As the year comes to an end, it is important to remember that you will only earn Starpoints on Uber if you have had a qualifying stay in the calendar year. If like me, you use Uber on a daily basis, it is best to get your stay in as early as possible in January 2016. You should definitely take advantage of the SPG® Take Two promotion which gives you double Starpoints® when you stay two nights or more (plus 250 bonus Starpoints for every night you stay at hotels in popular destinations, worldwide from 11 January 2016 to 30 April 2016.
Two qualifying nights at every participating Starwood hotel around the world will earn you double Starpoints but the following hotels in Singapore will give you a bonus of 250 extra Starpoints per night:
- Sheraton Towers Singapore
- The St. Regis Singapore
- The Westin Singapore
- W Singapore - Sentosa Cove
Considering how affordable the Sheraton Towers Singapore is on weekends, it may not be a bad idea for a mattress run to chalk up on points (especially if you need them!).
Hilton Honors have undergone some changes back in 2017 where members are allowed to pool their Hilton Honors Points with up to ten members for free. Come April 2018, there will once again be changes to the Hilton Honors program to reward members who stay more often with unlimited milestone bonuses. Additionally, members who hit a number of calendar nights will be able to gift Gold and Diamond status to a fellow member.
When you have memberships across different loyalty programs, it is always a good idea for you to keep track of it (manually or otherwise). I have previously written about AwardWallet which is free to use (but premium features can only be unlocked when you make a contribution) and today I just wanted to mention how useful it actually is because I actually discovered that my account got hacked through this very platform - 339,500 points were gone!
There will be some upcoming changes to the number of IHG Rewards Club points required for a Reward Night this year. Additionally, a higher category of hotels will be introduced and these properties will be priced at 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night - this is 10,000 more points than the highest requirement of 60,000 points right now.
The beginning of every new year comes with a multitude of decisions that I have to make and one of them is essentially deciding the number of loyalty programs that I will endeavour to retain elite status with. The InterContinental Ambassador membership is an easy decision to make - it requires zero effort (even though I do stay in InterContinental properties throughout the year) and it simply requires USD 150 to renew each year (USD 200 for the first year). The benefits of being an InterContinental Ambassador can easily pay itself off in one stay and I highly recommend anyone with plans to stay in an InterContinental property to consider purchasing this membership.
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!
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.
As you may already know, there is currently the opportunity to purchase Starpoints at a 35% discount. Transactions must be completed before the end of 29 December 2017 in order for SPG members to be eligible for this discount. I must have mentioned the way to get to Japan in Business Class using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles a million times but now there is actually the opportunity to get that same flight for even lesser (provided you are traveling alone).
Running low on IHG Rewards Club Points? Make sure you sign-up for the Accelerate Q4 2017 challenge to earn extra IHG Rewards Club Points when you complete specific challenges that are tailored based on your stay and spend history (my account was targeted for 42,500 bonus points)! Purchase IHG Rewards Club Points between now and 03 November 2017 to get 100% bonus points (minimum purchase of 5,000 points at US$67.50 required).
If you intend to travel between between Australia or New Zealand and London (via Singapore, Dubai or Perth) or Europe (via Dubai), Singapore or Dubai over the next year, it may be a good idea to book between now and 08 September 2017 to benefit from double Qantas Points. My account has also be targeted with a double Status Credits on all eligible Qantas operated domestic and international flights (make sure you check your email!).