Meal ticket makes the hotel deal


BANGKOK, 11 October 2017 – Dusit International launched ‘Eat & Stay @ Dusit’ gift vouchers, Tuesday, that offers “exclusive” discounts on accommodation and dining at participating Dusit Hotels & Resorts in Thailand.

That’s good news for visitors and residents, who want to gain maximum value when they take a break at Thailand’s top destinations.

The downside might be the Monday to Thursday on two of the room vouchers which could limits the scope for family travellers, but for a couple seeking a  runaway to romance it has merit.

The hotel group invites you to buy a set of vouchers at THB 5,999. It gives you a single complimentary  night’s accommodation at any of the participating hotels on any night of the week. In addition, you get two vouchers for future stays on a pay-for-one night, stay-for-two formula, but only during Monday to Thursday.

Finally, the deal is fleshed out with five THB1,000 dining vouchers (valid for a year at all participating hotels) and a single THB500 voucher (Dusit Gourmet, Dusit Thani Bangkok. Expires 8 April 2018);  total value THB 5,500.

Customers, who buy the vouchers, will also receive a free one-year’s membership to the Elite tier of the Dusit Gold guest loyalty programme.

Once a member it offers instant rewards such as 30% discounts on dining, 15% room discount and a 15% spa discount redeemable at Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

But does it stack up to a great deal enough to tempt you to plan a mid-week holiday break?

The three-day break could start as early as Sunday as the complimentary room voucher is valid any day of the week. The pay-one, get-one free vouchers are valid Monday to Thursday.

To find out out there, we checked the top hotel booking sites for popular holiday choices at the Dusit Hua Hin.

The two important considerations are the mid-week booking rule on two of the room vouchers, and what Dusit calls its DBAR ( Dusit Best Available Rate). That’s the rate used to calculate the price you will pay when redeeming the pay-one-night and get-one-free stay vouchers.

If the DBAR is the same, or lower than what is offered by an OTA, then the value of the voucher promotion at THB5,999 improves.

Dusit Hua Hin sells a room with breakfast and free Wi-Fi at THB3,420, discounted from THB4,405. No frills, but it does come with airline loyalty points. That’s the benchmark.

Can the Dusit voucher deal beat it? The Dusit website for the Hua Hin property indicates a DBAR of THB3,995.

Based on that rate, the THB5,999 voucher deal could be a bargain if you stay for three nights by throwing in a single pay for one and a  room voucher to cover the remaining two nights. You will be out of pocket for THB9,994 (voucher price plus the cost of one night at THB3,331).  You will still have a spare room voucher for another trip.

It works out just a few baht cheaper than booking  three nights through, while the inclusion of dining vouchers tips the scale in favour of the promotion.

When you throw in three THB1,000 dining vouchers (part of the package) into the mix, your dinners are covered.  If you love a big lunch then drop the other two THB1.000 meal tickets into the bowl and you have a three-night beach holiday for less than THB10,000 including meals.

The meal vouchers have a validity of one year and valid across the group’s portfolio.

It’s one of the better deals on offer from hotel groups because it adds value and keeps the rate within striking distance of what is being offered on OTAs. In this instance the dining vouchers provide the winning edge.

The only snag could be the changing scale of the DBAR. It might not be close enough to the OTA rate to allow the dining vouchers to swing the bargain in your favour. But the bottom line is this deal is first past the post for value and content variety.