Anantara Resorts is a luxury hotel chain with ~50 properties worldwide. The footprint is mainly concentrated in Thailand, but they have secondary clusters in Indonesia, the Maldives, and the UAE as well.
Anantara also has a more value-oriented sister chain called Avani. Both Anantara and Avani are part of the GHA, which means elite members can enjoy benefits like free breakfast and room upgrades when they stay.
Anatara’s gift card sale
From now till 28 June 2020, Anantara is offering a 30% bonus when you purchase gift cards. These gift cards are valid for stays within 12 months of purchase, but are non-transferable (so only the person whose name is on the gift card can use it).
Gift cards are available in both USD and THB, in the following denominations:
- US$50, 100, 150, 250, 300, 400, 500, 750, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000
- THB 1,500, 3,000, 4,500, 6,000, 7,500, 10,000, 15,000, 20,000, 30,000, 45,000, 60,000, 90,000, 120,000, 150,000
These can be used for accommodation charges, spa services and dining.
Unlike other hotel gift cards, Anantara gift cards must be used in a single transaction. In other words, if you purchase a US$500 gift card but your bill is only US$400, you’ll waste US$100 by redeeming the gift card.
Where are Anantara gift cards accepted?
Do note that while these gift cards are valid at the majority of Anantara and Avani resorts, not all are participating. Here’s the list of eligible properties:
What credit card should I use to purchase Anantara gift cards?
Anantara gift cards should code as foreign currency hotel purchases. You can use the following cards to maximize the miles earned on this transaction.
|DBS Woman’s World Card|
|4 mpd||Cap S$2K per c. month|
|UOB Visa Signature|
|4 mpd||Min S$1K FCY per s. month, cap at S$2K FCY per s. month|
|UOB Lady’s Card|
|4 mpd*||Cap S$1K per c. month|
|UOB Lady’s Solitaire|
|4 mpd*||Cap S$3K per c. month|
|SCB X Card|
|3 mpd||Until 30 Jun 20. Min S$2K per c. month|
|SCB Visa Infinite||3 mpd||Min S$2K per s. month|
|BOC Elite Miles ||3 mpd||Until 15 Jun 20|
|3 mpd||Cap S$5K per c. month|
|S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month|
*Must declare travel as quarterly 10X category
Anantara’s 30% bonus on gift cards is potentially attractive, but the T&Cs are more restrictive than most other chains- the entire value must be used in a single transaction, it’s only valid for 12 months and it can’t be transferred.
On the other hand, most other gift card sales we’ve seen have been 20% bonuses, so perhaps that’s the cost of the incremental 10%…
(HT: Frequent Flyer bonuses)