The 2020 Ultimate Guide to Singapore Hotel Loyalty Programmes is a natural topical progression from the 2020 Ultimate Guide to Singapore Hotels and is intended as a companion piece. For the latter article, I embarked on my epic mission back in 2018 to stay at and write about every notable luxury hotel and resort in Singapore without the budget, manpower and media support of a lifestyle/travel publication or the mega-wattage page views of a mass market blog (i.e. no access to streams of invitations for hotel stays in exchange for reviews). After two years, thousands of dollars and a rather whirlwind year experiencing some truly phenomenal new regional hotels and publishing the Best New Hotels in Asia-Pacific: The 2019 Luxury List, I finally completed my Singapore hotel journey.

After having researched and experienced the different perks offered by international hotel loyalty programmes such as Accor, Marriott Bonvoy, IHG Rewards Club, DISCOVERY Loyalty, Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt, my goal is to share my findings accrued over the past few years and equip those who are new to hotel loyalty programmes with the requisite knowledge to better understand the local hotel ecosystem, figure out which loyalty memberships work best for their wants and needs as well as how to sustainably maintain their chosen memberships.

The 2020 Ultimate Guide to Singapore Hotel Loyalty Programmes seeks to address, among other things, which of the hotel loyalty programmes in Singapore:

  • caters best to Singaporeans who enjoy frequent staycations;
  • offers complimentary club lounge and room upgrades for the lowest number of stays;
  • allows you to enjoy guaranteed 4pm late check-outs (and which other programme offers possible 6pm check-outs);
  • is best for accruing loyalty nights solely in Singapore if you do not travel;
  • can be hacked instantly to attain the highest status tier simply by signing up for a certain credit card; and
  • accepts status matches (and, for the uninitiated, what a status match is).

Do note, however, that this guide is meant only as a starting point for you to start figuring out the best programme(s) for your use case and to kickstart your unique hotel loyalty programme journey. Most of the viewpoints expressed are written from the perspective of a person in Singapore who does not travel frequently and thus does not have access to more budget-priced “mattress run” options overseas. For the most part, the guide generally assumes that membership status tiers are attained by accruing nights stayed at the respective hotels as opposed to the use of credit card or other creative hacks (there are other online resources who specialise in these strategies and can advise much better).

Also, as loyalty benefits are usually at the discretion of the individual properties, benefits discussed in this article (especially room upgrades and late check-outs) are, unless otherwise stated, not necessarily “guaranteed” by your status as these are subject to availability.

FOR THE SOCIAL EYE – MARRIOTT BONVOY

the ritz-carlton, millenia singapore club premier suite bathroom
Bathroom, Club Premier Suite (The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore).

Notable Portfolio Brands: EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, W,  JW Marriott, Renaissance, Westin, The Luxury Collection

Properties in Singapore :The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore; Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel; The St. Regis Singapore; W Singapore; The Westin Singapore; JW Marriott Singapore South Beach; The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore (A Member of Design Hotels); Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa; Sheraton Towers Singapore; The Vagabond Club, Singapore (A Tribute Portfolio Hotel); Courtyard Singapore Novena; Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview

Loyalty Programme Tiers and Key Benefits:

Member
10 base points per eligible USD$1 spend

Silver Elite (10 nights)
10% bonus earnings on top of base points, Priority late check-out

Gold Elite (25 nights)
25% bonus earnings on top of base points, 2pm late check-out, Elite welcome gift (points only), Complimentary enhanced room upgrade (excludes suites)

Platinum Elite (50 nights)
50% bonus earnings on top of base points, 4pm late check-out, Elite welcome gift (points, amenity or breakfast), Complimentary enhanced room upgrade (includes suites), Lounge access

Titanium Elite (75 nights)
75% bonus earnings on top of base points, 4pm late check-out, Elite welcome gift (points, amenity or breakfast), Complimentary enhanced room upgrade (includes suites), Lounge access

Ambassador Elite (100 nights and US$20,000 in annual qualifying spend)
75% bonus earnings on top of base points, 4pm late check-out, Elite welcome gift (points, amenity or breakfast), Complimentary enhanced room upgrade (includes suites), Lounge access, Ambassador service

Milestone Awards
Annual Choice Benefit when you hit 50/75 eligible nights – choose from Suite Night Awards, gifting Elite Status to somebody else, Elite Night credits, a Free Night award, 40% off a mattress or a $100 charity donation.

