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Club1 Hotels is a membership site, and that lets them sell rooms at a discount, offering lower rates to consumers instead of taking their booking commission. They report that they make money on membership fees rather than individual bookings. (Since they’re a membership site hotel best rate guarantees for direct booking on a hotel chain’s website don’t apply.)
Their membership normally costs $675 for a year, but they’re giving away one year memberships that provide access to discounts (but don’t come with a Priority Pass for airport lounge access) now. It’s worth signing up just to check out pricing.
When writing about the site I gave an example of hotel savings in New York and London.
I plugged October 26-28 in New York at random. They offered a savings of hundreds of dollars at the Andaz Wall Street.
Andaz Wall Street
Hyatt wanted $1143 all-in for those two nights:
Club1 Hotels was offering them for $861:
November 10-15 at the Shangri-La The Shard in London priced at $2200 through Club1 hotels vs $2950 direct – a savings of about $750.
Chain hotels don’t generally give points or elite night credit for third party bookings, and as a general matter Starwood, Hilton and IHG don’t honor elite benefits on third party bookings while Marriott and Hyatt will. For a big enough savings, giving up points is fine. And for bookings with Four Seasons and other luxury chain properties it wouldn’t much matter anyway.
Club1Hotels offered $500 to spend on any hotel through their site to a reader, for bookings made by May 2017. I asked readers to leave a comment with which hotel available at Club1Hotels they’d spend their $500 at.
I drew a winner via random.org:
And reader Kawai takes ‘home’ the prize. Congratulations!