Trip Advisors for Super Affluent Travelers
January 3, 2014
Want a luxury vacation that won’t empty your bank? Join the club…
Published on Jan 3, 2014
Online travel clubs have been around for a while—notable trailblazer LuxuryLink launched in 1997—but over the past few years the trend has been picking up speed, especially here in Southeast Asia. Sifting through hundreds of TripAdvisor reviews can be exhausting, so these websites hire real journalists to write non-biased evaluations of each property listed on their sites, and provide exclusive rates on pre-screened gems for their members. For travelers searching for high-end accommodations at mid-level prices, this adds up to savings of both time and money. Here are three free sites worth joining for deep discounts on luxury properties, from five-star hotels to home rentals and everything in between.
Jetsetter: Brought to you by the Gilt Groupe, the same people behind luxury goods website gilt.com, this travel club understands the subtle art of class. Perhaps the most of famous of the three websites listed here, Jetsetter has a clean interface, using the same template of information for every property so you can compare apples to apples for each hotel, with useful info like the percentage of reviewers who would recommend the place and what you should know before you go. Bonus: There’s a byline for each listing, so over time you can figure out which editors share your travel style. jetsetter.com
The Luxe Nomad: Since its launch earlier this summer, this site has corralled 160 of the most in-demand luxury spots in the region, with discounts of up to 70 percent. Bonus: The Luxe Nomad leverages star power on their Celebrity Nomad page—actors and models such as Singaporean Allan Wu and Hong Konger Jennifer Tse give firsthand reviews and share their personal travel stories. theluxenomad.com
PrivéPass: Hong Kong-based PrivéPass looks to simplify the challenges of planning trips for young, cosmopolitan and affluent travelers in Asia Pacific. This site offers a variety of products including themed travel, such as “party centric” itineraries chockablock with bars and clubs, and flash deals of up to 80 percent off. Bonus: PrivéPass also has a planning service and they’ll create something custom for you. privepass.com