As we get into the middle of the season, I’d better share these details fast. I figured I’d start making Asia Miles guides (apart from booking flights…duh) soon, and actually I don’t get this stuff from experience, I just rehash it from the Asia Miles site (but compiled into a post that’s easier to read).
Asia Miles do expire, so I’ll compile a post about using them soon – but you gotta earn them to use them, right?
I wanted to make this a guide about the five best ways to earn your points across the board, but that would take too long, so I’d focus on hotels. (Hell, there are more than 50 ways to earn points this summer.)
I value AsiaMiles at 8 cents per mile, so these are ways how I can do justice of the value.
5 best promotions for earning your Asia Miles this period
1. Earn quadruple Asia Miles at any Shangri-La property for 4 consecutive nights or more
This is the best promotions get. While hotels like the Shangri-La Singapore can be outdated, hotels like the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Tainan would be the perfect combo to this deal. For a four-night stay, you earn 2,000 Asia Miles (you earn 500, 1,000 and 1,500 miles for a one-night, two-night and three-night stay respectively), so I’d call this a steal. Asia Mile’s website promotes that you can stay at newer hotels like the Shangri-La Lhasa and the Shangri-La at the Shard London, and the website is right – they are really good ways to spend a little cash and earn 2,000 Asia Miles. (In other words, it’s a discount of HK$160 – not much, but way more than what you’d get after the promotion ends.)
Earn 2,000 Asia Miles for a four-night-plus at the Shangri-La China World Summit Wing Beijing
This deal dies on August 31st.
2. Earn triple Asia Miles at selected Mandarin Oriental properties
Yes, Mandarin Orientals are super expensive, but it doesn’t hurt as much when you know you’re earning 1,500 Asia Miles per stay. That’s a nice deal, and you can earn triple points (double points at some properties) at selected properties – the full list is here. All you have to do is quote “MOHG – Summer Promotion 2014” while booking and show your AsiaMiles card while checking in. Especially given the luxury of some Mandarin Oriental properties (Mandarin Oriental Shanghai and Guangzhou are the best hotels in their respective cities according to TripAdvisor and they’re not the only hotels from the chain that are), this is a nice deal. You’re earning HK$120 worth of points on the stay, not very valuable but if there’s no tradeoffs, why not book?
Earn 1,500 Asia Miles for a stay at the Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou
This deal dies on September 8th.
3. Enjoy double miles and up to 20% discount or a free night’s stay at Fairmont
Fairmont set up a page explaining which hotels would get a 20% discount and which had a free night (and which night it was free). You get double Asia Miles for all of those hotels. While 1,000 points isn’t that much in regards to the above benefits, you get 20% discount for all Asia hotels (along with the points, of course). Some hotels – like the Fairmont Monte Carlo – get the 3rd or 4th night free (3rd, in the Fairmont Monte Carlo’s case) – along with 1,000 points. For hotels like the Savoy London (which gets the fourth night free, which you’re saving HK$1855/night), I consider that to be one of the best deals possible.
Save ~HK$1900 and earn 1,000 Asia Miles for a 4+ night stay at the famous Savoy Hotel London
This deal dies on 30 September 2014.
4. Earn triple miles at WorldHotels Ltd. hotels
WorldHotels has some nice properties in Milan, Brussels, Almaty etc, and these hotels and others participate in the deal. Apart from the Ritz-Carlton, the WorldHotel is one of the best choices in Almaty, so you could consider it. be Manos hotel in Brussels is the best in the region according to TripAdvisor so it could be worth a visit…
Earn 1,500 Asia Miles for a stay at be Manos Brussels
This deal dies 31 July, so book fast – but all stays before December 31st get this deal.
5. Earn triple miles at serviced residences at the Ascott Ltd.
Well, you earn 1,500 miles at participating Ascott Group residences. That’s always a good deal, but the chain is kind of like a “budget extended stay” place anyway, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to stay at an Ascott for a family trip (though I would with a business trip). However booking for Asia Miles is kind of a pain in the ass as you have to “request dates”…or am I missing something?
Earn 1,500 Asia Miles for a ~HK$1000 stay at the Ascott Kuala Lumpur (one of the few Ascott properties you SHOULD go out of your way to stay at)
This deal dies 31 August.
So there are many ways to earn Asia Miles (the best way is by flying first class if you have a ten figure net worth), but these are in my opinion some of the best ways to earn from hotels. I’ll post the best ways to use Asia Miles soon, but that’ll list the deals for August (I might have to post after I get back from my six days in Kyushu though).