05 May Ever booked a hotel room purely for the miles?
Singapore, May 5th, 2015 – A new trend is emerging in hotel shopping and it is changing the way thousands of travellers choose their rooms. While most book a stay based on a hotel’s location and rate, some are now making their choice purely for the rewards, with thousands more airline miles now available with ‘nights-for-flights’ hotel booking site, Kaligo.com.
In many cases, a single stay at one of the 300,000 hotels earns enough miles for a free flight or upgrade.
Kaligo co-founders Kyle Armstrong and Sebastian Grobys, both veterans of the lifestyle and loyalty space, have found a way to credit customers up to ten times the volume of miles that can be earned elsewhere. That is for booking the same hotel at the same or similar rates.
The rewards can be earned with Kaligo’s broad selection of big-brand partners: British Airways Executive Club, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Etihad Guest, Asia Miles, JetPrivilege, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, United MileagePlus and American Airlines AAdvantage to name a few.
Today, the founders are sharing some of the most rewarding stays available*:
In Hong Kong, the Grand Hyatt is generating 4,800 miles per night for a standard double room with harbour view. A five night stay at this Asian flagship of the American brand will earn enough miles to redeem a Business Class seat flying between Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Ritz Carlton Millenia, overlooking Singapore’s stunning Marina Bay is earning Kaligo customers 3,300 miles for every night they stay. A week here earns enough miles for an Economy Class redemption flight from Hong Kong to Beijing.
In Bangkok, Kaligo has the Crowne Plaza, Lumpini Park earning 2,000 miles for a Standard and 3,500 for a Club Room, including breakfast. “Those booking the City of Angels for group trips really rack up the miles and use them to book rewards for family and friends,” said CMO, Grobys. Booking two Club Rooms for a three night stay earns a Business Class upgrade from Bangkok to Shanghai.
Just steps away from the thriving M50 arts community in Shanghai, the InterContinental Puxi has a suite earning 14,200 miles for Kaligo customers. A week-long stay is enough to redeem a First Class seat all the way from Asia to the United States.
One of London’s gems, the Langham in Portland Place yields 6,000 miles per night for a standard double room. Perfect for a long weekend in town, Kaligo customers then have over 18,000 miles to spend. These convert to a pair of redemption flights from London to Paris, Nice, Prague, Amsterdam or Milan.
If it’s Paris, Starck-designed Le Royal Monceau Raffles is available at a great room rate plus 4,800 miles per night. A stay of six days at the hotel, which boasts a dedicated art concierge and its own gallery earns, enough for two upgrades to Premium Economy class from Paris to Hong Kong.
Terranea, LA’s 5-star Oceanfront resort is an example of the rewards on offer just outside the major cities, with 4,400 miles per night for a room with a king-sized bed. A weekend on the golf course and relaxing in the spa earns a U.S. domestic flight.
New York’s Affinia Hotel on Seventh Avenue takes quirky to a new level of luxury. This Manhattan oasis earns the weary traveller 8,100 miles per night, or 17,300 for one of its studio rooms. One night in the studio provides a return redemption flight between London and Europe’s party island of Ibiza.
In the desert metropolis of Dubai, the Dusit Thani located on Sheikh Zayed Road is earning Kaligo customers 6,300 miles per night for the lowest price room. Just four nights will earn a Business Class upgrade all the way from Dubai to Bangkok.
For the ultimate experience, however, CEO Armstrong recommends the honeymooners’ choice. Gorgeous Nika Island Resort in the Maldives North Ari Atoll earns an incredible 19,200 miles per night for a room with garden view, rising to 33,300 for a villa. Taking a 10-day romantic break here, Kaligo customers bank enough miles to redeem a round-the-world ticket.
*Hotel Room Rates and availability vary on a daily basis.
HOW DOES KALIGO WORK?
The appeal for customers is that Kaligo is squeezing many more airline miles or points out of every hotel stay so that each extra night spent away from home translates into free flights or upgrades.
While many big travel sites spend up to 30 percent of their annual revenue on advertising, Kaligo doesn’t. Instead, it passes the savings on to the customer by rewarding them with more airline miles and points, sometimes 10,000 or more per night.
It’s a win-win formula. The hotel wins because the room is highly incentivised beyond just a competitive price. The airline wins because more miles means more engaged travellers. And the customer is delighted because they just earned thousands of miles for that hotel stay that took them away from home.
Kaligo has partnered with many leading airlines with the resulting partner marketing programmes triggering a powerful and compelling trend. The growing repeat bookings are evidence of the concept’s success.
“Kaligo customers usually have two or more loyalty accounts registered with us, choosing whichever airline serves their destination of choice, or the program that earns rewards at the most favourable rate,” said Kaligo co-founder and CEO, Kyle Armstrong.
After joining American Express in 1998, Armstrong left the company in 2013 as General Manager of Consumer Travel ASEAN. The loyalty rewards industry is his passion and working alongside co-founder and CMO Sebastian Grobys the pair have created a business model that is focused on earning more miles and points for customers than ever before.
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Established in Singapore in 2014 and with offices in London and Sydney, Kaligo.com is changing the way travellers book accommodation online by offering greater rewards than ever before. With an expert team, co-founders Kyle Armstrong and Sebastian Grobys who share backgrounds in travel, banking and loyalty have built a uniquely customer-centric site. Choosing from over 300,000 boutique and chain hotels at competitive rates, Kaligo customers can earn thousands more miles and points, to the extent that one night can mean a free flight, upgrade or other lifestyle treats.
Partnering with world-class aviation and loyalty brands including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Etihad Guest, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Asia Miles, British Airways Executive Club, American Airlines AAdvantage, United Airlines MileagePlus, JetPrivilege and AirAsia BIG, Kaligo aims to deliver the most exciting and accessible range of reward options. For more, please visit: www.kaligo.com.