From the New Year, travellers must instead make reservations through IHG – including online, using the IHG app, through central telephone reservations, with the hotel direct or via corporate travel portals – to enjoy their usual privileges. Among the benefits at stake: free in-room Internet access, priority check-in, complimentary room upgrades and a late check-out, depending on your IHG Rewards Club loyalty tier, plus free drink vouchers at selected Crowne Plaza properties, such as in Singapore and Kobe, Japan. In an email sent to IHG Rewards Club members, the chain justifies the move by saying that “we want to give you the best travel experience—from start to finish—every time. And we can only do that when you book with us directly.” Get the full story at the Australian Business Traveller