Traveling currently is very easy, simple and affordable. There are plenty options for type of transportations and accommodations. There are plenty options for making the booking/reservations, too. If we talk about accommodations, we can make the booking directly to the hotel, via offline travel agent or online agent. Even online agent or online hotel platform are too many to choose. That is actually very good for travelers, as they will be able to compare and choose the best one that fits their need. But, you have to make sure that the online booking platform you choose is reliable and secure. Secondly, it is easy to use, have a good service after sales (in case you have any problem with your booking), have large number of hotel listed, and good price of course.
One of my recommendation is Agoda.com. Agoda was established in 2005 as start-up company and in 2007 was acquired by the Priceline Group. Today, Agoda offers hundreds of thousands of accommodation options around the globe with service and support in over 40 languages. Operations have been set up in Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Budapest, and an additional presence can be found in major cities across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.
Agoda.com does not only meet those above points, but it also offers an extra value when we make the booking. This benefit’s called “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite frequent flyer loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your frequent flyer loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next hotel booking!
How to do it? Here is the steps:
- Go to www.agoda.com, click: sign up and complete the form.
- In the “Profile”, register your loyalty program to your Agoda’s account and linked.
- Confirmed “confirmation email” that sent by Agoda afterwards.
- Now you’re ready to make a booking at Agoda.com and start earning miles.
Once you have linked your frequent flyer loyalty program, you can see in your “PointsMAX” profile as seen below (an example is mine):
You can add/link many more frequent flyer loyalty programs as you wish, however you can only use one loyalty program at one booking.
Currently, there are 44 frequent flyer loyalty programs available at Agoda for you to choose to be linked. Some of them are:
This is an example when we do a booking, I will compare a room (at H Sovereign Hotel Bali) without and with “PointsMAX” options:
A. Room without “PointsMAX” option:
B. Room with “PointsMAX” option:
If you see that comparison, a Club Premier Room rate with and without “PointsMAX” option is same: USD 54.13 per night, but at option “B” you will get an extra benefit of “17 KrisFlyer Miles”.
Now, the question is whether Agoda still gives point reward when we do a booking with “PointsMAX” option. Last year, I have made a booking at H Sovereign Hotel Bali for one night and I chose using “PointsMax” option with KrisFlyer as linked Frequent Flyer Loyalty Program. Frankly, I did not expect to get Agoda reward point as my aim was just to stock up my KrisFlyer miles. However, when I checked my Agoda and KrisFlyer account out, seemed that I have earned both KrisFlyer miles and Agoda reward point. I put the screenshot of both earnings below:
Miles earning at KrisFlyer:
Point reward earning at Agoda:
So, this Agoda “PointsMAX” is really interesting, right? Of course, the preference to use this option will depend on each traveler. If you have a goal to focus in collecting miles, this is very good option to add an extra miles, without you take any flight. But, if you prefer to gain benefit on hotel loyalty reward or free stay, you can leave out this option. Or you can try another similar site: Hotels.com with their generous one free night after ten night policy.
Finally, if you are interested to register with Agoda, please sign up here.