Current Loyalty Status

Airlines:

  • British Airways Executive Club – Gold
  • Lufthansa – Miles and More – Former member just closed due to change of location as I’m unlikely to fly Lufthansa for the foreseeable future.  Used my last miles for a Doubletree booking in Kuala Lumpur before they expired.
  • Singapore Airlines Kris Flyer – New signup now that I’m based in Singapore.
  • KLM – Signed up to grab some points for a Delta flight over to Japan last year, as well as some earnings on Vietnam Airlines.  Picked KLM due to my likely Singapore-UK flights (but not used as yet!). Used my last miles for a Doubletree booking in Kuala Lumpur before they expired.

Hotels:

  • Hilton Honors – Signed up to Gold through a credit card deal, have stayed enough in 2013 to keep through 2014.  There are a few Free Gold Status deals going on at the moment – for HP Employees, Accenture Employees and for Visa Infinite Cardholders
  • Accor Le Club – Platinum – Accor regularly give out status deals so just sign up to get yours.
  • Starwood  – Gold Preferred Guest – Signed up through my Standard Chartered Mastercard and received Gold after my first stay which I completed in January – Check how via my post here!
  • Golden Circle – Only completed one stay through the programme – a big regret here I didn’t sign up earlier – fell foul of my own rules! Check out my post here on Loyalty Programme Mistakes
  • Club Carlson – Gold Elite Status – Achieved through a credit card signup, but as yet not used the programme. KrisFlyer Gold? Get your free status here.
  • IHG – Nothing – But I’ve been steadily collecting points.
  • Langham – 1865 Voyager Status thanks to my British Airways Gold.

Credit Cards

American Express (UK) – Preferred Gold – Signed up for the bonus offer of 20000 Membership Rewards, got a referral for an additional 2000.  Happy to refer anyone, please just email me at theaddictedtraveller@flystaytravel.com.  American Express Holders can usually get some good deals as well – check out the credit card section for details.

Standard Chartered Manhattan (Singapore) – Signed up for the $S80 offer and the $S800 cashback available on spend/year.  Offered 1 for 1 on Dusit Hotels and upgrades in Movenpick Hotels (never used).

Tiger Airways Platinum Credit Card – Signed up to see whether this card had any mileage in it.  Subject of a review here: Tiger Airways Platinum Credit Card Review.  I’ll be posting again with my experience on it.

For expats who move to Singapore – make sure that you sign up to whatever credit card you would like early on if you are on an EP as most card firms need at least 6 months left on the EP for acceptance.

Current Strategy

I am currently looking at my options for earning more here in Singapore (where I live), including what to do for earning good amounts of KrisFlyer Miles.  In addition to that ensuring that I have lounge access when flying budget – or at least getting some decent discounts.

6 thoughts on “Current Loyalty Status

  1. You can status match your Hilton Gold to IHG Platinum. Do note you can only status match once. Unfortunately IHG Platinum is a lackluster compared to other loyalty programs at their top tier. But it’s better than nothing in case you need to stay in that chain.

  2. Icpteck, thanks for the heads-up I’m planning to do a piece on Status Matches, including trying to get some StarAliiance benefits.

  3. Cool, I plan to do A3 Gold in 1 round trip to the US. Should be next year end or so.

  4. I’m currently doing the SPG Platinum Challenge and is 12 nights in out of the 18 nights required within 90 days.

    For 2015, I plan to retain the status by doing 25 1 night stays if possible. If I’m short on stays, I would be doing hotel hopping in KUL mostly between the Le Meridien and Aloft since they’re within walking distance of each other.

  5. I’ve compared quite a few loyalty programs and chose SPG due to their footprint and the variety of uses of Starpoints. I’ve been able to retain Gold so far and have been contemplating about trying their Platinum.

    A big boost from Gold to Platinum would be the free breakfast option, club/executive lounge access, and possible upgrade to suites.

    25 1 nighters will be a challenge as I’ll need to hotel hop when I’m on vacation while re-qualifying my Platinum status. Well, let’s see how it goes next year. Since they have so many properties, you would also have dynamic room rates and have a choice when picking a hotel in the city.

    I have thought about Hyatt Diamond since it also requires the same 25 stays per calendar year. Their Diamond challenge also gives you Diamond status while doing the challenge so that is very nice to start enjoying the benefits. They also provide 4 confirmed suite upgrade certificates (up to 7 days each). Unfortunately their footprint outside of US is pretty lackluster though they are expanding. As such, basic room rates are on the mid to high side.

    I’m retaining my Langham Voyager in the meantime as well to try it out since it only require 2 stays per membership year. Unfortunately Langham 1865 is pretty lacking in benefits for members. Even at top tier Destiny, no breakfast or Club access and their basic room rates are pretty high as well. Their current footprint is small too though they are in the midst of expanding.

    Well, that’s just my thoughts and hence chose SPG Platinum to try it out.

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