Minimum target you should hit for this to be worth: Gold Elite (25 nights)

Why you should choose Marriott Bonvoy: Marriott Bonvoy is home to some of the world’s most social media-trendy and talked about brands, from the ritzy Ritz-Carlton (hurhur) and opulent St. Regis to the fabulous W and sophisticated EDITION. It also offers the Luxury Collection, Autograph Collection, Design Hotels and Tribute Portfolio brands if you seek indie boutique credibility while still craving elite membership benefits. Most of Marriott Bonvoy’s key brands currently have presence in Singapore, with more new hotels such as The Singapore EDITION, Moxy Singapore Clarke Quay as well as the rebranded The Maxwell Reserve, Autograph Collection and The Duxton Reserve, Autograph Collection (formerly Six Senses Maxwell and Six Senses Duxton) to join the party over the next few years.  

In terms of membership privileges, Gold Elite entitles you to possible multi-category room upgrades below suites (the next category, Platinum Elite, allows room upgrades up to suites). This is in contrast to some programmes such as Hilton Honors or Discovery Loyalty which are more conservative in how much of a room upgrade they are able to grant under their respective terms and conditions.

Why you shouldn’t: The average local Marriott Bonvoy hotel room rate is by far the highest amongst all the local hotel chains, making it the most expensive loyalty programme in Singapore to accrue loyalty benefits.

For those who maintain their membership status by clocking nights/stays at lower-priced hotels (and assuming you do not look past the borders towards Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel for your mattress runs), the cheapest local properties to do so would be at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena and Four Points by Sheraton Singapore Riverview. These properties command higher room rates than its tier equivalents under other chains such as Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon (Hilton Honors), PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road (DISCOVERY Loyalty) or the local Mercure Singapore On Stevens and Novotel Singapore On Stevens (Accor). 

Also, Marriott Bonvoy properties (in particular, former Starwood hotels) are said to be fairly inconsistent or conservative in their honouring of membership privileges such as late check-outs and room upgrades. I once experienced this myself when a local Marriott Bonvoy property did not offer the entry suite (marked as available on the Marriott Bonvoy app) as a complimentary upgrade as per Platinum Elite benefits and instead put forth alternative offers: (i) settle for a lower category non-suite for free but the catch being said room existed only as a twin bed configuration when I had booked a king room, or (ii) top-up for the next available suite. This approach differed greatly from online accounts I have come across by those who faced a similar situation, whereby they were were offered the next available suite without a charge.

On an interesting note, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore may be bookable via the Marriott Bonvoy app but it is not a participating property, i.e. you are unable to clock points/stays or enjoy elite membership perks there. 

FOR THE FREQUENT STAYCATIONER – ACCOR LIVE LIMITLESS (ALL)

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Day Facade (Raffles Hotel Singapore).

Notable Portfolio Brands: Sofitel, SO Sofitel, MGallery, Raffles, Banyan Tree, Fairmont, Swissotel, Orient Express, Pullman, Angsana

Properties in Singapore: Sofitel Singapore City Centre; Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa; SO Sofitel Singapore; Raffles Hotel Singapore; Fairmont Singapore; Swissotel The StamfordSwissotel Merchant Court Singapore; Novotel Singapore on Stevens; Mercure Singapore on Stevens; Mercure Singapore Bugis; Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy; Ibis hotels; Ibis Budget hotels; Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson

Loyalty Programme Tiers and Key Benefits:

Classic
25 reward points per eligible €10 spend

Silver (10 nights or €800 spend)
31 status points per eligible €10 spend, Welcome drink, Welcome amenity, Late check-out, Turndown service

Gold (30 nights or €2,800 spend)
37 status points per eligible €10 spend, Welcome drink, Welcome amenity, Early check-in or late check-out, Turndown service, Complimentary room upgrade

Platinum (60 nights or €5,600 spend)
44 status points per eligible €10 spend, Welcome drink, Welcome amenity, Early check-in and late check-out, Turndown service, Complimentary room upgrade, Complimentary breakfast (Asia-Pacific only), Executive lounge access (excluding Fairmont), Complimentary Suite Night upgrades

Diamond (€10,400 spend)
44 status points per eligible €10 spend, Welcome drink, Welcome amenity, Early check-in and late check-out, 
Turndown service, Complimentary room upgrade, Complimentary breakfast on weekends, Executive lounge access (excluding Fairmont), Complimentary Suite Night upgrades, Gift somebody Gold status

