How to book & save money at Mandarin Oriental hotels?

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At the moment: guide & lower your expenses at Mandarin Oriental motels?

Mandarin Oriental is one in every of my favourite resort manufacturers on this planet. The resort firm has a wealthy and proud historical past which started with the opening of the model’s flagship property, The Mandarin, in 1963 in Hong Kong. The resort, which was the tallest constructing on the island when it opened, quickly constructed up an enviable status for service excellence, and immediately grew to become a historic landmark – a standing it nonetheless holds right this moment. In 1974, The Oriental in Bangkok, which was already acknowledged as one of many world’s most legendary motels was partially acquired by the group, making the corporate distinctive in the best way that it has two flagship motels whose names represented the easiest in hospitality. At the moment, the group is firmly established as a very world luxurious participant and operates greater than 30 motels worldwide, with every property that includes a particular oriental design (reflecting its heritage) and a singular sense of place.

I’ve beforehand revealed evaluations of the next Mandarin Oriental motels:

However with the group’s stellar status additionally comes a heavy price ticket. Staying at a Mandarin Oriental property requires deep pockets, with entry room charges nicely above $1000 USD per evening on the model’s most costly motels. Nonetheless, listed here are some suggestions & tips that may prevent a couple of dollars on prices when staying at a Mandarin Oriental.

You possibly can share your personal tips within the feedback under.

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1. BOOK VIA VIRTUOSO

Most Mandarin Oriental motels are members of Virtuoso. Virtuoso is just not your basic resort reserving engine web site. It’s the trade’s main, invitation-only community of the world’s finest luxurious journey advisors, spanning over 26 nations and 9,000 journey advisors. So while you guide a resort through Virtuoso, more often than not, you’ll be in contact with a Virtuoso journey agent who will make the reserving for you. There are some Virtuoso journey businesses although that provide an internet reserving device, reminiscent of Basic Journey, which has a wonderful web site and which is my total most popular Virtuoso journey company for reserving luxurious motels. The one finest cause to guide a resort by way of a Virtuoso journey agent is that it means worth for cash as you’ll get entry to complimentary VIP perks, reminiscent of room improve, versatile check-in and check-out instances, every day breakfast and a resort, spa, or meals credit score (or one thing else).

Though it varies from resort to resort, the Virtuoso price at most Mandarin Oriental motels contains:

  • Improve on arrival, topic to availability
  • Each day Buffet breakfast, for as much as two in room friends
  • $100 USD resort credit score to be utilized in direction of eating, wellness or actions
  • Early check-in/late check-out, topic to availability

It’s essential to emphasise that early reserving low cost charges, particular promotional packages, company charges, group charges, and different discounted charges don’t qualify for Virtuoso advantages.


2. SIGN UP FOR MANDARIN ORIENTAL’S LOYALTY PROGRAM, ‘FANS OF MO’

Launched in 2018, the identify of the loyalty program – Followers of MO – is according to Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning promoting marketing campaign, which connects the group’s nicely acknowledged image – the fan – with worldwide celebrities who commonly keep on the motels and are true followers of Mandarin Oriental (e.g. Helen Mirren, Jane Seymour, Vanessa Mae, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman). The Followers of MO program is easy and simple to make use of and subscription is free (you may subscribe right here). Opposite to different loyalty applications, you don’t earn level or credit that you possibly can alternate without cost resort nights, however you slightly get advantages so long as you’re a member and guide instantly your resort keep on the Mandarin Oriental web site. So it’s extra a visitor recognition program than a real loyalty program. Advantages are fairly good and embody: 

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • A welcome amenity
  • Eating advantages, reminiscent of a Chef’s deal with
  • A customized keep (you must share a bit about your self in your on-line ‘Followers of MO’ profile to assist the resort anticipate your wants)
  • Member solely gives (e.g. distinctive experiences, particular occasions and unique gives)
  • Unique reductions within the Mandarin Oriental on-line retailer.

On prime of that, Followers of MO members can select two unique privileges with every resort keep (so long as they made the reserving on-line on the Mandarin Oriental web site):

  • Early check-in (earlier than midday)
  • Late check-out (till 4pm)
  • Each day breakfast
  • Eating or spa credit score
  • Room improve
  • Streaming WiFi
  • Celebratory deal with
  • Urgent providers

The precise advantages differ from resort to resort and are listed through the on-line reserving course of (proper earlier than you affirm the reserving). Since signing up for Followers of MO is free and since the advantages are fairly substantial, I extremely advocate to turn out to be a member of Followers of MO while you plan to remain in a Mandarin Oriental resort within the close to future. Nonetheless, I’d nonetheless advocate to guide through Virtuoso and never through the Mandarin Oriental web site instantly, because the first will get you a lot of the unique privileges whereas Followers of MO will get you solely two).


