If a travel jacket raising $9 million on Kickstarter proves anything, it’s that crowdfunding is as good for generating cash as it is for buzz. And it’s not only startups getting into the “campaigns and contributions” game these days. Now, luxury hotels are sticking their hand into that cookie jar, as well. Of course, it’s not really for the money though. For some hotels, Crowdfunding has basically become the new version of a hotel rewards program. And pledging money gets you more than a crappy t-shirt or a signed postcard, but also a lifetime of luxury perks and service as a pseudo-hotel owner. Take for example the Hard Rock, which last year crowdfunded a $1.5 million renovation of its Palm Springs property. For a minimum pledge of $10,000, investors earned better bookings, room-rate discounts and free access to an exclusive poolside cabana. Get the full story at USA Today