Like it or not, hotels often play a big part in your travel plans, which means they can sometimes make or break a vacation or work trip.
Unfortunately, no matter how much research you conduct on hotels to get the best spot for the best price, you can’t control everything. Sometimes, things happen: The hotel pool is closed. The Wi-Fi is basically non-existent. You find a better rate online mere hours after booking your rooms. Those are all things that can make your hotel stay quite unpleasant.
However, if you’re a Mastercard World or World Elite cardholder, consider yourself lucky: Many hotel-centric hassles are about to be a thing of the past.
The new benefits
Mastercard recently launched two new benefits for its World and World Elite members: the hotel stay guarantee and the lowest hotel rate guarantee.
The hotel stay guarantee allows cardholders who have problems with their 3-star or higher hotel to connect with a Mastercard lifestyle manager — at any time, on any day — who will then work with the hotel directly to resolve the issue. If the lifestyle manager is unable to fix the problem, they will book you and your party at a comparable hotel.
The second new benefit for World and World Elite members is all about saving some cash. Mastercard’s lowest hotel rate guarantee is exactly what it sounds like: If you book a hotel through Mastercard and then find a lower rate online, the difference will be refunded.
Of course the key to taking advantage of these two great new guarantees is that you must be a member of Mastercard’s World or World Elite programs. Mastercard has three cardholder levels — Standard, World and World Elite. As you might have guessed, the higher the level, the more benefits you’ll enjoy.
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