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.
The long wait is finally over - you can now add all your eligible Citibank credit cards to your Apple devices and you will earn up to 20X Rewards (that's 8 miles per dollar!) on all Apple Pay purchases made between 26 April 2018 and 31 July 2018. According to the terms and conditions posted on the site, there is no mention on the maximum number of bonus points that you can earn through this limited-time promotion so it is definitely a good idea to add it to your wallet and start raking up those miles!
From now until 23 May 2018, purchase at least 10,000 World of Hyatt Points and get 40% more! Eligible World of Hyatt members are allowed to purchase up to 55,000 points per calendar year and you should only consider buying if you have a specific use for them in mind (e.g. redeeming them at expensive properties).
Citibank PremierMiles cardholders can now earn up to 9 miles per dollar on all eligible spend made on Agoda from now until the end of 15 May 2018 - this is valid for stays up to 31 July 2018. Eligible cardholders will be able to earn an additional seven Citi Miles per SGD on top of the base spend - you can get up to 2 Citi Miles per SGD for foreign transactions.
I wrote about the best credit cards to use on Uber and Grab previously and my credit card of choice was the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card which gives 20% rebate (capped at S$50 cashback per month) on all Uber rides when a minimum of S$900 in retail transactions were made in each calendar month. With the upcoming Grab-Uber merger on the horizon, Standard Chartered has now ported over this benefit to the Grab platform - eligible cardholders of eligible credit cards issued by Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited can now earn 20% cashback on the Grab App from 01 April 2018 to 30 April 2018 with a minimum spend of S$900 in total retail transaction.
The OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is on my list of credit cards to hold in 2018 and there is currently the opportunity to earn up to 6 miles per dollar by using this credit card on the Mileslife app from now until 30 June 2018. If you are not familiar with the Mileslife app, it basically rewards you with additional miles (on top of what you would typically earn on your credit card) for making payment via the app - this means to say that you can earn up to 11 miles per dollar on specific spends on the app.
All Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members now have the opportunity (probably the last one before the merger of the SPG and Marriott Rewards program happen) to purchase Starpoints at 35% off from now until 31 May 2018. Do remember that you are only allowed to purchase up to 30,000 Starpoints per calendar year and in the event that you do not use them before August 2018, these will be converted into Marriott Rewards points at the end of the period.
Hilton Honors members are able to earn Double Hilton Honors Points on every stay from 01 May 2018 to 31 August 2018. As most of you would already be aware, a number of changes took place early this month and the number of points that you can potentially earn from an eligible stay have been changed. Registration for this promotion is required so make sure you register now before you forget!
IHG Rewards Club members can now register for the latest Accelerate promotion that will be running from 01 May 2018 to 31 July 2018. All you have to do is to click on the Accelerate Q2 landing page and sign-in using your IHG Rewards Club details to reveal a set of tailored challenges which you will have the option of completing during the aforementioned period.
Earn extra Starpoints (or Marriott Rewards Points) on each eligible night (starting from your third night) that you spend at participating SPG hotels and resorts from 16 April 2018 to 20 July 2018 - registration for SPG More Nights, More Starpoints is necessary for you to take advantage of this promotion and you will have to do so by 30 June 2018 (even though you can earn bonus points through 20 July 2018). There is also a similar Marriott Rewards promotion that is running concurrently and it gives you 750 bonus Marriott Rewards Points per night (starting on the third eligible night) during the same period.
Spend at least S$500 on eligible in-app as well as online purchases from 29 March 2018 to 30 June 2018 with your DBS/POSB cards to win either S$50 worth of coupon or cash! Registration is absolutely necessary and you will have to do it via the new DBS Lifestyle App - limited to the first 10,000 registrations only (but at the time of writing there is still plenty).