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What do these hotel reward programs really get you?

We all look for those catered hotel privileges when traveling, small but meaningful personalized services to make us feel special.

  IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group),  has introduced IHG® Business Edge, a comprehensive program designed to enhance the corporate travel experience for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs).

Prior to launch, 1,500 companies have already signed up as members, eager to benefit from a program designed to streamline the negotiation process, reward loyalty, and consolidate data, content, and booking into one easily accessible customer portal.

IHG Business Edge has been in development for the past year, and was built based on the insights of 2,100 global SME customers, and then piloted with 300 companies across 17 countries.

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Derek DeCross, SVP, Global Sales, IHG, said“We knew that there was an unmet need for a travel buying program specifically designed for SMEs – a group of customers who can often be underserved by the industry. We worked together with SMEs to design the program and they told us that a discount program alone is not compelling enough to drive their loyalty and engagement. They didn’t want lengthy negotiations – but rather a rich discount they could count on, reliable reporting and insight into the latest information, as well as access to a diverse corporate network of other ‘similar’ organizations.”

Companies with less than 250 employees and up to $50 million in revenue and that spend at least $5,000 with IHG annually, are able to join the IHG Business Edge community. This will give them discounted rates at participating hotels across IHG’s portfolio of more than 5,400 properties across 15 brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants. Participating travellers also enjoy the benefits of IHG® Rewards Club  Gold Elite status after completing their first stay.

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Other hotel Rewards Programs

Trip Savvy recently provided a list of these reward programs:

Marriott Rewards Perks include: 
No blackout dates, PointSavers options, preferences remembered, dedicated customer service line, exclusive member offers, 20% discount on converting points to miles, free in-room Wi-Fi, and more.

Qualifying Hotels:

-Marriott Hotels & Resorts

-JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

-Renaissance Hotels & Resorts

-Courtyard by Marriott

-Residence Inn by Marriott

-SpringHill Suites by Marriott

-TownePlace Suites by Marriott

-Fairfield Inn by Marriott

-Marriott Vacation Club International

-Marriott ExecuStay

-Marriott Executive Apartments

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Hilton HHonors Perks include:
Digital check-in up to 24 hours in advance (choose your room and customize your stay), free in-room Internet access at selected hotels, easy and quick reservations based on customized preferences, late check-outs when available, second guest stays free.

Qualifying Hotels:




-Embassy Suites

-Hampton Inn & Suites

-Hilton Garden Inn

-Hilton Grand Vacations

-Homewood Suites

-The Waldorf Astoria

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Hyatt Gold Passport perks include:
No blackout dates—stay in any standard room, five points per dollar spent, points-to-miles conversion options with over 30 travel partners

Qualifying Hotels:


-Grand Hyatt

-Hyatt Regency

-Park Hyatt

-Hyatt Resorts


-Hyatt Place

-Hyatt Summerfield Suites

-Hyatt Vacation Club


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Starwood Preferred Guest perks include:
Lots of luxury hotel choices for redemption, no blackout dates, free nights start at 2,000 points, VIP access via SPG Moments to sporting events, concerts and more, free Internet when booked through SPG websites.

Qualifying Hotels:

-Starwood Preferred Guest

-Le Meridien

-Four Points


-The Luxury Collection



-Element by Westin

-St. Regis

-W Hotels

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Choice Privileges perks include:
Express reservations and check-in, extended check-outs, free Wi-Fi, free newspaper,

Qualifying Hotels:

-Comfort Inn

-Comfort Suites


-Sleep Inn


-Cambria Suites

-MainStay Suites



-Rodeway Inn