Later in summer, I will find my way to Myanmar few times due to very good air fare specials. I had been planning to visit the country already for couple of year as my long term goal is to visit every country on earth. My current total is somewhere around 70.
Now that the Myanmar is opening up, the hotel rates have gone through the roof, relatively speaking, in Yangon. The rates have about doubled in the past two years and most of the hotels aren’t yet to the international standards.
There are no hotels in Yangon that would be part of any of the chains that I tend to stay at. There is a Traders hotel that is part of Shangri-La Golden Circle and one could redeem these Golden Circle points there. Unfortunately, I am not member of this program and there isn’t an apparent way to transfer points to Shangri-La’s program.
A FlyerTalk member pogonation pointed out that there is a very good deal for Governor’s Residence Hotel in Yangon by using refer a friend $100 credit and a 10% off code (LUX10) through company called Luxury Link. This hotel is bit out of the city center, but it is rated number one on TripAdvisor for Yangon.
Luxury Link is an interesting company. I have come across them few times in the past, but hadn’t used their services before. They have teamed up with number of luxury hotel chains like Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Preferred Hotel Group, Oberoi Hotels & Resort and Orient-Express. The Governor’s Residence is part of the Orient-Express family of hotels.
Booking a Hotel Through Luxury Link
Luxury Link is running two parallel models. You can either bid for a hotel or you can reserve them at a highly discounted price. Auctions have a minimum price and you can bid in increments of about $10.
The downside of bidding is that there is no guarantee that the dates that you need are actually available. If you decide to buy, they will, however, first confirm the dates with the hotel before charging you.
First you need to sign up for the service. To get the $100 refer a friend credit, you need to use a specific link that you can then use for signing up. If you need a referral, you can click here and use mine that will give us both $100 credit. .
So, there was one bid for this property. About an hour before the auction was about to end, I submitted a bid of $445. You need to submit your payment information at the time of placing the bid. The confirmation screen showed the booking fee of $40, 10% promotional discount for using a coupon code LUX10, and the $100 refer a friend credit. I received a confirmation email that my bid had been accepted and that they would inform me by email, if I was outbid.
Before bidding, I checked the www.evreward.com website that tracks the cash back amounts that various shopping malls are offering for Luxury Link. I decided to go through Mr. Rebates that had a rebate of 3%. I could have as well used Ebates that had the same amount. Discover Card was offering a 5% rebate through their shopping portal. Using Mr. Rebates will generate further $10 discount of the purchase price.
Couple of hours later, I received an email that I had won the three night package that I had bid for and that they would charge my credit card on file. Also at this point, I was requested to put in the dates when I would like to use the three nights that I had just won.
I requested the dates and I am now waiting for Luxury Link to confirm that the package that I bought can be used for the specific dates in question.
Booking through a Luxury Link seems to offer significant discount at times. The same package that I got for $340.50 not including the $10 rebate, is going for close to $1000 on hotels own website. This is really a terrific deal for Yangon. All the other options, that I had been contemplating, were in the $200 range per night including taxes.
Now, if they would only confirm the dates that I wanted……