Marriott Rewards introduces MegaBonus

Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards has introduced a MegaBonus offer that gives new members the opportunity to earn up to 4,000 points per stay.

On registering with Marriott Rewards before August 30, 2017, members can:

  • Earn 2,000 bonus points per stay beginning with their second stay at any of the participating Marriott properties worldwide.
  • Earn an additional 2,000 points for stay at each new brand, after the first stay.

This means, the first stay establishes the first brand, during which members earn the usual points per dollar spent. Marriott Reward members start earning bonus points second stay onwards, and more points if they choose a Marriott brand different from the one they stayed at first.

Through MegaBonus, Marriott encourages its members to explore 18 participating brands under its portfolio.

The offer is valid until September 4, 2017.

Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights and Marriott experiences.

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Marriott Rewards has introduced a MegaBonus offer that gives new members the opportunity to earn up to 4,000 points per stay.

On registering with Marriott Rewards before August 30, 2017, members can:

  • Earn 2,000 bonus points per stay beginning with their second stay at any of the participating Marriott properties worldwide.
  • Earn an additional 2,000 points for stay at each new brand, after the first stay.

This means, the first stay establishes the first brand, during which members earn the usual points per dollar spent. Marriott Reward members start earning bonus points second stay onwards, and more points if they choose a Marriott brand different from the one they stayed at first.

Through MegaBonus, Marriott encourages its members to explore 18 participating brands under its portfolio.

The offer is valid until September 4, 2017.

Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights and Marriott experiences.

marriott.com 

Marriott Rewards has introduced a MegaBonus offer that gives new members the opportunity to earn up to 4,000 points per stay.

Marriott Rewards has introduced a MegaBonus offer that gives new members the opportunity to earn up to 4,000 points per stay.

Wyndham Hotel Group launches Summer Savings

Wyndham Hotel Group launches an ongoing Summer Savings promotion at its properties worldwide.

The offer entails a 20 per cent off BAR (best available rate) on room tariff, as displayed on the hotels’ websites. Members of Wyndham Rewards can additionally earn 1,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points for a minimum of a two-day stay.

Wyndham Rewards is the hospitality group’s loyalty programme that offers members a “points earning structure along with a flat, free night redemption rate of 15,000 points.” Every dollar spent earns members 10 points.

The Summer Savings promotion is valid for bookings made before September 4, for stays consumed between Sunday and Thursday, for all room types, until September 10.

In a recent press release by the hospitality group, the regional VP of Eurasia, Wyndham Hotel Group Deepika Arora said: “At Wyndham Hotel Group we want to serve travellers better by ensuring that wherever they go and however they choose to travel, we have a hotel that meets their needs. Our 18 iconic brands, ranging from luxury to economy, offer travellers the breadth of options they are seeking on their summer holidays, whether they are planning to travel within India or abroad.”

Netra Venkateshwaran

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Wyndham Hotel Group launches an ongoing Summer Savings promotion at its properties worldwide.

The offer entails a 20 per cent off BAR (best available rate) on room tariff, as displayed on the hotels’ websites. Members of Wyndham Rewards can additionally earn 1,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points for a minimum of a two-day stay.

Wyndham Rewards is the hospitality group’s loyalty programme that offers members a “points earning structure along with a flat, free night redemption rate of 15,000 points.” Every dollar spent earns members 10 points.

The Summer Savings promotion is valid for bookings made before September 4, for stays consumed between Sunday and Thursday, for all room types, until September 10.

In a recent press release by the hospitality group, the regional VP of Eurasia, Wyndham Hotel Group Deepika Arora said: “At Wyndham Hotel Group we want to serve travellers better by ensuring that wherever they go and however they choose to travel, we have a hotel that meets their needs. Our 18 iconic brands, ranging from luxury to economy, offer travellers the breadth of options they are seeking on their summer holidays, whether they are planning to travel within India or abroad.”

