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including finding "better" deals.
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as part of your travel.
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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
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
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. Read More…
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.
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.
Dreaming of picturesque, pristine countryside, romantic castles steeped in history, or the culture and energy of vibrant cities?
Scotland has all this and much more.
Come see what makes Scotland such a unique and popular destination for so many travellers.
We show you the best that Scotland has to offer, from specific destinations to theme-based tours.
There’s an ever-expanding body of scientific evidence that (whether behind a desk at work or during a long plane trip or
train ride), being seated for prolonged periods can be harmful. We provide tips to boost your health and reduce the
harmful impact on your body while travelling.