What Hotel Chain should i align myself too?

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mikeromeo9

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Member since 24 Mar 2016

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What Hotel Chain should i align myself too?

I am interested in loyalty programs for the hotel chains and what someone can recommend. I dont stay very often, around 2 nights a month and up until now i have stayed in whatever 5 star hotel is convenient.

Usually in the main cities and in the CDB so obviously the Hiltons, Pullmans etc are what i have stayed at already.

I am Platinium with Virgin and Gold with QF if that makes any difference.

Appreciate any suggestions!

moa999

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Member since 02 Jul 2011

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Have you used your Velocity status to activate Hilton Diamond??.

Really depends on what chain best suits your location - to keep Hilton Diamond requires 30stays/60nights

Greg84

Member since 03 Nov 2014

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I enjoy Shangri-la, but coverage is not that great  10 visits gets you Jade which includes breakfast, welcome amenities, early check-in & late check out. Have stayed Sydney, Cairns, Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris, London...depends where you're headed.

Richard Brown

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If you have an Amex Platinum Card, there is currently an offer that will get you Hilton Gold, Shangri La Jade, Starwood Gold and Accor Platinum on the strength of your Amex card. Have already had upgrades on Hilton and Accor of increased status.

 

In terms of range of hotels IHG (Intercon, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plza) an Accor (Novitel, Sofitel etc) both have a wide range of hotels, though if you can afford Shangri La and their locations work for you, then as a chain they are hard to beat!

jackthomas

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Member since 04 Jul 2014

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I believe Hilton has the best coverage and consistency for a domestic traveller. IHG and Accor have lots of hotels but less than desirable benefits.

Marta

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With 12 stays and 24 nights a year you get a mid tier status with few loyalty programs - Hilton (and there are some fast-track paths to Gold) which would get you free breakfast which would make it more worthwhile than SPG Gold, Hyatt Platinum or IHG Gold. Were you to aim for the top tier I'd say SPG Platinum and Hyatt Diamond are much better than Hilton Diamond but require 25 stays or 50 nights.

GBRGB

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Its really a pick between Accor or Hilton these days, check what they offer wher you go the most. IHG have limited choices and are near non existent in Aust these days, but their rewards program is easy to use, particularly in regards to free nights. Avoid Rydges, rewards program is ordinary and points expire too easily.

mikeromeo9

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Member since 24 Mar 2016

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Much appreciated - I think Hilton wins!

j30max

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and hilton just sent an email for all eligible gold and diamond members complimentary lounge access to virgin sydney and melbourne lounges when flying until 30/4.  Might try out the syd virgin lounge as I have never been.

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