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!
Earn up to 8 miles per dollar on all eligible bookings made on Expedia with your DBS Altitude Visa or American Express credit cards - registration is absolutely necessary in order to earn bonus miles. Read on for the summarised version of the terms and conditions - watch out as NOT ALL FLIGHTS WILL EARN YOU BONUS MILES.
I have always been a huge fan of Uber because when they first started out, they were so much better than Grab but truth to be told, Grab (and its fleet of cars and drivers) has improved dramatically over the years. With that being said however, Uber has always been far more superior at customer service - they actually read and reply to your feedback at lightning speed! Starting from 01 July 2016 (Friday), you will be able to utilise uberPOOL to get around - this is a service for pooling people who are heading down to the same place to save time and cost (as well as the environment!). Why bother you ask? Well, it's going to be cheaper than the usual uberX rates!
Take 8% off already discounted rates on Otel.com when you book between now and 18 August 2016 with a special promo code. While I generally do not advocate using an online travel agent as bookings made here do not earn you eligible room nights that count towards retaining or obtaining loyalty status(es), it is always wise to check whether the price savings make it worth it (especially if you are staying in a boutique property!).
In case you do not already know, Le Club AccorHotels is changing next year and you should definitely make use of the rest of the year to earn or retain your elite status - read all about the changes here! The Treat Yourself x3 promotion will give members elite benefits on top of triple points at all participating hotels and resorts across Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines - registration is absolutely necessary.
The extremely lucrative bonus Hilton HHonors points promotion with eligible Conrad and Waldorf Astoria stays (16 June 2016 to 31 December 2016) seems to be back - as usual, you will have to register for these promotions so be sure to register them now in case you forget:
Similar to one of the amazing perks that you get with the Citi Prestige Card, American Express is now offering a complimentary night at any participating PARKROYAL hotel around the world when you pay for two nights - that's right, you will get the third night for free! This offer is valid from 01 June 2016 to 31 August 2016 and you can benefit from this promotion for up to two complimentary nights per stay.
At this stage if you still do not have a ShopBack account, you should definitely get one HERE now for free - you will also receive S$5 credit for simply registering using my referral link. If you use Uber on a regular basis, you should definitely check out the new partnership that Uber has with ShopBack as it allows you to receive up to S$15 cashback for your first trip.
Airbnb has definitely altered the way people travel over the last couple of years - it has opened up and extended the number of rooms available at any particular destination and more importantly, it has been amazing at engaging the local community by creating a platform for people to share what they love. Airbnb is now giving you a US$50 (approx. S$68) coupon to use towards to your next Airbnb stay (even for leisure) when you complete your very first business stay at an Airbnb listing - all you have to do is to add your work email and charge that trip directly to your company.
For one day only, enjoy up to 22% supersized cashback with Visa on ShopBack when you make one of the first 100 orders on 03 June 2016 (Friday)! I've shown you how you can easily get at least 10% back in cashback for all your regular hotel bookings on all days but for this one day, you will be able to save even more significantly when you shop at one of the participating merchants.
You already know that the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong and the much-anticipated Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong are both opening in June 2016. In addition to that, you should have already been informed about the new Accelerate Offers (to earn at least 55,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points!) and the Book Direct Offer (to earn up to 30,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points) if you follow this website closely. From 03 June 2016 to 14 August 2016, the Great Singapore Sale Stay Package will be offered across all eight properties in Singapore!