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How to Take Maximum Advantage of Elite Hotel Programs

When I use the phrase 'elite hotel programs’, what do you think of? Likely you think of your points status with your favorite hotel chain loyalty program, and that’s fair, since those programs are the consumer-facing rewards/benefit systems you’re familiar with. By that I mean they are made visible to you once you have stayed at one of the chain’s hotels, at any level. Do you know that even if you are at the hard-earned highest level of a loyalty program, there are still amenities you aren’t able to access? I’m gonna put an end to that today.

Why is your loyalty program not the end-all and be-all of rewards you should be reaping? Because the richest programs are not consumer-facing. They are accessible only through your travel advisor, assuming your travel advisor has the right partnerships. And yes, I do!!

By now you know how important my partnerships are to your vacation experience. It is these partnerships worldwide that are integral to me providing you value, access, amenities, peace-of-mind and security that surpass planning and booking your vacation yourself. I have previously mentioned Virtuoso, a partnership I have through my host agency Gifted Travel Network, by which I access on your behalf amenities you’d miss if you booked your hotel on your own. This is why I encourage you to use the link in my weekly newsletter or give me a call when you need to book a hotel.

What I haven’t told you is that there are four other exclusive, invitation-only elite programs that Global Exotic Adventures has access to. What are these programs and what tangible benefits do they provide you? It’s time to give you the scoop.

Marriott Stars and Luminous

Stars and Luminous are Marriott International’s partner programs for luxury travel advisors. Of Marriott’s 30 brands, 675 of their finest hotels are in these programs; they fall like this:

Stars encompasses the luxury-plus Marriott brands of Bvlgari Edition, The Luxury Collection properties, Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis.

The Luminous portfolio includes many of the hotels in the Autograph Collection, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Marriott, Renaissance, Tribute Portfolio, W Hotels and Westin. Check with me to see which ones afford the valuable Luminous amenities to the clients of member agencies like Global Exotic Adventures.

Hyatt Privé

If Hyatt is your go-to brand then let me help you access Hyatt Privé for 19 Hyatt brands such as Park Hyatt, Andaz and Miraval Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Regency, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, JDV by Hyatt and Alila.

Belmond Bellini Club.

Ah, Belmond! Just the name engenders visions of some of the finest luxury experiences in remarkable places: hotels, trains, safaris and experiences afloat.

Accor STEP

The name Accor may not ring any bells until I name the luxury brands that reside under this umbrella: Fairmont, Raffles, Orient Express, Banyan Tree, FAENA, Delano, Sofitel, SLS, Rizos and M Gallery. You might be a member of their rewards program for customers, Accor ALL. You'll need an advisor that has Accor STEP access.

Marriott Stars and Marriott Luminous, Hyatt Prive, Belmond Bellini Club and Accor STEP - these are the elite luxury hotel programs you have access to through my agency. Including Virtuoso-affiliated hotels with this list of world-wide luminaries, the added value of working with a travel advisor is obvious: once inaccessible enhancements to your luxury hotel stay are now yours.

Let me ensure this is clear: for the same regular rate you’d pay if you made your own reservation, you’re eligible to receive VIP goodies like daily complimentary full breakfasts for two, a credit of $50 to $200 per room per stay (depending on the property), full accrual of your loyalty points, VIP recognition, personalized in-room welcome letter/gift/amenity, early check-in/check-out, free wifi, complimentary room upgrade when available, airport transfers, and more, when Global Exotic Adventures makes that reservation for you. You don’t have to lift a finger except the one it takes to dial my phone number. Are you ready to plan your 2022 luxury travel experience?

'til next week.


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