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Business Traveller magazine is running an excellent Black Friday deal this weekend – I believe it ends on Sunday night.  If you didn’t think there was any reason to subscribe, because you always pick one up in the airport, read on ….

You can get a 40% discount this weekend.  This means:

A 1-year digital subscription is £16.49

A 1-year print and digital subscription is £25.77

You can sign up here.

….. and get free Platinum status with Global Hotel Alliance

The reason I am advocating a subscription to Business Traveller (apart from the quality of the writing of course) is that you will get one year of Platinum status with Global Hotel Alliance for free.

If you have a stay at a GHA hotel coming up, especially at a resort, it may be worth subscribing for a year just to get this benefit.

Once your subscription is confirmed, you need to sign up for Business Traveller Plus VIP membership here and claim your GHA Platinum status as well as various other benefits.

What is Global Hotel Alliance?

Global Hotel Alliance is a marketing group used by 33 upmarket hotel brands with a total of 550 combined properties.

Kempinski is the biggest one you might be familiar with.  Other big names include Pan Pacific, Corinthia, Omni, The Doyle Collection and Anantara.

In general, these are strong national chains in their respective heartlands which have not – with the exception of Kempinski – made the jump to being global brands.

GHA Discovery Platinum membership

The full list of members, including sub-brands, is:

  • Al Faisaliah
  • Alila
  • Anantara
  • Atura
  • Avani
  • Britoria
  • Corinthia
  • Discovery
  • The Doyle Collection
  • Elewana
  • GLO
  • Grace
  • Ja
  • Kempinski
  • The Leela
  • Lungarno Collection
  • Marco Polo
  • Meritage
  • Meydan
  • Mokara
  • Mysk
  • Niccolo
  • Nuo
  • Oaks
  • Omni
  • Outrigger
  • Pan Pacific
  • QT Hotels
  • The Residence
  • Rydges
  • Shaza
  • Thon
  • Tivoli
  • Ultratravel
  • Viceroy

GHA Discovery is the loyalty programme for Global Hotel Alliance.

Because of the loose nature of the GHA grouping, it has not been possible to develop a points based redemption programme.  GHA does not have the muscle with its members to make them accept £20+ per night for a reward night, which is all the major hotel programmes pay to their properties if the hotel is not completely full.

Instead, the programme is driven by benefits.  Here is the full list but in summary:

Gold is the entry level, given to you immediately when you sign-up.  This is well worth doing.  It gets you free internet, free bottled water and a free newspaper.

Platinum is their mid-tier status given after 10 nights in a year.  Platinum gives you extra benefits on top – an upgrade to the next room category, 3pm late check-out and a local amenity.

Black status requires 30 nights and gets you a 9am check-in, 6pm late check-out and a double upgrade.

You receive Platinum status with your Business Traveller subscription – which will cost you as little as £16.49 this weekend.  Whilst benefits are never guaranteed, I have had a few emails over the years from HFP readers who received good upgrades at GHA resorts.  Those people only joined after reading about the Business Traveller offer in previous HFP articles.

I’ve no idea if anyone will status match GHA Discovery Platinum, but that is clearly another interesting option to look into if you don’t have any other hotel mid tier memberships.

The Business Traveller Black Friday offer is here and runs until Sunday night.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Shoestring says:

    Hotel – Sevilla/ Seville

    Can anybody pls tell me which is recommended? I guess choice is between
    Hotel Silken Al Andalus Palace
    Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla
    AC Hotel Sevilla Torneo by Marriott
    Hotel Vértice Sevilla

    Wife & daughter – central would be good, no problem if the hotel is 15 mins away (from historic centre) & connections good. Thanks

    • Hotel? A few months ago Rome and now Seville? Don’t the wife and daughter appreciate staying at the place in the sun? Does this mean you’ll be be branching out into hotel points now? 🙂

      • Headache says:

        I imagine they’d do anything to escape Harry.

      • Shoestring says:

        heh heh! Not just yet. I guess I could get her any status/ upgrade going thru Plat for those hotels if it’s worth anything with an IB Avios booking? Any ideas?

        After Rome my younger son 16 has refused to go with them to Sevilla, lazy boy but understandable. I’ll be out at the place in the sun with other son 18 (October half term) planting stuff. Yep – I guess same old same old can get a bit boring (not for me, I love it out there with my big garden etc). I love Sevilla btw.

        • Shoestring says:

          Just had a chat with Hotel Silken Al Andalus Palace and they say it’s just EUR1.40 to get to historic centre, coach every 15 mins, journey 10-15 mins, so I think that’s their first choice, unless anybody tells me different?

    • I have no experience with NH Hotels, but going to Barcelona soon, and needed a hotel as close as possible to Camp Nou. Of all the chains NH seems to be the closest one.
      I noticed on their website they are running an offer for new members, where they give you €100 credit to use on next hotel stay after your first night (if I’m reading it correctly).
      From t&cs it looks like the first stay has to be before the end of 2018, and you need to check out of your subsequent (free if under€100, or discounted by €100 if over) stay no later than 30 days after your first stay.
      Might be helpful, if that Sevilla stay is before the end of 2018.
      It seems that they have decent footprint in Germany and Spain, and some presence in EU and South America.
      Seems like a decent offer, if I’m reading the t&cs correctly.
      Not sure if I can post links, but you can find t&cs at NH website under ‘offers and ideas’.

      • They’re also having a Black Friday sale at the moment with up to 50% off some properties if booked before 26th November. I’ve been to NH Vienna airport and it is pretty tired but the breakfast buffet was good. I think I picked up from somewhere that Hyatt were interested in purchasing them although I could be wrong.

        • Shoestring says:

          Good info but looking at burning IB 90K Avios, Oct 2019, deadline 30th Nov 2018 ie in a couple of days

        • Ah right so your booking them through the Iberia portal then and beating 1st Dec deadline. Sorry I didn’t read it properly. You’ve still got 5 days to go and you’ve already contacted hotel Silken so perhaps go with that if it ticks most of your boxes. Sorry can’t be anymore helpful unless someone one flyertalk has done a review.

    • Nick Burch says:

      I’ve had some lovely stays at the Gran Melia Colon in Sevilla

      The regular Melia is right by Plaza de Espana park, but a little walk from the rest of the sites, pretty decent.

      The Sevilla Macarena used to be a Tryp, but seems to have re-branded, no idea if they’ve done a refurb or not in the process. Amazing old building, but felt like it was stuck in the 70s…. Rates could be pretty good there though!

  2. I’ll start googling them tomorrow but do any of you experts know which (if any) of the hotel groups on this GHA list other than Outrigger have properties in Hawaii? Visiting Kauai & Oahu next summer and not familiar with the islands or most of the brands in this group.

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