Rewards Points - latest news about hotel loyalty programs
Hyatt peak/off peak pricing is about to launch. This change was announced in December 2019, but implementation was deferred in March
2021 and again later due to the impact of the global covid-19 crisis.
Hyatt will enact these changes on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. If you have been meaning to book a Hyatt property, it may be time to do it now, rather than later. Details and suggested strategies remain the same as when we first looked at Hyatt peak/off peak pricing in detail.
- peak pricing will only affect nights starting 1 March, 2022.
- Award stays will remain at the Standard rate for nights stayed through 28 February, 2022.
- The new structure applies to all award nights, regardless of room type.
- Points + Cash awards will also use the Hyatt off-peak and peak pricing.
- Free Night Award certificates, which are category based, will not be affected by these changes. These certificates are earned either though holding a branded credit card or Milestone Rewards.
Australian members of ALL can earn 3x the normal number of points when renting a car through Hertz.
Book before 30 November and rent before 15 December 2021 to enjoy:
* 15% off the base rental rate
* triple rewards points.
When you make your booking you must quote:
CDP code: 840267
PC code: 203530 and provide your ALL membership number.
Read more to go to the Hertz site to make your booking.
Good news for Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members.
Now any points earned will extend the life of all your points.
Previously points expired after 365 days unless you had made an eligible stay or participated in the Accor Dining Offer.
Points may be earned from stays, shopping with retailers on the Accor portal, using one of their partners products (eg car rental with Europcar or Hertz) or dining in one of the many participating restaurants, bars and cafes.
World of Hyatt members can earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at new Hyatt hotels around the world this year, within the first few months of opening.
- Earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at new hotels during specified offer periods
- There’s no need to register and you can earn on top of other offers.
For more information and T&C's. see the Hyatt 500 Reasons page. For more information regarding the program. see our complete guide to World of Hyatt.
For the 6th year in a row, Hilton has been recognised as one of the world's top 25 workplaces.
Hilton ranked #3 on the 2021 Fortune Magazine / Worlds Best Workplaces awards announced today and remains the only hospitality company on the list.
Congratulations to Hilton, its managers and team members !
For travellers, my experience is that happy employees result in exceptional service. To experience this yourself, take advantage of the latest Hilton Honors promotions.
For more information on its loyalty program, see our complete Guide to Hllton Honors.
For Australian Bonvoy members, Marriott has launched a new promotion whereby members can earn extra points per stay.
You must register first, then you can earn an extra 1,500 points for each stay at a Marriott property, or 3,000 points for stays at the newly launched All-inclusive by Marriott resorts.
You must register by 28 November, 2021 then book for stays between now and 12 December, 2021.
T&C's apply, which you can find when you register for Embrace the Unforgettable 2021
Hilton Honors has launched its latest promotion, where you can purchase up to 160,000 points and they will match it 1 for 1 with
100% bonus points.
This offers good value at an effective price of USD 5.00/ thousand, which is less than our valuation of USD 5.50/ thousand - especially for Elite Tier members who combine this offer with their 5th night free benefit for a handy discount for their next lovely stay.
T&C's apply, including that you must buy:
- at least 15,000 points
- before 7 December 2021
- no more than 160,000 points - double the usual limit.
For the coming holiday season, Gaylord Hotels (a Marriott brand) is offering a variety of family-friendly holiday packages "So.Much.Christmas"
with events and original experiences at each of its five resort locations located in the US. Pictured is Gaylord Rockies.
Dates for stays vary slightly across the properties but generally must be from mid-November through 2 January 2022 (31 December 2021 @ Gaylord National).
Bookings are open now, so if you're looking for a magical holiday break with your little ones, this offer may be perfect for you. Especially if you book before October 17 to Stay 2 nights & Save 15%, or Stay 3 nights, Save 20%.
Hit the button below to learn more and for the T&C's.
Note that Marriott is one of our advertisers and should you use the link on this page to make a booking, then at no additional cost to you we may receive a small compensation. You don't have to use our links, but we appreciate your support when you do.
Yesterday, Marriott launched a new brand for all-inclusive resort stays - All-inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy.
At launch there are 30 destinations in Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Saint Lucia, with more in the pipeline. Royalton, Saint Lucia is pictured.
20 of the initial 30 destinations are Blue Diamond resorts (the fastest growing resort chain in the Carribbean). These resorts will continue to be independently owned and operated by Blue Diamond Resorts under Marriott's Autograph Collection name. They will also be integrated into the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, providing very attractive new options for Bonvoy members. Although the Upgrade Awards, Cash + Points Awards, Suite Night Awards, and Instant Redemption Awards features of the Marriott Bonvoy program are not available, the Stay for 5 pay for 4, Points Advance and PointSavers are available. More information regarding use of these features is in our comprehensive guide to Marriott Bonvoy
Guests may make bookings through the resort websites, the All-inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy portal, or marriott.com (which must be used for awards bookings).
