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According to YHBU, all you have to do is send an email requesting a status match to email@example.com. I included my GHA Discovery account details and screenshots of my status with other hotel programmes, as I’m not entirely sure what programmes they are matching. I haven’t had a response yet and will update the post once I do.
What is GHA Discovery?
GHA Discovery is the loyalty programme used by 35 independent luxury hotel brands, like Kempinski, Omni, Corinthia and Anantara.
It doesn’t really work like a traditional programme – there are no Points or free nights awarded for stays. Instead, you get ‘Local Experiences’ every time you stay at new brand (or requalify for status), on top of traditional status benefits like upgrades and late check-out.
Some of the Local Experiences are brilliant, like a helicopter tour of Hong Kong.
Is Black status any good?
Ordinarily, it requires 30 nights and as well as the Local Experiences, you get the following benefits:
- Free water
- Free internet
- Free newspaper
- Gift at check in
- 24 hour room guarantee
- Double upgrade (if available)
- Late check out until 18:00 (if available)
- Early check-in from 09:00 (if available)
Assuming the GHA Discovery status match works out as planned, it could be a very useful indeed.
Upgrades and late check-out are things I really appreciate on some stays, and being able to get benefits like that at 35 different hotel chains from just 1 match would be fantastic! I’d certainly be more tempted to give Kempinski etc a try.
I’m very intrigued by the Local Experiences too and it would be great to see how they work in practice.
Has anyone got experience of GHA Discovery Black status?