however as a Chinese mainly living in mainland China, i have to beg all you guys' pardon to confront some of the comment on "Chinese mattress runners" "chinese mafia" or "fraudulently booked rooms"
i've scanned through the orginal post and located where all these grudge comes from, some guy claims that in China "Many netizens reported their records with the majority easily passed 300,000miles. Many super 8 hotels in China are now selling those fake "stays" at around 5USD per day."
5USD per day? this is too much of a stretch. though Super8 in China is somehow dirt cheap, the lowest eligible rate we can get still sits around USD20. Plus for public security reasons, hotels in beijing or shanghai are under strict scrutiny of police force, which means without producing eligible ID card and get it scanned for record, nobody can directly pay for any rooms. Under this circumstance, to benefit from this promotion, average chinese people have to utilize all his family memebers (parents, siblings if any) to have some hotel stay. as a frequent flyer, among all my sphere to friends who participated in this promotion, the biggest one is normally 5 family members X 22k miles = 110k miles which is very very RARE. I don't know on what ground that "majority easily passed 300,000miles" comes from.
of course we can never rule out the possibilities of some "sneaky one" taking advantage of some "loopholes" and did abuse the T&C. but average Chinese people will never be able to do that, considering the fact that hotel will explicitly ask for elegibile ID card being presented by the guests himself at c/i. also let's do some maths, provided USD5 fake stay offer does exist, will hotel front dest manager take the risk for the benefit? at that rate, even 100 rooms can only generate revenue equivalent of about normal 20 rooms. however hotel will have to produce staying record of those rooms for the promotion points to be credited to relevant account. any front manager won't put their job and hotel fate at stake for this level of short term benefit in the face of possible identity checks by the police.
last thing i have to agree with some of the previous post about "chinese punter" will definitely have some fun experience with the ICC. Indeed Chinese native possesses that level of English is really rare. for the people who didn't have this language proficiency, why go through all the pains to amass the points in the 1st place? for the people who did have all these proficiency and knowledge, they normally have very decent job and it would be really some disgrace and pain to gain some dishonest profit from "selling the amassed points to the travel agency"
most of Chinese who participates in this promotion will be standing at the same ground with most of you guys. and we welcome WH or BD checks in any forms.
You are absolutely right that this shouldn't be aimed in the direction of any one country or group of people. The issue was down to a few properties deciding they were willing to sell fake stays to a limited number of people who wanted to buy stays in bulk. These properties were certainly not limited to China and I believe that a few properties in the US were doing the same as well and who knows where else may have been involved?
Again, any potential issue wouldn't be with a hotel selling an individual an extra stay or two without staying. I believe there were potentially some organised people (from where or who I have no idea) who were buying large multiples of stays and trying to allocate them to multiple accounts set up into family accounts, presumably with the aim of then profiting from selling flights using the miles or mileage trading.