Largest Hotel Chain Adds Tenth Airline Partner

Thai Airways International is Best Western International`s newest global airline partner, bringing to ten the number of airlines represented in the hotel brand`s Gold Crown Club International frequent traveler program. This partnership allows Best Western`s Gold Crown Club members to accrue Royal Orchid Plus miles while staying at any of the more than 4,000 Best Western hotels in 80 countries. This global airline flies to 33 countries including Thailand, China, Japan, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and the United States and is part of the Star Alliance.
In celebration of the addition of this partner, Thai Airways will be included in the Double Up with Best Western(R) promotion that is effective until January 14, 2004. Double Royal Orchid Plus miles or Gold Crown Club points can be earned after every qualifying stay at hotels in Asia, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America. Registration and membership in Gold Crown Club is required. To register, residents of the US, Canada and the Caribbean can visit or call 1-800-237-8483. From other locations, please visit the website. Mention promotion code BWDBL when registering.

Thai Airways International operates the most extensive network in Asia through one of the region`s largest hubs, Bangkok. One of the world`s top ten airlines, THAI`s destinations include the United States, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Acclaimed for gracious service in the Thai tradition, travel with THAI to Asia and beyond is always smooth as silk.

Gold Crown Club International is Best Western International`s frequent travel program. It offers a global free room night award that is redeemable any day of the week and has no blackout dates. The program offers one of the most generous reward options and points are easily obtainable through additional partner earning opportunities. The program is rated among the best in the industry according to Inside Flyer magazine.

Best Western International is THE WORLD`S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN(R) with more than 4,000 hotels in 80 countries and territories. Best Western is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its members.