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Not yet experienced the luxury and service of a Corinthia Hotel?

Even if you have, you can (re)discover the pleasures of its boutique luxury properties for a limited time with up to 20% off the usual rate with breakfast included !

Tempted ?

Iberostar Last-minute Offer | 20% off at a sunny resort, but be quick!

Iberostar Last-minute Offer | 20% off at a sunny resort, but be quick!

Miss out on booking your escape to the sun?

Iberostar is offering a discount of 20% for stays at its All-inclusive resort on Spain's Playa de la Barossa.

Iberostar Royal Andalus in Cádiz has easy beach access and is family-friendly. It also offers adults only pool areas and 2 golf courses of 18 holes each.

Something for everybody to get "some sun on their bones".

All you need to do is add the code CADIZIB20 into your booking.

You'll need to hurry - bookings and stays must be completed by 31 January.

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A few hours go, IHG announced that it will be making several changes to its loyalty program - IHG Rewards Club.

The first to be shared relates to a new tier and bonus point earning structure:

  • a new Silver Tier is being introduced. Qualification is 10 nights (only). Tier bonus will be 20%.
  • Gold Tier will have higher qualification requirements -  20 nights or 40,000 points (currently 7 nights or 7,000 points) The biggest increase, but tier bonus will increase from 10% to 40%
  • Platinum Tier will have higher qualification requirements -  40 nights or 60,000 points (currently 30 nights or 30,000 points). Tier bonus will increase from 50% to 60%. 
  • The top Elite Tier will have much higher qualification requirements -  70 nights or 120,000 points (currently 55 nights or 55,000 points)
  • Renaming of the ‘Spire Elite’ tier to ‘Diamond Elite’ - tier bonus to remain at 100%.
So far, no changes to be made to the Ambassador or Royal Ambassador programs. 

All members’ statuses have been extended through February 2023. To requalify, you will need to satisfy the requirements under the new tier structure which goes live from March 2022.

Note that due to Covid-19 there are currently reduced earning requirements in place, which will remain until the changes go live on March 1, 2022 – these are as follows:
  • Gold Elite qualification by earning 7,000 points or staying seven nights
  • Platinum Elite qualification by earning 30,000 points or staying 30 nights
  • Spire Elite (soon to be known as Diamond) qualification by earning 55,000 points or staying 55 nights
One concession is that all stays from January 1, 2022 will count toward your new status when it goes live.

So, consider some of the current IHG promotions to help you get status before the criteria change in March. A 7 night stay somewhere before 1 March could be enough to qualify for Gold tier.

We will cover this program in greater detail once further details on the changes to the program are released. 

Initial reaction - subject to seeing what additional benefits will be included at the various status tiers, this looks like a less attractive development. The lowest elite tier now has a minimum number of nights rerquirement only (points/spending won't get you there) and the bar has been lifted significantly for qualification at higher tiers.

Shangri-La Hotels has announced a revamp of its loyalty program, which will be renamed from Golden Circle to Circle.

The style of the program will also change. Rather than being a rewards program, it will become more revenue focussed:

  • tier status qualification will be based on either qualifying nights (the same number as  currently with Golden Circle ) or tier points earned (effectively amount spent) replacing the current option of qualification based on number of stays. There will be more flexibility to earn points from stays, F&B, Spa, Wellness and Shangri-La merchandise
  • rewards points will have a fixed earning rate (receive 1 point per US$ spent) and redemption value (15 points = US$1 - no more award tables), making Circle more similar in nature to Accor ALL and GHA Discovery.
  • Golden Circle members' points and tier status will be transferred to the new Circle program
  • the new Polaris invitation-only elite tier will be launched.
The changes are to be effective from 28 April 2022.

In the interim, for current Golden Circle members, Shangri-La is holding a Less is More promotion for a Standard Room, a Club Room or an Executive Suite at any of its participating hotels.

Book an award stay before 21 April 2022 (Hong Kong Time) for stays completed by 22 April 2022, to receive a 50% reduction in the number of points required.

T&C's apply 

Native Places (a collection of 6 Apartments & 6 ApartHotels all based in the UK) has a January sale that is ending soon..

Book before 31 January and check-in through 31 May 2022 to receive a discount of 15% on the cost of your stay.

Use the code NATIVE15 on the booking page.

Could make for a very nice Spring/Summer stay...

T&C's apply. 

Preferred Hotels & Resorts has a Last Minute Escapes promotion, with attractive discounts of 35% (or more).

To participate, you must book by February 1, 2022, and complete your stays through March 4, 2022.

Properties participating in the promotion include 2 in London, 1 in Manchester, 1 in each of Rome, Amsterdam and St Moritz. A further 18 properties are located in North America.

Members of the loyalty program I Prefer receive special benefits.

T&C's apply. 

World Ski Awards - Best of 2021

World Ski Awards - Best of 2021

World Ski Awards - the sister organisation of World Travel Awards  - has unveiled the winners of its ninth annual programme. The results follow a year-long search for the world’s leading ski travel, tourism and hospitality brands.

A brief selection of the prize-winners (and their loyalty programs where relevant) is shown below.

  • World’s Best Ski Resort – Verbier, Switzerland
  • World’s Best Ski Hotel -  W Verbier, Switzerland (Marriott Bonvoy)
  • World’s Best Green Ski Hotel -  rocksresort, Switzerland
  • World’s Best Ski Chalet -  Chalet Zermatt Peak, Switzerland
  • World’s Best New Ski Chalet -  Chalet Face a Face, France
  • World’s Best Ski Tour Operator -  TUI
  • Australia’s Best Ski Resort - Thredbo
  • Australia’s Best Ski Hotel -  Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Hotel (Accor ALL)
  • Canada’s Best Ski Resort – The Lake Louise Ski Resort
  • Canada’s Best Ski Hotel – Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside   (GHA Discovery)
  • France’s Best Ski Resort -  Val Thorens
  • Japan’s Best Ski Hotel – The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido (Marriott Bonvoy)
  • New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort – Mount Hutt
  • New Zealand’s Best Ski Hotel -  The Rees Hotel , Queenstown
  • Norway’s Best Ski Hotel – Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil (Radisson Rewards)
  • Poland’s Best Ski Hotel  – Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane (Radisson Rewards)
  • Russia’s Best Ski Hotel –  Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi (non-participating in Accor ALL)
  • Slovakia’s Best Ski Hotel – Grand Hotel Kempinski, High Tatras   (GHA Discovery)
  • Slovenia’s Best Ski Hotel – Ramada Resort by Wyndham  (Wyndham Rewards)
  • Spain’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel – Melia Royal Tanau Boutique Hotel  (MeliaRewards)

Congratulations to all of the World Ski Awards 2021 prize-winners  !

Using Travel Points

Preparing to maximise your use of travel loyalty points to see the places you most want to visit.

We show you how to extract the greatest value for your travel using both cash and rewards points.  


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