Bits: 15% off Leading Hotels, Etihad buying Air Malta, free delivery on Tesco Wine, Mongol Rally

News in brief:

15% off Leading Hotels of the World with American Express

American Express has teamed up with Leading Hotels of the World to offer a 15% discount on stays of two or more nights.

Stays must be completed by 12th August and you need to book a specific rate code. Full details are on the Leading Hotels website here.

Leading Hotels of the World

Etihad to buy a major stake in Air Malta

The Maltese Government is expected to sign contracts with Etihad over the next couple of days to sell a ‘substantial’ stake in the airline.  This is likely to be the maximum 49.9% allowed under European Union rules.

This does seem a little bizarre.  There is some logic in their investments in airberlin, Alitalia, Jet, Air Serbia etc which can provide regional ‘feed’ into an Etihad hub.  Passengers can then be whisked off to Abu Dhabi and from there to pretty much anywhere.

Malta, population 400,000, is unlikely to provide huge amounts of ‘feed’.  The Air Malta fleet of, erm, 10 aircraft is unlikely to justify the time and money that Etihad will invest.

The upside is that Air Malta flights will become available for Etihad Guest redemptions.  You can, of course, already redeem Avios for Air Malta flights via as I discussed here.

More details on the deal can be found here.

Air Malta

Free delivery on ALL Tesco Wine orders – and earn Avios

Tesco Wine recently hiked its minimum order for free delivery from £50 to £75.  The recent promotional codes have also required £100 of spending.  This means that people who prefer to make smaller orders have been left out.

Until Sunday, Tesco Wine is offering free delivery on ALL orders, however small.  You will also earn a few Avios from the standard Clubcard points you receive.  With plenty of cases from around £30 there is likely to be something to suit people with restricted storage space.  You can find more details on the Tesco Wine site here.

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Mongol Rally

A HFP reader does the Mongol Rally

Finally …. purely due to its sheer stupidity, I promised HFP reader Stuart that I would mention his charity drive to Mongolia.  In support of The Brain Tumour Charity, Stuart will be joining 300 other drivers in a 9,000 mile trip from Goodwood to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.

In a Nissan Micra.

If your business might be interested in sponsoring such madness, Stuart’s website is here.  The official Facebook page for the event is here.

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  1. Did the Mongol rally last year, great fun, but the company who runs it……

    If this was posted before they signed up i could have saved them hundreds…

    Anyway, have fun and i will be doing it again in 6 years for my 40th, shame you are missing out Iran and Turkmenistan…. southern route or nothing!

  2. There a quite a few wealthy British Expats in Malta, CGT for the avoidance of.

  3. What a shame that Laucala isn’t part of that LHW deal. At £4500/n for a room, that would have been a nice deal.

  4. Charlie says:

    The Hilton status match appears to still work here

    Closed without warned by on other channels yesterday. Going to see if I can get my match extended to 2018.

  5. BigDave says:

    the LHW amex offer with 15% is still way more than what I could get the same room with the likes of travel replublic etc…

  6. OT Just did a survey about whether I would shop at a retailer more or less if they DIDN’T accept MasterCard or Amex. That’s a bit worrying. I wonder who is asking?

    • Not really a cause for concern Liz, just carry the best earning or most needed versions of amex, mc and visa (and curve or supercard if desired) in your purse and you’ll be fine regardless of what merchants want to accept. For me it will be Lloyds avios duo amex, DC mc, and DC visa which I’ll swap out for others as prioities change. A much bigger issue is possible reductions in card earning rates as contracts come up for renewal.

      • I do that James – I just thought the questions regarding spending habits and how they might change if a retailer did not take MasterCard or Amex. Some company must have commissioned the survey! I wonder who?

  7. OT. Cheers Raffles, sat in the Blu bar Sydney overlooking the harbour eating and drinking with a $AUD 340 voucher thanks to Raffles and his long ago article on Shangri La .

  8. Air Malta have been absolutely skint for 8+ Years with questionable financial subsidy. I’m not surprised Etihad are coming in at all.

  9. AndyGWP says:

    OT: Raffles – am I going mad, or did you do an article once on advice for hitting the spend requirements for credit cards (things like buying gift vouchers, pre-paying mobile phone bill etc).

    I was sure I’d seen one, but I can’t seem to find it (maybe I am using the wrong search terms?). Looked at the beginners article and also the favorites too :(

    Any pointers? :)

  10. Genghis says:

    OT – Raffles – I am currently following your instructions from a while back on how to get Eurostar frequent traveller membership ( Amex have set up my membership and it’s linked to my MR account but I can only see the last few digits of my membership number. Do you know if there is a way to see the full number? TIA.

    • Good question! I would ring Amex, once you’ve passed all the security questions I reckon they would tell you. Can’t remember how I found out mine.

  11. gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    The Malta Independent newspaper ran an article this morning trashing the Times’s story. They seem to have back-peddled slightly now.

    However, we should take their journalism with a pinch of salt following this classic headline – “Obama visit to United Kongdom (sic) overshadowed by debate about leaving EU”.