CapitaLand’s wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has launched a new points purchase feature for its Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) loyalty programme.

The feature provides ASR members with “greater flexibility” to buy points in advance or gift the points to family and friends, as travel gradually resumes.

ASR points can be fully redeemed for room nights with no “blackout period restriction”.

Ascott says in appreciation of its ASR members, it is launching a one-for-one bonus promotion for its new points purchase feature. ASR members will receive 100 per cent free bonus points if they purchase at least S$500 worth of points before August 31, 2020.

The company says members will be able to redeem for more room nights with these free bonus points at no extra cost.

To enable ASR members to charge up their points, members can start receiving free bonus points ranging from 25 per cent when they purchase S$100 worth of points; to 100 per cent when they purchase at least S$500 worth of points.

Ascott says members can enjoy greater freedom to redeem the points anytime within the next two years at any ASR participating serviced residences and hotels in over 80 cities and more than 30 countries. The purchase of points will further contribute to the upgrade of their membership tier. More information is available here.

Up to 40 per cent off  for healthcare workers

The company says it is also offering up to 40 per cent off  for healthcare workers. They can receive up to 40 per cent off at participating Ascott properties worldwide from 1 July to 31 December 2020 when they sign up as an ASR member for free and book online.

Upon check-in, they will be required to present a valid staff identity card or any official documents to verify that they belong in the healthcare industry. They can book here.