Friday, April 13, 2012

Hotel Rewards Programs

With so many travel sites on the internet, and quite a few that focus on upscale travel, it can definitely be a daunting task to drill down to the very best. Connoissuers of  luxury hotels want websites that focus only on a line-up of the finest hotels, offering the best deals, the most perks, and  top-notch customer service, offline. When planning for a trip, whether it’s a vacation or for business, who you book with can make all the difference.

One caveat that is common among luxury travel providers is their "membership" requirement  or point-accrual condition. Some "rewards programs" require members to reach a certain level of "spend" before they get privileges. American Express, for instance, only offers the best to Platinum and Centurion card members only. So, if you don’t fall into that slot, find someplace else to book from. Other sites will have you in some sort of point scheme that measures your access to benefits based on your points. So while the hotels are certainly alluring, why bother reserving with a site that has conditions based on your status?

WhataHotel! is different. There is no membership required. No points one has earn in order to qualify. It only offers the finest properties, most of which grant its clients Exclusive Complimentary Perks. A full-service travel company that has been in business for well over half a century has its back. This brings it things like ‘Preferred Partner’ status with Four Seasons; a designation that provides any guest who books with WhataHotel! an edge with complimentary room upgrades, free breakfast daily and more at any Four Seasons Hotel in the world.

Based on double occupancy, and at least a 2-night reservation, most of  the properties in WhataHotel! offer its reserved guests perks worth as much as $450 per stay! A VIP welcome is generally standard, and it is likely you will be given the best room available within the room catgeory booked or upgraded to. Full American breakfast daily for two is a given and some additional bucks are thrown in for a Spa treatment or towards incidentals. One feature that many guests appreciate is the availability of early check-in and late check-out witnout charge too. features a collection of approximately 850 luxury properties in more than 420 different destinations across the globe, spanning 6 continents. Most of the connections come from the Signature Travel Network it is a member of . The range of accommodations runs the gamut from distinct luxury hotels in major cities, to country lodges, boutique hotels, large and small-scale resorts, and spas. The collection is comprised of landmark brands, famous for their internationally renowned high standards, such as the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, Orient-Express, Aman, Shangri-La, Oberoi, Rocco Forte, St. Regis, Dorchester, Park Hyatt, Six Senses, One & Only, Preferred, Fairmont, Sofitel, W, Taj, and Waldorf Astoria. Not just exclusive to the major brands, the collection also extends to an array of single hotel properties such as the Hotel Plaza Athenee in New York, Le Sirenuse on Italy’s glamorous Amalfi Coast, The Bellagio in Las Vegas, and Claridge’s in London, among many others.

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