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Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
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You need to book direct with Hilton to earn points, not third party sites. You may have some benefits recognised if you don't book direct, but this is not guaranteed.
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The hotel chains voluntarily agree to make rooms available to these booking sites, travel agents, travel management companies etc and consequently pay them commission. There must be some benefit to the hotel for this arrangement so it would seem counter-intuitive that hotels punish guests for using these booking services. It is especially mean-spirited to deny loyalty benefits to corporate travelers who are required to book via an intermediary. Wouldn't these be lucrative customers?
It also seems odd not to give benefits to customers who book via airline portals when the hotels themselves have agreements (with the airlines) to give frequent flyer points to guests.
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As far as I know, World of Hyatt is one of the few programs that doesn't exclude travel agency bookings.
On the dining front SPG also offer points and a discount, even if you aren't staying.
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Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
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Of course, these things are always a bit of a YMMV, and there may be reasons that a particular property goes above and beyond the minimum...
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