Here are three important bits of news on deals I have posted this week.
Number 1 – Yesterday’s “How To Get Hilton HHonors Gold Status Easily” post
If you get the blog via e-mail or RSS feed, you will have missed my update. Ironically, after running for more years than anyone can remember, it was reported on Flyertalk yesterday that the route to Hilton Gold via the ‘MVP’ offer expired on 31st December 2012. They just didn’t bother pulling the website or telling anyone, and it has taken this long in January for someone to sign up, try it and then ring Hilton to ask why it didn’t work!
The Carlson Wagonlit method I mentioned DOES still work and has a stated expiry date of December 2013.
Number 2 – The generous transfer rate from Accor to Iberia Avios
As I posted here, this deal is back after a hiatus of a few days. However, Accor has now confirmed that it will end on 28th February and the Iberia transfer rate will align with the BA one. If you have any Accor points, try to transfer them before the end of next month.
Number 3 – The Flying Blue status match
Flying Blue has now changed the terms and conditions of the status match I posted about here. Instead of running until May and having no restrictions on eligibility, it now says:
Flying Blue offer is valid until 28 February, 2013 and is only valid for Danish residents
So, you now have two options if you want to take part.
1. Find a friend who lives in Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Finland who will let you use their address
2. Use this rather cheeky method which I outlined in my original post:
1. Create a false Danish street address in your Flying Blue profile
2. Let them match you – the card will be mailed to your fake Danish address, but will take months to be ‘returned to sender’
3. Change your address to your UK address, and request a replacement card from them (not sure if this can be done online, but most airlines let you do it via their website)
It remains to be seen what will happen to people who applied before they changed the rules and the closing date.