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Business Traveller magazine is running its excellent Black Friday deal again this year.  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 week.  This means:

A 1-year digital subscription is £16.49

A 1-year print and digital subscription is £25.77

GHA Discovery Platinum

….. 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 30+ 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, Capella, 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:

  • Anantara
  • Atura
  • Avani
  • Capella
  • Corinthia
  • Discovery
  • The Doyle Collection
  • Elewana
  • GLO
  • Ja
  • Kempinski
  • The Leela
  • Lungarno Collection
  • Marco Polo
  • Meritage
  • Meydan
  • Mysk
  • Niccolo
  • Nuo
  • Oaks
  • Omni
  • Outrigger
  • Pan Pacific
  • PARKROYAL
  • 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 week.  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.  I’m not sure when it runs out but you’ve definitely got until Black Friday!

(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.)

Comments (19)

  • SammyJ says:

    I don’t think you can subscribe again to retain the Platinum status if you did previously, can you? I vaguely remember reading somewhere that if you hadn’t met the criteria you wouldn’t get it the following year – I could be completely wrong though!

  • BJ says:

    Very impressed with Business Traveller of late, good read and a nice web site. Worth subscribing for the magazine and its extra info itself at these prices. The GHA status is a plus, especially for those travelling to Asia where some of the brands are very strong.

  • tony says:

    The Pan Pacific in London is of course due to open in the New Year (although I suspect if you can afford the rates, the offer of a free local amenity will carry little weight…)

    • southlondonphil says:

      The amenities are not just the usual Points, Drink Voucher or Restaurant Credit that you get with other programmes though, they’re things like Spa treatments, Guided Tours, Cooking Classes etc.

      There are often several offers linked to any given hotel, but the extra bonus is that some of the ‘Local Experiences’ in a given location don’t (in theory) actually require you to be staying at a hotel in the Discovery programme at all.

      Just as an example currently in London if you have Platinum status you can get a Champagne Breakfast at the Corinthia without the need to shell out on a room there, whilst in Singapore there are a variety of brunch and dinner options redeemable at the Pan Pacific or Capitol Kempinki.

  • Lee says:

    Would be nice if Hilton status matched

    • Genghis says:

      Getting Diamond from a £99 IHG credit card ain’t bad (if you hit the match stay reqts).

  • Andy Miller says:

    If you subscribe through the Heathrow Rewards link you get 50% off the print copy making it £21.50 for 12 months of the print and digital copy. Plus the other benefits.

  • Bagoly says:

    I have tried this twice in the past (different years) and both times it seemed to complete but nothing happened – nothing from Business traveller but credit card was not charged either
    Has anybody noticed something I might have entered wrong that would cause that?

  • SD says:

    I had a couple of fantastic upgrades and treats a few months ago when staying at a few Anantara properties on a trip all thanks to the Business Traveller GHA platinum offer. Well worth it even at full price for the subscription!

  • SimonW says:

    Will I still get any Platinum benefits on an Anantara booking already made via BA holidays?

    • Leo says:

      I booked at the Alila Ubud through Hotels.com, told them by email before check-in about my Discovery status and they upgraded my room when I turned up – to a pool villa. Didn’t get the local excursion thingy but I think that might be because I didn’t ask. So there’s a definite chance.