A couple weeks ago I was invited to spend 36 hours in Vegas at the Aria Resort & Casino with Visa and a terrific group of ladies to learn more about the premium, luxury hotel benefits for Visa Signature Cardholders. The Aria is among one of the more than 900 luxury hotels worldwide that participate in the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, offering premium hotel benefits (think VIP treatment, upgraded views, late checkout) for Visa Signature cardholders. [Disclosure: I was invited by Visa to participate in the Visa Signature blogger event and received complimentary travel and experiences during my stay. As always, all opinions are my own.]
Do you have a Visa Signature card? You may not know you have one. At the kick-off, briefing event at the Aria Sky Suites on Monday night (which included great food, information and an amazing magician), many of us had to pull out our wallets to look at the bottom right-hand corner of our cards for the Visa Signature brand. I am a big fan of amassing frequent flier miles with our monthly expenses, so was excited to learn that my Alaska Airlines Platinum Business Visa card can be upgraded to a Visa Signature card, giving me the option to also get extra perks when I book a hotel. Fortunately for passionate travelers like us, there are many wonderful travel rewards credit cards programs from which to choose. Which card is right for you depends on what travel perks matter most to you. One site that I defer to often to evaluate travel rewards points and credit cards is the The Points Guy. If you already have a Visa Signature card, you could be missing out on premium benefits when you book with your Visa through the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection including the following benefits:
- Best available rate guarantee
- Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, when available
- Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, when available
- Complimentary continental breakfast daily
- $25 USD food or beverage credit
- VIP Guest status
- 3PM check-out upon request, when available
Here’s a quick recap of some of the featured Visa Signature benefits that I experienced solo during our trip to Vegas:
When I arrived at the Aria Resort & Casino, I checked in at the VIP Guest check in desk. The front desk was great about explaining the VIP benefits of my upgraded room, including Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and a $25 food and beverage credit and late-check out, however, sadly my departing flight was too early to get to enjoy this one. No matter how far you travel, there is nothing better than arriving at a hotel and feeling like the front desk is helping to find you the best room to wow you on your stay.
One of my favorite upgrades at a hotel is snagging a great room view. When I checked in to the Aria in Vegas, I was excited to learn that they had upgraded me to one of the top floor rooms, providing a sweeping view of the lights of the Las Vegas strip. Besides a cozy bed, a hotel that offers a great view is one of my favorite hotel upgrades.
Room Service or Complimentary Continental Breakfast
We had so many great meals during our trip, but sometimes some of the best meals when you are traveling solo for business is knowing you can be up with the sunrise with a complimentary continental breakfast. Since Aria doesn’t have a continental breakfast, I took advantage of the $20 credit they provided and had a $25 dining credit room service for a scheduled morning breakfast. and free Wi-Fi to get a jump on your work day. There is nothing better than a hot cup of coffee and a good breakfast arriving at your door first thing in the morning.
Late night snacking at the Mini-Bar
One of the perks of having the daily $25 beverage and food credit was not worrying about splurging on that $10 bag of almonds for a late night snack. Because sometimes a girl wants a healthy late night snack (or a glass of wine watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon).
Lastly, the complimentary in-room Wi-Fi was especially useful when traveling for work and the Wi-Fi at Aria was really easy to sign onto without all the added hassles you usually have to go through when trying to access free Wi-Fi.
What hotel upgrades and perks make you feel like a VIP?