Starwood Preferred Guest continues to be innovative in their promotions and programs. Recently, they offered a special program to allow guests to bypass the check in desk, by providing a reusable RFID card that could be used as a guest key at certain properties.
My Smart Check-In card arrived
As of right now, Smart Check-In is limited to a few Aloft hotels. There are eight currently, and 4 more in the pipeline.
- Aloft Harlem
- Aloft Lexington
- Aloft Dallas Downtown
- Aloft New York Brooklyn
- Aloft Cupertino
- Aloft Miami Doral
- Aloft Tucson University
- Aloft San Francisco Airport
- Aloft Miami – Brickell
- Aloft Tulsa Downtown
- Aloft Montreal
- Aloft Vaughan Mills
- Aloft Calgary University
Note: The Marriott App incorporates remote check in, and despite lots of IT issues, hopefully this benefit will continue on a new platform.
I’m not sure if I’ll have the opportunity to use this, but I figured it might be interesting to do something different. I was invited to sign up several months ago, and I received my card this week.
More information about the program from the SPG website:
How does it work?
On the day of your arrival at any participating Aloft hotel we will send a message to your mobile device with your room number. When you arrive you can bypass the front desk and proceed directly to your room. Once at your room just touch and hold your Aloft brand SPG card to the door lock and the door will unlock. It’s easy-breezy!
With your Aloft brand SPG card, you will be able to take advantage of one of the easiest and fastest check-in experiences ever offered in the hotel industry. You will no longer need to check in at the front desk or kiosk when you arrive, but still enjoy full access to the front desk throughout your stay. Any costs incurred during your stay will be charged to the credit card used to book your reservation. Feel free to stop by the front desk at any time if you have questions or concerns. Also, please note that while your new Aloft brand SPG card does not list your specific SPG member tier, you will continue to receive all the benefits of your tier.
How do I join?
Currently the program is targeted to select SPG members and we are not able to add any additional members at this time. But, please be on the lookout for your invitation to join as we hope to expand the program in the near future!
It seems that the program is targeted, and they are not currently taking additional sign ups. Has anyone else utilized this program and actually used the special card?