3. BOOK VIA YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY

Whenever you personal an American Specific bank card, you may guide nearly any Mandarin Oriental resort through Amex Advantageous Inns & Resorts. It will give you related advantages as these supplied through a Virtuoso journey agent:

  • Room improve upon arrival when obtainable
  • Each day (continental) breakfast for 2 folks
  • Assured late 4pm check-out time
  • Midday check-in when obtainable
  • A spa, meals, and/or beverage credit score (valued at a minimal of US$ 100 USD)

Holders of a Visa Signature bank card also can profit from Virtuoso-like additional perks at most Mandarin Oriental motels & resorts after they make the reserving through their bank card journey workplace and/or pay with their bank card. Contact your native VISA bank card firm to search out out whether or not they supply this journey service.

Whenever you personal a Citi Status Card (USA residents solely) you can also make use of the fourth evening free profit: while you guide a 4 evening keep at a Mandarin Oriental property, you get reimbursed the price of the fourth evening, minus any taxes and repair charges. The fourth evening profit is calculated based mostly on the common nightly price of your full keep. Reservations should be made by way of Thankyou.com or the Citi Status Concierge and you should pre-pay in your keep together with your Citi Status Card, ThankYou factors, or a mixture of the 2.


4. BOOK VIA HOTELS.COM 

Inns.com – a part of Expedia – is one in every of my favourite resort reserving web sites, primarily for 3 causes:

  • You acquire credit in direction of free resort nights through Inns.com’s Rewards program. Whenever you guide and keep 10 nights at eligible motels, you’ll get 1 evening free to redeem at one other. Inns.com works out the common worth of all the ten nights you’ve collected and offers it again to you as a free evening. All you must do is make a free Rewards account and login into your account earlier than making any bookings.
  • You possibly can usually apply 10% low cost coupons. Sadly, nearly all the world’s main resort chains are excluded from the checklist of motels for which you should use a reduction coupon (though I’ve been in a position to make use of low cost coupons for reserving Mandarin Oriental properties up to now)
  • Inns.com additionally has a wonderful Finest Charge Assure (BRG) program: for those who discover a cheaper worth, Inns.com will match that price (and refund you the distinction) after you submit an on-line BRG declare. The Inns.com BRG is offered just for precise itinerary matches, together with property, room sort, and dates of journey (as is the case with all different BRG applications). The BRG additionally contains an an identical cancellation coverage (which may make it tougher in your BRG declare to be accredited).

These three benefits work very nicely when reserving a keep at a Mandarin Oriental resort. As talked about above, Mandarin Oriental doesn’t have an actual loyalty program the place you acquire factors, so you could as nicely guide the room through Inns.com as a substitute of the official Mandarin Oriental web site in order that you’re going to get a few of your a refund in the long run (by investing it in direction of free resort nights).


5. BOOK VIA THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL WEBSITE

Reserving a room or suite instantly through the Mandarin Oriental web site is my least most popular technique of reserving, and right here’s why:

  • Mandarin Oriental doesn’t have a income based mostly loyalty program, so you can’t earn credit with the corporate in direction of free resort nights. The one method to make your stays at Mandarin Oriental motels depend for some type of loyalty scheme is by making the bookings through Inns.com, the place you may make investments right into a free resort evening for each ten nights booked (which will be spent at different Mandarin Oriental motels).
  • By no means guide a versatile ‘finest obtainable price’ on the Mandarin Oriental web site. As soon as once more, as defined above, you’re leaving cash on the desk for those who guide a paid keep at a Mandarin Oriental resort that could be a Virtuoso member through the resort web site and never through Virtuoso, as a result of you may’t obtain Virtuoso advantages (reminiscent of breakfast, free improve, and a resort credit score) by reserving instantly with the resort.

Nonetheless, there’s one scenerio by which reserving a room instantly through the Mandarin Oriental web site may make sense, and that’s while you wish to make use of the group’s Finest Charge Assure program.  Must you discover a decrease price for one in every of Mandarin Oriental motels wherever on-line after reserving on the official Mandarin Oriental web site, the corporate will match it and provide you with an extra 10% low cost. Within the unlikely occasion that you simply do discover a higher price elsewhere, you must submit a declare inside 24 hours of your reserving. Phrases & Circumstances apply.


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