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!
While I have written about Mileslife on multiple occasions, there are so many current promotions right now that I think it will be a good idea to summarise them in a separate post. There are currently 13 airline partners where you can earn miles on when you spend on hotel stays, travel experiences, spa and more importantly, dining. There is always the opportunity to earn up to 3 miles per dollar on dining on a daily basis but right now, if you stack the right promotions and offers, you are looking at 12 miles per dollar on dining which is just amazing!
Le Club AccorHotels members will now be able to benefit from a 30% off sale that is currently running. This sale is only open for the public from 16 October 2017 but if you have a Le Club AccorHotels membership (free to sign-up!), you will be able to book these crazy prices from today until 20 October 2017. The breakfast-inclusive promotional rate will be valid for stays between 08 December 2017 to 11 March 2018 so make sure you book those stays now. More importantly, be sure to click through ShopBack to get a further 10% supersized cashback from now until the end of promotion!
As we are slowing approaching 10 October, ShopBack is celebrating 10.10 from 10 October 2017 to 12 October 2017 with epic upsized cashback that will give you up to 10% back on all eligible hotel spend (in fact, I believe you will even be able to get 11% with an eligible Visa credit card). There is also a pre-10.10 sale happening right now until 09 October 2017 so make sure you plan your purchases and bookings carefully to make full use of this opportunity!
So the team over at ShopBack dropped off a crate a my place the other morning with a gigantic ShopBack plushie and 10 cans of Qoo - they then told me that it was a clue to what's about to come soon. Today, ShopBack has officially announced that Qoo10 is back on the platform and it is here to stay with unlimited 1% cashback (with no cap) on all eligible purchases!
ShopBack is celebrating the upcoming Rewards Day 9.9 (yes that's 09 September 2017!) with up to 39% epic cashback! There will also be exclusive voucher codes and giveaways that will happen on that day itself. For all of us interested in all things travel, you will also be able to enjoy an enhanced cashback rate for hotel and flight bookings made on this very special day - up to 11%!
Planning to travel between 01 October 2017 to 30 June 2018? Check out the promotional fares on Air France and KLM when you book between 05 September 2017 and 14 September 2017. Fly from Singapore to Europe from just S$759 (all-inclusive) on the Boeing 777-300ER.
Planning a short trip out of Singapore soon? From now until 10 September 2017, purchase one of the featured hotel packages on Mileslife to benefit from 3,000 bonus miles. If you have an American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card (click HERE to sign-up for one with 7,500 welcome miles), you will earn double miles on the hotel packages as well.
ShopBack is currently offering 12% cashback on all eligible hotel bookings made on Expedia today - your stay has to be completed before 31 December 2017. Do take note that you will have to use the special Expedia Visa URL in order to take advantage of this 12% cashback promotion. Otherwise, you will be getting 11% instead which is still amazing value for hotels that you already are planning to stay in.
Hilton is running a 72-hour 50% off flash sale for all participating Hilton hotels in Japan, South Korea & Guam. This impressive 50% sale is valid for all stays completed between 05 September 2017 and 25 February 2018 and this extremely special rate is available for booking between 05 September 2017 2:00PM (JST) and 08 September 2017 02:00PM (JST). Do remember that you will have to register (for free!) to become a Hilton Honors member in order to take advantage of the 50% offer (otherwise you will only get 40%).
Sign-up for the American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card or the American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card via Mileslife between 01 September 2017 and 31 October 2017 to benefit from an additional 2,500 KrisFlyer miles upon first spend on the card. If you use these cards on the Mileslife app, you will earn 2x bonus KrisFlyer miles for everything you spend on the app during the promotional period.