Worldhotels and Peakpoints
Worldhotels is a group of independent hotels. They have a handpicked portfolio of 450 properties in 250 destinations and 65 countries across the world - including many in the Asia Pacific region, including Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
By staying with Worldhotels you will receive a range of special benefits, ranging from business traveller rates to earning points/miles with frequent flyer programmes from 22 different airlines.
This article provides an overview of the benefits you can receive when booking direct with Worldhotels.
Any currency references in this article should be taken to be in NZD, unless otherwise mentioned.
Current Special Offers
- All general special offers can be found here.
- All special offers for Peakpoints members can be found here.
Membership Programme - Peakpoints
Peakpoints is the membership programme for Worldhotels. They are free to join, and as a member, you will receive the following benefits at participating hotels:
- Earn Peakpoints for every stay, at a rate of 2 points for every € spent (or foreign currency equivalent) on your room (not including food and beverage costs and excluding taxes and service charges).
- Redeem your earned points for rewards, from 400 Peakpoints - see the redemption page. This includes redeeming for vouchers to reduce the cost of your stays, or even giving these to family/friends to reduce the cost of theirs.
- Save money with 'Peakpoints Special Offers'
You'll instantly receive 300 Peakpoints, just for signing up. So you'll only need to spend the equivalent of €50 and you'll already have enough points to redeem for a reward, like a bottle of wine at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne.
The more you stay, the more Peakpoints you'll earn.
- Base = 2 points for every € spent on your room
- Silver +10% points = 2.2 points for every € spent on your room
- Gold +25% points = 2.5 points for every € spent on your room
- Navigator +50% points = 3 points for ever € spent on your room
To move up to Silver, Gold or Navigator status, you'll need to meet the following thresholds:
- Silver Status can be obtained by collecting 3,000 Peakpoints (€1,500).
- Gold Status can be obtained by collecting 10,000 Peakpoints (€5,000).
- Navigator Status can be obtained by collecting 20,000 Peakpoints (€10,000).
The requisite number of Peakpoints must be earned within one calendar year (January thru December). The new member status expires at the end of the following calendar year (31st December), unless the member collects the respective amount of Points during that calendar year. The 'status' doesn't provide you with anything special - just additional points earning power. However the more points you earn, the more 'status' related things you can redeem your points on - e.g. wine, club access, room upgrades etc.
As a bonus - if you're sharing a room with someone who is not a Peakpoints member, and they're paying for the bill - you can still collect their points.
Expiration of Points
Collected Points related to a stay expire at the end (31st December) of the following calendar year. Points collected under special promotions will expire after 6 months, unless the member consumes another stay at one of the participating hotels of Worldhotels within 6 months after receiving the activity points.
Worldhotels will contact the Member via email six months before the expiration of a Member's points - so I am guessing for Peakpoints earned through promotions, they'll contact and advise you on the day you earn them? I have reached out to them to seek clarification on how that works!
One thing that you can do to extend the life of your points - redeem for a voucher. Vouchers purchased before the expiration of a Member's points will remain valid for one year or until the expiration date mentioned on the voucher.
Redeeming your Peakpoints for Vouchers
Apart from being able to redeem your Peakpoints on experiences or other special upgrades/gifts on your travels, you can also redeem points for cash-value vouchers which can be used within the hotel.
Vouchers can only be applied to the final service bill, settled at the Front Desk of the hotel. Vouchers cannot be used to settle pre-paid charges and no refund will be given on pre-paid charges in case a voucher is used. So you won't be able to use them for discounted fully prepaid bookings online - which seems like a significant shortfall of the programme.
Once purchased, vouchers will be valid for one year. Vouchers are available in fixed values starting from €5 then in denominations of €12.5 (€25, €37.5, €50, €75.5 etc). In addition, vouchers can be purchased in various other currencies.
By purchasing a voucher, the member will receive a voucher number which qualifies for paying. The voucher is not bound to the Member who purchased it, but can be issued to any other person, as directed by the Member - so you can give them to friends and family to use as well.
You won't receive a physical membership card for the programme - a virtual one is available through their website, that can be displayed on your phone at the hotel when checking in. They allege that this is for 'environmental' reasons but it's probably just to save them money!
Can I Double Dip?
You cannot earn Peakpoints and Frequent Flyer Miles/Points - you'll need to pick which one you prefer, and advise by check-out at the latest. If you don't confirm your preference, you'll automatically earn Peakpoints.
