How to book & save money at Mandarin Oriental hotels?


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Mandarin Oriental is one in all my favourite lodge manufacturers on the planet. The lodge 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 lodge, which was the tallest constructing on the island when it opened, quickly constructed up an enviable fame for service excellence, and immediately turned a historic landmark – a standing it nonetheless holds at the moment. In 1974, The Oriental in Bangkok, which was already acknowledged as one of many world’s most legendary accommodations was partially acquired by the group, making the corporate distinctive in the best way that it has two flagship accommodations whose names represented the perfect in hospitality. At this time, the group is firmly established as a really international luxurious participant and operates greater than 30 accommodations worldwide, with every property that includes a particular oriental design (reflecting its heritage) and a novel sense of place.

I’ve beforehand revealed opinions of the next Mandarin Oriental accommodations:

However with the group’s stellar fame additionally comes a heavy price ticket. Staying at a Mandarin Oriental property requires deep pockets, with entry room charges properly above $1000 USD per night time on the model’s costliest accommodations. Nonetheless, listed here are some ideas & tips that may prevent a couple of dollars on prices when staying at a Mandarin Oriental.

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1. BOOK VIA VIRTUOSO

Most Mandarin Oriental accommodations are members of Virtuoso. Virtuoso isn’t your traditional lodge reserving engine web site. It’s the business’s main, invitation-only community of the world’s greatest luxurious journey advisors, spanning over 26 international locations and 9,000 journey advisors. So if you e book a lodge by way of Virtuoso, more often than not, you may be in contact with a Virtuoso journey agent who will make the reserving for you. There are some Virtuoso journey businesses although that provide a web-based reserving device, resembling Basic Journey, which has a superb web site and which is my general most popular Virtuoso journey company for reserving luxurious accommodations. The only greatest purpose to e book a lodge by a Virtuoso journey agent is that it means worth for cash as you’ll get entry to complimentary VIP perks, resembling room improve, versatile check-in and check-out occasions, every day breakfast and a resort, spa, or meals credit score (or one thing else).

Though it varies from lodge to lodge, the Virtuoso fee at most Mandarin Oriental accommodations consists of:

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

It’s necessary 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 title of the loyalty program – Followers of MO – is consistent with Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning promoting marketing campaign, which connects the group’s properly acknowledged image – the fan – with worldwide celebrities who repeatedly keep on the accommodations 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 straightforward to make use of and subscription is free (you possibly can subscribe right here). Opposite to different loyalty applications, you don’t earn level or credit that you could possibly trade totally free lodge nights, however you slightly get advantages so long as you’re a member and e book instantly your lodge 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 embrace: 

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

On high of that, Followers of MO members can select two unique privileges with every lodge 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)
  • Day by day breakfast
  • Eating or spa credit score
  • Room improve
  • Streaming WiFi
  • Celebratory deal with
  • Urgent providers

The precise advantages range from lodge to lodge and are listed in the course of 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 suggest to turn into a member of Followers of MO if you plan to remain in a Mandarin Oriental lodge within the close to future. However, I’d nonetheless suggest to e book by way of Virtuoso and never by way of 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 Categorical bank card, you possibly can e book virtually any Mandarin Oriental lodge by way of Amex Fantastic Lodges & Resorts. It will give you related advantages as these supplied by way of a Virtuoso journey agent:

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

Holders of a Visa Signature bank card may profit from Virtuoso-like further perks at most Mandarin Oriental accommodations & resorts once they make the reserving by way of 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 may make use of the fourth night time free profit: if you e book a 4 night time keep at a Mandarin Oriental property, you get reimbursed the price of the fourth night time, minus any taxes and repair charges. The fourth night time profit is calculated primarily based on the typical nightly fee of your full keep. Reservations should be made by Thankyou.com or the Citi Status Concierge and you should pre-pay to your keep along with your Citi Status Card, ThankYou factors, or a mix of the 2.


4. BOOK VIA HOTELS.COM 

Lodges.com – a part of Expedia – is one in all my favourite lodge reserving web sites, primarily for 3 causes:

  • You accumulate credit in the direction of free lodge nights by way of Lodges.com’s Rewards program. Whenever you e book and keep 10 nights at eligible accommodations, you’ll get 1 night time free to redeem at one other. Lodges.com works out the typical worth of all the ten nights you’ve collected and offers it again to you as a free night time. All it is advisable to do is make a free Rewards account and login into your account earlier than making any bookings.
  • You may typically apply 10% low cost coupons. Sadly, virtually the entire world’s main lodge chains are excluded from the record of accommodations for which you should utilize a reduction coupon (though I’ve been ready to make use of low cost coupons for reserving Mandarin Oriental properties up to now)
  • Lodges.com additionally has a superb Greatest Charge Assure (BRG) program: in the event you discover a cheaper value, Lodges.com will match that fee (and refund you the distinction) after you submit an on-line BRG declare. The Lodges.com BRG is on the market 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 consists of an an identical cancellation coverage (which might make it tougher to your BRG declare to be authorised).

These three benefits work very properly when reserving a keep at a Mandarin Oriental lodge. As talked about above, Mandarin Oriental doesn’t have an actual loyalty program the place you accumulate factors, so you could as properly e book the room by way of Lodges.com as a substitute of the official Mandarin Oriental web site in order that you’ll get a few of your a reimbursement ultimately (by investing it in the direction of free lodge nights).


5. BOOK VIA THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL WEBSITE

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

  • Mandarin Oriental doesn’t have a income primarily based loyalty program, so you can’t earn credit with the corporate in the direction of free lodge nights. The one solution to make your stays at Mandarin Oriental accommodations rely for some type of loyalty scheme is by making the bookings by way of Lodges.com, the place you possibly can make investments right into a free lodge night time for each ten nights booked (which could be spent at different Mandarin Oriental accommodations).
  • By no means e book a versatile ‘greatest out there fee’ on the Mandarin Oriental web site. As soon as once more, as defined above, you’re leaving cash on the desk in the event you e book a paid keep at a Mandarin Oriental lodge that may be a Virtuoso member by way of the lodge web site and never by way of Virtuoso, as a result of you possibly can’t obtain Virtuoso advantages (resembling breakfast, free improve, and a resort credit score) by reserving instantly with the lodge.

However, there may be one scenerio through which reserving a room instantly by way of the Mandarin Oriental web site would possibly make sense, and that’s if you wish to make use of the group’s Greatest Charge Assure program.  Must you discover a decrease fee for one in all Mandarin Oriental accommodations wherever on-line after reserving on the official Mandarin Oriental web site, the corporate will match it and offer you an extra 10% low cost. Within the unlikely occasion that you simply do discover a higher fee elsewhere, it is advisable to submit a declare inside 24 hours of your reserving. Phrases & Situations apply.


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