Minimum target you should hit for this to be worth: Gold (30 nights or €2,800 spend)

Why you should choose ALL: Accor has both the current largest number of Singapore properties as well as the greatest variety in terms of brand differentiation within its portfolio to cater for most use cases – there’s Raffles Hotel Singapore for grand gesture romance, Fairmont Singapore and Sofitel Singapore City Centre for stylish in-room luxury with commendable club lounge experiences, Swissotel The Stamford for the killer view and Novotel Singapore On Stevens for chic getaway comfort on a budget. There’s also the new Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore as well as Pullman Singapore – both primed to launch in 2022 – to look forward to. 

People who enjoy local staycations should definitely consider Accor, which offers the most economically appealing value proposition and a programme that most encourages repeat stays (and clocking of nights). Besides the usual seasonal sales throughout the year, members can access weekly private sales (i.e. individual hotels offering discounts off their room rates) on their webpage under “Deals > Private sales”, with special rates extending even to suites on occasion, so be sure to check back frequently for the latest deals. (Paid Accor Plus members get exclusive early bird access to some of Accor’s super sale promotions as well as up to 50% off dining at most Accor F&B outlets and instant Silver membership, so an Accor Plus membership may be worth a look, especially if you intend to visit an island resort where that dining discount benefit could come in handy.)

Why you shouldn’t: Save for Raffles Hotels, the other brands under Accor’s portfolio are not quite as social media buzzy or pop culture relevant as, say, Marriott Bonvoy’s or Hyatt’s brands. In comparison to the other hotel loyalty programmes such as Marriott Bonvoy (25 nights) and Hilton Honors (20 stays), it takes a bit longer for Accor members (30 nights) to start enjoying complimentary room upgrade benefits.

Also, complimentary access to Fairmont’s Executive Lounges is expressly excluded even for Platinum members (60 nights), meaning Sofitel, Swissotel and Pullman properties are your only worthy expectations in terms of club access even as a high-tier member.

THE “STARTER POKEMON” MEMBERSHIP – IHG REWARDS CLUB

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Club InterContinental (InterContinental Singapore).

Notable Portfolio Brands: Regent, Six Senses, InterContinental, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza

Properties in Singapore: InterContinental Singapore; InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay; Regent SingaporeCrowne Plaza Changi Airport; Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong; Holiday Inn hotels; Holiday Inn Express hotels

Loyalty Programme Tiers and Key Benefits:

Club Member
10 base points per eligible USD$1 spend

Gold Elite (10 nights or 10,000 Elite Qualifying Points)
10% bonus earnings on top of base points, Late checkout, Points don’t expire, Welcome Amenity for Gold Elite members, “Raid the Bar” benefit at Kimpton hotels

Platinum Elite (40 nights or 40,000 Elite Qualifying Points)
50% bonus earnings on top of base points, Late check-out, Points don’t expire, Welcome Amenity for Platinum Elite members, Complimentary room upgrade (excludes suites and specialty rooms), “Raid the Bar” benefit at Kimpton hotels

Spire Elite (75 nights or 75,000 Elite Qualifying Points)
100% bonus earnings on top of base points, Early check-in, Late check-out, Points don’t expire, Welcome Amenity for Spire Elite members, Complimentary room upgrade (excludes suites and specialty rooms), “Raid the Bar” and Inner Circle benefit at Kimpton hotels, Choice benefit – receive 25,000 points or gift somebody Platinum Elite status

Minimum target you should hit for this to be worth: Platinum Elite (40 nights or 40,000 Elite Qualifying Points) but InterContinental Ambassador gets you there instantly

Why you should choose IHG Rewards Club: The biggest draw of IHG Rewards Club is the ability for you to earn instant Platinum Elite status through the paid InterContinental Ambassador programme (US$200). As an InterContinental Ambassador, you get to enjoy a guaranteed 4pm late check-out, a guaranteed one-category room upgrade as well as restaurant and bar dining credit across all InterContinental hotels, with the certainty of benefits making this the ideal loyalty membership programme for the casual or novice staycationer.

At non-InterContinental IHG properties such as Regent and Crowne Plaza hotels, a Platinum Elite member enjoys late check-out and complimentary room upgrades as well, albeit the benefits not being quite as “guaranteed”. 

