My iPrefer Account from Preferred Hotels & Resorts has been sitting in the corner for ages and today I got an email notifying me that the iPrefer Loyalty Program has been revamped and that "my iPrefer benefits just got better". For those of you who are unfamiliar with Preferred Hotels & Resorts, it is a collection of independent hotels (much like the Global Hotel Alliance) that come together under the same portfolio. In Singapore, the One Farrer Hotel & Spa falls under this collection of hotels.
What really got my attention this morning though was that members were no longer required to spend a minimum US$5,000 to get the Gold status which is equivalent to the current Insider Status. Room upgrades (amongst other benefits) are now for everyone who sign up for the iPrefer program - hurrah!
More importantly, for a very limited time only, you will earn 12,500 bonus points (equivalent to $25 cash-value) for every qualifying stay that is booked on iPrefer.com - perfect for weekend staycations. In case you are wondering about the properties in Singapore, the One Farrer Hotel & Spa, newly-opened The South Beach as well as the established Royal Plaza on Scotts are all part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
IHG Rewards Club has been running a number of Book Direct offers for the last couple of years to offer bonus IHG Rewards Club points for members who book directly - this is to minimise commission paid to OTAs like Expedia. This year, IHG Rewards Club members will once again have the chance to earn up to 70,000 bonus points for simply completing three eligible stays before the end of 31 December 2018 - you get 1,000 bonus points for simply signing-up!
There is finally a worthy promotion for the World of Hyatt program - all eligible members will be able to earn up to 1,000 bonus World of Hyatt points per night for eligible night between 15 February 2018 to 15 May 2018 (you will have to checkout before the end of this promotional period.
Purchase at least 5,000 Starpoints from now until 16 March 2018 to benefit from a 35% discount. As you may remember, all Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) member may purchase up to 30,000 Starpoints each calendar year and the account must be opened for at least 14 days before you are able to purchase or receive Starpoints
Using Chope for restaurant reservations is one of the easiest and smartest ways of doing so - you will also be able to earn Chope-Dollars (C$) with each fulfilled reservation and redeem them for dining vouchers as well as KrisFlyer miles! If you do not already have a Chope account, you should definitely sign-up for one as there are no costs involved in signing-up or using the platform. If like me, you have C$ to redeem, Chope is currently running a promotion (I do not believe it is targeted) to offer everyone a 200 C$ promo code (to be utilised on the next visit) when they redeem their C$ by 12 March 2018.
American Express is currently offering the opportunity to earn S$150 statement credit when you spend at least S$500 at any of the participating properties across the Hilton Portfolio in Asia-Pacific with your American Express Singapore Airlines Credit Card. Cardholders can only benefit from the S$150 statement credit once per property but there are over 70 properties that are participating in this promotion!
Last year there was the opportunity to fast track into Hilton Honors Gold status with just 2 stays or 4 nights for all eligible Visa Infinite Cardholders. It appears that Visa has officially extended this offer to 30 June 2018 and eligible cards now include not only the top-tier Visa Infinite cards but also Visa Signature cards (which is shocking, considering how easy it is to get!). Similar to the previous offer, a Hilton Honors member must complete 2 eligible stays or 4 eligible nights in 90 days upon successful registration - status earned should be valid until March 2020
UOB has just updated the list of participating airlines that will earn you 6 miles per dollar (or more accurately, UNI$15 for every S$5 spend) when you book on the specific Expedia landing page using a valid UOB PRVI Miles card. All eligible bookings have to be completed by 31 March 2018 and travel must be completed by 30 June 2018.
It appears that Club InterContinental as well as InterContinental Ambassador guests are currently receiving a complimentary LUXE City Guide (Digital) for the city that they are visiting. About a week before my stay at the InterContinental Singapore, I actually got an email notifying me about this benefit and the whole registration process is pretty straight forward.
Mileslife will be awarding double KrisFlyer miles on the platform from 25 December 2017 to 31 December 2017. Convert all your dining expenses into valuable KrisFlyer miles which you can then use for free flights in Business Class and First Class!
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.