The business of travel
Hyatt to manage four of France's top hotels
Hyatt Hotels will be taking over the management of four of France’s best known hotels beginning from April next. In Paris the Concorde La Fayette, with views of the Eiffel Tower, will become the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile.
The historic Hotel du Louvre will retain its name but may become an Andaz boutique hotel. On the Cote d’Azur, the celebrity haunt the Martinez in Cannes will become a Grand Hyatt and almost equally famous, the Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice will become a Hyatt Regency.
Frequent flyers in court action
Since the merger in 2011 with Continental, the two frequent flyer programmes have been integrated and benefits redefined.
United million milers, who gained their status by flying more than a million miles on United services only, are now taking the airline to court to stop it undermining their benefits.
There is a public website entreating the airline to review its policies for this elite group, millionmilersunited.com.
Loyalty crossover means a lot more
A crossover of loyalty programmes between Starwood Hotels and Delta Airlines will mean that elite-level members will receive benefits and points across both programmes from March 1st. Delta SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members will have benefits like late checkout and free in-room internet access. SPG Platinum members will get free checked baggage and priority check-in on Delta services.