For those who are content with being able to redeem only entry rooms with their loyalty points, IHG Rewards Club gamifies points accrual via certain campaigns such as their popular Accelerate programme, which awards users points based on the completion of certain tasks specific to the member’s personalised game dashboard (e.g. stay at two InterContinental hotels within three months, stay four weekend nights before July). These campaigns make it quite easy for you to amass a decent amount of points in your account easily. Like Accor and DISCOVERY Loyalty, they also frequently run sale promotions throughout the year.

Why you shouldn’t: Disappointingly, you do not enjoy complimentary breakfast or club access even as Spire Elite member, the highest (non-invitation only) tier under the IHG Rewards Club programme. This makes the value proposition of the loyalty programme exceedingly weak. In terms of membership benefits, you get the biggest bang for your buck at InterContinental properties, but these are generally limited around the world and the Club InterContinental experience is fairly lacklustre compared to those under offered by many Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors and Accor luxury properties.

In addition, IHG Rewards Club only allows the redemption of entry rooms with points (and not better rooms or suites), which severely limits the attractiveness of point redemptions. I used to accrue points to redeem nights during peak periods such as Formula One weekends or New Year’s Eve as the award requirements used to be static regardless of room demand, but IHG has since introduced dynamic pricing for award redemption which effectively kills that strategy.

In terms of the IHG portfolio, the flagship InterContinental brand is several notches below the upper range brands of rival chains, and the portfolio is distinctly lacking in mid-range luxury choices. While the newly-inducted Regent and Six Senses brands are being groomed to eventually fill in those gaps, there are far too few Regent properties around the world for the brand to be of significant consideration, while the elevated price point of ultra luxurious Six Senses resorts makes it unrealistic to expect any sensible application of loyalty benefits (although I may stand corrected on this, not having tried myself).

FOR QUIRKY BENEFITS – DISCOVERY LOYALTY (GLOBAL HOTEL ALLIANCE/GHA)

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Swimming Pools (Capella Singapore).

Notable Portfolio Brands: Anantara, Capella, Kempinski, Outrigger Resorts, Pan Pacific, PARKROYAL COLLECTION, Viceroy

Properties in Singapore: Capella SingaporePan Pacific SingaporeThe Capitol Kempinski Hotel SingaporePARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, SingaporePARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore; PARKROYAL hotels

Loyalty Programme Tiers and Key Benefits:

Gold
Complimentary water

Platinum (10 nights)
Complimentary water, 1 Local Amenity for Platinum members, 1 Local Experience for Platinum members, Upgrade to next room category at check-in, 3pm late check-out

Black (30 nights)
Complimentary water, 1 Local Amenity for Black members, 1 Local Experience for Black members, Double room upgrade at check-in, 6pm late check-out, 9am early check-in

Minimum target you should hit for this to be worth: Platinum (10 nights)

Why you should choose Discovery Loyalty: Global Hotel Alliance houses some truly aspirational brands such as Capella, Leela and Viceroy alongside luxurious concepts such as Kempinski and Anantara and the comparatively more modest Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL brands. DISCOVERY Loyalty’s Local Experience award system is also fairly unique and fun: instead of accumulating points towards future stays, you unlock certain awards when you stay at new brands which you can subsequently redeem at participating properties. These awards may take the form of airport transfers, club access, curated meals, spa treatments and even highly bespoke and unique experiences such as nature walks, picnics, trishaw rides and even a session with a tailor to make a bespoke suit or blouse for you.

More importantly, there exists a hack for attaining instant top tier DISCOVERY Loyalty status: a holder of any World Elite Mastercard (such as the $120,000 annual income Citi Prestige card) is able to register for instant GHA Black status, the programme’s highest status which entitles you to benefits such as double category upgrades, 6pm late check-outs as well as 9am early check-ins. For those without a World Elite Mastercard, DISCOVERY Loyalty has also been known to accept status matches or grant status challenges based on your existing elite status with other hotel loyalty programmes such as Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy. This means you can actually write to GHA’s loyalty desk and request to be granted instant corresponding status as your other membership (“status match”) or be given the opportunity to achieve such elevated status by completing a certain number of nights/stays which would typically be lower than what is ordinarily required for that status level (“status challenge”). 

Without the aid of either a credit card or a status match, GHA Platinum status (10 nights) is nonetheless still decidedly easy to attain and grants you a one category room upgrade as well as a 3pm late check-out, while GHA Black status (30 nights) is similar to Hilton Honors’ Diamond status (30 stays) in terms of the relatively low effort needed to achieve top status.

