We all know that the whole Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio has been acquired by Marriott International but we haven't had much visibility about how it is going to impact us until today. With the expansion and takeover of brands, current Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members will be able to benefit from the integration of both programs. Here are the top four things you need to know!
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Singapore Airlines have just announced a joint partnership known as 'Infinite Journeys' which will provide members of Golden Circle and KrisFlyer with enhanced benefits. This partnership will allow double-dipping of rewards for Golden Circle and KrisFlyer members - it will also include enhanced benefits and recognition for elite member in both programmes each time they fly with Singapore Airlines or stay at any participating Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts property.
When I stayed in the Junior Suite of the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa earlier this year, I fell in love with the place - in fact, I dare say it is my favourite hotel in Sentosa for a weekend escape in Singapore. I had the recent opportunity of running a company event at this beautiful property once more in the crème de la crème room type - the Villa du Jardin. Since I could not seem to find enough photos of the villa while I was researching the place, I made it a point to take a couple of photos so people will know what to expect if they are going to shell out over S$2,000 a night for this amazing space.
The Pan Pacific Orchard is one of my favourite Global Hotel Alliance properties in Singapore - the DISCOVERY Loyalty Program which in my opinion, is one of the best hotel loyalty programs for staycation-goers in Singapore, offers a late check-out of 6PM and early check-in of 9AM for top-tier Black members. I have stayed at the Pan Pacific Orchard on multiple occasions (perhaps ten times already!) and have always gotten the benefits of being a Black member in the DISCOVERY Loyalty program. The Pacific Club Studio is my favourite room type in the hotel and as mentioned in my previous article, you do get a double upgrade (where space is available) for being a Black member.
As part of the on-going Tastes of JAPAN programme (read about the feature in June to August this year), ANA will be showcasing the quality produce and specialties from the Akita, Saitama and Shimane prefectures in-flight as well as at the various airport lounges from September to November 2016.