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GHA Discovery Guide

by Neil McPherson

First published 13 December 2021
Last updated 26 August 2023

This GHA Discovery program guide is based upon GHA Discovery Terms & Conditions dated 28 June 2022 and updated 28 December 2023-

Summary / Overview

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) had flagged for a couple of months that it was revamping its Discovery loyalty program. Then, early in December 2021 it launched the updated - GHA Discovery. The new GHA Discovery is quite different to the old Discovery, reflecting a significant change in philosophy. 

Key points are that members:

  • Earn DISCOVERY Dollars (D$) rewards currency
  • Level up faster with an additional membership level
  • Can choose from three different ways to upgrade status
  • Enjoy room upgrades and other new stay benefits
  • Have access to Local Experiences (now called Experiences) that are more authentic
  • New Local Offers give you access to hotel facilities without a stay
  • All GHA Discovery members can purchase Local Offers and Experiences
  • Can share status benefits with family and friends
  • Continue to receive member-only Promotions.

Let's take a closer look at the new GHA Discovery.

Contents - GHA Discovery

GHA Brands and their Market Positioning
Geographic spread of GHA Hotels & Resorts locations
How the GHA Discovery program works
GHA Discovery
Gaining & Retaining GHA Dicovery Tier Status
Platinum Status from Business Traveller subscription
Platinum or Titanium Status for Elite Mastercards in APAC
Earning your D$
Using your D$ 
Expiration of Discovery Dollars
Special Features of the GHA Discovery program
Applying for GHA Discovery membership
GHA Discovery FAQ

GHA Brands & Their Positioning

Global Hotel Alliance (or GHA) was founded in 2004 with the goal of helping independent, upscale and luxury hotel brands to compete with the global majors, while retaining their individuality.

Today, GHA has a range of 32 independent hotel brands (including NH Hotels, the most recent brand of Minor Hotels to join the GHA family), covering the range from midscale to luxury.  

The range includes both city hotels and a collection of resorts.  GHA also has a strategic partnership with Aimbridge Hospitality where the 100 properties managed by its independent, lifestyle division, Evolution Hospitality participate in the GHA Discovery program.

The latter is interesting, as the Evolution-managed properties consist of 100 hotel and resort properties in major metropolitan markets across the United States, including some Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt properties.

Table 1 - GHA brands and approximate alignment with some competitor brands
Company Luxury Upper upscale Upscale Upper midscale
AccorHotels Sofitel, Fairmont, Raffles Swissôtel, Grand Mercure
Pullman, MGallery, The Sebel, Adagio Premium
Suite Novotel, Adagio, 
Mama Shelter
Best Western Hotels
WorldHotels Best Western Premier, Vīb, BW Premier Collection
Best Western Plus, Executive Residency by Best Western
Hilton Worldwide Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Hotels
Hilton, DoubleTree, 
Canopy by Hilton, 
Curio Collection
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, 
Home2 Suites
Hyatt Hotels Corporation Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Hotels, Andaz Hyatt Place, Hyatt House Hotels, Hyatt Centric   
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Six Senses, InterContinental, Regent  Crowne Plaza, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Select, HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts

Holiday Inn
Meliá Hotels International Gran Meliá, ME by Meliá, Paradisus
Meliá, Innside
Marriott International Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari Hotels, Edition Hotels, JW Marriott Hotels, St. Regis, Luxury Collection
Renaissance Hotels, Marriott, Autograph Collection, Delta, Marriott Executive Apartment, Gaylord Hotels, W Hotels, Design Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Tribute Portfolio
AC Hotels, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft Hotels, Element Hotels MOXY Hotels, Protea Hotels, 
TownePlace Suites
Global Hotels Alliance (GHA) Hotels Anantara, Capella, Divani Collection, Kempinski, The Leela, Corinthia Tivoli, Elewana, NH Collection, nHow, Avani,    Pan Pacific Parkroyal, Parkroyal Collection, Outrigger NH Hotels, Oaks Hotels

Source: extract from

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GHA's Geographic Spread

Following the departure of Omni Hotels early in 2021, there were approx 500 hotels.  However, from early 2022, there are 950 properties (including the Evolution-managed ones) around the world, making it a medium size hotel loyalty program. In terms of number of properties participating, it sits roughly mid-way between Preferred Hotels and IHG.

Europe has the greatest proportion of properties to choose from. The US options were quite limited prior to the marketing partnership that added the Evolution-managed properties.

