Selected American Express cardholders can now receive complimentary Silver status with Hilton Honors, the loyalty program of Hilton Hotels. The Hilton Silver status benefit is now available with six Australian Amex cards, including the popular Explorer credit card. Here is the full list of Australian Amex cards eligible for free Hilton Honors Silver status: Amex Gold … [Read more...]
Hotel Loyalty Programs
Hotel Loyalty Programs is a popular topic at the Australian Frequent Flyer. Many hotel chains have generous loyalty programs which reward guests for their overnight stays. We cover Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and the Marriott hotel programs.
And when it comes time to leave your hotel, your hotel loyalty program may give you free access to various departure lounges at the airport!
If you have elite status with any hotel loyalty program, you could be eligible for a free status match with Best Western Rewards. Best Western may not be the most exciting hotel chain, but it has coverage in many regional locations across Australia where the larger hotel brands do not. There are well over 100 Best Western hotels and motels in Australia and New Zealand alone, … [Read more...]
Many frequent flyers will be familiar with the scourge of the airline industry that is fuel and carrier surcharges. These are arbitrary surcharges that many airlines add to the cost of a flight in the same way as they add genuine government taxes and airport charges. Sadly, the hotel industry has started to adopt a similar practice. "Resort fees", as they're known, are now … [Read more...]
This week, American Airlines launched a new partnership with Hyatt Hotels. American Airlines AAdvantage members with Platinum or higher status have been offered a complimentary status match to an equivalent tier in the World of Hyatt program. So, in addition to benefits when flying, AAdvantage Platinum members can now receive perks such as late check-out and room upgrades when … [Read more...]
Accor's Le Club loyalty program is due for a brand refresh. From late 2019, Le Club will become Accor ALL, which we're told stands for "Accor Live Limitless". This will become the single, combined loyalty program of Accor's existing and newly-acquired brands - some of which still have their own loyalty programs. Hotel brands to be brought under the Accor ALL portfolio will … [Read more...]