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!
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.
In anticipation of Amazon Singapore's upcoming entry, the LiveUp lifestyle membership program has been unveiled to offer SIngaporeans more savings and hopefully rope them in before the giant comes in to sweep everyone off their feet. The LiveUp lifestyle membership (with a free 60-day trial at the moment) comes with a range of lifestyle benefits that will most likely appeal to an average working adult.
Making plans to travel soon? Singapore Airlines has just released some really good rates to 12 destinations that can only be accessed using the SingaporeAir app! Flight fares start from just S$70 for a return-trip and the sale period starts from now until 08 May 2017.
Through a new partnership between Singapore Airlines and UOB, a unique Savings Account (KrisFlyer UOB Savings) will be introduced to the market to enable customers to earn KrisFlyer miles based on how much they save and spend (on the dedicated Krisflyer UOB debit card). The rate of mile accrual depend largely on the total account balance and customers will also receive special benefits on Scoot and Tigerair.
Earn miles on hotel stays when you book them via Kaligo. Between 01 April 2017 to 31 May 2017, enjoy up to 24 KrisFlyer Miles per Dollar whenever you make a reservation on Kaligo and stay before the end of year (31 December 2017). Kaligo offers a great way to rake up miles (especially if you do not chase hotel loyalty statuses) quickly through hotel stays - if you travel a lot for business and pleasure (or if you are simply a big spender), you can easily earn enough miles to fly on First Class for free!