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There is a way of picking up Platinum (mid tier) status with Global Hotel Alliance for just £16! Let me explain.

Business Traveller magazine is running an excellent subscription offer at the moment.  If you didn’t think there was any reason to subscribe, because you always pick one up in the airport or in your hotel, read on ….

You can get a 45% discount via a Summer promotion.  This means:

  • a 1-year digital subscription is £16.49
  • a 1-year print and digital subscription is £23.62
Global Hotel Alliance

….. 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 Platinum status with Global Hotel Alliance for free.

Your Platinum membership will run until the end of 2023.

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 The Club by Business Traveller and claim your GHA Platinum status as well as various other benefits. Ignore the £30 fee mentioned on that page – The Club membership is free with all subscriptions. You can confirm it here.

What is Global Hotel Alliance?

Global Hotel Alliance is a marketing group used by 40 upmarket hotel brands with a total of 800+ combined properties.

Kempinski is the biggest one you might be familiar with.  Other big names include Pan Pacific, Corinthia, Capella, The Doyle Collection and Anantara. NH Hotels joined this year, along with its sister brand nhow.

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 hotel loyalty

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

  • Anantara
  • Araiya
  • Avani
  • Campbell Grey Hotels
  • Capella
  • Corinthia
  • Discovery Destinations
  • Divani Collection
  • The Doyle Collection
  • Elewana
  • Fauchon
  • GLO
  • Ja
  • Kempinski
  • The Leela
  • Lungarno Collection
  • Marco Polo
  • Mysk
  • NH Hotels
  • NH Collection
  • nhow
  • Niccolo
  • Nikki Beach
  • Nuo
  • Oaks
  • Outrigger
  • Pan Pacific
  • PARKROYAL
  • Patina
  • The Residence
  • Shaza
  • The Sukhothai
  • Sun International
  • Tivoli
  • Ultratravel
  • Viceroy
GHA Discovery hotel loyalty

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, you receive decent benefits plus DISCOVERY Dollars. This is essentially a cash rebate on your spending which you can put towards a future room booking.

Here is the full list of benefits but in summary:

  • Silver is the entry level, given to you immediately when you sign-up.  This is well worth doing.  It gets you access to member-only rates, free internet and 4% back in DISCOVERY Dollars.
  • Gold requires just two stays or $1,000 of spending but has no real additional benefits, except that your cashback increases to 5%
  • Platinum is their mid-tier status given after 10 nights in a year or $5,000 of spending or, more easily, staying at two different brands.  Platinum gives you extra benefits on top – an upgrade to the next room category, a local amenity, 3pm late check-out and 6% back in DISCOVERY Dollars.
  • Titanium status requires 30 nights, $15,000 of spending or, more easily, staying at three different brands. You receive an 11am check-in, 4pm late check-out, a double upgrade, a welcome amenity and 7% back in DISCOVERY Dollars.

The ability to reach Titanium and Platinum status by staying at just two or three brands is very interesting. If you were travelling in Asia, where GHA is strongest, you could achieve it relatively cheaply.

You receive Platinum status with your Business Traveller subscription – which will cost you as little as £16.49.  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 offer is here. It is not clear when it closes.


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Comments (28)

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  • Lost In Asia says:

    I have had great upgrades and superb treatment from GHA hotels, such as welcome gifts of wine and cheese and chocolates.

    It is always worth comparing deals through the GHA website or at the hotel brand’s own website. The brand website is often cheaper or has different offers. GHA benefits still apply when booking direct, and activity tracks on your GHA account. Just log in to the brand website with your GHA credentials.

  • t0m says:

    Interestingly they seem to offer Titanium status as a retention bonus – although you have to renew for 3 years (£65) to get the upgrade (which only lasts until the end of 2023).

    • Phillip says:

      That’s interesting – a few years back GHA declined a status renewal through another Business Traveller purchase saying I hadn’t had enough stays to achieve the status. Sounds like this has now been relaxed somewhat. I’m a fan of Anantara and have had some good benefits staying as an elite status member although it’s not exactly a thrilling programme. They offer some decent free experiences though.

      • Matt says:

        I didn’t bother with the retention bonus on the basis that if they were giving away top tier titanium status with a magazine subscription then it’s worth diddly squat. Has anyone had good experience with titanium?

    • Kevin C says:

      I took up this offer last week and was sent a link which got me titanium status. I like the magazine so the status is a bonus.

  • Traveller says:

    I took the offer on Titanium for a 60+ subscription. It’s a no-brainer if you travel to cities with Discovery properties. I was double upgraded to a nice suite with happy hour (6 to 8 pm) for drinks, snacks for me and 2 guests. Just returned after a 5 nights work trip and thoroughly recommend the Titanium membership if you have the option to sign up.

    • Luca M says:

      Is this offer available only if you are already a BT subscriber?

      Also does anyone know how they will upgrade someone that is already a GHA gold?

  • Matt says:

    Guaranteed room upgrade or space available? As you have always said, if it’s not guaranteed it’s a useless benefit.

  • Greenpen says:

    Business Traveller seems to have vanished from airports; shame as I used to enjoy it. Could be tempted by the subscription.

  • Barraclough says:

    I’ve just signed up for the digital offer and followed the link on HfP to join the global hotels discovery programme which says “receive Platinum status… with your Business Traveller subscription – which will cost you as little as £16.49”. I’ve probably done something wrong but only received silver status. I can’t see a way to upgrade. Can anyone advise please?

    • Rob says:

      Business Traveller processes the upgrade for you via the process outlined on their site.

    • Gavin says:

      I have done the same, but found the page to get free platinum status.
      Tried to sign up, just bounced me back to same page. Worrying paragraph in there, note “stay required”
      The Club by Business Traveller members get one year of FREE Platinum status, instant benefits and double DISCOVERY Dollars if a stay is booked by the 31st May and conmpleted by the 30th June! DISCOVERY Dollars is their easy-to-earn rewards currency available to use on future stays and indulgences at 500+ hotels in 85 countries worldwide.
      To late!!! HFP owes me £16.48

      • Rob says:

        No stay is required.

        Business Traveller will sort you out.

        • Gavin says:

          Thanks Rob, next day I received a personal email from BT with platinum upgrade link. No stay required. All done.

  • Alex says:

    When trying to sign up to the club after taking out the subscription, you mentioned to ignore the £30 fee, but it’s asking for card details when trying to process this?

  • numpty says:

    Used this before in Asia, got a room upgrade and when at breakfast noticed against my name/room no it was marked ‘VIP’…..think we got a nicer table (but wouldn’t have noticed otherwise!).

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