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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.

Comments (56)

  • Gabriel says:

    Not sure how impressive this is, as I was in the same boat there, hit the £750 spend before 10th January, and got the free weekend certificate on Friday 13th February as well. Not my definition of speedy processing…

  • Simon says:

    That reminds me, signed up for the IHG standard Visa card from this site at the end of last year.
    How long did it take for the bonus IHG points to post after the first spend? Still haven’t showed! I sent them an email at the start of Feb (so that was about 4 weeks after the first spend), told them I found it rather slow, they gave me £10 in ‘compo’.

    My IHG is gold now so clearly they are linked, just needed the points so I can buy Ambassador status.

    • Matt says:

      I’m in the same boat – got the card, put some spend through, no bonus points as yet. I got the IHG Gold card so clearly they’re linked, just no bonus point.

    • Wade says:

      Same here – it says they will post within 8 weeks so still some time left for me…

    • Tom euflyer says:

      Mine landed almost exactly on the 8 week anniversary.

      If you have any issues, there is a secure message facility when you log-in to the mybarclaycard site – badger away.

  • Sceptic Al says:

    Re Hilton card – Hilton seems to have ‘enhanced’ its offer; the first line on their card application page now says:

    “Get a free night e-certificate for any weekend night at MANY participating hotels in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, when you spend £750 in the first 90 days.”

    • nick says:

      They used to publish a list that showed which were excluded. I think it was just a few AI resorts, and maybe one or two in the Middle East. I suspect they always said “most” hotels rather than “all” as a result, but I may be wrong. We used this voucher over the weekend, for a room that would otherwise have been £300+. Very happy with it, and it did make me wonder whether I shouldn’t give HHonors a bit more consideration.

  • Matt says:

    The “speed” of Hilton sending out the free night code stands in contrast to the glacial pace of getting promoted up to HH Gold for spending £10k in a year. It’s a month since I bought a car on that card, the points have posted but still no Gold.

    • Nick says:

      Has your status changed to Gold though? As actually having the card makes no difference as hotels never really ask for your card anyway.

  • Rich says:

    I thought the IHG Free Night for spending £10,000 was issued after your anniversary holding the card. I’m eager to know if this is now when you hit £10,000 – if it’s when you hit the target this may shape my holiday patterns this year as both myself and Mrs Rich applied for one.

  • BA-Flyer says:

    I was told 6 – 8 weeks for the IHG credit card bonus points, when I called them.

  • Dave R says:

    Do you know how long it usually takes to get the 60k bonus points on the IHG premium visa? Had my card for ages and not got anything yet.

    • sprout7 says:

      I took out IHG premium card in December and finally got my 60k points and Platinum status last week. I did chase quite a bit as I want to book a night off the back of the points quite quickly. After being told the offer didn’t exist, I wasn’t eligible, and both IHG and Barclaycard saying it was up to the other party to resolve I finally got my points. They insisted that it can take the full 8 weeks – something to do with the timing of the statement dates???
      Anyway, my first purchase was Dec 23rd so it took @ 7 weeks.

      • mark2 says:

        I received the Premium card on Jan 22, spent £20 on Jan 26 and received 60,000 points on Feb 12, so perhaps everyone got their points last week?

  • Dale says:

    Agree with previous comment – I was told 6-8 weeks for bonus IHG points, although Platinum status posted quite quickly.
    On Hilton HH – are you suggesting the free night offer is downgraded rather than enhanced? I thought it was any Hilton property.

    • Alan says:

      I wonder if they’re just trying to cover themselves re. all-inclusive properties? (which have never been included).

      For those having issues with bonus points not posting to IHG or Hilton, I’d chase up via Twitter/FB or email to their social media team. If stil nothing by 6-8 week period then submit a formal complaint via the online account servicing – they’ll eventually sort it and normally pay some compensation!

    • Fenny says:

      It’s “participating” Hilton properties. There is a website that says which aren’t included. Mostly resort properties in forrin, but not anywhere I was thinking of going. As long as there is availability – I couldn’t get Park Lane, due to the NFL being in London.