This is an amazing limited time opportunity that you need to act on before end of the day on Monday. As a Club1Hotels affiliate, I am able to offer readers a complimentary 1-year Club1Hotels Beta Explorer Membership (a $295 value) which gives members access to wholesale hotel rates and more.
I have a Club1Hotels Beta Explorer Membership. I played around on the booking engine to see if I really could save money on hotel stays I’m planning in the near future. The answer is yes.
Here’s why I think you should join this new program, especially because absolutely free for a year.
Why You Should Join Club1Hotels
1. Wholesale Hotel Rates (Without Blackout Dates)
When you book a hotel through a site like Expedia, they pocket a portion of the rate that you pay. Club1Hotels has a different model. Instead, they make money on the membership fees and offer members the wholesale rate without a mark-up. For frequent travelers, this can be a huge savings.
2. The Savings Are Real
We’re headed to Orlando in December so I’ve been trying to figure out where to stay for our final two nights after returning to Orlando from Crystal River. It looks like we’d save by booking The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes through Club1Hotels.
Searching Club1Hotels beings up these various booking options. Of course, I clicked on the lowest one.
With taxes and resort fee, I pay $735.72.
Booking direct through Ritz-Carlton, I’d pay $814.50 for the same room.
I save $78.78 for a two night stay by using Club1Hotels. Not bad. Why pay more when you don’t have to? A week-long stay at The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, for example, is closer to $300 in savings.
3. Members Can Make Their Own Searches
As you can see above, I’m able to search for my own hotel rates. I have booked hotels with wholesale rates before and they have required the extra step of working with an agent. I’d email my dates and times and wait sometimes overnight for a response, something I don’t want to do if I don’t have to.
4. Cancellation Terms Seem to Be the Same as Booking Direct
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes reservation that I mention above has the same cancellation terms as the Club1Hotels reservation.
5. Great Hotel Partners
Club1Hotel partners include (but are not limited to) The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Waldorf Astoria, Peninsula, Shangri-la, Mandarin Oriental, St.Regis, Trump, Conrad, Renaissance, JW Marriott, Westin, Intercontinental, Kimpton, Viceroy, Loews and W Hotels.
6. No Credit Card Is Required to Join
All you need to do is simply pop in your name and email. They’ll send over a link and the membership is yours free for the year.
7. $50 Booking Credit Through Tomorrow
If you have travel on the horizon, here’s an extra $50 in your pocket. Book a book a minimum of 2-nights valued at $200 or more to redeem this $50 booking credit. Offer expires Monday, October 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Book a stay of $1000 or more and receive an additional $50 credit for a total of $100!
Good to Know
Not every single hotel is available in their system but I would say 80% that I’ve personally checked have been there. Many hotel loyalty programs require booking direct. If points are your concern, call the hotel to make sure you’ll earn them with a Club1Hotels reservation. If not, then think about whether the points are worth the money you’ll save (usually, they are not). I stay in mostly Four Seasons (like the Maui property pictured at the top) and Mandarin Oriental properties and they don’t have loyalty programs anyway.
How to Join Club1Hotels
It’s simple. Visit Club1Hotels, drop in your name and email and the membership is yours.