Hilton launches its Winter Sale with 33% off Best Available Rate

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Hilton has launched its Winter Sale, offering discounts of up to 33% off the Best Available Rate for hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. There is a special home page for this promotion which you can find here. You can book for the […]

US Airways and American new ‘buy miles ‘ deals (and AA redemption ‘sweet spots’)

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Both US Airways and American Airlines are running ‘buy miles’ promotions at the moment.  I am mentioning both in one post because AA and US have now merged and the two frequent flyer programmes will be combined during Spring 2015. You can access both of […]

SAS family accounts let you pool family flights across Star Alliance

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Back in May, SAS EuroBonus, the loyalty scheme for the Scandinavian airline, launched their equivalent of a British Airways Household Account. Because BA and Avios have had family accounts for a long time, you would be forgiven for thinking that they are very common in […]

New IHG PointBreaks list of 150 x 5,000 point hotels below, book on Monday

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Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a “preview” of the new list of PointBreaks redemptions. The list was initially provided as a straight list of hotel names. A big hat-tip to Loyalty Lobby who sorted the […]

Update on ‘what happens to your Avios points when you die?’

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On Thursday I ran an article on how British Airways treats your Avios points when you die.  This was prompted by a reader who had found his fathers account closed when he reported his death.  The comments section brought up similar cases. It was not […]

Save 10% on Hyatt US and Caribbean stays with discounted gift cards

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Hyatt has launched its annual sale on Hyatt-branded gift cards.  You can save 10% on any purchase. The good news for UK residents is that Hyatt is now offering electronic gift certificates.  These will be emailed to you and so there is no expense for […]

Hit your credit card sign-up bonus by buying FEE-FREE Amex gift cards

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I have written before about the range of American Express gift cards. They were not, to be honest, fantastic value. However, they are now looking VERY INTERESTING if you have a spending target to hit on a new credit card. And if you don’t have […]

Accor ‘Super Sale’ launched – up to 40% discount and free breakfast

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Accor hotels, parent of Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery and Sofitel among other brands, has launch a new global Super Sale.  Rooms are discounted by up to 40% AND you will receive free breakfast. You can access the Accor Super Sale via this link.  You […]

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Velocity allow you to swap miles back and forth

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Whilst this article will only directly impact a small number of readers, I thought it was worth running because it is an interesting new development in the frequent flyer sector. If you have any miles in the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer or Virgin Australia Velocity schemes, […]

Qatar service from Edinburgh goes daily – more lower tax Avios redemption options

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Back in May, Qatar Airways launched a ‘five time a week’ service between Edinburgh and Doha.  It was the first service from Edinburgh to any of the Middle Eastern airports. Qatar put a brand new Boeing 787 aircraft on the route.  I reviewed my recent […]

Bits and pieces: Amex capping airline MR transfers, Emirates crazy surcharges, Jumeirah via Amex MR

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I was putting together our Easter holiday in Dubai for 2015 yesterday.  (We have family there which is why we go often, it is not a failure of imagination on our part!) Three interesting things popped up whilst I was doing the necessary transfers: American […]

25% bonus when you buy SPG points – a way of buying cheap(ish) airline miles

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Starwood is (again) offering a 10%-25% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 31st December. The link to buy is here, scroll down to the SPG logo. The discount is staggered. You get 10% off purchases of up to 9500 points, 15% off 10000 to […]

GetTaxi launches £5 black cab rides in London – plus £10 sign-up bonus

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(EDIT: article now updated with the terms and conditions) In the war against Uber, black cab app GetTaxi is launching a very aggressive promotion today. Until the end of 2014, GetTaxi will cap the price of a taxi ride up to 10km at £5.  The only […]