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!
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Singapore Airlines is currently running 30% off KrisFlyer Miles redemption on selected routes for travel between 01 September 2017 and 30 September 2017 (both dates inclusive) when you redeem for an eligible flight before 31 August 2017. While the deal is not as lucrative as the 50% off required miles promotion that was running a couple of months before, the current one includes redemption on Singapore Airlines (as opposed to just SilkAir) as well.
As the Q2 IHG Accelerate promotion is coming to an end on 31 August 2017, it is now possible to get in early and register for the upcoming Q3 Accelerate promotion (valid for stays between 01 September 2017 to 31 December 2017) for a chance to earn a lot of points. In case you do not remember what this promotion is, it is basically a set of tasks 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 could potentially earn you a lot of IHG Rewards Club points!
There is currently an opportunity to buy and earn up to 100% extra bonus United Airlines MileagePlus Miles. Before you cringe at the thought of flying on United Airlines, do remember that you are able to redeem them on Star Alliance and other airline partners. All you have to do is to enter your account number and last name to see how much your account was targeted for - the maximum bonus anyone can get at this moment is 100% and this is the best United Airlines has ever offered. Do note that all purchases have to be completed before 12 September 2017 in order to benefit from this bonus.
Purchase at least 10,000 Bonus Points with the World of Hyatt program and get 40% more points between now and 9 August 2017. Members are allowed to purchase up to 55,000 Bonus Points each calendar year and they are priced at USD 24 (SGD 33) per block of 1,000 points. Taking advantage of this promotion will reduce the rate to approximately USD 17 (SGD 24) which can potentially be of great value if you use it wisely.
Want to go on a vacation but haven't made plans? Emirates is currently running a sale that will take you out of Singapore from S$469! Simply book between 05 July 2017 and 16 July 2017 to benefit from Emirates' Autumn Economy Class fare promotion - visit Europe from just S$1,029!
If you have held the Citibank PremierMiles Visa Credit Card for the last 6 months of longer, chances are that you would have received a targeted offer to earn (well, purchase) 31,200 miles for S$238 once S$9,000 (in local or equivalent foreign currency) has been charged to the card between 01 July 2017 and 31 August 2017. Registration is absolutely essential for this promotion.
Singapore Airlines has previously released some really cheap app-only fares from just S$70 and while this is nowhere near as newsworthy, you can now enjoy special app-only rates to four of their latest destinations - Canberra, Düsseldorf, Stockholm and Wellington.
The best airlines in the world, Emirates, is running a Great Singapore Sale fare right now which starts from just S$469 and S$1,869 for a return-ticket in Economy and Business respectively. Simply make your booking between 13 June 2017 and 26 June 2017 for travels between 20 June 2017 and 31 December 2017 to take advantage of this sale.
Celebrate Chope's 6th birthday with 600 Chope-Dollars (which is equivalent to S$18) for making a valid reservation today (13 June 2017) on the Chope app, and attending it before 31 December 2017. If you do not have a Chope account (what are you waiting for?!), sign-up for free now and get up to 300 bonus Chope-Dollars.