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.
Tier 1 Benefits (S$388 Nett a Year)
- 25% off Total F&B Bill (excludes Service Charge) at all Participating Restaurants and Bars in Singapore and Batam (participating IHG properties only, of course).
- 15% off Best Flexible Rate (blackout dates apply) - not sure if these count towards elite qualifying nights
- 1 x “Stay One Night, Receive One Night” Weekend (Fri-Sun) Room Certificate (Participating IHG Properties only) including breakfast, subject to availability.
- 2-hour Complimentary Parking (when dining at any Participating Restaurants and Bars)
- 2 x $50 Gourmet Collection Certificates for each one of the participating hotels excluding Holiday Inn Express hotels.
- 2 x $50 Gourmet Collection Certificates, valid across all participating IHG Singapore and Batam properties excluding Holiday Inn Express hotels.
- 2 x $50 Accommodation Certificates for each participating Holiday Inn Express hotels.
- 1 x Group Dining Certificate per hotel, offering 50% off the total food bill, for up to ten persons.
- 1 x Complimentary Cake per hotel, valid at any restaurant. Valid with a minimum of two diners.
- 1 x Complimentary Bottle of House Wine per hotel, for a minimum of two diners.
- 1 x Birthday Celebration Certificate at Holiday Inn® Singapore Atrium only.
- 1 x Baby Shower Celebration at Holiday Inn® Singapore Atrium only.
Tier 2 Benefits (S$548 Nett a Year)
Exactly the same as Tier 1 with ONE additional benefit: 1x Complimentary Weekend (Fri-Sun) Stay of One (1) night (Participating IHG Properties only) for two persons, including breakfast, subject to availability.
Should I get Tier 1 or Tier 2?
The price different is S$160 Nett and if you are thinking about using that complimentary weekend at the InterContinental Singapore (where you Ambassador benefits will stack with this promotion too), you should definitely get the Tier 2 membership. Rates at the InterContinental Singapore generally go from S$260 Nett without breakfast on a low-occupancy weekend.
At the start of 2017, some significant changes have been made to the Le Club AccorHotels program but if you are a Platinum member, you will still be able to earn up to 8.8% rebate (in equivalent points) on all eligible stays. From now until 18 January 2017, earn up to 8% in rebate when you make an eligible booking for any participating hotels by AccorHotels via ShopBack.
Remember that amazing deal where you can get up to 9% off in cashback via ShopBack and 6 miles per dollar on Expedia using an eligible Citibank credit card? Well, that promotion is dead but the good news is that there is now the opportunity to earn 6 miles per dollar on Citibank when you use a specific landing page - the only caveat is that you can't use ShopBack as it needs to be booked directly below.
If you are thinking about checking out the First Class Cabin of Garuda Indonesia, you can save up to 90% off the required miles (that's right, you only pay 10% of what is generally required!) on all domestic and international routes for bookings made between 22 December 2016 and 31 December 2016 - you will have to travel between 01 February 2017 and 31 May 2017 though!
Hilton is currently running a sale of up to 35% off for all participating Hilton hotels in Asia-Pacific. All reservations have to be made before 20 January 2017 and stays can be as far out as 31 December 2017.
Accelerate is back for 2017 and you now have the chance to rake up some IHG Rewards Club points for eligible stays between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017 - perfect if you already have plans to stay in participating InterContinental Hotels Group properties in the coming year! As mentioned previously, InterContinental Ambassador members seem to get a set of offers that are tailored towards InterContinental hotels (which means it is generally more expensive to complete these challenges) and my offers for 2017 seem to confirm this.
While looking on KrisFlyer Spree, I realised that ZEN Rooms Singapore is currently offering (up to 31 December 2016) a whooping 106 KrisFlyer Miles per US$10 on eligible transactions - this is on top of whatever you earn with your credit card. Therefore if you were to charge it to your DBS Woman's World MasterCard (click here to find out which credits cards to have in 2017), you can essentially earn up to 162 KrisFlyer Miles per US$10 of eligible spend.
There are only ten days left to take advantage of the bonus Citibank miles offer on Kaligo - until 30 November 2016, you will be able to earn 12 miles per dollar on all hotel bookings made on Kaligo. If you spend around S$10,000 a year on hotels, this is around 120,000 miles that you can use on free premium cabin travel - almost enough for a return flight in Suites to New Zealand!
As my birthday is around the corner, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts have once again sent me a birthday offer. While I have gotten the opportunity to earn triple Golden Circle points last year for dining in any participating restaurant during the stipulated period, I have been targeted with a 5X Golden Circle points offer this year. If you have read about The Table by Golden Circle, you will know that every member (free to sign-up!) will earn 10% back in equivalent points if you choose to redeem them for dining credit. Since I am a Jade member, I will receive 12.5% back in equivalent points. I do believe that the 5X bonus is on base points only and therefore this offer will actually let me earn back 52.5% in points.
Now that the integration of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Marriott Rewards has begun, it is possible to get the Marriott Rewards Gold status with just ONE stay if you hold an eligible World MasterCard credit card - they are not hard to get and the lowest income requirement from Citibank requires just S$30,000 income per year (unlike the Visa Infinite ones that start from S$120,000). With this promotion, you will also be able to get SPG Gold and Gold Elite status in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program - all in one stay!
Changes to the Le Club AccorHotels membership program are happening very soon and if you have not updated yourself about the changes, it is high time you do so because it is going to be very much more difficult to earn and retain status beginning 2017 (unless you are a huge spender!). If you have not earned or retained your Platinum status for the year ahead, you can now earn quadruple (four times!) points with the program whenever you make an eligible stay at any one of the participating AccorHotels properties in Asia-Pacific before 28 December 2016 - registration is absolutely necessary.