Stretch Your Dollar with Hotel Loyalty Programs

Hotel Loyalty Programs can ease the burden of high-cost travel, which is a good thing since travelling with a family can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reduce your lodging costs if you join the hotel loyalty programs and make use of their perks. But, is it really as easy as it sounds?

The answer is YES! Joining the hotel loyalty programs is easy as ABC. All you need to do is to submit your enrolment online, which typically takes less than 5 minutes to complete. There is no membership fee after all.

Hotel Loyalty Programs

Even if you don’t travel often, you can still earn hotel rewards points simply by dining at some of the hotel restaurants. Doing so will typically earns you rewards points that can be redeemed for free hotel stays, discounted rates and exclusive perks such as room upgrades and late check-outs.

However, to get outsized value from the programs, it’s almost crucial to hit one of the elite levels that each program offers. More often than not, the best benefits are only offered to the highest tiers. Thus, the ease of attaining elite tiers is also critical to your choice of loyalty program.

Now, you can enjoy all these perks if you’re willing to learn about hotel loyalty programs. In this post, I’ve painstakingly summarized all the hotel loyalty programs in Singapore, their benefits and how to join.

Hope you can make use of this information to make the most of your hotel stay. Let’s go!

 8 Hotel Loyalty Programs in Singapore

1 | iPRESTIGE

iPRESTIGE Rewards is a hotel loyalty program specially designed for guests staying in or dining with Sino Hotels. By joining the membership, you can explore hotels and resorts across Hong Kong and Singapore with access to a host of exclusive benefits and privileges.

HOW TO JOIN? Membership is free and you can enrol HERE.

MEMBERSHIP TIERS: Crystal, Amber and Emerald

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? Once you join iPRESTIGE Rewards (even before your first stay), you can start enjoying the benefits of Crystal tier membership such as early check-in at 1pm, late check-out till 2pm, discounted dining, complimentary services such as local calls and daily local newspapers, etc. If you spend over US$1,300 at the hotels or facilities within a membership year, you’ll be automatically upgraded to Amber status.

Read more on membership benefits HERE.

BRANDS: Singapore – The Fullerton Hotel, The Fullerton Bay Hotel | Hong Kong – The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers, City Garden Hotel, Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel, Island Pacific Hotel, The Olympian Hong Kong, The Pottinger Hong Kong

WHAT WE LOVE: Most programs offer basic benefits for their lowest-tier members (such as WiFi access and members-only promotions). For elevated perks such as early check-in and late check-out, you need to reach higher elite status tiers. But for iPRESTIGE Rewards, these elevated perks are also offered to their lowest-tier members.

2 | IHG® Rewards Club

IHG® Rewards Club is one of the hotel loyalty programs specially designed for guests to earn points, redeem points on travel and merchandises, as well as to enjoy membership benefits. With over 5,000 hotels, IHG is certainly the world’s largest hotel company, which makes it easier to guests to stay and earn points.

You’ll earn up to 10 points from every $1 USD spent. You can also purchase points and even transfer points to other members.

HOW TO JOIN? Membership is free and you can enrol HERE.

MEMBERSHIP TIERS: Club, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite and Spire Elite

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? Once you enrolled in the program, you’re automatically a Club Member and you can enjoy benefits such as exclusive rates and free internet.

To quality for Gold Elite, you need 10 Qualified Nights (per calendar year) or 10,000 Qualifying Points. Once you’re a Gold Elite Member, you can enjoy priority check-in, extended check-out, non-expiry Elite Members’ Points, etc. You can redeem a free night stay with as little as 10,000 points (which works out to ~$1,000 USD spending).

Read more on membership benefits HERE.

BRANDS: InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels, Holiday Inn Resort®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Staybridge Suites®, and Candlewood Suites®

WHAT WE LOVE: More properties means better opportunity to earn points quickly. Being the world’s largest hotel company sure has its perks. And I can combine cash with my current points balance to redeem a free night.

3 | Shangri-La Golden Circle

Golden Circle is more than a frequent guest program. Every time you stay at Shangri-La, you will enjoy exclusive privileges and benefits across many different aspects of the hotel and resort offerings.

You can earn Golden Circle Award Points (GC Award Points) by staying or dining at Shangri-La’s hotels and resorts, as well as having a treatment at CHI, The Spa. Your GC Award Points can then be redeemed for hotel stays, dining or spa experiences at any Shangri-La’s hotels and resorts, Kerry Hotel, Traders Hotel and Hotel Jen. You can also convert your points into airline miles.

HOW TO JOIN? Membership is free and you can enrol online HERE.

MEMBERSHIP TIERS: Gold, Jade and Diamond

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? When you first enrol, you will immediately enjoy a host of Gold status benefits such as welcome fruits, cash advance, free local calls etc.

To become an active member and receive your permanent membership card, you need to stay at a qualifying room rate or earn a minimum of 50 GC Award Points at any Shangri-La’s hotels and resorts, Kerry Hotel, Traders Hotel and Hotel Jen. To upgrade to Jade membership, you need 20 qualifying nights or 10 qualifying stays in a calendar year.

