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iPrefer is the loyalty program of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and in this article I review it’s pros and cons. Preferred Hotels is a lesser known hotel group that gives their 1.5 million members the chance to earn points and rewards at smaller, independent hotels.
Which hotels are part of Preferred Hotels?
Preferred hotels group have some really incredible hotels under their umbrella. Many of these hotels do not offer any other loyalty bonuses so it is well worth booking them through the Preferred Hotels website.
The Monte Carlo Bay (pictured above) is a personal favourite of mine, which sits in their Preferred Hotels “Lifestyle” collection. As far as I know there is no other way to collect rewards from a stay at The Monte Carlo Bay, so it is nice to be able to generate some loyalty points and cashback from my stays here. Other hotels in their collection include the Hotel California Champs Elysees in Paris, The Grand Isle Resort and Spa in the Bahamas, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canale Venice, the Franklin & The Hari London in Belgravia (along with the Belham, Gore and the Mandeville), 7132, Hotel Waldhaus Sills, in Switzerland, The Scala and Hotel De La Ville in Milan, the Lodge at Pebble Beach, the Mark In new York, The Montage at Kapalua Bay in Hawaii and The Banyan Tree Mayakoba. There are luxury hotels available in all the major cities worldwide and NH Hotels are also part of Preferred hotels.
In fact the sheer number of luxury hotels included in the Preferred Hotels portfolio is mind boggling, so you should be able to find an independent hotel wherever you are travelling to.
How do I collect iPrefer hotel rewards?
iPrefer hotel rewards program rewards members with points and special benefits on eligible stays. You receive 10 points for every dollar spent on net room reservations booked through eligible channels. Members receive additional benefits based on their tier status, which is determined by points earned during a 12-month period.
iPrefer Insider (0-49,999 points = up to $4,999 spent on net room reservations) get points for eligible bookings, priority early check-in/late check-out, room upgrade based on availability at check-in, and complimentary Internet.
iPrefer Elite status (which is achieved after an annual spend of $5000+): get all the benefits of Insider membership plus a welcome amenity and 50 percent bonus points earnings
Points can be redeemed online for cash-value reward certificates to use at hotels towards room nights and other expenses. 12,500 points ($1,250 of spend) gets you $25. 25,000 points ($2,500 of spend) gets you $50 of your next hotel stay and so on.
What I like about this scheme is that it is so simple. If you spend more money you will be rewarded with more points. What I dislike is that if you spend less than $5,000 a year on hotel stays, the benefits are negligable (up to $75 cashback) so this scheme is aimed at big spenders who are passionate about one or more of the hotels featured on Preferred Hotels website. I would like to see the Insider tier status at a more achievable level per anum (perhaps after a spend of $2,500 instead of $5,000). Once you are an “iPrefer Insider” this scheme’s bonus points then become much more lucrative.
It is worth mentioning that iPrefer do offer valuable bonus point promotions and travellers can learn about them via email (members receive email updates of when these promotions run) or from the iPrefer website. Double points offers or seasonal promotions run around once a month so it is worth signing up to their program newsletter so you don’t to miss out.
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