Frequent Flyer Miles/Points
Worldhotels partner with 22 airlines to offer you a number of miles/points per stay at their hotels. Simply input your frequent flyer number with your online booking, and then present your frequent flyer card at check-in. Alternatively, you can claim your miles retroactively here. You won't be able to earn miles and Peakpoints, so you'll have to choose one or the other.
You'll earn 500 miles/points with the following programmes (unless stated otherwise):
- AirAsia Big
- Air Baltic Pins
- Air China PhoenixMiles, 800 miles
- Alitalia MilleMiglia
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- ANA Mileage Club
- Asia Miles
- Asiana Club
- Delta SkyMiles
- Finnair Plus
- Flying Blue (Air France and KLM)
- Iberia Plus, 1,000 Avios
- Lufthansa Miles & More
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich, 600 miles
- Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Qatar Privilege Club
- SAS EuroBonus
- Thai Royal Orchard Plus
- United MileagePlus
- Victoria TAP Portugal
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Car Rental Partners
Worldhotels guests benefit from preferred rates at Sixt Rent-A-Car including a discount of up to 10% after having received the email confirmation of your Worldhotels reservation. As there is an abundance of car rental discounts around, it's difficult to determine how tangible this benefit is.
Book your Avis rental car and quote Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number H094600. You'll get up to 20% off on Avis’ standard car rental rates.
Credit Card Promotions
Pay with your American Express Card (Credit or Charge) when booking a minimum 2 night stay at any Worldhotels Hotel and you will receive the following benefits:
- 10% saving on the best available rate
- complimentary breakfast for two
- upgrade upon availability
The Amex Card Members Promotional Rate is fully flexible, so you can cancel in advance of your stay without incurring any charges.
This rate is only worthwhile if you intend to make a fully flexible reservation - only then do you receive a lot of extra value. If you book and pay in advance, you'll often not saving much at all, even if you do then go and purchase extras on top, like breakfast,
Take the Stamford Plaza Auckland as an example. For two nights over the Easter weekend in 2017, a Superior King Room can be had for $426 if you book and pay in advance. This is a saving of 25% off the best available rate.
The same room will cost $568 if booked under the Amex Card Members Promotional Rate - $142 more.
The hotel charges $23 per person, per day, for breakfast. So for a dual occupancy two-night stay, the breakfast is valued at $92. The next room category (Executive Room) costs $100 more over the two nights (best available rate), so if there is a space available upgrade, you've then completely recouped the difference in rate.
However - if you book and pay in advance for two nights in the Executive Room, you would have only paid $501.
If you pay for two days of breakfast for two people, at $92, you'd spend a total of $593. The Amex Card Members Promotional Rate would save you $25, and provide the benefit of being a fully flexible booking. Not as great an offer as it sounds
The true value of the promotion may be different depending on the hotel, and depending on whether advance booking rates are still available (e.g. you are making a booking a week before your stay). However you can see the thought process I always go through when determining whether these offers are actually worthwhile. You may be going to a city where you'd prefer to eat breakfast on the go, and this might only cost $10 per person - in which case a hotel breakfast is useless to you, and the offer has even worse value.
And if you don't get a space available room upgrade - well, then you're definitely buggered!
In short - if you want to make a fully flexible booking, use your American Express and utilise the special rate. You'll get some value out of it. However if you like to save money by booking your stays months in advance, you need to more carefully weigh up the 'true value' between the different rate categories.
The conditions for this offer are:
To be eligible for this offer you must book by February 28th, 2018 and stay between January 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2018. Advance reservations required and subject to availability. Not valid on group bookings, previous stays or existing bookings. Excludes taxes, fees and gratuities. Offer cannot be partially redeemed, has no cash value, and is not redeemable for cash. Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions/offers/savings. The minimum length of stay is 2 nights.
Like all hotel groups and membership programmes, Worldhotels and Peakpoints have their pros and cons.
Worldhotels have a good international reach across all continents. The American Express promotion is a great benefit for those who tend to book the fully flexible best available rate.
Their Peakpoints programme however is pretty light on - you can only earn points, and their are no 'status' benefits. This may be due to the independent nature of the hotels, and the limited opportunities to standardise offerings - however I doubt it, given the complimentary breakfast and space available room upgrade offer with American Express is across all of their hotels.
Overall, there is no harm being a member of the Peakpoints programme, especially if it means you have the opportunity to earn something back for a future stay with one of their hotels. The Worldhotels offers and promotions are often pretty good (up to 25% off rates, free breakfast etc.) so these are also worth keeping an eye on.