I have been a Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) Black member for the whole of 2015 and I have had a lot of upgrade successes (more so than most international hotel chains) at a number of properties worldwide:
According to official benefits set out by the Global Hotel Alliance, Black-tier members should get early check in from 9AM, late check out until 6PM, guaranteed room availability up to 24 hours prior to arrival, a double room upgrade and a personal choice of local amenity. What is impressive to me (especially in the capacity of a staycation-goer) is the early check-in and late check-out. Considering how most hotels allow you to check-in at 3PM and check-out at 12PM (21 Hours), having the Black status will effectively increase your hotel stay from 21 Hours to 33 Hours (effectively 57% more time in the room or suite!).
I really loved my GHA Black benefits and you used to be able to early qualifying nights even on OTA rates but ever since 2015, you were only able to earn eligible nights when you book directly with the hotel - I have had issues when I booked via GHA itself too (strange!). Upgrade successes were always high and checking-out late is always a breeze (unless at full occupancy of course) but unfortunately, I was not able to hit 30 eligible nights this year so I will be back at Platinum next year which isn't too shabby after all.
Last year there was the opportunity to fast track into Hilton Honors Gold status with just 2 stays or 4 nights for all eligible Visa Infinite Cardholders. It appears that Visa has officially extended this offer to 30 June 2018 and eligible cards now include not only the top-tier Visa Infinite cards but also Visa Signature cards (which is shocking, considering how easy it is to get!). Similar to the previous offer, a Hilton Honors member must complete 2 eligible stays or 4 eligible nights in 90 days upon successful registration - status earned should be valid until March 2020
UOB has just updated the list of participating airlines that will earn you 6 miles per dollar (or more accurately, UNI$15 for every S$5 spend) when you book on the specific Expedia landing page using a valid UOB PRVI Miles card. All eligible bookings have to be completed by 31 March 2018 and travel must be completed by 30 June 2018.
It appears that Club InterContinental as well as InterContinental Ambassador guests are currently receiving a complimentary LUXE City Guide (Digital) for the city that they are visiting. About a week before my stay at the InterContinental Singapore, I actually got an email notifying me about this benefit and the whole registration process is pretty straight forward.
Mileslife will be awarding double KrisFlyer miles on the platform from 25 December 2017 to 31 December 2017. Convert all your dining expenses into valuable KrisFlyer miles which you can then use for free flights in Business Class and First Class!
If you have an existing Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) with Emirates Skywards account linked, you may be targeted for an exclusive opportunity to earn bonus Starpoints. While I have not stayed in many Starwood properties this year and I have not flown on EK in 2017, my account was targeted with an offer to earn up to 5,000 bonus Starpoints after completing three eligible stays.
Start planning your travels next year because Hilton Honors has just announced the Points Unlimited offer for all eligible nights consumed between 01 January 2018 and 30 April 2018. Hilton Honors will have to register for the promotion prior to checking-out and they will be able to earn 2,000 Bonus Points per stay as well as an additional 10,000 Bonus Points every 5 stays (effectively 4,000 Bonus Points per stay if you combine the promotion) during the promotional period. Do note that all hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio with the exception of Hampton by Hilton Hotels in Mainland China are participating in this promotion - great news!
Hilton Honors (free to sign-up!) members are now able to save up to 25% off their stays from now until 31 December 2018 (yes, next year!) if you book one of the participating hotels across Asia-Pacific by 18 January 2018. This is a great opportunity to check out out the newly-refurbished rooms and suites at the Conrad Centennial Singapore if you have not.
Register for IHG's new Accelerate Offers for 2018 to find yourself a set of tailored offers for a chance to earn plenty of IHG Rewards Club Points! The set of challenges differ from member to member and therefore the only way to find out what your account was targeted for is to sign-in and register for the promotion. Do bear in mind that the current Accelerate promotion is still running and these challenges should only be completed between 01 January 2018 and 30 April 2018.
You can now buy United Airlines MileagePlus Miles and enjoy up to 100% bonus miles on eligible purchases made between now and 31 December 2017. It is important to check whether your account has been targeted with the 100% bonus (it has been for mine) and stacking this expense with the right credit card can present a double-dipping opportunity.
It always pays to travel when you are still young and Hoshino Resorts is currently offering all young travellers between the age of 20 and 29 the chance to visit all participating KAI properties at a jaw-dropping rate of JPY 19,000 Nett (approximately S$230) per person for one night - two meals are provided on each stay. This is valid across all 14 KAI locations from 01 December 2017 to 31 March 2018.