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.
Log-in to your DBS Lifetyle App and sign-up for the Lunar New Year 2019 Promotion to get up to S$128 back in voucher or cash credit. All you have to do is to be amongst the first 15,000 principal cardholders to successfully register participation via the app and hit the personalised spend goal by 03 March 2019 to trigger your tailored reward.
Earn 10 miles per dollar (or more specifically, 50 miles for every S$5) on Expedia when you book hotels, selected flights and packages on Expedia using a UOB PRVI Miles Card. All bookings will have to be made via the special landing page by 31 March 2019 for travel until 31 July 2019.
United Airlines is currently offering a bonus for MileagePlus Miles purchased between now and 01 February 2019. Members will be able to get up to 70% more miles and it even comes with a chance to win 1,000,000 MileagePlus Miles and USD 10,000 (only open to eligible U.S. residents residing in the 50 U.S. & D.C.).
American Express Platinum Members (including those holding credit card versions) have long been getting either a complimentary welcome drink or 1-for-1 beverages at selected bars in Singapore via the Chillax programme. Late last year, four new bars from the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach have been added to this growing list. In view of the 2019 contract renewals, Smoke & Mirrors now imposes a S$20++ minimum spend requirement before an American Express Platinum Member can take advantage of the Chillax benefits.
Earn extra IHG Rewards Club points when you complete certain tasks between 15 January 2019 and 30 April 2019. Previously know as the Accelerate offer, IHG Rewards Club members will now be able to earn at least 40,000 bonus points for eligible stays that have been consumed within the promotional period - registration needs to be completed before 15 March 2019 so just do it right now in case you forget.
There is currently a number of promotions that are running for Hilton Honors members - earn triple points at Conrad and Waldorf Astoria properties (double points for every other participating property) until 03 January 2019 and if you stay at a participating Asia-Pacific property from now until 31 December 2018, you will also earn double points for these stays. Hilton is bringing back the Points Unlimited promotion from 04 January 2019 to 05 May 2019 where you will be able to earn 2,000 bonus points per stay and 10,000 bonus points every 5 stays or 10 nights (which ever comes first!).
The first two days of the Lunar New Year will be on 5-6 February 2019 and while it is great to catch up with your extended family from time to time, some of you may be looking for a little escape (whatever your reason is!). Whether you wish to indulge in the Lunar New Year festivities or want some time for yourself, Carlton City Hotel Singapore has got your back with a Spring Reunion Getaway package (valid from 1-10 February 2019) that comes complete with daily buffet breakfast for two adults.
American Express is currently running a ridiculously attractive promotion for all eligible members across all participating Marriott properties - spend S$500 and get S$150 back in statement credit. There is now the opportunity to receive one S$50 credit for spending S$300 or more (in one or more transactions) at participating Pan Pacific Hotels Group properties before the end of 31 January 2019.
I recently wrote about the amazing opportunity to get S$150 back for simply spending S$500 at participating Marriott hotels in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand between now until 31 January 2019. If you have not signed up for this promotion, you should definitely do so because getting 30% cashback on your stays is amazing (and probably a very rare opportunity)! I recently completed a stay at The Westin Singapore and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the S$150 credit posted.
In conjunction with Black Friday celebrations, Kaligo is running a double miles and points promotion for all eligible bookings made between 23 November 2018 and 26 November 2018. Stays have to be completed anytime between now and 30 June 2019 in order to qualify.