Why you shouldn’t: Most hotel loyalty programmes reward your monetary spend in the form of points which in turn fuels new spend, and psychologically one may justify expenditure at a pricey resort based on the corresponding higher quantity of points earned. DISCOVERY Loyalty’s dispensation with point accrual altogether means there is no difference between the benefits earned from staying at a high-end Capella resort and a mid-range PARKROYAL hotel, and thus the appeal for return stays at properties (especially expensive ones) feels low.

As with the case for Accor, most of the local properties under GHA (e.g. Pan Pacific, PARKROYAL) are not as appealing and sexy as those under Marriott Bonvoy’s or Hyatt’s portfolios. In addition, even if your DISCOVERY Loyalty status upgrade entitles you to a club room, you may not necessarily be able to enjoy club access, an unfortunate policy GHA shares with IHG Rewards Club.

THE GOLD STANDARD – HILTON HONORS

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Executive Room (Conrad Centennial Singapore).

Notable Portfolio Brands: Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, Doubletree by Hilton

Properties in Singapore: Conrad Centennial SingaporeHilton Singapore; Hilton Garden Inn Singapore

Loyalty Programme Tiers and Key Benefits:

Member
10 base points per eligible USD$1 spend

Silver (10 nights, 4 stays or 25,000 base points)
All Member benefits
20% bonus on base points earned
Free bottled water
Elite Rollover Nights
Fifth night free for every stay booked fully using points

Gold (40 nights, 20 stays or 75,000 base points)
All Silver benefits
80% bonus on base points earned
Free continental breakfast
Upgrade to higher category room (up to executive level)

Diamond (60 nights, 30 stays or 120,000 base points)
All Gold benefits
100% bonus on base points earned
Executive lounge access
Upgrade to higher category room (up to 1-bedroom suite)

Milestone Awards
10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights stayed after 40 nights in a calendar year
Gift Gold status to any member if you hit 60 nights, or Diamond status if you hit 100 nights

Minimum target you should hit for this to be worth: 30 stays, 60 nights or 120,000 base points

Why you should choose Hilton Honors: Hilton Honors is the membership which gives you the most bang for your buck, the most quickly. After just 30 stays, your newly-earned Diamond status entitles you to complimentary room upgrades, club access and breakfast. This is unparalleled when you look at the number of nights required by other hotel chains in order to start enjoying comparable benefits. 

Amongst all the budget to mid-range properties across all the hotel chains in Singapore for mattress hopping, Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon is, in my view, the best local property to clock loyalty nights, giving you the most value and comfort for what you are paying. Besides being fairly liveable (as opposed to, say, an Ibis hotel), the property typically rewards Diamond members with generous upgrades, occasionally to their most expensive rooms on the highest level that come with balconies and impressive views. 

Aside from the frequent sale promotions throughout the year which provide access to very attractive rates, there are also frequent points promotions which assist you in accruing many points quickly for future redemption (recent ones include Moments Made Bigger and Points Unlimited). Nights at certain properties such as the aspirational Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi are much better redeemed than paid for due to the ultra-luxurious resort’s high room rates (I fully redeemed my stay there using points). Points also come in handy if you want to take advantage of Hilton Honors’ fantastic 5th Night Free benefit, whereby you get the average cost of the 5th night free if you use purely points to redeem 5 nights or more for a Standard Room at any Hilton Honors property.

Hilton Honors also has a decent regional footprint, with many Hilton, Conrad and DoubleTree properties in the region for your vacation and staycation purposes. The ultra-luxurious Waldorf Astoria is an emerging brand in Asia, with various Waldorf Astoria properties in China and the highly-anticipated Waldorf Astoria Bali scheduled to launch sometime in the next few years.

For those seeking quick Hilton Honors status, there are certain credit cards (e.g.  Singapore-issued Visa Signature or Infinite cards such as UOB PRVI Miles Visa Signature and DBS Altitude Visa Signature) which give you access to fast track challenges for Hilton Honors Gold status. Hilton Honors is also known to entertain status match requests (see the DISCOVERY Loyalty section for further details on status match and status challenges).

