"We launched Member Rates to provide an exclusive benefit to those guests who choose to have a closer relationship with our brands and hotels,” says Drew Pinto, vice president of distribution for Marriott. In addition to the online discounts, members get free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in and check-out. The efforts are aimed at online travel agencies (OTAs) that charge commissions to hotels that have listings on their sites. The hotel companies would not elaborate on the terms of their relationships with the OTAs but said the member rates do not mean they will stop working with companies like Expedia and Priceline. “OTAs play an important role in the market, and we continue to have productive relationships with our OTA partners,” says Ellen Lee, senior vice president of digital for Hyatt. “OTAs help us introduce Hyatt brands to new customers and those who are not likely to build a loyal brand relationship.” Get the full story at USA Today Read also "Hotels intensify rate war with OTAs"