Intriq Keys: Get Elite hotel benefits without the status

This article is brought to you by Intriq Journey.

Intriq Keys is affiliated with Intriq Journey and offers members value-added benefits on hotel stays at over 3,000 partner hotels worldwide.

Preferred Partner Programs

To receive additional benefits, travellers may book special rates with Preferred Partner Programs (PPP), through a travel agent.

The most popular PPPs include:

  • Virtuoso
  • Marriott STARS
  • Marriott Luminous
  • Hyatt Privé
  • Hilton Impresario
  • IHG Luxury & Lifestyle
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Typical benefits with Preferred Partner Programs

By booking a PPP rate, travellers get to enjoy the great hotel benefits, without any Elite membership status with a hotel loyalty program!

Depending on the hotel, here are the typical hotel benefits that usually come with a PPP rate:

  • US$25 to US$100 credit per stay
  • Daily breakfast
  • Room upgrade
  • Early check-in, late check out
  • Welcome amenity
  • No pre-payment
  • Free cancellation
Marriott STARS stay at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection, Nusa Dua, Bali (read my review)

Limited-time Preferred Partner Program offers

On top of the above benefits, you can occasionally receive additional benefits with a PPP rate:

Received 3rd night free at W Bali – Seminyak (read my review)

How to book a Preferred Partner Program rate

PPP rates are usually the hotel’s “Standard” or “Flexible” non-member rates for that particular day.

Here are the steps to take to book a PPP rate:

  1. Pick a hotel and stay date(s)
  2. Search for your preferred hotel and stay dates
  3. Reach out to a travel agent like Intriq Journeys via email or WhatsApp to complete the booking
  4. Inform the travel agent your hotel loyalty number as well as any special request that you may have.

Remember: There are no booking fees and no prepayment required for these PPP rates. You may also cancel these bookings for free up to one day before the stay.

What if you have an Elite status?

While PPP rates benefit members without an Elite status the most, Elite members can also receive additional benefits that do not come with their status.

By booking a PPP rate, you will still receive usual member benefits like points, elite nights, suite upgrades and any ongoing promotions.

Additional note: If an ill-trained hotel receptionist says that you cannot receive usual member benefits, request to speak to a manager and inform your travel agent about it.

The villa

Intriq Keys membership

Frequent travellers can sign up for Intriq Keys membership for more benefits, over the existing ones described above.

An Intriq Keys membership costs US$388 and comes with the following benefits:

300 points

Members will receive 300 points (US$300 value) upon signing up or membership renewal.

2% points back with every booking

Intriq Keys members get 2% worth of points back with every booking.

How to use Intriq Keys points?

At the moment, Intriq Keys points can be redeemed for the following gift cards:

  • 250 points: US$250 Marriott Gift Card
  • 250 points: US$250 Rosewood Gift Card

Personally, I am a big fan of Marriott Gift Cards as they are good-as-cash and do not expire. You can use it to pay for non-prepaid Marriott Bonvoy stays for the entire invoice amount, including taxes/fees/incidentals.

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Bottom line

Intriq Keys offers additional benefits on luxury hotels, such as complimentary breakfast, early check-in, late check-out and dining/spa credits, at no additional cost.

These rates are great for travellers who do not spend over 50 nights in hotels every year, but would like to get most Elite member benefits on-demand!

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