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!
Register now for the Double Hilton HHonors Points promotion and enjoy twice the number of Hilton HHonors base points whenever you stay in a participating property in Asia-Pacific between 01 July 2016 to 30 September 2016. You do have to register for this promotion and pay for the stay using a Visa Infinite, Visa Signature, Visa Rewards, or Visa Platinum (Australia and Japan only) card to earn double Hilton HHonors Points.
Not too long ago, I wrote about the top 7 reasons to get the American Express Platinum Credit Card - one of the top reasons is the free Far Card Membership that comes with it. American Express has launched a brand new Love Dining program which firstly incorporates the previous Palate program and secondly (and more importantly), introduces a Hotel category into this newly-branded program - think about it this way:
There never has been a good enough reason to use the IHG App since it does not stack with cashback sites like ShopBack (unless you need to complete your Accelerate challenge). The InterContinental Hotels Group will be holding a three-day Flash Sale from 19 July to 21 July 2016 which will give you an additional 5% and 3% off for weekend and weekday stays respectively on all of the eight IHG hotels in Singapore if you book through the IHG App (perfect to complete your Accelerate challenge too!).
I wrote about how your IHG Rewards Club account may have been targeted for the new Accelerate promotions this quarter previously. I logged on to my IHG Rewards Club account today and can confirm that the points are indeed posting - my previous two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong has triggered 10,600 out of 55,000 points of my Accelerate offers this quarter.
If you have extra cash that you do not need and you are a couple of thousand miles away from your free flight on Singapore Airlines (or an alliance partner), check out Standard Chartered's SGD Miles Time Deposit. Deposit fresh funds into the special account (6 months) before 31 July 2016 and earn up to 60,000 KrisFlyer Miles on your investment - you may also be eligible for a priority banking account with the bank.
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: