FAQs

WHAT IS MEYDAN DISCOVERY?

The Meydan DISCOVERY programme is envisioned to be a guest recognition programme like no other. Innovative and distinctive in its benefits, it will reflect the diverse cultures of the alliance and of its individual member brands. It rewards members with hotel benefits and Local Experiences to make each stay more comfortable and memorable.

How can i join discovery and is there a fee?

Simply complete the online enrolment form. Membership is free.

What hotel brands participate in discovery?

As a DISCOVERY member, you can earn night credits toward your membership level and Local Experiences at all hotels of the following hotel brands:

Alila Hotels And Resorts

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas

Art Series Hotels

Atura Hotels and Resorts

AVANI Hotels & Resorts

Corinthia Hotels

The Doyle Collection

First Hotels

Individual Collection

Kempinski Hotels

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Lungarno Collection

Marco Polo Hotels

Meritage Collection

Mokara Hotels & Spas

Omni Hotels and Resorts

Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts

PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts

Per AQUUM

QT Hotels and Resorts

Rixos Hotels

Rydges Hotels and Resorts

Shaza Hotels

Tangram Hotels

Thon Hotels

Tivoli Hotels and Resorts
 

What are the different levels of discovery and the associated benefits?

A complete list of the Member benefits for each of the levels can be found here and a summary can be seen below:

Member Benefits

Gold

Platinum

Black

Complimentary Internet access

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bottled water

Yes

Yes

Yes

Choice of complimentary newspaper

Yes

Yes

Yes

Membership Preferences Profile

Yes

Yes

Yes

Guaranteed room availability**

-

48 hrs prior to arrival

24 hrs prior to arrival

Room upgrades at check-in*

-

Yes

Double room upgrade

Local amenity

-

Yes

Personal choice

Late check-out*

-

Until 3pm

Until 6pm

Early check-in*

-

-

From 9am

Local brand benefits

-

-

Yes

* subject to availability
** except black-out dates

What are local brand benefits?

Local Brand benefits are available to Black Level members when staying at a DISCOVERY member hotel and the types of benefit vary between brands, hence in essence it will not be the same in another brand.

When do i receive a discovery membership card?

If you enrol as a Gold level member through gha.com or any Meydan Hotels & Hospitality property, you will not receive a Gold membership Card in the mail. You are welcome to print a card through your online account, though your membership number is all that is needed for recognition on your next trip.

All members upgrading to Platinum or Black will receive a membership card in the mail approximately 4-5 weeks after they upgrade.

If you signed up through...

Gold

Platinum

Black

Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas

-

Yes

Yes

Art Series Hotel Group

-

Yes

Yes

Corinthia Hotels

-

Yes

Yes

The Doyle Collection

-

Yes

Yes

First Hotels

-

Yes

Yes

Global Hotel Alliance

-

Yes

Yes

Individual Collection

-

Yes

Yes

Kempinski

-

Yes

Yes

The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Lungarno Collection

-

Yes

Yes

Marco Polo Hotels

-

Yes

Yes

Mirvac Hotels **

-

Yes

Yes

Mokara Hotels & Spas

-

Yes

Yes

Omni Hotels & Resorts

-

Yes

Yes

Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts

-

Yes

Yes

PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts

-

Yes

Yes

QT Hotels and Resorts

-

Yes

Yes

Rixos Hotels

-

Yes

Yes

Rydges Hotels and Resorts

-

Yes

Yes

Shaza Hotels

-

Yes

Yes

Tangram Hotels

-

Yes

Yes

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts

-

Yes

Yes

* After first qualified stay at Leela hotels
** As of 31st December 2012 Mirvac Hotels will no longer participate in the Discovery Loyalty Programme

How can i view my account status?

You can view your account, check your profile, and edit your preferences by logging in to your Member Area.

Why am i missing room nights from my account?

Not all room nights are eligible for contributing towards your membership level or earning a Local Experience Award. For example, there are several rate types that do not qualify for membership benefits, such as:

  • Tours Series Rates/Charters
  • Airline employee, Airline Crew Rates
  • Travel Agent employee rates
  • Hotel employee and staff rates
  • Friends and Family rates
  • Complimentary stays including redeeming prize/gift vouchers

Furthermore, only the room nights spent at the hotels after you enrol into DISCOVERY are counted towards earning a Local Experience Award.

If i see an ‘na’ in the nights column of my past stays. What does this mean?

This means that your stay has been recorded, but not validated yet for eligibility. Generally this can take up to 3 days.

What is the difference between eligible and ineligible stays?

Information of eligible and ineligible room nights / stays are defined within the , but generally eligible room nights / stays will be accumulative towards your membership upgrade to the next level and the award of Local Experiences.

What is a Local Experience?

