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 Conrad Centennial Singapore celebrates her 20th birthday this year with a 20th Birthday Staycation Offer which starts from just S$220++. This special room package comes with a breakfast for two at Salon by the Pool as well as a limited edition 20th birthday Conrad bear as a memorabilia. Read on to find out how you can potentially get back S$60 while still earn miles AND Hilton HHonors points with this one transaction.
Between 01 September 2016 to 31 October 2016, "Tour the World with Wyndham" across three social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to reinforce how easy it is to earn and redeem hotel rewards with the hospitality giant's revamped rewards program, Wyndham Rewards (read more about it HERE!). Stand a chance to win the grand prize of ONE MILLION Wyndham Rewards points which is equivalent to 66 FREE room nights - there are also daily hotel stays to win even if you do not snag up that enviable grand prize.
Similar to the amazing Hilton deal that American Express is offering, you will now get S$50 statement credit when you spend S$300 on any Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts across Asia Pacific so long you check-out before 31 December 2016 - registration is absolutely necessary and this offer is only limited to the first 15,000 successful card registrations.
As part of The Great Singapore Airlines Getaway, American Express Cardholders who are amongst the first 1,000 to register for the following promotion will enjoy S$50 Statement Credit for simply spending S$1,500 on Singapore Airlines during September 2016.
Enjoy DOUBLE Hilton HHonors Points when you stay at any hotel and resort in the Hilton Portfolio around the world between 01 September 2016 and 31 December 2016. Registration is absolutely necessary so make you sign-up for this promotion before you check-out of your stay (I would recommend for you sign-up now to avoid any potential discrepancies and confusion that may arise later).
The Citibank Rewards Card is one of my favourite credit cards in Singapore - it offers up to 10X Rewards (equivalent to 4 miles per S$1) for up to S$12,000 each year. Yes, this means that the total number of bonus miles (10X) you can get each year from this card is 120,000 Citi Dollars (which converts into 48,000 Miles). To get around this problem, most of us hold both the Visa Signature and WORLD MasterCard versions to double this limit (you do have to charge them separately though). Between now and 31 October 2016, enjoy 20X Rewards (that's 8 miles per S$1) when you charge retail purchases on these two cards.
Between now and 27 August 2016, enjoy 20% off eligible Qantas and Jetstar Classic Flight Rewards for travel between 27 September 2016 to 12 August 2017 (for Qantas) or up to 30 June 2017 (for Jetstar) - register for the offer now!
I have only just written about an exclusive 13% discount on Zuji yesterday and Expedia Singapore today has released a 10% off promo code for eligible American Express cardholders. This is an actual 10% off (on top of already discounted rates on Expedia) across all "Expedia Rate" hotels. All you have to do is to book before 31 December 2016 for stays before 31 March 2017.
I love using Expedia for hotels that are not part of a greater hotel chain (or one whose loyalty program I have no interest in) since it generally offers me the best rate with 8% cash back (via ShopBack), 6 Miles per S$1 and also some points with the Expedia+ program - that's what I call a decent triple dip! With that being said, Zuji does run a decent promotion from time to time and if you are a OCBC Cardholder, you can save up to 13% off hotel stays (in Singapore and abroad!) when you book using an eligible card.
You know the drill with IHG's Accelerate offers - complete a number of personalised tasks to unlock significant amount of bonus IHG Rewards Club points! In case you have absolutely no idea what am I talking about, check out my previous articles on the Accelerate promotion to find out how you can start saving up these points for free hotel stays! The new Accelerate is back for eligible stays between 06 September 2016 and 15 December 2016 so register now, analyse your offers and start planning for those stays!