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.
Staying in an AccorHotels property has just gotten a lot more attractive. While the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program is expected to change late 2018, there is now an opportunity to earn up to triple Le Club AccorHotels points in Asia Pacific. Upon registration, you will earn double points on weekdays (Mondays to Thursdays) and triple points on weekends (Fridays to Sundays) from 11 March 2019 to 31 May 2019.
Now that Marriott Bonvoy has officially launched, a brand new promotion has unveiled for stays between 19 March 2019 and 04 June 2019 - members will be able to earn double base points from their second stay during the aforementioned period.
Make an eligible hotel reservation on Kaligo between 13 February 2019 (8:00AM Singapore Time) to 15 February 2019 (8:00AM Singapore Time) for stays before the end of 30 April 2019 to earn double the amount of miles and points on your chosen loyalty programme!
Hyatt has just published their annual award chart updates that will take effect on 18 March 2019 - the number of World of Hyatt points required for a free night will change at some hotels. As you may remember, Points + Cash rates are now less attractive as members are required to pay 50% of the Standard Rate for standard rooms. In general, most of the affected hotels in Asia will be experiencing a reduction in hotel category (meaning it will cost you less points for free night) but hotels in Japan and South Korea in particular will see an increase in the number of required points in the near future.
If you have been collecting Hilton Honors points conscientiously, you will have to spend them (as you should) at some point. Even though Hilton Honors no longer publish award chart changes, they just recently launched a brand new Points Explorer to help you determine the number of Hilton Honors points required for a free night.
While I do not generally purchase IHG Rewards Club Points, they can be quite attractive when utilised on high-demand periods (e.g. New Year’s Eve). Members can now purchase IHG Rewards Club Points with a 75% bonus when they complete the transaction between 28 February 2019. If you have immediate demand for these points, now is a great time to purchase them but if you do not have any plans for them, a 100% bonus runs from time to time (but this is not a fixed promotion).
Purchase World of Hyatt Points before the end of 22 February 2019 to get 30% more (minimum of 5,000 points is required). It is worth repeating that World of Hyatt members are now required to pay 'more' for free nights using Points + Cash since the cash component is pegged to 50% of the standard rate. However, if you are in need of World of Hyatt Points, now may be a good time to purchase them since you got 30% more.
Many of you will remember that the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has acquired a 51% stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts back in 2018 and now, it has been officially announced that IHG Rewards Club members will soon be able to earn and redeem points at these properties from 01 February 2019. While searching for hotels yesterday, I noticed that the Regent Singapore (where I have stayed back in 2014) is already integrated into the IHG app - you can now book it via the platform but at the time of writing, reward nights are not yet available.
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.