Hotel Goodies Gone

Physician's Money Digest, October15 2003, Volume 10, Issue 19

If you're used to getting red carpettreatment at hotel chains where you're afrequent guest, you may not want to beso quick to land bargain room rates fromWeb sites like Expedia or Orbitz.Starwood Hotels, owner of Westin andSheraton Hotels, has announced plans tostop giving good customers perks likefree room upgrades if they book throughthird-party discount reservation sites.Hilton Hotels has also changed its policyon awarding points under its loyaltyprogram, requiring guests to reservethrough Hilton sites like www.hilton.com or www.doubletree.com. Whetheryou should review your reservation tacticsmay depend on whether you thinkthe perks are worth more than the moneyyou can save through a discount site.