Up to now this has been one of my favourite Loyalty Schemes. Great hotels and great earning potential for free nights, these free nights can be worth up to £1,000/night if spent well. Last year, if you joined the Leaders Club Unlimited scheme you received a complementary upgrade at the time of booking even in the high season. However from January 1, 2015, Leaders Club Unlimited members will have priority status for one-category upgrades but the upgrade is no longer guaranteed at the time of booking. Upgrades are granted on the basis of availability and at the hotels discretion.
This massively reduces the advantages of joining their Unlimited program and makes Virtuoso agents and American Express Finest Hotels and Resorts program a more appealing option. Bottom line, in the high season you are unlikely to receive an upgrade by booking on lhw.com.
There are however other advantages, for example when booking at the Metropole Monte-Carlo you receive 85 euros to spend at the hotel (bar/restaurant/spa etc) if you are Leaders Club Unlimited (also received if you book through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts). You also only need to stay 4 stays for a free night. If you are standard Leaders Club you need to stay 5 nights for a free night. I for one have downgraded my membershp back to the standard Leaders Club. You can compare Leaders Club benefits here.
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