Chart 1: GHA hotels & resorts by region

GHA Hotels & Resorts by Region (c) points N places

While the property locations appear to be fairly well spread, in practice the GHA portfolio consists of a collection of regionally based smaller hotel chains. So this is something to consider, as unlike other chains (especially the larger ones) you will not find a range of properties located throughout a region.  Rather there are clusters of properties, which can vary from one regional brand to another.  

At least you won't wake-up in the morning and think to yourself  "I know I am in a BigBrand Hotel room, but which city is it today?"

This concentration is illustrated by Table 2.

Table 2 - Participants in GHA Discovery by region

(as at January 2022)

GHA Hotels  by Brand Asia Oceania Europe Middle East & Africa US & Canada Latin  America & Caribbean Total
Total 172 69 405 119 116 65 950
18.2% 7.3% 42.8% 12.6% 12.3% 6.9%
Anantara 26 0 4 15 0 0 45
Araiya 1 0 0 15 0 0 16
Avani 22 5 1 10 0 0 38
Campbell Gray 0 0 1 2 0 0 3
Capella 6 1 0 0 0 0 7
Corinthia Hotels 0 0 7 2 0 0 9
Divani Collection 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Doyle Collection 0 0 7 0 1 0 8
elewana Collection 0 0 0 14 0 0 14
Fauchon 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
GLO 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
JA Resorts & Hotels 0 0 0 10 0 0 10
The Leela 11 0 0 0 0 0 11
Kempinski 30 0 27 18 0 4 79
Lungarno Collection 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Marco Polo Hotels 12 0 0 0 0 0 12
Mysk 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
nH Hotels 0 0 298 2 1 53 354
Niccolo 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
Nikki Beach 1 0 3 1 0 0 5
NUO 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Oaks 0 56 0 2 0 0 58
Outrigger 0 1 0 2 3 0 6
Pan Pacific 12 2 1 0 5 0 20
ParkRoyal 9 4 0 0 0 0 13
ParkRoyal Collection 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Patina 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Shaza 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
The Residence 3 0 0 3 0 0 6
The Sukhothai 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Tivoli 0 0 10 3 0 2 15
UltraTravel Collection 31 1 28 14 1 3 78
Viceroy 0 0 1 0 5 3 9
Evolution Hospitality 100 0 100

(c)  points N Places 2022(c)  points N places 2021

This is great for variety, but means consistency has to be managed across the broader group under the GHA umbrella.

Nevertheless, there are particularly attractive hotels and resorts within the portfolio (especially the luxury ones in Asia and Europe), making this definitely a program to consider should the locations suit you.

Popular Searches for GHA Discovery Hotels

  • Corinthia London
  • Capella Ubud 
  • Capella Sydney
  • Anantara Dubai
  • Anantara Maldives
  • Avani Deira Dubai
  • Pan Pacific Whistler
  • Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai hotel
  • Anantara Bangkok
  • Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras
  • Anantara Bali
  • Tivoli Algarve
  • NH Collection Amalfi
Capella Ubud, Bali - one of GHA Discovery Hotels

Capella Ubud, Bali - a luxury tented camp nestled in the lush rainforest of Bali, Indonesia. It was  named #1 in Top 15 Asia Resort Hotels and #5 in Top 100 Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2021

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How the new GHA Discovery Program Works 

Each GHA Discovery member must be a natural person over the age of 18 and may only hold one account. (T&C 2.1, 2.2)

Like most programs, points or in this case Discovery Dollars or D$ are earned from hotel stays at qualifying properties (for up to 2 rooms at a time per member - T&C 3.15). Unlike some other programs, you also earn D$ from spending on dining (with or without a stay) and other items associated with a GHA property.

Eligible Spend excludes taxes, tips, fees, and redeemed Discovery Dollars (D$).

Members earn a set amount of D$ based on their spending, which is available to be redeemed or offset against future spending on items or activities within the GHA world.

So, similar to Accor's ALL program, it is in essence a "cashback" program for spending within the GHA eco-system.

As you earn more points, you progress through the elite tiers and qualify for additional benefits (including faster earning rates through tier bonuses). The tier-based earning rates apply to all eligible spending.

Note that GHA may terminate any inactive membership. This can result in forfeiture and cancellation of any and all accrued benefits, including Discovery Dollars (D$) and tier status credits. which cannot be reinstated or transferred.

