I have gotten pretty decent benefits by being an IHG Platinum Member last year but I was not able to justify driving so many eligible room nights to the program (especially since I do not generally travel for business). While the Platinum Status was the highest membership tier you could achieve then, IHG has introduced a brand new Spire Elite tier (above Platinum) to reward its most loyal members. That being said, it is important to recognise that the IHG manages the IHG Rewards Club and Ambassador memberships separately.
Spire Elite can be attained by spending 75 qualifying nights over the course of a calendar year (that's almost one in four nights!) or by obtaining 75,000 qualifying reward points (so you get there faster if you splurge on suites instead of regular rooms). Apart from the Platinum benefits that you will get, you will also receive the following by attaining this new status:
- 100% bonus points on all qualifying stay (instead of 50% from Platinum)
- A choice between either 25,000 bonus points or gift Platinum Elite status to a friend or family member for a year
It is interesting to see the option to give away a year's worth of Platinum Elite status. This is rather similar to some airlines (e.g. Qantas) where you will be able to give away a year's worth of elite status upon obtaining top-tier status.
IHG has just announced the Gourmet Collection membership which is an annual (paid) membership that offers unlimited wining and dining discounts and some other perks that go along with it. There are two main tiers in this membership (Tier 1 and Tier 2) which comes with a different price tag - Tier 2 is the same as Tier 1 but it comes with a complimentary weekend stay voucher that you can utilise at any participating IHG property in Singapore and Batam.
The InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction - it is one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore and a favourite amongst many frequent travellers (many of them love the Heritage Suites which were previously know as the Shophouse Suites!). As part of a major refreshment, all the guest rooms and suites (apart from the Heritage ones which went first) have undergone an extensive refurbishment that was only completed earlier this year. While I have been to the InterContinental Singapore on many occasions (especially since I have gotten my InterContinental Ambassador membership), this was my first time at the newly-refurbished Premier Suite.
Business Traveller Asia Pacific has just awarded the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort the 'Best Resort Hotel in Asia-Pacific' at the award ceremony on 23 September 2016. The InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is set on 37 hectares of stepped gardens leading down to a private beach - every room and villa also gets a guaranteed view of the Eastern Sea.
From 16-18 September 2016, watch as Singapore's cityscape gets transformed into an adrenaline-charged motoring area where some of the world's best F1 drivers gather for the annual Singapore Grand Prix night race. With an impressive line-up of international acts and thousands of visitors coming in to the Lion City for this busy weekend, here are five tips to help you get up to speed so you can experience the buzz of the Singapore Grand Prix like a true local.
While Business Travel is often envied by those who do not partake in it, it is usually packed with tight schedules and meetings. With that being said, most of the business activities usually end by evening and there is always the opportunity to explore the city then. So the next time you are in the Land of Smiles, change out of your work clothes and follow one of these 5 tips to make the best out of your downtime during your business travel in Bangkok:
Singapore's most affordable InterContinental Hotels Group property has officially opened last month (June 2016) and I checked into the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong for a long weekend in an attempt to complete my IHG Accelerate 2016 offers in the most economical way possible (find out how I earned 14,000 IHG Rewards Club points in two nights HERE!). The Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is also Singapore's third and largest Holiday Inn Express property - read about my experience at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay and Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road.
There never has been a good enough reason to use the IHG App since it does not stack with cashback sites like ShopBack (unless you need to complete your Accelerate challenge). The InterContinental Hotels Group will be holding a three-day Flash Sale from 19 July to 21 July 2016 which will give you an additional 5% and 3% off for weekend and weekday stays respectively on all of the eight IHG hotels in Singapore if you book through the IHG App (perfect to complete your Accelerate challenge too!).
I wrote about how your IHG Rewards Club account may have been targeted for the new Accelerate promotions this quarter previously. I logged on to my IHG Rewards Club account today and can confirm that the points are indeed posting - my previous two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong has triggered 10,600 out of 55,000 points of my Accelerate offers this quarter.
The Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong has finally opened its door officially in the Lion City's first heritage town, the Joo Chiat neighbourhood of Katong. The 451-room property is the largest Holiday Inn Express hotel to open in Singapore and it is nestled amongst a number of cultural landmarks and famous Peranakan eateries.
To complete one of my Accelerate Offers last quarter, I checked out the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road (since it was the only HIX brand that I have not stayed in in Singapore then) on one weekend and was pleasantly surprised by how much larger (compared to the Clarke Quay location) the rooms are here. It is important to remember that the HIX is a no-frills brand by the InterContinental Hotels Group so you really are paying for the room only (breakfast and WiFi is always complimentary though!).