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Club 1 Hotels changes up membership offerings for 2019

Club 1 has made some changes to its membership tiers, including access to and terms of its BRG program.

Club 1 Hotels is a membership program which offers wholesale pricing on hotel rooms, car rentals, and cruise bookings. Milelion readers who sign up for a free membership get to access these members-only discounted rates. 

Club 1 has rejigged its offerings for 2019, and now offers a $59 Platinum Membership alongside the Free Membership. Free members continue to get access to discounted hotel rates worldwide, and Platinum members receive additional booking credits of up to US$500 on their first stay plus access to the Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) program.

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Sign up for a free Club 1 Hotels membership here

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Club 1’s BRG program promises to beat competing rates by:

  • $10 per night at 3-star hotels, up to $20
  • $15 per night at 4-star hotels, up to $45
  • $20 per night at 5-star hotels, up to $60

The BRG applies provided you book at least 7 days out. Simply drop an email to [email protected]  with screenshots and details about the cheaper rate. The response time in my experience has averaged 3-4 hours.

It’s worth noting that the BRG policy has been tightened. First, the maximum savings at 3, 4, and 5-star hotels have been reduced by $20, $5, and $40 respectively. Second, from 1 Jan 2019 the BRG program is only available to Platinum Members. However, if you joined Club 1 with a Free Membership prior to 1 Jan 2019, you’ll still have access to the BRG program for the rest of your membership year.

All in all, I like the fact that you don’t need to have a confirmed reservation with a competing site in order to file a BRG with Club 1, which eliminates the risk of trying to BRG a non-cancellable rate.

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Finding cheaper hotels with Club 1

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Stays booked through Club 1 count as third party bookings and won’t be eligible for elite status benefits or earning points. That said, if you’re not into hotel loyalty, or if you’re eyeing a property that doesn’t participate in a loyalty program, you can find many good deals in the Club 1 system.

Case in point: I booked my parents a three night stay at the Park Hyatt Saigon for just US$790 all in, versus the US$1,286 I’d have to pay if I went through the official site.

LHS: Club 1 rate, RHS: Official website rate

I’ve also found cheaper rates at the luxurious Aman Resorts in Indonesia…

LHS: Club 1 rate, RHS: Official website rate
LHS: Club 1 rate, RHS: Official website rate

…and the Banyan Tree Bintan…

LHS: Club 1 rate, RHS: Official website rate
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…stays at The Conrad Maldives become ever so slightly cheaper…

LHS: Club 1 rate, RHS: Official website rate

…and there are also deals to be found in city destinations like Sydney.

LHS: Club 1 rate, RHS: Official website rate

Conclusion

Bookings made on Club 1 code as foreign currency hotel spending, so you can use:

  • DBS Woman’s World Card for 4 mpd on the first S$2K per month
  • UOB Visa Signature for 4 mpd on the first S$2K per statement period, min S$1K spend
  • SCB Visa Infinite for 3 mpd, provided you spend a minimum of S$2K in a month in total
  • DBS Altitude for 3 mpd on the first S$5K per month
  • BOC World Elite Mastercard for 3 mpd without cap
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Sign up for a free membership and test out the rates for yourself.


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