A member’s account may be deemed inactive if such Member has:

  1. not stayed an Eligible Night at a participating Member Brand Hotel during the previous twenty-four (24) months,
  2. no Net Eligible Spend during the previous twenty-four (24) months, and
  3. not redeemed D$ during the previous twenty-four (24) months.

Only one GHA Discovery membership may be registered per person. If GHA discovers that an individual has more than one membership, GHA may terminate any and all of those memberships

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GHA Discovery Elite Tiers & Benefits

GHA Discovery Tiers

There are 4 membership levels within the program - one base level and 3 elite tiers (T&C 3.16).

GHA Discovery Silver Tier

GHA Discovery Silver Card

GHA Discovery Gold Tier

GHA Discovery Gold Card

GHA Discovery Platinum Tier

GHA Discovery Platinum Card

GHA Discovery Titanium Tier

GHA Discovery Titanium Card

Qualification Criteria

You will be Silver tier upon joining the GHA DISCOVERY programme

Earn Gold status when you stay 2 times or spend USD 1,000

Earn Platinum status after staying 10 Nights, spending USD 5,000 or staying at 2 different GHA Brands
(note the 3 NH brands count as 1 brand)

Earn Titanium Status after staying 30 Nights, spending USD 15,000 or staying at 3 different GHA Brands.
(note the 3 NH brands count as 1 brand)

Discovery GHA Member Rates
Pay BAR less 5% to 10% on your next stay

Complimentary Wi-Fi
Enjoy an unlimited internet connection

Purchase immersive member-only adventures

Local Offers
Enjoy member-only access to hotel amenities

Exclusive Offers
Access member-only opportunities

Earn D$ *





D$ Expiration
How soon will D$ earned at this tier expire?

6 months 18 months 24 months 24 months

Spend D$
Apply rewards currency on your next visit

Welcome Amenity
Enjoy a locale-inspired gift upon arrival

Room Upgrade

Receive an enhanced room where available

Receive a double upgrade where available

Late Check-out

3 pm

4 pm

Early Check-in

11 am

Brand Benefits
Get additional perks from GHA brands

48hrs Availability **

Status Sharing
The ability to share your Titanium Tier benefits with one other member, once per calendar year.
(T&C 4.9)

* This rate is applied to the amount of your eligible spending in USD to determine the D$ you will receive.
GHA Discovery (T&C 4, 5)
48-Hour Reservations Guarantee does not apply during Extraordinary Demand Dates, which vary by brand.(T&C 4, 8) :


Status-matching from another program was offered under the superseded Discovery program.
However, it is specifically excluded under the new program (T&C 3.16).

Earning & Maintaining GHA Discovery Tier Status

The only way to earn status tier points is through paid stays (or events).  There is no status-matching offer available.

To receive Net Eligible Spend credit towards GHA Discovery program tier status, a member must make purchases that are eligible transactions at a participating Member Brand Hotel. The Net Eligible Spend excludes taxes, tips & fees.  (T&C's 3.3 )

Key points for tier qualification include:

Once you have attained elite tier status (Gold or higher), should you not satisfy the tier qualification requirements in the following year, then you will be downgraded to the immediate tier below that tier, effective from the end of that calendar year.

The demotion by only 1 tier is an attractive feature.

points N places - advice on the best use of hotel points and airline miles for luxury travelTip: Only falling a single status tier is a valuable feature, as you do not lose your entire status due to one unusually quiet year,  Some programs have you start from their base level each year, while others have you drop back to the level consistent with the number of points you did earn.

Nights and Brand Stays counters are then reset to zero (effective 1st January of each year).

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Earning Discovery Dollars - D$

To earn D$ for eligible room rate spend, the Member must reserve the room in their name and must provide their GHA DISCOVERY Programme membership number when making the reservation or upon check-in or check-out. When a member books multiple rooms under the same name, then up to a maximum of two rooms will be counted toward earning D$, as long as the member is staying overnight in one of them.  (T&C 3.12, 5.6).

If two members are sharing the reservation (Sharer status at time of check-in) and paying separately, they will both be eligible to earn D$ for the portion of the bill they pay. Note that not every hotel offers the "Sharer status" option.

points N places logo for travel tips Tip : If members elect to earn on a shared basis under “Sharer status”, each member will earn Net Eligible Spend and D$ based on the portion of the bill each member pays. However, each member will receive full credit for the number of eligible nights and eligible brand stays.  Each member's tier bonus is applied based on their own tier level.  (T&C 3.12).

