A hotel chain's Best Rate Guarantee (or equivalent) can make or break a brand. While different hotels have different Best Rate Guarantee policies, I have had some successes with Hyatt recently when I was shopping for rooms at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne where I might be staying in a month or two. Hyatt guarantees the best rate when booking directly with them and they will match a lower, qualifying rate published on another site before beating that by an additional 20% - remember you will still earn your elite qualifying points and nights this way! While it isn't always easy to find a lower competing rate elsewhere (since the terms of the booking have to match entirely), it isn't at the same time, impossible.
Since I will be traveling to Melbourne, Australia pretty soon, I wanted to check if it was more affordable to stay at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne instead of the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf which I loved. A quick check reveals a Standard Rate from AU$275 (and a My Hyatt Rate for AU$262 which has the same cancellation policies). Since I will be staying there for 8 nights, this will be approximately AU$2,200 before the ridiculous credit card charges that the country still practices.
After shopping on an OTA, I managed to find a competing rate of approximately AU$238 a night with the same cancellation policy. After submitting a Best Rate Guarantee claim (remember you can submit a BRG Claim with Hyatt without an existing reservation), I was quickly informed (within 24 hours even on a weekend which is great!) that the competing rate has been matched and a 20% price beat has been given. All I had to do then was to make the booking via Hyatt and then contact the service representative who would then adjust my rate down to approximately AU$190. With a little time and effort, I have managed to reduce the total rate of my stay from AU$275 a night to AU$190 while still earning elite qualifying nights for status renewal - approximately 30% - which is not bad at all!
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.
An Airbnb promotion (especially credit card discount) does not come easy and if you do not have any account already, register now using my referral link and you will get S$40 in referral credit (I will too receive some bonus credits when you complete your stay). For a limited time only, enjoy S$50 off your first Airbnb stay (until 31 December 2017) when you pay using an eligible American Express card when you book between now and 31 March 2017.
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 AccorHotels Super Sale is back with up to 40% savings on hotel bookings - you will also receive free breakfast with all eligible bookings made between now and 21 October 2016 for stays between 01 December 2016 to 30 April 2017. Do note that rates are currently made public for Accor Plus members only and all Le Club AccorHotels members will be able to see them from 11 October 2016.
Enjoy a 50% discount on KrisFlyer Miles required when you redeem for a SilkAir flight on SingaporeAir.com from now until 16 October 2016 - all travel has to be completed before 15 November 2016.
The Conrad Centennial Singapore celebrates her 20th birthday this year with a 20th Birthday Staycation Offer which starts from just S$220++. This special room package comes with a breakfast for two at Salon by the Pool as well as a limited edition 20th birthday Conrad bear as a memorabilia. Read on to find out how you can potentially get back S$60 while still earn miles AND Hilton HHonors points with this one transaction.