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Loews Hotels Free Luggage Program

Most of the large U.S. airlines are charging passengers for the second, or even the first, checked bag this summer. Some airlines, like JetBlue, are even charging for the use of blankets and pillows. It’s a survival tactic in the airline industry to keep afloat in the wake of the fuel crisis that has affected everything from fuel costs to the price of groceries. Because of the increased price of travel, hotel companies around the world are doing whatever they can to keep business coming in. Loews Hotels is offering a “Baggage Buy Back” incentive for guests. This program will reimburse guests for their $15 checked baggage fee charged by the airline.

How do you get it? Just present any airline baggage fee receipt at the front desk of your hotel to receive the rebate. The rebate will be issued in the form of a credit to your bill at check-out, not in the form of a Hamilton and a Lincoln. You can take advantage of the Baggage Buy Back rebate from now until September 1, 2008 at any one of Loews Hotels properties in the United States. Credit for up to two bags (or $30 per occupied room per stay) may be credited.

“In just the last few months, airlines have added myriad new fees to cover rising fuel prices,” said Jonathan Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels. “At Loews Hotels, we want to demonstrate to our guests how much we appreciate their business and one way we can do this is by helping them rein in some of the hidden costs of travel that are becoming increasingly common.”