Multiple room bookings under the same name at different hotels during the same stay dates will not be eligible for room night or brand stay credit. (T&C 3.14).

So if you are staying with another member (perhaps your partner is also a member), ensure that you split the cost of the stay. You'll spend the same combined amount, but both progress up to higher tiers sooner, based on the number of nights or stays at different brands.

Day use rooms booked on an eligible rate will be eligible for earning D$.

No credit toward tier status will be awarded for "no show" (T&C 3.13) - so no "mattress runs".

When you book on GHA's direct channels (either the hotels themselves or the GHA Discovery portal) with an eligible rate, then you will be entitled to the full % earn for your tier. If you are booking on a non-direct channel (such as OTA's like Expedia), you may receive fewer D$ (or none at all) than what you would have received by booking direct. The discounted % earn will be calculated at GHA's discretion. (T&C 5.8).

A member will earn D$ at a percentage that shall correspond to the level of their membership tier status at the time of check-in or eligible purchase(T&C 5.4). So if during a stay you qualify to move to a higher tier, you will not receive the higher tier's benefits until your next stay.

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Buying Discovery Dollars - D$

You cannot purchase, sell, or transfer Discovery Dollars. 

Consequently there can be no family points pooling either.

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D$ Expiration - Better Use Your Discovery Dollars!

Unlike most other programs, the Discovery Dollars you earn have differing expiration, based on your tier status at the time they were earned (T&C 5.1):

When a member is upgraded or downgraded, the D$ they have already earned will maintain their original expiration date(s).  

points N places - advice on the best use of hotel points and airline miles for luxury travelTip: While points have fixed expiration based on the dates they were earned, the term can be maximised by gaining Platinum status as quickly as possible and prior to longer stays. (eg early in a calendar year, single night stays at 2 of the less expensive brands prior to big spending on stays that are longer or at more luxurious brands.

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Using Discovery Dollars - D$

D$ can only be redeemed for eligible transactions paid by the member on folio at time of checkout at the hotel and only in increments of whole amounts of D$ 10 or more.  D$ can be combined with cash (including where the amount on your folio has a few cents on it).

D$ will be redeemed in order of expiration, with the D$ with the earliest expiration date on a member's account being redeemed first.

Items that are eligible to have their cost offset by D$ are generally the same as would earn D$, such as (T&C 7):

Items that are not eligible to have their cost offset with D$ include rooms booked at employee, industry or airline rates, voucher bookings, OTA bookings, and consumption at properties not associated with the hotel/resort.

Live Local

All GHA Discovery members will be able to use D$ to purchase unique. locally curated experiences, including some provided through ASmallWorld. 

In addition to this, elite members will receive complimentary access to ASmallWorld's social network.

Alliance with ASmallWorld

ASMALLWORLD is a leading travel & lifestyle community, focusing on experiences: the modern-day definition of luxury.

ASmallWorld AG and GHA have taken shareholdings in each other and forged a strategic alliance starting March 2022.  
ASmallWorld will be bringing a collection of individual, independent hotels to GHA and GHA Discovery under a soft-brand of ASmallWorld Hotels. 

Elite members of GHA Discovery will receive complimentary access to the ASMALLWORLD social network, a digital travel & lifestyle ecosystem which enables and inspires members to travel better, experience more and make new connections with like-minded people.

Together with online discussions, ASMALLWORLD members also meet in person at  events, ranging from casual get-togethers in major cities around the world, access to exclusive launches, shows, galas, soirees, exhibitions, major global sporting events, and larger flagship weekend experiences hosted in iconic destinations such as Saint-Tropez and Gstaad.

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Special features of the GHA Discovery program

Sharer Status 

A unique feature of GHA Discovery is the Sharer Status (T&C 3.12), which must be advised at the time of check-in. This option varies by hotel and may not always be accommodated

Where applicable, if members elect to earn on a split basis under “Sharer status”, each member will earn Net Eligible Spend and D$ based on the portion of the bill each member pays, but both receive full credit for the number of eligible nights and eligible brand stays.  

This is quite generous and will help members (say in the same family) attain tier status faster. Not quite family points pooling, but in many ways a nicer benefit.

Status-sharing for Titanium members

Status-sharing is a valuable benefit for Titanium Tier members.