Once you attain Jade level, you’ll enjoy more privileges such as Priority upgrade to the next available best room category, if the reserved room type is not available at check-in and 11am early check-in / 4pm late check-out (subject to availability).

Read more on membership benefits HERE.

BRANDS: Shangri-La’s hotels and resorts, Kerry Hotel, Traders Hotel and Hotel Jen

4 | Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards offers some excellent perks, including free room upgrades, priority check-in, and free night at participating hotels when you use points to book a 4-night stay. Members can even use their points for dining gift cards as well as spa treatments. Now, you can link your Marriott Rewards and SPG accounts to enjoy even more.

HOW TO JOIN? Membership is free and you can enrol online HERE.

MEMBERSHIP TIERS: Rewards Member, Silver Elite, Gold Elite and Platinum Elite

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? Once you’re enrolled as a Rewards Member, you’ll enjoy the lowest rates when you book direct with no blackout dates. Earn up to 10 points or 2 airline miles per dollar spent at participating properties. Stay 10 nights or more to be upgraded to Silver Elite status and enjoy 20% Bonus on Marriott Rewards Points and late check-out.

Read more on membership benefits HERE.

BRANDS: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, The Luxury Collection, BULGARI, W Hotels, EDITION, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Marriott Vacation Club, Delta Hotels, Le MERIDIEN, Westin, Renaissance Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard Hotels, Four Points, SpringHill Suites, Protea Hotels, Fairfield Inn & Suites, AC Hotels, Aloft Hotels, Moxy Hotels, etc.

5 | Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG) Rewards Program

This program is great for frequent travellers. It gives you access to a great line-up of luxurious hotels around the world. It stands out among competitors because of its generous offerings. Your Starpoints never expire as long as you show account activity once a year.

HOW TO JOIN? Membership is free and you can enrol online HERE.

MEMBERSHIP TIERS: Preferred, Gold, Platinum, SPG Pro

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? You’ll earn 2 Starpoints for every $1 USD spent on eligible stays. You can redeem for stays without blackout dates – even during holidays – starting at just 2,000 Starpoints. You can also buy Starpoints or combine with cash for room upgrades and to redeem your free nights.

Read more on membership benefits HERE.

BRANDS: Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Le MERIDIEN, Design Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Four Points

6 | Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is a hotel rewards program where you can earn points for free stays and more at all brands in the Hilton portfolio. If you’re looking for a personalised experience from an exquisite hotel brand, this program is for you. Especially frequent travellers, you can even cash in frequent flyer miles for Hilton Honors points.

HOW TO JOIN? Membership is free and you can enrol online HERE.

MEMBERSHIP TIERS: Member, Silver, Gold and Diamond

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? Even as a basic Member, you’ll enjoy priority check-in and late check-out. Silver status can be obtained in just 4 stays (in a calendar year). Silver, Gold and Diamond members will get every 5th night free when booking a reward stay of five nights or more using all Points.

Read more on membership benefits HERE.

BRANDS: Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Canopy™ by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Tapestry Collection by Hilton™ Embassy Suites Hotels™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™

7 | Hyatt Gold Passport

The Hyatt Gold Passport program is packed with generous rewards which can easily be redeemed for almost anything that is associated with the world of travel. As a member, you can expect free room upgrades or use accumulated points to earn spa treatments, frequent flyer miles and dining coupons.

HOW TO JOIN? Membership is free and you can enrol online HERE.

MEMBERSHIP TIERS: Member, Discoverist, Explorist, Globalist

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? You can earn Base Points on qualifying stays, dining, spa experiences and more. You’ll earn 5 Base Points for every eligible U.S. dollar spent. You can enjoy free nights at Hyatt hotels and resorts with no blackout dates on standard rooms or at participating M life Rewards destinations at just 5,000 points.

Read more on membership benefits HERE.

BRANDS: Hyatt hotels and resorts

8 | Le Club AccorHotels

The Accor Hotel Loyalty Program offers exclusive services and special attention during your entire stay. You can earn points by booking directly at their 3,400 hotels. You can also earn points on expenses such as restaurant meals during your stay. To ensure that your points do not expire, stay at least once a year.

HOW TO JOIN? Membership is free and you can enrol online HERE.

MEMBERSHIP TIERS: Classic, Silver, Gold and Platinum

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? As a classic member, you can enjoy advance access to private sales and member’s rate – up to 10% extra off.

Read more on membership benefits HERE.

BRANDS: Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter

Are you a member of these hotel loyalty programs? Share with me your experience being a hotel loyalty member. I’d love to hear from you too. 

Disclaimer: This list is correct to the best of my knowledge at the time of posting. As Hotel Loyalty programs change from time to time, please check the respective hotel websites for latest updates. We’re not associated or affiliated in any ways with the hotels listed above.
Updated on: 3 Oct 2017