The combined loyalty program of Marriott International properties will soon be relaunching under the new Marriott Bonvoy program name. Ever since the loyalty programs merged back in August 2018, I have not gotten a single suite upgrade (despite being Platinum Elite) on stays where the suites were available at check-in.
In December 2018 when I stayed at The Westin Singapore, a Junior Suite was available but I was upgraded into a Club Room instead (which is a little bit of a joke since Platinum members get access to the Club Lounge anyway). Last month, when I booked a FHR rate at The St. Regis Singapore on a quiet weekend where the St. Regis Suite (as well as two lower room categories) was available, I was only given a one-category upgrade into a Grand Deluxe room. Just this weekend, I was given a one-category room upgrade at the Four Points by Sheraton, Singapore when the lead-in suite category was available at check-in. Obviously getting upgraded is not a 'right' per se and these are accorded so long they are available at the time of check-in but honestly, it is starting to feel a little bit ridiculous (especially if I have to demand for it). There is a reason why I spend at least 50 nights each year with Marriott properties and why I choose to book direct but if this benefit is not enforced, then perhaps it is time to look for a different loyalty program in year 2020.
I am certainly interested to see whether some of these benefits will be nerfed once Marriott Bonvoy launches. I have a feeling that suite upgrades will be reserved for Titanium and Ambassador members only but let's see what happens - do let me know if you have been receiving suite upgrades lately too!
Continue to save 30% off F&B spend across participating Marriott properties in Greater China until 31 December 2019.
The wait is over - there is a brand new Marriott Bonvoy promotion that will give you 1,500 bonus points with every stay (2-night minimum) between 02 July 2019 and 16 September 2019. Register today!
Everything you need to know about the Expedia Rewards program - how to always take at least 10% off, earn points and how to use them wisely.
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.
Have Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite or higher status? Kids under 12 (instead of 6) now eat for free at all participating hotels in Asia-Pacific.
I have recently completed an amazing stay at the W Taipei where I was upgraded into a Marvelous Suite as a Platinum Elite member. However, when I looked at my Marriott Bonvoy account this morning, I realised that the points posted here approximately 14% lower than what I was expecting - it is always a good idea to calculate an estimated ballpark figure for the number of points you will earn from each stay and then reconcile it afterwards.
All Marriott Bonvoy members can earn 30% off eligible food and beverage charges across all participating properties in the Greater China region from now until 30 June 2019. As you may already know, Marriott Bonvoy members can save up to 20% off eligible F&B spend across participating properties in Asia-Pacific but this promotion allows all Marriott Bonvoy members (regardless of membership tier) to save 30% off eligible F&B spend. Additionally, members will also earn up to 10 Marriott Bonvoy Points per USD 1 on these expenses
Millennium Hotels & Resorts announced a brand new single-tier loyalty programme last week - the newly-revamped My Millennium Guest Reward Programme does not feature a tier-level membership and it simply rewards members through stay enhancements or lifestyle rewards. In celebration of the launch of this new programme, every qualified stay booked via www.millenniumhotels.com between now and 30 September 2019 will be eligible for one entry into the lucky draw which comes with a grand prize of 1,000,000 My Points.
A number of changes to the InterContinental Ambassador membership have gone live and it has gotten significantly more expensive (in terms of IHG Rewards Club Points at least) over the years to renew. I am now once again faced with the situation of potentially renewing my membership - the two options that I have on the table are either to pay US$200 or 40,000 IHG Rewards Club Points.
In view of prioritising simplicity, inclusivity, value, immediacy and access for guests, Millennium Hotels and Resorts implemented a brand new single-tier loyalty membership with the refreshed My Millennium Guest Reward Programme. This newly-revamped programme aims to simplify the way members earn and burn points with stay enhancements or lifestyle rewards by allowing them to choose the benefits which are most important to them.