I just received an email from SPG asking if I wanted to join a test program they’re starting up for bypassing the front desk and going directly to my room when I arrive at the hotel. Here’s the explanation that came up when I clicked on the email: “Congratulations on being selected as one of the Starwood Preferred Guest® members invited to join this innovative program with AloftSM. A very exclusive group of members who join will be sent a special Aloft brand SPG card that will double as your room key for all stays at the Aloft New York Brooklyn, Aloft Dallas Downtown, Aloft Harlem, and Aloft Lexington. We’re also very excited to share that this initiative will soon be available at the Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park. Just provide the requested information below, accept the terms and conditions and your special member card will arrive within four weeks. How does it work? On the day of your future arrivals to one of the participating Aloft hotels, we will send a message to your mobile device with your room number. When you arrive, you can bypass the front desk and proceed directly to your room. When you get there, just hold your special Aloft brand SPG card in front of the lock and the door will unlock. That's it! You will be able to take advantage of one of the easiest and fastest check-in experiences ever offered in the hotel industry. A few things to note: • You will need to have the mobile device that you provided below with you on the day of arrival. • We will use the credit card you used to make your reservation for all incidentals during your stay. You can change this at any time by stopping at the front desk. • Your new Aloft brand SPG card will NOT replace your existing SPG member card and can only be used at Aloft hotels that are participating in Smart Check-In. • The Aloft brand SPG card does not contain any of your personal identifiable information. The card only contains information necessary for your current stay at one of the participating Aloft hotels. Lastly, just because you won't see us at check-in doesn't mean we aren't here to help. Call or stop by the front desk anytime! For more information and a list of participating hotels, please visit alofthotels.com/smartcheckin. Experience style at a steal at Aloft Hotels, featuring loft-inspired urban design, a happening w xyz bar scene, fast and free WiFi, totally tech-savvy rooms, gourmet bites available 24/7 at re:fuel by Aloft and so much more. If you don't already have a reservation at the Aloft Lexington, Aloft Harlem, Aloft Dallas Downtown or Aloft New York Brooklyn, book now at www.spg.com.“ Well, living in NYC, I’m not sure how often I’ll get to the Aloft Brooklyn and/or Harlem, but I might just to give this a whirl. If they keep adding hotels to the test, more chances to use it.