Shangri-La's Golden Circle has extended tier status for all of its Diamond and Jade members globally. With this extension, all Golden Circle
Diamond and Jade members will maintain their current tier status and benefits until 31 December 2022.
American Express Platinum (multiple jurisdictions) members had the Golden Circle Jade status benefit discontinued on 31 March 2021, so this tier extension is definitely welcome news. Golden Circle members typically need the following stays and nights to qualify or maintain their status in the year ahead - Diamond: 50 Nights or 25 Stays or Jade: 20 Nights or 10 Stays.
But the Shangri-La status does not just have benefits by itself, but also, it has many associated perks which come with it, including:
1. Short-cut to Star Alliance Gold status - Shangri-La Jade-tier and Diamond-tier members receive instant KrisFlyer Silver status once they join up their Shangri-La Golden Circle and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer accounts. After that, Shangri-La Jade Members need to take 3 flights on Singapore Airlines, or just 1 flight as a Diamond member to receive KrisFlyer Gold status.
Once you have KrisFlyer Gold status, you have the equivalent of Star Alliance Gold status, which means you unlock the associated benefits on flights on Star Alliance members across the globe.
2. Enjoy Taj InnerCircle Gold status - Under the terms of a strategic alliance between Shangri-La Golden Circle and Taj Inner Circle, there is an automatic status match between the tiers of the programmes. Golden Circle Jade members match to InnerCircle Gold and Golden Circle Diamond members match to InnerCircle Platinum (and vice-versa).
While Taj InnerCircle is mostly an Indian hotel company’s loyalty programme, Taj also has hotels in various countries worldwide, such as the US, UAE and UK.
Shangri-La will also waive the cancellation charges regardless of booking channel for all guests, if cancelled more than 24 hours prior to arrival date. The hotels reserve the right to contact all inbound international guests at least 30 days prior to their arrival dates to confirm or cancel their reservations.
These changes are part of the Shangri-La Cares program.
In its most recent annual report on the most valuable and strongest hotel brands, BrandDirectory found Taj Hotels to
be the strongest hotel brand for 2021. This provides a huge vote of confidence for travellers.
According to the report, Taj is renowned for its world-class customer service and the luxury hotel chain scores very well for consideration, familiarity, recommendation, and reputation especially across its home market of India.
Extending the appeal further through Asia, Warmer Welcomes is an alliance between the loyalty programs of Taj and Shangri-La, adding versatility.
Today, as part of the launch of its "Department of Epic" program, IHG Hotels & Resorts announced a contest that will give one
lucky US-based traveller
the chance to win back a year of missed adventures with 365 days worth of epic hotel experiences at various IHG locations around the world,
including InterContinental, Kimpton and Holiday Inn Express.
Pictured above is the InterContinental Bora Bora resort and Thalasso Spa - just one of many possibilities.
Read on for more details and how to enter.
For travellers with young families wanting to book a holiday, Hilton has launched a new family-friendly booking feature.
Confirmed Connecting Rooms will enable individuals to easily book and instantly confirm at least two connecting rooms (at participating hotels, which I expect will increase as the technology is rolled-out). This will reduce the potential stress both at the time of booking adn during your stay, as anyone who has holidayed with particularly a younger family will appreciate.
While I see it as ideal for young families, it is also a boon for other multi-generational holidays, friend groups, wedding attendees and other travel parties who wish to stay near one another rather than potentially be spread across multiple floors.
In the past there have always been many benefits to staying in connecting guest rooms—but the booking process wasn’t always seamless.
Hilton seems to have overcome this with a smart, easy-to-use solution. Hopefully others will follow Hilton's lead.
For more details, or to make a booking at participating hotels with Hilton Confirmed Connecting Rooms, use the link below.
Marriott Bonvoy has an Earn, Eat, Enjoy promotion to 'Holiday Here This Year' for Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa. Book
now using the Promotional Code: B1818 and for stays completed by 31 December 2021, you receive:
* 2X Marriott Bonvoy points;
* breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (up to age 12);
* daily hotel credit to use at restaurants & bars.
You can see the T&C's or make bookings using the link below.
Qantas announced plans on May 31st to giveaway a suite of mega prizes to Australians who get the COVID-19 vaccine, including unlimited
travel for a year. This is in addition to the announcement a week earlier that it would offer frequent flyer points along with travel
vouchers and status credits to Australians who get inoculated. It is understood the options being considered by Qantas include
giving people who get both their two COVID-19 jabs up to 1000 frequent flyer points, flight vouchers towards domestic and international
flights, and status credits, which allow people to move into high Frequent Flyer tiers.
Any reward would be available to people who had already received their jabs and the program would run until the end of 2021 when the vaccine rollout is due to be completed; the details are yet to be completed. Now, the national carrier has launched a further incentive scheme which it hopes will boost vaccination rates and help get state and international borders reopened permanently.
