iPrefer Hotel Rewards - Preferred Hotels & Resorts
iPrefer is the membership programme for Preferred Hotels and Resorts, a group of over 600 hotels across 85 countries. These are a collective of primarily independent hotels who have banded together to provide a consistent experience for their guests.
Signing up is easy, and you'll receive a host of benefits straight away as an Insider member without even having accrued any points or stayed at any of the hotels:
- Free Internet
- Room Upgrade, based on availability.
- Priority early check-in, and late check-out, based on availability.
- Points towards free nights
These are great starter benefits that you wouldn't receive as a new joiner with most of the major hotel chain member programmes.
You won't receive a physical membership card, and will need to print one from your member dashboard.
There is one other membership level - Elite - and the only extra benefit listed is a Welcome Amenity. You'll need to spend US$5000 with member hotels to move up to this level.
To earn points and be eligible for any of the above benefits, you must book direct with the hotel or through the Preferred Hotels & Resorts website. At the discretion of each hotel there may also be the opportunity to earn points for other amenities such as spa packages and dining.
You'll be able to redeem for a US$25 reward certificate once you earn 12,500 points, which you can put towards free nights and other services provided by member hotels, upon availability. You are effectively making US$25 back for every US$1,250 that you spend. The certificates are also available in EUR and GBP so select based on where you intend to redeem - while the hotels will convert the currency of the certificate, the rate at which they do so may not always be favourable! The certificates do not expire, and can also be gifted to family or friends.
If you contact iPrefer at iPrefer@preferredhotels.com with details of your elite membership with another hotel frequent stay programmes, they claim to offer a status match. I emailed them about matching with m pay Hilton Diamond membership, this was their (very quick) response:
Over 80% of the member hotels partake in the Preferred Hotels & Resorts airline frequent flyer programme. For these hotels, you will be able to double dip and earn iPrefer points, and airline miles with 14 airline partners:
- 500 miles with United Airlines
- 800 miles with Air China
- 500 miles with All Nippon Airways
- 500 miles with Cathay Pacific (Asia Miles)
- 800 Avios with British Airways
- 750 miles with Virgin Atlantic
- 500 miles with Singapore Airlines
- 500 miles with Alaska Airlines
- 500 miles with American Airlines
- 600 miles with Jet Airways
- 1000 points with Qantas
- 500 miles with Etihad Guest
- 500 miles with Japan Airlines
- 500 miles with Korean Air
There is no facility to provide your frequent flyer number when booking through the website, so your airline membership card should be presented to the hotel at check-in, or your airline membership number emailed to the hotel in advance. You can also retrospectively claim if you booked direct, by emailing your stay details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts currently have a global double miles offer, which is valid on a minimum two night stay on rate code MKTDBL till 31 March 2018. Individual hotel black out dates apply.
This page lists non-participating hotels and other terms and conditions.
Best Rate Guarantee
To encourage travellers to book direct, Preferred Hotels & Resorts have a Best Rate Guarantee with all the usual Terms and Conditions you'd anticipate that this sort of offering would have (eg cannot match rates obtained with promotional codes). Your claim must be made within 24 hours of making a booking direct on their website. They also have a list of properties that cannot be matched against, which must be due to some sort of private agreement.
Complimentary Sixt Gold Card Membership
As an iPrefer member, you qualify for complimentary Sixt Gold Card membership, where you will enjoy the following benefits:
- Earn 500 iPrefer points on Sixt car rentals and 1,000 iPrefer points on limousine rentals
- Up to 10% off best available online rates with Sixt.
Once you've joined up with iPrefer, you can then get your Gold Card here.
Terms and Conditions apply.
You can find a list of all the current Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers here.
What about New Zealand?
You'll find one member hotel in New Zealand - Azur in Queenstown. It's frequently ranked by visitors as one of the best hotels in the region, and it's good to know that you can get a few extra benefits for their already extremely high nightly rates (sometimes NZ$1000 plus).