Club1Hotels is a private Global Luxury Hotel Club. The club gives members heavily discounted wholesale rates at the finest 4, 4.5 and 5-star hotels in more than 160 countries. These wholesale rates have no blackout dates and members may cancel their reservations up to 48-hours prior to arrival without a fee. Membership also includes personalised concierge services, and access to more than 900 airport clubs and VIP lounges in more than 300 cities worldwide.
Is Club1Hotels The Cheapest Way To Book Luxury Hotels?
I have done a great deal of research, booking hotels at various locations around the world on a number of different dates and from my research, Club1Hotels does indeed offer the cheapest way to book luxury hotels. Savings seem to vary according to the locations with the greatest savings to be made in major cities and particularly in the US.
In New York, the Andaz 5th Avenue from 15-20th October 16 (5 nights) comes in at $2434.45. The cheapest I can find on trivago is $3,353 so you will see a saving of almost $1000 by booking with Club1Hotels.
In London, the Mondrian London on the Thames 15-20th October 16 (5 nights) comes in at £980/$1,301 on trivago inc tax and breakfast. On Club1Hotels for the same dates, the price is £1,220/$1,610 including tax and breakfast. Booking with Club1Hotels gives a saving of $310.
For hotels in smaller cities, there are also savings to be had. Take the Fairmont Monte-Carlo. Rates for 6-9th March 2016 come in at £452/$600.67 including breakfast and tax. The same 4 nights on trivago (which I previously found to be the cheapest supplier for this hotel), on a refundable rate costs £477/$633 including breakfast. Again, there is a saving of £25 to be made.
To be honest, the only way to work out your own savings is to join for free here (you can join from any country). Club1Hotels has given Luxury Travel Diary an exclusive and limited beta offer which will give you a years worth of membership worth $675 for free.
Next, choose your location and hotel, and then compare the Club1Hotels price to booking engines such as Kayak and trivago. I have yet to find a hotel that is not cheaper on Club1Hotels.
Is Club1Hotels cheaper than hotel aggregators like Kayak, Booking.com and Trivago?
For the dates I checked, yes. Club1Hotels was coming in cheaper than all three. Club1Hotels estimates that on average, members will save $150.00 per night on a 5-star hotel, $100.00 on a 4.5-star and $80.00 on a 4-star. In some cases are rates include breakfast or a hotel credit.
Do you get the benefits such as Fairmont status and Intercontinental, Hyatt or Marriott points by booking though Club1Hotels?
It depends on the hotel. At the Fairmont Monte-Carlo, for example, you do collect stay credits when you book with Club1Hotels, however, as a general rule, Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, IHG, and Hyatt do not award points these bookings (These brands do not award elite night credit, either). Starwood, Hilton, and IHG won’t usually honor elite status benefits on bookings from Club1Hotels (or for competitors such as Expedia, Kayak & trivago) but Marriott and Hyatt will.
The rules at individual hotels within these hotel portfolios do vary and smaller hotels and chains do have different rules.
How does Club1Hotels achieve such low rates?
Unlike other hotel booking sites offering members-only rates with no membership fee, they have developed a business plan predicated on their members paying a reasonable annual fee and in turn they pass along their exclusive wholesale rates with no mark up.
As part of the membership you also get Priority Pass base level memberships which means you can access 900 airport lounges in over 100 countries for $27.00 per visit (this is not part of the free 1 year Beta-membership). Also worth noting is that Club1Hotels offer flexible reservations (members may cancel their reservation up to 48-hours prior to arrival without a fee).
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