“We’re looking at having 10 mega-prizes, at least one for each state or territory, where a family of four can have unlimited free travel for a year on the Qantas and Jetstar networks,” CEO Alan Joyce revealed on Channel 7’s Sunrise program.
The trips would be in economy class and each of the ten winners. “In addition to that, the Accor Group have come on board and they’re offering one million Accor Points, which gives free accommodation at 400 hotels and resorts across the country.”
Joyce said the program would launch in July, "will include anybody that has already been vaccinated (and) will apply to anybody that's vaccinated through to the end of 2021."
“We have a vested interest in this, we want to do everything we can to ensure the borders domestically open and stay open and that we get international up and running,” he explained.
The airline has consistently said that it will require all passengers to be vaccinated when it restarts international flights beyond New Zealand.
More Australians vaccinated means more potential travellers making bookings.
While the moves may not be entirely altruistic, I think both companies are to be commended for “putting their money where their mouth is” and not just relying on Government to provide support for the ailing sector.
It’s understood that vaccinated Australians will be able to claim their rewards and enter to win a mega-prize through the Qantas app from July.
Don’t be surprised to see if this coincides with the launch of the Qantas/Accor dual points earning (crossover) capability that was announced in November 2020 as part of a closer strategic relationship between the companies. This too was scheduled to launch mid-2021 and will be the first partnership of its kind between an airline and hospitality group in the Asia Pacific region.
Gradually travel restrictions are being eased, enabling travel locally, or within defined "travel bubbles". Available at selected locations, Hyatt have curated one-of-a-kind offerings to enjoy during summer stays to unwind, learn and explore while also fostering a genuine connection.
Best Western makes elite status in its Best Western Rewards program easier to attain for 2021. Requirements have been halved for 2021,
so you get there twice as fast!
|New Qualifications for 2021*|
There will be no downgrades in elie tier levels through January 31, 2022.
If you attain a new elite tier level in 2021, you will maintain that tier level through March 31, 2023.
The perks for elite tiers in Best Western Rewards aren't the most compelling (although breakfast is included). However if you stay primarily in budget/family oriented accommodation it can work well for you.
The program does work very well for Australian travellers staying outside the major city centres. Regional centres usually offer at least one option, whereas the major chains may not offer anything (different in the US I know). For these travellers and similar, it can make a lot of sense to accumulate BWR points.
You can always later leverage your BWR tier status into a similar tier in another program. See here for more details on what you might achieve with a status match from your current BWR tier status.
SLH is one of our favoured programs and for a short time, you can save up to 40% at 100 SLH destinations! Get some sun on your bones
at Viceroy Bali, Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives, Aleenta or Keemala resorts in Phuket, La Casa Que Canta in Mexico or the Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Wellness resort in Mauritius (pictured above, sourced from Leonardo Worldwide Corporation) .
Perhaps a stay in a location that has an interesting history in itself, like either the luxurious Fortress Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka or the Tom Tom Suites at the Old Franciscan House in Istanbul.
For fans of snowsports, there are options like the Kristiana, Lech in Austria.
So, you're bound to find something that will be a memorable stay.
Act soon to ensure that you don't miss out. Note that you must book by 3 January 2021 for stays until the end of June 2021. Other Terms and Conditions apply, so be sure to read them on the page that this article links to.
Get twice as many HIlton Honors points when you buy or gift at least 10,000 points before 31 December 2020. That's a whopping 50% discount
The annual limit on the number of points you can purchase has been temporarily increased to 160,000 - and the bonus points don't count towards this limit.
This brings the purchase price down to USD 5 per thousand. What could you do with this? Read on to learn more.
Get 50% more Marriott Bonvoy points when you buy or gift at least 2,000 points before 22 December 2020. That's a 33% discount !
The annual limit on the number of points you can purchase has been temporarily increased to 150,000 - and the bonus points don't count towards this limit.
This brings the purchase price down to USD 8.33 per thousand. What could you do with this? Read on to learn more.
Qantas and Accor have announced a deeper partnership that will see mutual members of their loyalty programs being able to double-dip for
rewards points in the APAC region.
The newly minted crossover feature is scheduled to launch mid-2021.
While similar to other crossover programs (eg Marriott and both Emirates and United; Shangri-La and Singapore Airlines; Hyatt and American Airlines), it will be the first partnership of its kind between an airline and hospitality group in the Asia Pacific region.
Will it be an attractive feature? Read on for our thoughts.
A pleasant surprise for some Bonvoy members this summer will be the point savings from property re-classifications that have been deferred. There remain opportunities with 16 properties - if you know where to look.
There was an article in Le Figaro (later syndicated through Reuters) saying that Accor was looking closely at IHG with a view to takeover or merger. How would that look ? Where are the overlaps? What might it mean for the respective programs of Accor Live Limitless and IHG Rewards Club?