Mastercard has extended its offer for instant GHA DISCOVERY elite status, with cardholders getting fast tracked up to Titanium, the highest (published) tier in the programme.
|GHA Discovery Offer|
The offer originally expired on 6 December 2021, but it looks like the pause was just to give GHA time to relaunch DISCOVERY on 7 December. It’s now back, with a validity date till 30 November 2022.
What’s different is that they’ve removed the opportunity to upgrade to the next tier by making a certain number of stays. For example, World Mastercard members could previously get instant DISCOVERY Platinum, and upgrade to Black if they completed at least three eligible nights by 6 December 2021.
The offer is now a straight match, plain and simple.
Get instant DISCOVERY status with Mastercard
Mastercard cardholders in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam can enjoy the following offer:
- World Elite Mastercard: GHA Discovery Titanium
- World Mastercard: GHA DISCOVERY Platinum
- Platinum & Titanium Mastercard: GHA DISCOVERY Gold
Virtually every Mastercard I can think of in Singapore is at least a World tier, so there’s no reason why you should even be looking at the Platinum/Titanium offer.
Obviously the World Elite offer is the best, but unfortunately there’s precious few such cards in Singapore:
- Citi Prestige
- UOB Lady’s Solitaire Metal Card
- OCBC Premier World Elite Debit Card
If you hold a World Elite Mastercard, follow the steps below to get your Titanium status.
For New Sign-Ups
For Existing DISCOVERY members
If you hold a World, Platinum or Titanium Mastercard, follow the steps below to get your Platinum/Gold status.
For New Sign-Ups (World, Platinum & Titanium)
For Existing DISCOVERY members (World, Platinum & Titanium)
It’s not specified how long status is valid for, but I think it might be worth waiting until January 2022 to do this.
Based on past practice, GHA complimentary status is valid for the remainder of the year it was granted, plus the following 12 months. Therefore, a newly-minted Titanium member who received status in December 2021 would enjoy it till 31 December 2022, while someone who waited till January 2022 would enjoy it till 31 December 2023.
In the absence of clear T&Cs that’s just speculation on my part, but it makes sense to me.
What perks do DISCOVERY elites get?
I highly recommend having a read of my article on the new DISCOVERY programme which was unveiled yesterday, because GHA’s been busy with the tweaks.
To summarise, however, here’s what you can expect.
|D$ Validity||6 mo.||18 mo.||24 mo.||24 mo.|
|Early Check-in||–||–||–||From 11 a.m|
|Late Check-out||–||–||Till 3 p.m||Till 4 p.m|
These perks are valid at more than 570 participating hotels under the DISCOVERY umbrella, which contains heavyweights like Anantara, Avani, Capella, Kempinski, Pan Pacific, PARKROYAL, and Tivoli.
Titanium benefits sound enticing on paper (who wouldn’t want 2-category upgrades and 11 a.m check-in), but I’m deeply concerned about how they’ll be provided in practice. In addition to status giveaways like this, GHA has also reduced the qualification/requalification for Titanium as follows:
|Platinum||10 nights||2 brands||US$5,000|
|Titanium||30 nights||3 brands||US$15,000|
Yes, you can earn Titanium status by staying just three nights (assuming three different brands). That’s the lowest hurdle to top tier status of any hotel loyalty programme out there.
As if that wasn’t enough, Titanium members can share their status with another member, effectively giving him/her a supplementary card with all the benefits of Titanium.
What this means is that hotels will soon be flooded with Titanium members, and it’s that old chestnut about nobody being super when everyone is.
World Elite Mastercard cardholders can get instant top-tier Titanium status with DISCOVERY Loyalty, which would be awesome if not for the uncertainty surrounding benefits going forward.
If you hold a World Mastercard, you can get instant Platinum status, which I suppose is better than nothing.