The craziness that followed the Starwood acquisition news saw Hyatt scrambling and offering Hyatt Diamond. While the hotel giant has previously accepted top tier statuses with competing programs like IHG Spire Elite, Hilton Diamond Elite, Marriott Platinum Elite and SPG Platinum Elite, the conditions of getting a status match have become more stringent over time.
I have submitted a status match to Hyatt Diamond using my Hilton Diamond Elite account and was given the following response:
Dear Mr. Chua,
I hope that this message finds you well.
It is my pleasure to inform you that we have upgraded your account to Platinum until February 2017. You will begin to enjoy the many benefits of the Platinum tier status such as guaranteed availability 72 hours prior to arrival, best room within the category booked, as well as 15% bonus points per stay among many other wonderful benefits.
You may maintain this tier going forward by completing 5 eligible stays or 15 qualifying nights between January 1 – December 31, 2016.
As part of a limited time special offer, we are currently matching elite status with peer programs to Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status. At this time, the only way to achieve the Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond tier is to complete the normal earning criteria or to submit Starwood Preferred Guest information showing Platinum status, as well as 20 nights with SPG in the last 12 months.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Welcome to Hyatt Platinum!
While I do not blame Hyatt at all for matching me to Platinum, I am just pretty disappointed since it was offered but not carried through. On the other hand, kudos to Hilton for doing this right!
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.
SingSaver is currently running a Battle of Cards campaign and it spans across three categories and periods. Each 'battle' (in the field of Travel, Cashback and Rewards) comes with four credit cards that you can choose from and most of these credit cards come with a SingSaver exclusive gift (this means to say that you will not get this bonus if you apply for the card elsewhere). From now until 12 May 2019, apply for at least one of the cards in the travel battle to stand a chance to win S$50 (if you pick the most popular credit card) and 50,000 KrisFlyer Miles (grand prize).
Hilton Honors members will be able to earn double Hilton Honors points (from their second stay) between 06 May 2019 and 08 September 2019 - registration for this offer is required and is open at the time of writing. It is always a good idea to register for these promotions even if you do not have any confirmed stays in the pipeline. Additionally, Hilton Honors members will also be able to earn up to an additional 20,000 bonus points upon completing 20 stays during the promotional period.