I have been a Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) Black member for the whole of 2015 and I have had a lot of upgrade successes (more so than most international hotel chains) at a number of properties worldwide:
According to official benefits set out by the Global Hotel Alliance, Black-tier members should get early check in from 9AM, late check out until 6PM, guaranteed room availability up to 24 hours prior to arrival, a double room upgrade and a personal choice of local amenity. What is impressive to me (especially in the capacity of a staycation-goer) is the early check-in and late check-out. Considering how most hotels allow you to check-in at 3PM and check-out at 12PM (21 Hours), having the Black status will effectively increase your hotel stay from 21 Hours to 33 Hours (effectively 57% more time in the room or suite!).
I really loved my GHA Black benefits and you used to be able to early qualifying nights even on OTA rates but ever since 2015, you were only able to earn eligible nights when you book directly with the hotel - I have had issues when I booked via GHA itself too (strange!). Upgrade successes were always high and checking-out late is always a breeze (unless at full occupancy of course) but unfortunately, I was not able to hit 30 eligible nights this year so I will be back at Platinum next year which isn't too shabby after all.
OCBC has just sent out an SMS/EDM to selected OCBC VOYAGE Cardholders to enjoy an accelerated earn rate on foreign currency transactions made between 24 May 2019 and 30 June 2019.
From now until 01 June 2019, purchase United Airlines MileagePlus Miles and get up to a 75% bonus - remember you can purchase up to 175,000 miles per account per calendar year (bonus miles are included in this limit)!
Hilton Honors is now running a 50% off Flash Sale for eligible stays in Japan, South Korea and Guam for stays through 30 September 2019 - you will have to book by 24 May 2019 to lock in these jaw-dropping rates! These rates typically extend to all room types and sometimes it may be cheaper to book a Suite or an Executive Room (in the event that the discount rate has been fully allocated for lead-in room categories) so make sure you check it before booking.
Signing-up for a Citibank credit card has never gotten more rewarding - the first 15 applicants from 21-24 May 2019 each day (this includes existing Citibank customers!) will receive S$500 cash on top of the usual bank welcome offers. Make sure you mark your calendar for 9am from 21-24 May 2019 to have a greater chance at snagging up that $500 cash!
Enjoy up to 40% discount across all participating AccorHotels properties (and get free breakfast while you are at it) when you book before the end of 24 May 2019. If you are based in Asia-Pacific, this amazing promotion is valid for stays between 12 July 2019 and 11 July 2020. If you do not have an Accor Plus membership (and I highly recommend for you to purchase one), you will be to enjoy a discount of up to 30% off for simply being a Le Club AccorHotels member (free to sign-up!).
The time to indulge and be rewarded is here - Hilton Honors members will now be able to earn 5,000 Hilton Honors bonus points when they stay at least two nights at any participating Waldorf Astoria or Conrad hotels & resorts until 31 December 2020 (yes that’s the end of next year!). If you have been thinking about a long weekend staycation, there is no better time than to do it right now.
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you - you can now purchase a S$10 Grab Code (yes, a promo code that will give you S$10 off your next Grab ride) for only S$5 if you are new to Fuzzie - all you have to do is to enter 'mark9132' to get S$5 instantly (you will be able to use this on your first order). Additionally, you will also be able to get 31% cashback on this transaction - that's S$3.10 - so you are effectively paying only S$1.90 for a S$10 Grab Code (81% off)!
The school holidays in June are coming right up so if you are a working parent and you would like to go somewhere with your children next month, it is worthwhile to check out the latest KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes. Enjoy 30% savings on the number of required KrisFlyer miles to a wide selection of destinations in the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network - simply redeem online between now and 31 May 2019 for travel from 01 June 2019 to 30 June 2019 inclusive.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the opportunity to earn some extra cash and vouchers from SingSaver's Battle of Cards campaign. Now, SingSaver has opened up all three battles (Travel, Cash Back and Rewards) on the Battle of Cards campaign so you can start earning those additional voucher and cash rewards until 09 June 2019. If you are afraid of missing out, SingSaver offers the same rewards that banks give but on top of that, they typically add-on a little cash or voucher incentive. You can also earn up to S$150 cash plus a chance to win 50,000 KrisFlyer Miles when you participate in this campaign!
Get more IHG Rewards Club Points when you stay at IHG hotels around the world between now and 31 August 2019 - all you have to do is to sign-in to your account and see what your tailored offers are. Now IHG has been running these Accelerate offers for a couple of years now and sometimes they are extremely easy to complete - there is usually a grand bonus if you manage to complete all the tasks that you have been targeted for.