Thistle designs Earlybird Check-in program February 17, 2003 Share 1 -- LONDON -- Thistle Hotels is giving transatlantic travelers who arrive early at its 11 U.K. properties in London and Manchester, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, a break with its new Earlybird Check-in program, which guarantees room availability by 10 a.m. Offered at no price premium to contracted agency and consortia rates, Earlybird Check-in also offers room upgrades (subject to availability), airline mileage and full breakfasts."After a long-haul flight, waiting for your bedroom can be a real inconvenience," said William Burton, director of sales and marketing. "Earlybird Check-in will make those worries a thing of the past."Rates start at about $186 per night at the Thistle Manchester and Thistle London Heathrow and at about $256 at London's Thistle City Barbican.For more information, call (800) 847-4358 or visit www.thistlehotels.com on line.