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!
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.
For seven days only, make an eligible reservation from 20 February 2017 to 26 February 2017 for stays between 01 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 to receive up to 40% off all hotels across Asia-Pacific - Accor Plus members will enjoy special savings of up to 50% off. Sign-up for the promotion and be in the running towards becoming one of 20 exclusive winners to take home 50,000 Rewards Points (worth €1,000) to create your unique dream escape.
Supercharge your miles earning rate with Kaligo as you stay your way to a free First Class flight (check out the cheapest First Class flights out of Singapore on miles HERE!) - earn up to 10 miles per dollar on every hotel reservation you make on Kaligo (so long you use an eligible credit card issued by UOB, DBS or Citibank). While it is possible to earn up to 10 miles per dollar on equivalent currency across all three banks, the best one to go for is actually Citibank since it not only issues you the bonus miles and points based on per dollar spent, you will also get to convert these points to 12 different airline loyalty programs (as compared to just two on UOB and DBS).
From now until 17 February 2017, get double IHG Rewards Club Points when you purchase them online (so long you purchase at least 5,000 points). If you have a DBS Woman's World MasterCard, you can make use of this opportunity to rake up some bonus miles.
If you saw my article on the lesser-known ways to save money and earn more miles this year, you would have learnt about ShopBack which gives you cash back for simply transacting the way you normally would. On 28 January 2017, get S$5 cash back (instead of S$0.20) on Uber when your ride is amongst the first 3,000.
The OCBC Titanium Rewards Card should be in everyone's wallet (or e-wallet at least!) - this is definitely one of the best credit cards to hold in Singapore as it allows you to earn up to 10X OCBC$ per dollar which equates to 4 miles per S$1. Between 24 January 2017 and 15 February 2017, card members will be able to earn up to 15X OCBC$ (6 miles per S$1!) for every S$1 spent across the following all the bonus categories.
At the start of 2017, some significant changes have been made to the Le Club AccorHotels program but if you are a Platinum member, you will still be able to earn up to 8.8% rebate (in equivalent points) on all eligible stays. From now until 18 January 2017, earn up to 8% in rebate when you make an eligible booking for any participating hotels by AccorHotels via ShopBack.