Why You Should Never Book a Luxury Hotel Direct. Ever.

by | February 11, 2022

At Travel Theory, we have access to perks and exclusive offers that are simply not available directly to consumers. If you aren’t booking through us, you’re missing out. Whether it’s a weekend trip, five nights in the Caribbean, or bucket list-worthy Bali escape, all of your luxury hotel bookings should be through Travel Theory because we pass along these exclusive benefits to our clients, free of charge.

We feel so strongly about sharing these perks with our clients that we never charge a fee for a simple hotel booking.

Through our affiliation with Virtuoso, and as invite-only members of Marriott STARS & Luminous, Belmond Bellini, Hyatt Privé, Four Seasons Preferred and Accor STEP, we are able to offer our clients unmatched perks and amenities. These are coveted, invitation-only programs offered only to top travel advisors (that’s us!!).

Even if you are at the highest level in a hotel’s loyalty program, we are still able to add even more value during your stay at no extra cost to you. You still earn your loyalty points and you have us to service your needs and have your back for the entire trip.

Marriott Stars & Luminous

Book any of the Marriott STARS properties (Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, BVLGARI, EDITION and The Luxury Collection) through us and receive:

  • Complimentary full or continental breakfast daily for up to two people per room
  • Personalized welcome amenity and note
  • Hotel credit valued at $100 once per stay
  • Room upgrade, subject to availability at check-in
  • Early check-in & late check-out, if possible
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi daily
  • Your full allocation of Bonvoy points

Book select Marriott Luminous properties (Autograph Collection, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Marriott, Renaissance, Tribute Portfolio, W Hotels, and Westin) through us and receive:

  • Hotel credit valued at $100 once per stay (at select hotels)
  • Early check-in & late check-out, if possible
  • Complimentary room upgrade, subject to availability at check-in
  • Local welcome amenity and note
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi daily
  • Your full allocation of Bonvoy points

Belmond Bellini

Belmond is luxury travel personified and their stunning portfolio contains 34 properties spread over 5 continents. Jimbaran Puri (Bali), Cap Juluca (featured above), and safari in Botswana are just a few of their gems. As members of Belmond Bellini, their exclusive invitation-only program, we can offer you the following incredible benefits which can’t be matched by booking direct:

  • Upgrade at check-in, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast for two daily
  • A credit of $90 to $200 per room per stay, depending on the property
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A $500 gift voucher when you spend $5,000+, applicable towards a future Belmond experience of $2,500+
  • VIP recognition by property management and staff
  • A welcome amenity

Hyatt Privé

Hyatt Privé is a collection of over 200 properties globally including all Park Hyatt, Andaz, and Miraval properties, as well as select Alila, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency, JdV by Hyatt, Thompson, and The Unbound Collection properties.
Exclusive benefits you get when you book through Travel Theory include:

  • A one-category room upgrade (room-to-room or suite-to-suite) confirmed within 24 hours of booking, based on availability at the time of booking
  • A $50 to $100 property credit per room per stay
  • Early check-in (as early as 9 a.m.) subject to availability
  • A welcome gift and letter
  • Full allocation of your World of Hyatt loyalty points

Four Seasons Preferred Partner

In keeping with Four Season’s exclusivity, we are not even allowed to list the monetary value of what this partnership means for you! But if you have ever stayed at a Four Seasons, then you know the value. The below is complimentary for Travel Theory clients if booked through us as a Four Seasons Preferred Partner:

  • Daily full breakfast for two per bedroom, served in the hotels dining room or in-room
  • Varying hotel and resort credit, based on room category, from $100-400 to use in the spa, on activities, or dining
  • Upgrade of one room category at check in if available
  • Complimentary internet
  • Welcome note at check-in

Accor STEP

The Accor STEP program encompasses luxury properties across over 40 countries including Fairmont, Raffles, Orient Express, Banyan Tree, FAENA, Delano, Sofitel, SLS, Rizos, and M Gallery.
Exclusive benefits you get when you book through Travel Theory include:

  • Room upgrade (to the next room type category at the time of booking or at check-in)
  • Daily complimentary breakfast for 2 guests per day
  • $50 or $100 credit to be spent during the stay
  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • A VIP Welcome

Virtuoso Preferred

Virtuoso specializes in luxury and experiential travel and their comprehensive portfolio includes over 1,800 of the world’s best companies such as hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more. As Virtuoso advisors, we use use our personal connections and firsthand expertise to craft bespoke trips for clients, including unique experiences, special values, complimentary perks, VIP treatment and rare access.
Additional exclusive benefits (varying by property) when you book through Travel Theory include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 Resort or Spa Credit per booking
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Hotel specific perks such as wine tasting, exclusive access, or limited-edition experiences


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