Membership has its rewards. If you're a regular reader of Carry On, you're well familiar with the exclusive hotel offers from Vacationist, an invitation-only joint venture between Travel + Leisure and Luxury Link offering reduced stays at fabulous properties for up to 60 percent off.

But T+L is hardly alone in offering the special treatment to travelers. Leading Hotels of the World, which represents 430 independent luxury hotels, just announced its "Ultimate Benefits Program."

Members of the Leaders Club "Access" level ($100 annual fee) have enjoyed such extras as room upgrades and early check-in/late check-out. But the new list of bennies has grown to include free Internet access and complimentary continental breakfast for two each day. As any traveler knows, these little extras add up.

And now, "Unlimited" level members ($1,200 annual fee) will have access to over 600 VIP airport lounges around the world with its Priority Pass—a very attractive deal considering the state of air travel these days.

For a complete list of benefits, visit