Netra Venkateshwaran

wyndhamhotels.com

 

Marriott International has launched promotions across its three loyalty schemes

Marriot, SPG and The Ritz-Carlton loyalty programmes

Marriott International has launched three promotions across its trio of linked loyalty schemes: Marriott Rewards, SPG and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

The Marriott Rewards Mega Bonus Infinite Points promotion means members can earn up to 4,000 bonus points per stay. Guests will receive 2,000 bonus points on their second stay, plus an additional 2,000 points for each new brand they try.

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Summer Sojourns will give members double Ritz-Carlton bonus points for stays longer than two nights.

Finally, the SPG Take Three offer will see weekend stays rack up triple Starpoints, with weekday stays earning double.

Members must register for each promotion by August 30. The earning period starts from May 27 until September 4.

Members can register for each promotion here.

Since Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood last year, members of the programmes have been able to link their accounts to offer benefits such as instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfers between accounts.

marriott.com

ANA launches new ANA Global Service loyalty initiative

All Nippon Airways Cabin Crew

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has partnered with loyalty commerce company Points and Collinson Latitude to launch a new ANA Global Service loyalty initiative, aimed at offering a swathe of new services to ANA Mileage Club members.

As part of the multi-year agreement, ANA Mileage Club will integrate private-label global travel booking service Points Travel, to develop ANA Global Hotels and ANA Global Car Rentals, which will allow Mileage Club members to book using miles. Members will also be able to earn more than 6,000 miles for each individual booking through the new services.

Meanwhile, ANA’s partnership with Collinson Latitude will see the introduction of ANA Global Mileage Mall and ANA Global Selection, supported by Collinson’s loyalty-focused online retail platforms, Earn Mall and Redemption Store.

Overall, the new ANA Global Service will seek to provide Mileage Club members with a greater selection of online mile redemption opportunities, including payments for hotels, car rental, merchandise, gift cards and experiences, as well as opportunities to earn miles more rapidly.

“Through this partnership with loyalty commerce experts Points and Collinson Latitude, we’re creating an enhanced global loyalty experience by developing new channels for our global members to earn and redeem their miles in ways that are highly relevant to them,” said Takeshi Inada, president and CEO of ANA X Inc, which runs ANA Mileage Club.

In 2014, Points and Collinson Latitude announced an expansion of their partnership, and the two now provide loyalty commerce solutions for more than ten major airline and hospitality brands in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.

“We look forward to launching some great products with ANA X that will add significant value to their members in Japan and provide more earning and redemption opportunities to further engage its international members,” said Rob MacLean, Points’ CEO.

ana.co.jp; points.com; collinsonlatitude.com

Club Carlson adds Priority Pass membership to redemption options

Park Inn by Radisson Libo Facade

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is now offering members of its Club Carlson loyalty programme the option of spending Gold Points in order to redeem a one-year Priority Pass Standard Plus membership.

Along with offering access to Priority Pass’s 1,000 airport lounges worldwide, the one-year membership also grants 10 complimentary lounge visits, with a discounted rate of US$27 offered for all subsequent lounge visits.

“We are delighted to expand our array of redemption options,” said Alissa Montbriant, Carlson Rezidor’s vice president of global integrated marketing communications. “From TSA pre-check, airline miles, and now Priority Pass, we are committed to recognising our members’ loyalty with options that enhance the travel experience for our guests.”

Carlson Rezidor currently operates more than 1,000 properties globally under its Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns and Suites by Carlson brands.

Earlier this month, Club Carlson launched a new triple points offer for all stays completed before June 30, with a further 5,000 points awarded for each Sunday and Monday night stayed.

carlsonrezidor.com

FlySmiLes launches digital membership card

SriLankan Airlines has launched a digital card for the convenience of FlySmiLes members, the airline’s loyalty programme.

Members must download and log into the SriLankan Airlines app to access their digital membership card. While FlySmiLes Silver members will no longer be given the plastic card, Classic, Gold and Platinum members have the option of receiving it in addition to the digital version. This is because unlike the Silver tier, the other membership categories benefit from oneworld partner airline privileges.

