While browsing the internet this morning, I realised that the loyalty program from Millennium Hotels and Resorts have been revamped - I'm not too sure whether this is a recent change or not since I do not generally stay with the chain, but it is really looking a whole lot better now! For starters, the previous M&C Loyalty Club is now known as My Millennium Club - finally, a better name! The usual Gold and Diamond has also been renamed as Premium and Elite respectively - see table below for a quick summary of name changes.
|Base-Tier Status||Mid-Tier Status||Highest-Tier Status|
|Old Loyalty Program||Classic||Gold||Diamond|
|New Loyalty Program||Club||Premium||Elite|
With the new My Millennium Club, you can now get guaranteed Club or Executive Lounge access when you reach the highest-tier of status - My Millennium Club Elite. You may get here by either spending 20 elite-qualifying night a year or through US$4,000 worth of eligible spend. Considering how Hilton HHonors require US$12,000 worth of eligible spend to hit top-tier Diamond, this is not too bad at all! Strangely enough, when you hit top-tier, you also get one complimentary room night stay at any participating hotel when you stay at 10 different participating hotels within the same membership year - quite difficult since there is limited footprint across the world as compared to a larger chain hotel!
|Qualification by Nights||N/A||8||20|
|Qualification by Spend||N/A||US$1,500||US$4,000|
|Room Spend||10 Points per US$1|
|Other Qualifying Spend||5 Points per US$1|
|Club/Executive Lounge Access||N/A||Twice a Year||Always|
|Birthday Treats and e-Concierge||N/A||Yes||Yes|
Both Premium and Elite membership are valid for twelve (12) months upon being upgraded or renewed to Premium or Elite status. According to the FAQ, Elite members will also receive 2 complimentary suite upgrades each year. Points can also be used to redeem for rooms although this is unclear at this moment.
Participating Properties in Asia:
- Copthorne King's Hotel Singapore
- Orchard Hotel Singapore
- Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore
- M hotel Singapore
- Studio M Hotel Singapore
- Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
- Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang
- Millennium Resort Patong Phuket
- The Heritage Hotel Manila
World of Hyatt - Hyatt's new global loyalty program has been unveiled today and it will come into effect from 01 March 2017. The current Gold Passport program will cease from 28 February 2017 and the current 3-tier elite membership program will be reorganised into a 4-tier one to reward bigger spenders and travellers who spend more nights in hotels each year. Read on to find out about the changes and how it will affect you.
As you may know already, you may now purchase Hyatt Gold Passport Points with up to a 40% bonus as long as you purchase between now and 25 October 2016. These points may be used for free nights at Hyatt Hotels and Hyatt Residence Club stays around the world or you may even utilise them for things like nightly Regency Club and Suite upgrades (or convert them into miles!). Find out some of the sweet spots in redeeming your Hyatt Gold Passport Points here.
Here's how you get 12 Miles or 18 Hilton HHonors Points per dollar each time you book a hotel on Kaligo. Every traveller and staycation lover has got to read this!
Five days ago, I wrote about the new arrangement between Singapore Airlines and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts - the interesting bit is finally out! This brand new partnership will see opportunities in status matching, points and miles conversions as well as double-dipping in both programs every time you make an eligible stay at any participating Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts property around the world. Here's a summary of five things you need to know about this partnership!
Before anyone gets too excited, there are no naked photos of anyone in this post at all. Naked in the Sky is an extension to Naked for Satan. Before I even tell you about Naked in the Sky, I had to find out why exactly is Naked for Satan named as such. With a curious mind, I went forth to find the answer to my question and this is what I found out: A guy named Satanovich (hereby known as Satan) used to distill moonshine in his underpants during the sweltering summer months. Since the moonshine was illegal, patrons used to use the code phrase "Let's get Naked for Satan" to gain access to this well-guarded but highly-regarded liquor.
Before anyone asks the question, I am going to say this and hopefully only once - you can redeem Virgin America (VX) Elevate Points on Singapore Airlines (SQ) flights (you are however subjected to a smaller inventory and getting Suites on VX Points is actually impossible). With that being said, you may be saving a lot of your precious miles if you use VX points (and money too!) to redeem for short-haul flights. To put things into perspective, consider the differences in points (and miles!) required to get from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali) on Singapore Airlines via the VX Elevate and SQ KrisFlyer programmes.
We all know that the whole Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio has been acquired by Marriott International but we haven't had much visibility about how it is going to impact us until today. With the expansion and takeover of brands, current Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members will be able to benefit from the integration of both programs. Here are the top four things you need to know!
When I got an email today notifying me that I am now able to enjoy 'complimentary rides with Citi points', I was interested - I knew it was going to be bad but I clicked on it anyway to find out how bad exactly could it be. If you have been reading all those articles I have written about earning miles, then you should know that it is not difficult to get S$50-100 worth of value from 1,000 Miles. This limited time promotion (until 07 November 2016) allows you to offset your Grab ride with a fixed redemption rate by utilising some of your precious miles and points.
Some people may argue that there is nothing more worrying than being unable to Book the Cook (BTC) on your Singapore Airlines flights (yes I can hear you chanting Lobster Thermidor from where I am at). If you have the following error message that is stopping you from selecting a BTC meal, fret not because here's how you can quickly resolve it!
When I wrote about the possibility to fly on the highly-acclaimed Suites class on Singapore Airlines to Hong Kong for free last week, I received a number questions via emails on what is the best routes to redeem Suites class on. While there is no "best route" per se, here are the cheapest Suite Class redemptions (in ascending order of required miles) that you can do on Singapore Airlines from Singapore at the moment.