The 1865 Membership by Langham Hotels & Resorts has just been refreshed with some improvements (alongside a name change). The newly-refreshed 1865 Privilege will now allow qualification (and renewal) by eligible room nights instead of just eligible stays. The names of the different tiers are staying the same (thankfully and sorry Hyatt!) but travellers are now rewarded for staying longer.
The 1865 Privilege seem to follow a pretty simplistic way of calculation (1 stay = 3 nights) and while the qualification may seem a little difficult (since the number of properties are limited), renewal each year is extremely reasonable - even at 'Voyager' level. Memberships were previously valid 12 months from the date of joining - this has now been modified to just a calendar year so make sure you try to qualify as early as possible in the year.
|Gateway||3 Stays or 9 Nights||1 Stay or 3 Nights|
|Voyager||5 Stays or 15 Nights||2 Stays or 6 Nights|
|Destiny||Invitation Only||Invitation Only|
The program offers a number of interesting and generous benefits at top-tier (Destiny) like an 8:00PM late check-out (and I thought 6:00PM for being a Black member with DISCOVERY Loyalty was good enough!) and a complimentary limousine service.
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.
As I have recently pointed out, the number of required IHG Rewards Club points for a reward night at the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay have fallen from 60,000 to 50,000. In addition to that, there is a new addition to the list of properties here in Singapore - the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon.
When the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay first opened in Singapore back in 2017, it required 60,000 IHG Rewards Points per reward night. The hotel is the country's second InterContinental-branded property and it features luxurious rooms and suites (albeit small) in the heart of Robertson Quay. While shopping for hotel rooms recently, I noticed that the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay only requires 50,000 IHG Rewards Points now for a free night - this puts it on par with the InterContinental Singapore in Bugis which I personally prefer.
Chope’s annual Diner’s Choice awards is coming back this year and in celebration of this momentous event, they are giving one an extra 100 Chope-Dollars for all reservations booked and consumed between now and 07 October 2018 so long you use the promo code below. As I have only just recently shared, a brand new loyalty program will also be rolling out in a couple of months so there are definitely things to look forward to.
Golden Circle members are now able to earn double award points whenever they stay, dine or enjoy spa treatments at any Shangri-La hotel, resort, Kerry hotel, Traders hotel and Hotel Jen before 18 January 2019. In celebration of Golden Circle’s 8th anniversary, members will be able to enjoy double the amount of Golden Circle award points (which is equivalent to at least 20% cashback when used for dining).