Why you shouldn’t: Singapore has only three Hilton properties, with Conrad Centennial Singapore being the key property an average Singaporean would seriously consider for staycations, although the 2022 launch of the new flagship property Hilton Singapore Orchard (basically Mandarin Orchard Singapore given a S$90 million facelift) may shake things up in that regard. There are also very few Waldorf Astoria and Conrad hotels in the world for you to fully maximise your utility of member benefits if you seek variety in your luxury accommodation options.

Also, unlike most other loyalty programmes which only take into account nights stayed in determining promotion to elite status tiers, Hilton Honors draws a distinction between stays and nights, with 30 stays or 60 nights required to achieve top-tier Diamond status. A stay is defined as “the total number of consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, whether or not a guest checks out and checks back in again”. This means when you stay three consecutive nights at the Conrad Centennial Singapore, your dashboard registers three nights but only one stay. Mattress hoppers would thus have to physically check-in and check-out 30 non-consecutive times in total, with a clean break in between any two nights, without the option of simply checking in once and staying for 30 nights straight if they wish to fulfil the 30 stays requirement.

THE ASPIRATIONAL BUT UNATTAINABLE – WORLD OF HYATT

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Living Room, Andaz Large Suite King (Andaz Singapore).

Notable Portfolio Brands: Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, Alila, Small Luxury Hotels of the World or SLH (selected)

Properties in Singapore: Grand Hyatt Singapore; Andaz Singapore

Loyalty Programme Tiers and Key Benefits:

Member
5 base points per eligible USD$1 spend

Discoverist (10 nights or 25,000 base points)
5 base points per eligible $1 USD spend + 10% bonus, Upgrade to preferred room within room type booked,  2pm late checkout

Explorist (30 nights or 50,000 base points)
5 base points per eligible $1 USD spend + 20% bonus
Upgrade to higher category room (excludes club rooms and suites)
2pm late checkout

Globalist (60 nights or 100,000 base points)
5 base points per eligible $1 USD spend + 30% bonus, Upgrade to higher category room (includes Standard Suites), 4pm late checkout, Complimentary club access or free breakfast

Milestone Awards
20 nights or 35,000 base points – 2 Club Lounge Access awards
30 nights or 50,000 base points – 1 Category 1-4 Free Night Award + 2 Club Lounge Access awards 
40 nights or 65,000 base points – 5,000 Bonus Points OR A $100 Hyatt gift card or 10,000 Point savings on a FIND experience
50 nights or 80,000 base points – 2 Suite Upgrade Awards
60 nights or 100,000 base points – 1 Category 1-7 Free Night Award + 2 Suite Upgrade Awards + Access to My Hyatt Concierge
70 nights and for every subsequent 10 nights – 10,000 Bonus Points or 1 Suite Upgrade Award

Minimum target you should hit for this to be worth: Explorist (30 nights or 50,000 base points)

Why you should choose World of Hyatt: Hyatt boasts some of the buzziest hotel brands favoured by both the well-heeled and the sophisticated, from the intimate, affluent elegance of Park Hyatt (deep-rooted in popular culture thanks to the 2003 Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson vehicle Lost In Translation) to the lifestyle-focused, culture-rooted stylings of Andaz. This is for good reason – the quality and consistency of Hyatt properties in not just room and service standards but also F&B offerings are seldom rivalled. The recent strategic alliance with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) as well as the integration of boutique luxury resort brand Alila into the World of Hyatt programme provides further choices for World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem loyalty points.

For those who travel frequently to nearby cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, there are plenty of well-priced Hyatt options such as Hyatt House and Hyatt Place (and, in the case of Kuala Lumpur, the beautiful Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur) for mattress runs.

Why you shouldn’t: The absence of any Hyatt sale promotions in general, the inability to perform a status match as well as the lack of lower-end properties in Singapore to perform mattress runs makes maintaining a World of Hyatt membership a very impractical endeavour in Singapore. In addition, only Grand Hyatt Singapore offers a club experience, so club access privileges would not mean much.

If you wish to do a staycation at a Hyatt property (in particular Park Hyatt and Andaz hotels), do book through a Hyatt Privé advisor such as Foray Travels as the Hyatt Privé programme offers VIP benefits such as upgrades, early check-in, hotel spending credits and late check-out at no additional cost, plus you will also accrue the usual loyalty nights for your stay.

Author

Shawn is a full-time lawyer based in Singapore. Neither a professional critic, blogger nor photographer, Shawn is simply somebody who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. When Shawn is not premature ageing and turning his hair further grey due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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