Sometimes I think that airlines and hotels have too much time and/or money on their hands and the news last week that Marriott is trialling facial recognition software to help with the check-in process does little to quash that opinion.
IHG has announced that it has signed a management agreement to bring the InterContinental brand back to Sri Lanka. The Kingsbury Colombo was an InterContinental property up to approximately 6 years ago so the Sri Lankan capital has been InterContinental-free since then.
It was only on Monday that Radisson launched a double points promotion on stays of two or more nights and already the hotelier is back with another attempt at persuading guests to stay for more than just a single night.
A number of people have been saying that having the likes of the St Regis Bora Bora and the St Regis Maldives Vommuli priced at 60,000 points/night is only really a good deal on paper. In reality, they say, award availability will be very limited (due to demand) so only a few of us will be able to get the reservations we want. I see things in a slightly different way.
Accor Hotels has put out a release which reads "[t]his summer, the Ibis brands want to be the travel partner of millennials with the launch of their first 100% student offer" Any press release claiming to be aimed at millennials gets me annoyed very quickly but, because this may offer some genuine value to a few readers, I carried on reading - this is what the offer is all about
We've known about the new Marriott award chart (kicking in from 1 August 2018) for some time but it hasn't really meant all that much up until now because Marriott hadn't confirmed what categories its hotels would be placed in. The hotelier gave us an indication of what to expect back in April but, as I noted at the time, there was quite a bit they left out. In its examples Marriott didn't include all the properties in each city/region that it was using to explain how things would look, we weren't told how peak- and off-peak seasons would be split and there was still uncertainty over how all-suite properties would be treated.
Hilton's second big promotion of 2018 has been running since 1 May and offers all Hilton Honors members double points for stays made at most Hilton properties through 31 August 2018. As Hilton promotions go this a reasonably good one but I've only just noticed that for some of us, it's actually better than I thought.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Air France integration coming to Amazon's Alexa and now it looks like Marriott is taking things a step further as it brings Alexa into its hotel rooms.
Hilton has launched a flash sale for stays at its properties in the US, Canada and Latin America in which its offering up to 20% off stays booked by Monday 25 June 2018. You'll have to be a Hilton Honors member to get the maximum discount but, as its free to sign up, that shouldn't be an issue for anyone.
IHG has launched its "Easy Like Summer" promotion in which it's offering a number of incentives to those ready to book travel for stays in the next 3 months (approximately). Three separate incentives are on offer covering discounts on room rates, bonus points and extra savings through IHG's fuel rewards program so there should be something here for everyone.