Once a year, a Titanium Member can elect to share their tier status with another member, which will last until the end of the following calendar year! (T&C 4.9).

Tier Qualification Based on Stays with Multiple Brands

Another unique feature is tier qualification by stays with different brands within GHA.

I suspect this partly aims to address the regional concentration of brands, encouraging members to try an unfamiliar GHA brand in a new location, rather than a more familiar brand with a larger chain (like the ubiquitous Marriott and Hiltons). This would make members feel more like part of a larger chain.  It will also provide more variety for members as the different GHA brands have more diverse personalities than the sometimes "cookie-cutter" feel of some other brands/chains.

GHA Platinum tier status is attained after stays with (only) 2 different brands in a single calendar year. Top tier status, Titanium is attained after only 3 such stays.  Note that the 3 NH brands count as a single brand for the purpose of this benefit.

This must be the easiest path to elite tier status of any hotel loyalty program !  

It may be modified or even removed in the future, once greater member familiarity/awareness of all the GHA brands is achieved, so jump on soon,

GHA Discovery Platinum Status from Business Traveller Magazine Subscription 

Some subscriptions to Business Traveller (a program partner of GHA Discovery) include FREE one year Platinum Discovery membership.

Join The Business Traveller Club with a 12 month (or longer) subscription to Business Traveller magazine and you receive (among other benefits), FREE Platinum Tier membership of GHA Discovery for 12 months.

An Indian edition of the magazine is available, but does not include the GHA Discovery benefit.  Otherwise, subscription rates vary by region and sometimes by country:

  • APAC region, the annual subscription cost varies (USD 39.50 in Malaysia, but USD 85 in Singapore).
  • UK & Ireland - GBP 43
  • Europe - GBP 65.65 
  • ROW - GBP 78.75

Note that the introductory offer of 5 issues for USD 18 / GBP 16 does not include the the GHA Discovery status upgrade.

Column Three

Business Traveller magazine subscription for free GHA Platinum

points N places - advice on the best use of hotel points and airline miles for luxury travelTip: This is GHA Discovery's closest thing to a status-challenge, as it is a one-off and you must qualify for the following year's membership, based on the usual criteria. At a cost of GBP 43, this is a very inexpensive way to gain Platinum status for the first year and would quickly pay for itself from the first stay or two.

GHA Discovery Platinum or Titanium Status for Elite MasterCards in APAC

Mastercard is one of GHA Discovery's partners and offers generous upgrades for World and World Elite cardholders. The offer is available to cardholders in APAC and varies slightly by jurisdiction. In Australia, the offer is for:

Note however that there is no need to re-qualify for the following year's tier status, as it is a benefit of MasterCard's membership, so lasts as long as you retain the MasterCard account.

How To Easily Maintain Elite Tier Status

At the time of writing, some subscriptions to Business Traveller (a program partner of GHA Discovery) include FREE one year Platinum Discovery membership.

points N places - advice on the best use of hotel points and airline miles for luxury travelTip: Aim to get to at least Platinum status as quickly as possible at the start of a new calendar year. This will give you almost 2 years of tier benefits, including the higher earning rate for D$.

The easiest ways to attain this are:

  1. Subscribe to Business Traveller - note this is only valid once per member. If your partner is also a member, they can do this in the year your tier benefits expire. (eg) In January 2022 you subscribe and receive complimentary Platinum tier status. You fail to meet the qualification criteria during 2022 and your tier status will be demoted. Your partner subscribes in January 2023 and receives Platinum tier status that year.
  2. Complete 2 (Platinum) or 3 (Titanium) stays at different brands of as little as 1 night each, within January. This feature may not last forever, so I would target this option first.
  3. An elite Mastercard could get you Platinum or even Titanium tier status. Consider which Mastercard you may be eligible for and/or seek advice - rewards are not the only consideration when it comes to creditcards.
  4. Once you have attained Titanium Status, elect to share that tier status with your partner. They will hold this status until the end of the following calendar year.

If staying with your partner, you both use the Sharer Status option where possible, splitting the costs, but both receiving full credits (stays and nights.) towards tier status.

If you attained Platinum tier status via options 1 or 3, you could contribute, say 90% of the folio cost (and receive your Platinum tier bonus rate) and your partner would earn 10% of the D$. You both earn full tier status credits, bringing your partner up through the tiers, while maximising your overall D$ earned.

This makes it invaluable to have your partner join GHA Discovery as well as yourself.

