The Global Hotel Alliance (short: GHA) is an alliance formed by independent hotel brands that started a loyalty program named Discovery. GHA consists of brands like, for example, Kempinski, Omni, Pan Pacific or Thon. Currently, you can take advantage of an easy option to get Platinum status with the GHA for only €31,15. That way, you will benefit from perks such as upgrades to the next room category, complimentary internet access, or late check-out during your next stay.
In contrast to other frequent traveler programs that are out there, you won’t earn any points for nights as a member of Discovery. But for every stay at one of the 30 hotel brands you will be rewarded with ‘Local Experiences’ such as cooking classes, massages, access to the hotel lounge, a scuba diving session, and many more.
Buy your Platinum status
You can easily buy the Discovery Platinum status – by subscribing to the digital edition of the Business Traveller magazine.
You just have to choose the UK Edition Digital Only Subscription for £27,49 (~31,15€). It is essential to check that the BT plus membership is included. One of the benefits of this membership is the Discovery Platinum status:
Your status will be valid until February 2020. If you manage to stay at participating hotels for at least 10 nights until the end of the year, your status will be extended. 30 stays, and you can even reach Black status. In other words, the highest of the Discovery tiers.
As a result of signing up to the Discovery program you will obtain Gold status. And that means you can already enjoy some benefits such as:
- Complimentary bottle of water
- Complimentary internet access
- Choice of newspaper
- Exclusive member-only offers
The Platinum status will get you even more perks at all participating hotels and resorts:
- Local amenity upon check-in
- Guaranteed room availability at least 48 hours prior to arrival
- Upgrade to the next room category at check-in
- Late check-out privileges until 3 pm
If you already had a look at the website of the loyalty program, you might have noticed that the Platinum status actually includes on local experience. Unfortunately, this is only the case if you really earn the status rather than buying it.
Here’s a list of all hotel brands that together form the GHA:
- Art Series
- Doyle Collection
- Individual Collection
- Lungarno Collection
- Marco Polo
- Meritage Collection
- Pan Pacific
- Per Aquum
- Ultratravel Collection