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.
Accruing points and miles is therapeutic - I would even go as far to say that it is even more satisfying that watching your savings grow. From now until 19 May 2017, benefit from 100% bonus IHG Rewards Club points when you purchase using this link. If you were to purchase the maximum number of points allowed (60,000) in a calendar year, you will get 120,000 IHG Rewards Club Points (after the 100% bonus) for US$690 (S$963) which may offer great value at a number of InterContinental properties in the region.
Purchase Mileage Plan Miles between 15 May 2017 and 01 July 2017 and get up to 50% more! As a quick reminder, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles are great for usage on Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific even intra-Asia where a flight will cost only 25,000 and 22,500 miles respectively. I have mentioned previously how it is possible to travel from within Asia in Business Cabin of Japan Airlines for just 25,000 miles (with a complimentary stopover in Tokyo).
Now that Starwood Hotels and Resorts is part of the greater Marriott International portfolio, it would make sense to view the brands simultaneously (especially since you get reciprocal elite benefits across SPG, Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards now). For stays between 27 May 2017 and 4 September 2017, be sure to register for Marriott Rewards' MegaBonus and SPG's Take Three promotion to maximise on the upcoming stays. If you do not have any status with any program, remember you can get SPG Gold (and therefore Marriott Rewards Gold) with just one stay if you have a World MasterCard issued in Asia-Pacific!
A couple of days ago I was considering the purchase of a Qantas Club membership - this is basically a paid membership with Qantas that offers a number of benefits for the cardholder whenever he or she travels on an eligible Qantas or Jetstar flight. The main benefit that I am interested in is access to the Qantas lounges - I have previously checked out the Qantas International Lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong respectively (when I used to hold Gold status with the program).
New Accelerate offers are up and you can now sign-in to see what your offers are for the upcoming quarter (15 May 2017 to 31 August 2017) ahead! In case you do not know what they are, they are basically a set of challenges that are tailored to your IHG Rewards Club account based on stay history and elite status. Completing these tasks will trigger an achievement bonus (which is usually quite impressive) that will earn you a lot of IHG Rewards Club points!
There is only one week left to take advantage of the double points promotion that Hilton Honors is running - from now until 03 May 2017, purchase at least 5,000 Hilton Honors Points and get 100% more! With that being said, you should only take advantage of this promotion if you have an intended use for the Hilton Honors Points.
To celebrate the launch of UberEATS on ShopBack (sign-up HERE for a free account and get S$5 credit!), receive an upsized cashback of S$12 when you make your first eligible order via ShopBack. All you have to do is to make an order between 26 April 2017 and 02 May 2017 and benefit from this enhanced cashback offer!
Staying in Hilton properties in the coming months? Register now and earn triple points on all stays from 01 May 2017 to 31 August 2017 when you are a Hilton Honors Diamond Member - earn double points if you are not a Diamond member. As usual, registration is absolutely necessary before your stay concludes in order to earn the bonus points.
There is currently a limited-time offer for purchasing Mileage Plan (Alaska Airlines) Miles. For the first 2,500 members only, you can purchase 10,000 miles and get 4,000 bonus miles (total of 14,000 miles) for just US$295.63 (approx. S$412).
If you hold a MasterCard (and of course you should since the DBS Woman's World MasterCard needs to be in every Singaporean's wallet), you will be eligible for 12% off hotel bookings made on Expedia. All you have to do is to register the first six digits of your MasterCard in order to get a unique coupon code - if you wish to find out whether your desired hotel is participating in this promotion, you may use '542089' but do remember that the payment needs to be completed using an eligible MasterCard. I am also not sure if this promotion will stack with ShopBack but it is worth a try.