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Observations - GHA Discovery

The base tier points earning rate of 4% of your US$ spend is a little stingy. For every USD 100 spent, you earn D$ 4 with a redemption value of USD 4. By comparison, with Accor's ALL program (which shares many similarities), spending EUR 100 earns you 250 ALL points with a redemption value of EUR 5 - an earning rate of 5%. The tier bonuses are identical (25%, 50%, 75% although ALL has an additional tier at 100%), so the earning rate will always be higher under Accor's ALL.

On the other hand, Accor's ALL has some higher qualification criteria too -

  1. 10 nights / EUR 800 spend for Elite Tier 1,
  2. 30 nights / EUR 2,800 spend for Elite Tier 2 and
  3. 60 nights / EUR 5,600 spend for Elite Tier 3

For GHA Discovery the criteria are:

  1. 2 nights / USD 1,000 spend for Elite Tier 1,
  2. 10 nights / USD 5,000 spend for Elite Tier 2 and
  3. 30 nights / USD 15,000 spend for Elite Tier 3.

Spending for ALL members is more likely to help gain tier status, while for GHA Discovery members, stays  are more helpful. GHA Discovery members should view stays as being for Tier Status while D$ are purely for spending and this needs planning ahead, given their fixed expiration.

Compared to other major chains though, the net redemption rates are far more transparent. You will know exactly how much you will earn from a stay and how much discount or offset you will receive against your next stay. If you book during a promotion, you receive the same offset against the lower price.  Far simpler than needing to consider peak/off-peak pricing (where the same room can be categorised 3 different ways in the same week) and dynamic pricing where the offset you receive is less in % terms at peak periods and more (in theory) when there is less demand for the room.

The gifting of your tier status is a nice feature and similar to Accor's "gift gold status" (only available at their top tier, but lasts for the duration of the donor's Diamond tier status) and Hyatt's Guest of Honor (where the member must pay for their guest's stay). 

Compared to the earlier Discovery program, Experiences that were previously an elite tier benefit can now be purchased by any member of the new GHA Discovery. So the "new" program requires payment, but all members can access them.  As tier status was earned by spend and stays, this looks to me to be a bit "swings and roundabouts" while more open at the same time. Also more flexible as higher tier members can purchase a lesser tier experience and keep the savings.

You need to re-qualify for tier status on an annual basis. However should you fail to qualify, your tier status drops only 1 tier.  Other loyalty programs have you drop back to the level at which you did satisfy the criteria.

Attaining fast-tracked elite tier status from a Mastercard World or World Elite membership is an exception to re-qualifying and a valuable benefit (if it applies to you).

GHA Discovery program Pro's:

GHA Discovery program Con's:

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Conclusions - GHA Discovery

Simplistically, it looks to me as though GHA has tried to take the best ideas of other programs and incorporate them into the new GHA Discovery.

There is a lot to like about the program and only a few disappointments.

The criticisms I have of the program are that:

  1. the fixed expiration of D$ earned while a Silver Tier member is too short at only 6 months. While this doesn't affect the assessment for tier status (which is based on eligible spend in a calendar year, not D$), I think a minimum period of 12 months to earn and redeem a program's currency is much fairer, given the "hard" expiry term. 
  2. the limited number of different brands at GHA participant locations. The concentration makes GHA Discovery a little less appealing than Accor's ALL.  But if the locations suit you, this may not be an issue.
  3. no tier offers breakfast as a benefit (at least none is listed in the current T&C's)

Overall, I like this program.  Its rewards structure is simple and transparent.

The benefits are very good at all levels.

Just note that your path to higher tier status will most likely be based on your number of stays rather than spending.

Although there are a couple of "smarter" pathways to elite GHA Discovery tiers.

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How to Join GHA Discovery

It is easy to open a GHA Discovery account and it's free.

You can also apply at any participating property.

Unfortunately, GHA Discovery does not status-match from any other programs (T&C 3.16).

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Appendix 1 - Tier Requirements and Benefits of "Old" Discovery

GHA Discovery has similar Tier requirements to the old Discovery loyalty program  GHA Discovery has different Tier benefits compared to the old Discovery loyalty program

Timeline - GHA Discovery

Updated 16 December 2021 to include benefits for GHA Discovery hotels from the Mastercard partnership with Global Hotel Alliance

Updated 21 January 2022 to include strategic alliance with ASMALLWORLD AG.

FAQ - GHA Discovery

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