From The Straits Times    |


We know it pays to be loyal, particularly when it comes to travel. Those of us who are frequent travellers return to our favourite hotel chains because of the quality assurance and the familiarity, but also because they allow us to chalk up points that translate to rewards like free stays. 

But aside from benefits like free internet service, late checkouts and room upgrades or discounts, these brand-name hotels have introduced a few extra perks to sweeten the deal for their most loyal clients.


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Foodie privileges with Club Marriott

Photo: Facebook/ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Sign up for a Club Marriott membership and get 30 per cent off your bill the next time you fill up on great food from Wan Hao, Pool Grill and other restaurants in Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. 

That’s Marriott’s newly combined dining membership programme, just launched in Singapore, which also gives you up to 20 per cent off dining at any of the over 250 participating hotels, namely the Westin Singapore, Le Meridien Sentosa, Sheraton Towers Singapore and Hotel Vagabond. The same privileges apply across partner hotels in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.


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You also get up to 20 per cent off the Best Available Rate on any room in participating hotels and 20 per cent off meeting room packages. Getting married? You get $50 off every table you book for a wedding catering package, too.

Membership starts at $248 a year. More information here.


Adventure awaits with Hilton Honors Access

Photo: Facebook/ Singapore Grand Prix

Whether it’s exclusive access to the McLaren-Honda Suite at the next Formula 1 race in Singapore, a sumo training session in Japan or a traditional fishing trip in the Maldives, the Hilton has brought its guests one unforgettable experience after another. 

Through the Hilton Honors Access auction platform, members of the Hilton Honors programme can bid for activities like private tours, sporting events and concerts. They even promise tickets to events that might have sold out or are otherwise unavailable to the public.

Another great thing about the Hilton Honors membership is that it lets you pool your hard-earned points with friends and family to redeem a stay at any of the 4,000 or so locations worldwide under the Hilton Hotel group. Most programmes won’t let you share. Find out more.


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For those who want an amazing deal, there’s IHG Rewards Club


You’ll never get a cheaper room at any hotels belonging to the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), which includes Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn, than when you use the Rewards Club PointBreaks programme. This lets you redeem free hotel stays at selected locations for just 5,000 points per night – that’s about half of what is ordinarily needed. The list of selected properties is updated every few months and the offers stand for limited periods of time, so make sure to check regularly to snag the best deals at IHG’s luxurious Intercontinental hotels.


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If free hotel stays aren’t enticing to you, just go shopping instead. The IHG Rewards Club has launched an online catalogue of products you can redeem using your rewards points, from lifestyle accessories to music, electronics and even a jet ski, not to mention gift cards and flight tickets.