As the year comes to an end, it is important to remember that you will only earn Starpoints on Uber if you have had a qualifying stay in the calendar year. If like me, you use Uber on a daily basis, it is best to get your stay in as early as possible in January 2016. You should definitely take advantage of the SPG® Take Two promotion which gives you double Starpoints® when you stay two nights or more (plus 250 bonus Starpoints for every night you stay at hotels in popular destinations, worldwide from 11 January 2016 to 30 April 2016.
Two qualifying nights at every participating Starwood hotel around the world will earn you double Starpoints but the following hotels in Singapore will give you a bonus of 250 extra Starpoints per night:
- Sheraton Towers Singapore
- The St. Regis Singapore
- The Westin Singapore
- W Singapore - Sentosa Cove
Considering how affordable the Sheraton Towers Singapore is on weekends, it may not be a bad idea for a mattress run to chalk up on points (especially if you need them!).
While the merger of three loyalty programs (Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG) has not been exceedingly successful (at least in the eyes of an average consumer), the combined loyalty program will relaunch on 13 February 2019 with a brand new program name - Marriott Bonvoy. Some Platinum membership tiers will also be renamed to make the distinction a little more obvious.
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.
Hyatt has been making a number of loyalty program enhancements ever since the official relaunch (as World of Hyatt) in early 2017. Members are now able to use their points for free nights in premium suites and there is no longer a minimum length of stay for free nights in suites. With that being said, Points + Cash rates have also been devalued since members are now required to pay 50% of the BAR (instead of a fixed rate). In a bid to improve the loyalty program, World of Hyatt will be introducing Milestone Rewards to all members from 01 March 2019 - members will soon be able to unlock more perks and benefits with every 10 nights that they stay with the brand (up to 100 nights per year).
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!).
IHG Rewards Club is currently running the Double Points Plus More promotion (similar to the previous Accelerate promotions) which is valid for stays between 16 September 2018 to 16 December 2018. Part of the offer includes the ability to earn double IHG Rewards Club Points (calculated on Base Points) but that was previously capped at 15,000 bonus points for me. Now, IHG Rewards Club has made the earning potential unlimited - you will now earn double IHG Rewards Club Points until 31 December 2018 with no cap!
If you have not jumped on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan bandwagon yet, it is not too late to do so but I definitely advise doing it as soon as possible since there is no telling when the Japan Airlines or Cathay Pacific deal would be pulled out. From now until 21 December 2018 , purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles and get up to 50% more miles - this effectively reduces the cost per 1,000 miles from USD 29.56 (inclusive of tax recovery fee) to USD 19.71.
AccorHotels will be rewarding all Le Club AccorHotels members with an Asia Pacific Sale that offers up to 50% off room rates as well as the opportunity to win 500,000 Le Club AccorHotels Points (which is equivalent to €10,000!). AccorHotels will be giving away 15 million points altogether and there will be 30 winners under this promotion. Bookings have to be made directly with AccorHotels in order to be eligible.
There has been plenty of speculation going on in the industry and the suspicions have been confirmed - World of Hyatt members will be required to pay 'more' for free nights using Points + Cash from 01 November 2018. At the time of writing, there is a 40% bonus for World of Hyatt points and I highly recommend everyone to take advantage of this offer since this may be the last chance for you to take advantage of the current Points + Cash rates. On the bright side, members will also be able to use their points for free nights in premium suites and there will no longer be a minimum length of stay for free nights in suites.
Thinking about using your World of Hyatt points for a stay but do not have enough? Purchase World of Hyatt points from now until 27 November 2018 to get 40% more - you will have to commit to a minimum of 10,000 points to trigger this offer. Each eligible World of Hyatt account can purchase up to 55,000 points per calendar year and these bonuses tend to max out at 40%.
While I was hotel shopping this afternoon, I realised that Mastercard cardholders in Mainland China, the Philippines and Singapore who add a valid Mastercard card in the Participant’s name on the Shangri-La Mobile App between 24 August 2018 and 28 February 2019 can benefit from 100 bonus Golden Circle points.