A Local Experience provides you, as a member, with an opportunity to discover the world outside of your hotel. It provides a local twist to a favourite attraction at your destination or gives you access to an activity you wouldn't normally be able to do. By using our local contacts we provide unique experiences to enrich your stay and bring the discovery element back into travel. Local Experiences are authentic, unique and original and layer onto your itinerary to create a memorable stay.

How Can I Earn A Local Experience?

Local Experience Awards can be earned as follows:

  • PLATINUM LEVEL LOCAL EXPERIENCE AWARDS are earned*...
    - upon attaining Platinum Level membership (after staying 10 nights in GHA hotels within a year)
    - when staying at another GHA brand for the first time (as a Platinum Level Member)
    - Upon renewing your Platinum Level membership status by spending more than 10 nights at GHA hotels annually
  • BLACK LEVEL LOCAL EXPERIENCE AWARDS are earned*...
    - upon attaining Black Level membership (after spending 30 nights at GHA hotels within a year)
    - when staying at another GHA brand for the first time (as a Black Level Member)
    - upon renewing your Black Level membership status by spending over 30 nights at GHA hotels annually

Membership renewals are issued in February following a full Membership year.

More detailed information about ways to earn a Local Experience Award can be foundhere.

* Restrictions may apply. See DISCOVERY T&Cs

How Do I Redeem A Local Experience?

You can redeem a Local Experience Award after logging in to your DISCOVERY Member account. From here, you can browse through our selection of Local Experiences, filtering by award level, Local Experience category, GHA Hotel Brand or Destination. Once you have found a Local Experience that you are interested in, the ‘Redeem’ button will appear near it (provided you have a Local Experience Award to redeem on your account).

Upon clicking ‘Redeem’, you will be asked to select the award you’d like to redeem (if applicable). You should then enter the date when you wish to participate in the Local Experience and enter the confirmation number for your reservation at the participating hotel.

After confirming your selections, you will be presented with a confirmation screen detailing the summary information and a confirmation email will automatically be sent to your previously provided email address. Please present a print-out of the confirmation email to the hotel upon check-in.

Why Does The ‘Redeem’ Button Not Appear For Me?

If you do not see the ‘Redeem’ button beside a Local Experience, it may be because you are not logged in. If you are logged in using your DISCOVERY Membership information and do not see the ‘Redeem’ button, it may be a case where you have not yet earned a sufficient Local Experience Award needed to redeem the Local Experience that you chose (i.e. a Platinum Local Experience Award cannot be used toward a Black Local Experience).

For How Long Does A Local Experience Award Last?

Validity periods for Local Experience Awards differ according to their tier level. Platinum Awards are valid for 12 months and Black Awards are valid for 15 months.

Must I Have A Valid Stay At The Hotel To Reserve A Local Experience?

Yes, a valid stay is required for the time period when you wish to participate in your Local Experience.

Can I Book A Local Experience When I Get To The Hotel?

This is at the discretion of the hotel. Some Local Experiences require time in advance for preparation as well as several weeks notice (i.e. select concerts and ticketed events). Please check the individual terms and conditions for each Local Experience.

How do I cancel a Local Experience?

You can cancel a previously booked Local Experience by logging in to your Member account and selecting the ‘View My Account’ menu. Here you’ll see a list of Available, Reserved and Past Awards. In the ‘Reserved Awards’ section, click on the ‘Cancel’ button beside the Award you wish to cancel. Upon confirming this choice, you’ll receive a cancellation email and you’ll see that this Award is now listed within the ‘Available’ section of your account.

Why do I have to pay for my Local Experiences? And which ones are free?

Local Experiences are specially designed activities which are put together by the hotels and are not generally available to the public. Local Experiences are to give you the privileges of avoiding some of the unmanageable arrangements or places where you normally cannot get to. The Local Experiences may be a value added benefit the hotel add to a e.g. select concerts and ticketed events.

What are local brand benefits?

Local Brand benefits are available to Black Level members when staying at a DISCOVERY member hotel and the types of benefit vary between brands, hence in essence it will not be the same in another brand.

When do i receive a discovery membership card?

If you enrol as a Gold level member through gha.com or any Meydan Hotels & Hospitality property, you will not receive a Gold membership Card in the mail. You are welcome to print a card through your online account, though your membership number is all that is needed for recognition on your next trip.

All members upgrading to Platinum or Black will receive a membership card in the mail approximately 4-5 weeks after they upgrade.

* After first qualified stay at Leela hotels
** As of 31st December 2012 Mirvac Hotels will no longer participate in the Discovery Loyalty Programme

How can i view my account status?

You can view your account, check your profile, and edit your preferences by logging in to your Member Area.

Why am i missing room nights from my account?