SriLankan Airlines’ chief commercial officer, Siva Ramachandran says,  “The FlySmiLes digital card initiative will make the skies greener whilst promoting sustainable and responsible air travel. We are committed to reinvent and enhance the experience of flying SriLankan Airlines – and the launch of the digital FlySmiLes frequent flyer card is yet another initiative towards offering greater convenience and mobility to our passengers.”

When travelling, passengers can simply display their digital membership cards on Apple or Android supported smartphones and tablets.

SriLankan Airlines launched in 1979 and flies to 94 destinations across 44 countries. flysmiles.com 

SriLankan Airlines has launched a digital card for the convenience of FlySmiLes members, the airline’s loyalty programme.

Members must download and log into the SriLankan Airlines app to access their digital membership card. While FlySmiLes Silver members will no longer be given the plastic card, Classic, Gold and Platinum members have the option of receiving it in addition to the digital version. This is because unlike the Silver tier, the other membership categories benefit from oneworld partner airline privileges.

SriLankan Airlines’ chief commercial officer, Siva Ramachandran says,  “The  digital card initiative will make the skies greener whilst promoting sustainable and responsible air travel. We are committed to reinvent and enhance the experience of flying SriLankan Airlines – and the launch of the digital frequent flyer card is yet another initiative towards offering greater convenience and mobility to our passengers.”

When travelling, passengers can simply display their digital membership cards on Apple or Android supported smartphones and tablets.

SriLankan Airlines launched in 1979 and flies to 94 destinations across 44 countries. flysmiles.com 

Club Carlson offers triple points, plus 5,000 bonus for Sunday and Monday stays

Club Carlson promotion

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s global rewards programme, Club Carlson, has launched a triple point redemption offer available until June 30.

Guests will earn 60 Gold Points (GP) per US dollar spent, rather than the usual 20 GP per dollar.

In addition, guests can also earn a bonus award of 5,000 points for each eligible Sunday and Monday night stay (or Saturday and Sunday night stay for Middle East properties).

A maximum of 100,000 bonus points can be earned during the promotional period.

“We are delighted to extend such an exciting and rewarding promotion to our members this spring,” said Alissa Montbriand, vice president of global integrated marketing communications for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

“With award nights starting at just 9,000 points and an array of redemption options like airline miles, prepaid cars, in-hotel upgrades and more, this is a fantastic opportunity for our members to experience the benefits of Club Carlson.”

The triple points offer will apply to all eligible stays at any of the 1,000 hotels in the group’s portfolio, which comprises the Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Ref, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM brands.

To be eligible for the promotion, members must register for the promotion and complete a stay between April 3 and June 30, 2017.

clubcarlson.com

Cashback beats loyalty programme points

Cash back beats loyalty programme points

 

Survey of UK travellers finds that while points are valued, cash-back rewards are most popular

 

A recent survey has found that 78% of British business travellers value cash-back above anything else from their hotels.

 

The survey, commissioned by the hotel loyalty club Wanup, aimed to identify the main things business travellers look for in a hotel. 1000 British adults took the survey, over 600 of whom travel for work.

 

The results found that value for money and location trump aesthetics when it comes to selecting a hotel, with more than two thirds of the respondents identifying these elements as their top priority.

 

More than half of the travellers said they expect points or other benefits each time they visit a hotel, and 78% said that cash-back is the reward they would most like to receive on hotel bookings.

 

Welcoming staff proved to be a winner for the business travellers, with two thirds saying this was the most important element of the hotel experience.

 

Additionally, the results found that almost half of the travellers have used their partner’s loyalty scheme points without their knowledge and more than 65% have raided their hotel breakfast buffet for lunch items…

Wanup.com

Asia Miles offering free trips to UK, France or Singapore

Gordon Ramsay

Asia Miles is offering members the opportunity to win a free trip to the UK, France or Singapore when they spend HK$300 (US$38.6) or more at participating restaurants in Hong Kong.

