...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2017 8 Comments

  • West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton to open by December

    Hilton Worldwide will open a new Sydney hotel by the year’s end: the West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton, belonging to the chain’s ‘upper upscale’ category and a welcome alternative to the long-standing Hilton Sydney. Nestled on Sussex Street in the CBD’s ...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2017 7 Comments

  • How to snare a room upgrade at Hilton, Conrad, DoubleTree hotels

    Even if your company’s travel policy will only cover a standard hotel room, there are many ways you can upgrade your stay to better surroundings at hotels like Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and DoubleTree: sometimes, even to rooms with full Executive Lounge privileges. Whether you’...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Velocity ends partnership with four hotel chains

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members will no longer be able to earn Velocity points on hotel stays with Jumeirah International; Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces; Meritus Hotels and Resorts; and Hotel Urban Group from September 2017. That means no more Velocity points at s...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2017 16 Comments

  • The top Australian credit cards for hotel perks and privileges

    Many credit cards offer perks like frequent flyer points and airport lounge access, but some cards take care of you after your flight, with benefits such as hotel room upgrades, daily breakfast and complimentary late check-outs on eligible stays. Some cards achieve that by boosting you to the el...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2017 2 Comments

  • The most interesting late-night room service around the world

    We’ve all been there: bleary-eyed from a long flight that lands after dark, staring down an even-more-exhausting work trip ahead. You drop your luggage in your hotel room, grab the room service menu, and flip straight to the "late night" pages... only to find there’s nothing but chees...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • AccorHotels plans new Sofitel Dubai Wafi luxury hotel

    Travellers visiting Dubai from early 2019 can unwind at the new Sofitel Dubai Wafi hotel, set to be the largest Sofitel in the Middle East: featuring 501 guestrooms including 86 suites under the familiar AccorHotels banner, along with 97 serviced extended-stay residences. Rooms will range from 5...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • The Porter House Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel coming to Sydney

    Sydney’s skyline will soon be adorned with a new luxury hotel as AccorHotels plans to open The Porter House Hotel under its MGallery by Sofitel brand by the end of 2020. Located on the corner of Bathurst and Castlereagh Streets in the city’s CBD, a $380 million mixed-use building wil...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan hotel opens its doors

    Business travellers visiting China’s financial capital can now stay at the luxurious St. Regis Shanghai Jingan hotel which blends Western and Chinese design styles to give the property feelings of both familiarity and foreignness, regardless of where you’re from. Meander upstairs to ...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Shangri-La Singapore hotel unveils revitalised Tower Wing

    Singapore’s luxurious Shangri-La hotel is now welcoming guests into its newly-refurbished Tower Wing, complete with an upgraded lobby, revitalised guestrooms and suites, three new restaurants and a renovated Horizon Club lounge. Any visit begins in the lobby where thousands of leaves attem...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 1 Comment

  • How to get Marriott Gold Elite status from just one hotel stay

    Gold Elite status in the Marriott Rewards program usually comes in return for spending at least 50 nights a year at hotels like Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton and Autograph Collection – but thanks to a crafty partnership between Marriott, Starwood and MasterCard, there’s a wa...

    POSTED 11 May, 2017 6 Comments

  • Sydney Airport gets new Mantra hotel near domestic terminals

    UPDATE | The new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is getting closer to welcoming its first guests with external construction of the nine-storey property now completed ahead of final fitout works taking place inside. That includes getting the guest rooms painted and installing furnishings, with an ...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

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