Free Status At Some Of The Best Hotels In The World!

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Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) represents one of the largest collections of luxury hotels in the world – with over 375 hotels in 75 countries, including many iconic hotels like The Ritz and The Langham in London.

The Ritz London
The Ritz London

LHW do not have a traditional loyalty programme where your status depends on how often you stay. Instead, you have to pay $150.00 for membership of their ‘Leaders Club’ programme, or $1,200 for an elite ‘Unlimited’ membership.

For a limited period one of the LHW hotels – The Biltmore Hotel in New York – is offering complimentary Leaders Club membership! All you need to do to get free status is follow the link, fill in the form and email it to them at leadersclub@biltmorehotel.com.

Leading Hotels of the World

 

Are the benefits of membership any good? 

Given that LHW normally charge $150.00, I’m pleased to say that the membership is definitely worth having.

It includes:

  • Complimentary daily continental breakfast for two
  • Complimentary Internet Access
  • Welcome Gifts
  • Room Upgrades
  • Free Night at any LHW hotel after every 5 stays
  • Member-Only offers and Rates
  • Early Check-in/Late Check-out consideration
  • Sixt Rental Car Platinum Status
  • $150.00 ‘Luggage Free’ Credit

Getting free breakfast, a room upgrade and a welcome gift is equivalent to top-level status in many other hotel loyalty programmes and the other perks are nice extras too.

I also love the simplicity (and generosity!) of a free night at any of their hotels after just five stays.

It could even potentially be worth doing a sort of luxury ‘mattress run’.

There are plenty of very nice hotels in Europe that you can stay at for ~£100.00 per night out of season, including the excellent Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

Lowry Hotel

Further afield, the cheapest I could find was the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for ~ £65.00, or the Superior Golf & Spa Resort in Kharkiv (Ukraine) for £57.00. When you consider that some of the LHW hotels charge in excess of £1,000 per night, you can see the opportunity – if ultra luxury is what you’re after!

Anyway, free status is always great and you never know when it might come in handy – sign up here!

Comments

  1. Andrew H says

    The ‘sign up here’ link at the bottom of the article is missing a web address.I used the one near the top instead.

    I may as well sign up for it, you never know 🙂

    • Tom Sumner says

      Thanks Andrew – fixed.

      Totally agreed, always worth signing up for these whether you plan to stay at the hotel chain or not.

  2. Andrew H says

    Done. Strange that you have to print out the form, fill it in by hand, then scan it/take a photo, but I guess it’s the signature they want to see. How charmingly old fashioned 🙂

  3. Caroline says

    Did this yesterday. How long does it take to get a reply? So far no acknowledge to email, anyone else got a response?

    • Joe Deeney says

      Hi Caroline!

      I sent mine in a few days ago and haven’t heard anything yet. I seem to remember something saying it could take up to 7 (working?) days,so will chase it up next week if I haven’t heard anything.

        • Andrew H says

          Just got the SLH status too.

          Last week I didn’t have higher status with *any* hotel program. Now, I have three. I’ve not spent a single night at any of these hotels. It’s ridiculous really!

          Now if only Hilton would match my status to Gold, and that would be four…

    • Andrew H says

      Hopefully you’ll get it today or tomorrow.

      Hilton’s new status match website now makes it mandatory to submit a jpeg showing proof of a prior stay before you can submit your application, so as I’ve never stayed in a GHA hotel, that route to Hilton Gold is now closed to me. Shame.

      So now I’m looking at a stay at the SLH Leopold in Sheffield for £50. Assuming Hilton recognise Small Luxury Hotels as a valid loyalty program, I could use that stay to match SLH Loved to Hilton Gold (I hope!).

  4. Tom says

    I’m on day 11..and still no sign! Hoping any day since on Weds I rock up at one of their hotels in Tokyo and would be great to have the status! 🙂

  5. Rob Rixon says

    Just to follow up from the above, I submitted my application on the 2nd May, chased them on the 12th May (no reply), chased them again on the 29th May and 31st May I received a reply:

    ‘Dear Guest,

    I apologize for the inconvenience, we have had a high volume of Leaders Club memberships the past two weeks. I do not see you in the system as of yet, however if you resend me your scanned document I will make sure it is priority.’

    I re-sent the scanned application last night at 2100 and I have just received a ‘welcome’ mail from them with a complimentary year of membership. So chasing them helps. Even though they said they have a high volume of memberships in the last two weeks. But I’ll overlook that I sent the original application 4.5 weeks ago… 🙂

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