Members who dine at one of the 20 restaurants from Dining Concepts will be entered into a lucky draw, which offers three prizes encompassing free Asia Miles and complimentary dinner for two at restaurants from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The promotion runs until May 31.

Participants need to present their physical or mobile Asia Miles membership card or cobranded credit card, along with joining Dining Concepts’ Frequent Diner club, to enter the draw. Each eligible spending of HK$300 will entitle members to enter.

Prizes include:

  • 1st: 120,000 Asia Miles (equivalent to redemption of a round-trip business class ticket to London) and a complimentary dinner for two at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar in London.
  • 2nd: 60,000 Asia Miles (equivalent to redemption of a round-trip business class ticket to France) and a complimentary dinner for two at Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay in Bordeaux.
  • 3rd: 30,000 Asia Miles (equivalent to redemption of a round-trip business class ticket to Singapore) and a complimentary dinner for two at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar in Singapore.

Restaurants participating in the promotion are as follows:

  • Al Molo
  • Alto Bar & Grill
  • Bistecca Italian Steak House
  • Bizou American Brasserie
  • BLT Steak
  • Bombay Dreams
  • Bouchon Bistro Francais
  • Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
  • Craftsteak
  • La Locanda
  • Le Pain Quotidien (Admiralty and Wan Chai)
  • London House
  • Mama San
  • Nahm
  • Olive
  • Spiga
  • Soho Spice
  • Tango (Central and Elements)

Earlier this year, Asia Miles launched an exclusive meet-and-greet with Ramsay as part of a promotion with Dining Concepts.

asiamiles.com; diningconcepts.com

How to earn Asia Miles without booking a flight

Asia Miles logo

1. Shop online

Planning to buy a new iPhone? Fancy a fashion splurge in Kate Spade or Asos? Then consider purchasing your goods through the iShop website, and you can earn miles while you shop. The online platform has over 1,000 merchants offering varying rates of conversions.

2. Moneyback conversions

Even your daily essentials can be put to good use. A range of supermarkets including Parknshop, Fusion, Taste, Great and more, offer “Moneyback” cards, that allow you to collect points on your groceries. These can also be converted to Asia Miles. For families, up to four cards can be used on one account, helping you to consolidate your points.

3. Book hotels and cars through partner websites

Next time you’re planning a trip, book your hotel through a third-party platform that offers an Asia Miles link, such as Agoda, Expedia and Hotels.com. Similarly, plenty of car hire firms have linked up with Asia Miles, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

4. KK day website

Thinking of a cooking class in Thailand? Need a local mobile Sim card? Want tickets to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay? KK Day website offers 6,000 experiences in 174 cities that allow you to earn Asia Miles while having fun.

5. Write a travel review

If you’re able to write in Traditional Chinese, then share your travel experiences on Trip Advisor and you can earn up to 50 Asia Miles per review.

6. Dine out

Asia Miles has an extensive range of restaurant partners that allow you to collect miles while eating out. Don’t forget to “double dip” too, by settling your bill with a credit card partner.

7. Dine in

Asia Miles has also partnered with delivery service Foodpanda (for orders over HK$300/US$38), simply enter your code at check out.

8. Credit card welcome offers

Rack up miles by taking advantage of welcome offers on new credit cards. Top this up with referral schemes for family and friends. Standard Charter is currently offering Hong Kong residents the chance to win up to 30,000 Asia Miles – offer ends tomorrow (February 28).

9. Octopus cards

Make sure your Octopus card is linked to automatically top up via credit card. If not, you’re missing out on the chance to earn miles every time you hop on the MTR.

10. Be smart

Get into good practice for your Asia Miles collection

  • Download the app so you’re never without a card.
  • Maximise shelf life: if you’re collecting on credit card, wait till the points are almost expired then transfer them to your Asia Miles account so you don’t lose out.