Bits: LA in PremEco for £1000, Hilton credit card free night, 40% off United miles

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Here are three short stories which didn’t justify a full article:

Los Angeles in Premium Economy for £1,000

Air New Zealand is having a flash sale on flights to Los Angeles which ends TODAY.  They sell this route because they fly London Heathrow to Los Angeles to Auckland, picking up and dropping off on the way.

Economy is £650 which, for the peak Summer season, is not bad.  Business Premier is £2,500 which, to be honest, is not earth shattering.  £1,000 for their Premium Economy seat is probably the best deal of the three.

You need to book via the normal ANZ website by midnight on Monday for travel between 1 April and 31 August, or 15 November to 15 December 2015.  Air New Zealand is a member of Star Alliance so you can earn miles with any Star Alliance airline.   (Thanks to Tony)

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My Hilton credit card free night arrived in 13 days

Regular readers know that I recommend the Hilton Visa credit card to beginners to this hobby.  You get a free weekend night (valid for 6 months) at any Hilton, Conrad (Conrad London pictured above), Waldorf-Astoria etc hotel globally for spending just £750.  It is a great introduction to the value you can get from points and miles promotions.

I recently got this card again after a two year break.  On Saturday 31st January I used it for the first time as part of my tax payment.  The email containing the code required to book my free night arrived on Friday 13th February.

Given that the credit card charge would have taken a few days to reach Barclaycard, this is quite impressive.

I should also say that the free night voucher for spending £10,000 on my IHG Rewards Club Premium Visa also turned up in a similar timeframe a few weeks ago.

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40% bonus when you buy United Airlines miles

Finally, United Airlines is offering a discount of up to 40% when you buy their miles.

As few Head for Points readers have a large United collection I will not go into the scheme in details. If you were thinking of topping up your account, now is not a bad time.

The offer ends tonight. The discount is either 25% or 40% depending on how many you buy. 15,000 is the minimum purchase to save 25% whilst purchases of 30,000 to 150,000 save 40%.

The link to buy is here.

This offer may combine nicely with the current United redemption sale on Star Alliance partners (see here) which runs until February 28th for travel until the end of the year.

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  1. OT, but some short feedback much appreciated. I recently only joined IHG Rewards Club and the Set Your Sights promotion. Apart from downloading the IHG app my other targets are 1) stay a weekend 2 nights 2) stay 3 nights 3) stay at 2 different IHG properties. All via direct IHG bookings only. Only other point on to do list will double my points if I complete my to do list. Am I right, thinking that the targets work alongside each other. E.g. I could stay somewhere for 3 nights and if that covers 2 nights over the weekend I only need to stay 1 other night at different property and all stays of my to do list are done.

    • Lady London says:

      Yes can use the same stay to count towards more than one objective. Keep good records though and follow up because there have been problems with these promotions fully crediting. Also take a screenshot of your first list of tasks to get the points and bonus – because on the last promotion there were reports that IHG issued revised tougher targets to some people halfway through the promotion.

    • Yes, that is how it works

  2. I have tried to apply a few times for the Hilton CC but have been refused each time – even when the application has been manually assessed. I have good credit rating so can only assume that Barclaycard don’t want my money.

    Shame, as I was going to pay my exorbitant London rent using the card and earn some loyalty points that way!

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