Not all room nights are eligible for contributing towards your membership level or earning a Local Experience Award. For example, there are several rate types that do not qualify for membership benefits, such as:

  • Tours Series Rates/Charters
  • Airline employee, Airline Crew Rates
  • Travel Agent employee rates
  • Hotel employee and staff rates
  • Friends and Family rates
  • Complimentary stays including redeeming prize/gift vouchers

Furthermore, only the room nights spent at the hotels after you enrol into DISCOVERY are counted towards earning a Local Experience Award.

If i see an ‘na’ in the nights column of my past stays. What does this mean?

This means that your stay has been recorded, but not validated yet for eligibility. Generally this can take up to 3 days.
 

What is the difference between eligible and ineligible stays?

Information of eligible and ineligible room nights / stays are defined within the , but generally eligible room nights / stays will be accumulative towards your membership upgrade to the next level and the award of Local Experiences.

What is a Local Experience?

A Local Experience provides you, as a member, with an opportunity to discover the world outside of your hotel. It provides a local twist to a favourite attraction at your destination or gives you access to an activity you wouldn't normally be able to do. By using our local contacts we provide unique experiences to enrich your stay and bring the discovery element back into travel. Local Experiences are authentic, unique and original and layer onto your itinerary to create a memorable stay.

How Can I Earn A Local Experience?

Local Experience Awards can be earned as follows:

  • PLATINUM LEVEL LOCAL EXPERIENCE AWARDS are earned*...
    - upon attaining Platinum Level membership (after staying 10 nights in GHA hotels within a year)
    - when staying at another GHA brand for the first time (as a Platinum Level Member)
    - Upon renewing your Platinum Level membership status by spending more than 10 nights at GHA hotels annually
  • BLACK LEVEL LOCAL EXPERIENCE AWARDS are earned*...
    - upon attaining Black Level membership (after spending 30 nights at GHA hotels within a year)
    - when staying at another GHA brand for the first time (as a Black Level Member)
    - upon renewing your Black Level membership status by spending over 30 nights at GHA hotels annually

Membership renewals are issued in February following a full Membership year.

More detailed information about ways to earn a Local Experience Award can be foundhere.

* Restrictions may apply. See DISCOVERY T&Cs

 

How Do I Redeem A Local Experience?

You can redeem a Local Experience Award after logging in to your DISCOVERY Member account. From here, you can browse through our selection of Local Experiences, filtering by award level, Local Experience category, GHA Hotel Brand or Destination. Once you have found a Local Experience that you are interested in, the ‘Redeem’ button will appear near it (provided you have a Local Experience Award to redeem on your account).

Upon clicking ‘Redeem’, you will be asked to select the award you’d like to redeem (if applicable). You should then enter the date when you wish to participate in the Local Experience and enter the confirmation number for your reservation at the participating hotel.

After confirming your selections, you will be presented with a confirmation screen detailing the summary information and a confirmation email will automatically be sent to your previously provided email address. Please present a print-out of the confirmation email to the hotel upon check-in.

 

Why Does The ‘Redeem’ Button Not Appear For Me?

If you do not see the ‘Redeem’ button beside a Local Experience, it may be because you are not logged in. If you are logged in using your DISCOVERY Membership information and do not see the ‘Redeem’ button, it may be a case where you have not yet earned a sufficient Local Experience Award needed to redeem the Local Experience that you chose (i.e. a Platinum Local Experience Award cannot be used toward a Black Local Experience).

 

For How Long Does A Local Experience Award Last?

Validity periods for Local Experience Awards differ according to their tier level. Platinum Awards are valid for 12 months and Black Awards are valid for 15 months.

 

Must I Have A Valid Stay At The Hotel To Reserve A Local Experience?

Yes, a valid stay is required for the time period when you wish to participate in your Local Experience.

 

Can I Book A Local Experience When I Get To The Hotel?

This is at the discretion of the hotel. Some Local Experiences require time in advance for preparation as well as several weeks notice (i.e. select concerts and ticketed events). Please check the individual terms and conditions for each Local Experience.

 

How do I cancel a Local Experience?

You can cancel a previously booked Local Experience by logging in to your Member account and selecting the ‘View My Account’ menu. Here you’ll see a list of Available, Reserved and Past Awards. In the ‘Reserved Awards’ section, click on the ‘Cancel’ button beside the Award you wish to cancel. Upon confirming this choice, you’ll receive a cancellation email and you’ll see that this Award is now listed within the ‘Available’ section of your account.

 

Why do I have to pay for my Local Experiences? And which ones are free?

Local Experiences are specially designed activities which are put together by the hotels and are not generally available to the public. Local Experiences are to give you the privileges of avoiding some of the unmanageable arrangements or places where you normally cannot get to. The Local Experiences may be a value added benefit the hotel add to a e.g. select concerts and ticketed events.