News in brief:
Yotel / Virgin Atlantic partnership
Last weekend I ran an article outlining hotels chains which do not give Avios but which do give Virgin Flying Club miles.
I mentioned Yotel. According to the Virgin Atlantic site, you only earn Flying Club miles at the new Yotel property in New York.
This appears to be a mistake. If you visit the Yotel website here, it says:
YOTELAIR: 100 miles for a single stay of any duration, day or night for Gold, Silver and Red Flying Club members, Choose from our hotels at Heathrow, Gatwick, Amsterdam Schiphol, and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport hotels.
A HFP reader confirmed to me that he has received Virgin miles for a stay at Gatwick. The only rule is that you must have booked via the Yotel website. Even booking with Yotel via the telephone does not count.
Yotel has also partnered with Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France programme – details via the same link.
Our Easter holiday
Whilst I do tend to say to people that you shouldn’t rely on being able to get the redemptions you want over peak holiday periods, I have been lucky.
Last Easter we got 4 Club World to Abu Dhabi and 4 First Class back from Dubai. We got the same over October half term.
And, this week, I managed to get Easter 2017 lined up.
I must be honest and say that I couldn’t do it exactly as I wanted. My wife wanted to visit Japan. What we have ended up doing is 4 x Club World to Hong Kong and 4 x First Class back from Beijing, where we will visit a friend of my wife who is working there. In between we will pop over to Japan for a week.
These were peak Easter flights, with the return being Easter Sunday, using 2 x British Airways American Express 2-4-1 vouchers.
That said, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any aggressive Qatar Airways ex-Europe sales early next year. The taxes and charges for the BA flights came to £2,150 so if I can buy four revenue tickets for under £4,000 – which would also virtually guarantee BA Silver for the entire family including the kids – I will cancel and rebook. I will also keep an eye on the Tokyo flights and drop the Beijing leg if a direct return opens up.
All I need to do now is sort out the intra-Asian flights, but with both Cathay Pacific and JAL being Avios partners that shouldn’t be a major issue.
Buy Hilton HHonors points
Hilton HHonors has launched another ‘buy points’ deal.
Until 5th December, you will receive a 50% discount on purchases of 10,000+ points. The maximum purchase is 160,000 points which will cost you $800.
You would be paying 0.5c per point if you bought the maximum, which is roughly what I value a Hilton point at. You won’t lose any money on this deal and, if you redeem for higher value properties – such as the 5,000 point Category 1 or 10,000 point Category 2 hotels, or a luxury redemption such as Conrad Maldives (reviewed here, photo of their underwater restaurant above), you will do nicely.
The page to buy Hilton points is here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)