Wyndham Rewards, which includes Days Inn and Howard Johnson, is raising the points requirement by as much as 66 percent on about 1,600 hotels around the world. At an additional 2,900 or so hotels the rates are dropping, and they are staying the same at about 2,700 hotels.
Hilton HHonors, which covers Hampton Inn, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites and Waldorf Astoria, among others, is hiking the points requirement on many of its hotels 14 percent to 50 percent.
The Marriott Rewards program, which includes Fairfield, Courtyard, Ritz-Carlton and TownePlace Suites, will raise the points requirement by at least 33 percent for more than 1,300 of its hotels. The program also created a higher tier for its most expensive hotels.
Hotel dreams up a new amenity
If you have trouble sleeping at a hotel, the folks at the Benjamin Hotel in Manhattan think they have just what you need.
First of all, the 209-room hotel offers a pillow menu with 12 different options, including a hypoallergenic and water-filled pillow.
The hotel also offers “white noise” machines that play soothing sounds to get your mind at ease. The hotel’s spa can also send a masseuse to your room.
But the Benjamin took its sleep program one step further last week by introducing a “work-down call,” the opposite of a wake-up call. You can arrange to have a sleep concierge call at a designated time to remind you to get ready for bed.
The rates at the Benjamin range from about $350 to $1,400 a night for the VIP suite.