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 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!
I have probably mentioned this a couple of times but everyone who lives in Singapore needs a ShopBack account - it is completely free to sign-up and if you do not have an account already, my referral link will give you S$5 just to register now. ShopBack basically gives you cash back for most of the purchases and transactions that you complete online. In the case of hotels, you will earn (and retain) your elite status while still getting a sweet bonus cash back so there is really no reason not to use it at all.
There are now even more reasons to stay at Hilton! Between 01 August 2016 and 31 January 2017, stay at a participating Hilton property and pay with an eligible American Express card and you will get a S$50 statement credit when you spend at least S$300 - this includes spending on accommodation, food and beverages as well as other incidentals during your stay (do note that you will have to charge them to the room though). This offer is valid at every participating hotel so you can benefit from the S$50 statement credit each time you stay somewhere different (and satisfy the promotional conditions)!
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!).