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!
Celebrate your love for Singapore this year with an SG52 Staycation at the Dorsett Singapore! Offering a 52% off the Best Available Room Rate for all weekend stays from 02 June 2017 to 31 December 2017, as well as on Singapore National Day itself, this is a deal you do not want to miss. While the stay date might still be pretty far out, it is a good idea to book now because reservation is already open and only five rooms will be allocated each night for this promotion!
Book any one of the participating AccorHotels properties in Australia between now and 30 April 2017 to enjoy complimentary breakfast - stays have to be completed before 31 May 2017. If you are not aware of the changes to Le Club AccorHotels program that happened earlier this year, only base points count towards earning and retaining your status now.
For three days only, enjoy 10.5% upsized cashback for hotel reservations made on Expedia when you go through ShopBack. All you have to do is simply head down to ShopBack before clicking on Expedia before you make your reservation the same way - earn 10.5% on all hotel reservations made during 21 March 2017 to 23 March 2017.
Hilton Honors (read all about the recent changes HERE) is currently running a 100% bonus on Hilton Honors Points with a minimum purchase of 5,000 Hilton Honors Points. Using these points effectively can essentially cover your stays in properties like the Hilton Tokyo and the Conrad Tokyo where a room may be expensive in dollars but reasonable as a redemption night.
For the whole month of March 2017, book for a stay (to be completed before 31 December 2017) at any DISCOVERY hotel to win a free two-night stay at ANY participating DISCOVERY property. Every eligible booking will count as one entry so make sure you book between 01 March 2017 to 31 March 2017 for a chance to walk away with a free two-night stay.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is currently running a sale that offers up to 30% off Starpoints - if you live in Asia-Pacific and do not have Gold Elite status with the program, you can find out how to fast track to Gold Elite in just one stay. Once you have your status, you can link it to your Marriott Rewards account to give you Gold Elite and that will in turn give you guaranteed lounge access at all participating properties.
The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is offering business travellers a seamless Bangkok experience that is perfect for work and play - enjoy sophisticated luxury with impeccable service at one of Bangkok's most sought-after location. The brand new Anantara Siam Bangkok Executive Stay package is designed to maximise productivity while ensuring that you are well taken care off so you can focus on doing what's important.
I wrote about the quiet opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon previously and it seems like the hotel has started to take reservations from 01 August 2017. Information about the Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon is still pretty scarce at the moment but here's what we know about the room rates and room types for now - this is Singapore's cheapest Hilton property so it is perfect for weekend mattress runs!
The Fullerton Hotels - The Fullerton Hotel and The Fullerton Bay Hotel - have just unveiled two new room packages that will cater towards guests who are looking for quality lifestyle experiences and those who want to spend time with their loved ones.
One of my challenges in this quarter's Accelerate 2017 (read more about it HERE!) is to book a stay on the Points and Cash rate - this will give me 3,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points. While 3,000 bonus points will not sway my decision at all, it does count towards triggering the major bonus of the Accelerate 2017 promotion. Club members will receive 5% discount on the cash component on Points & Cash bookings while Spire Elite members can save up to 15% off.