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60% bonus on IHG Rewards Club points purchases
IHG Rewards Club is offering a 60% bonus when you buy 5,000 points or more before March 29th.
This is not, in itself, a fantastic deal. At its very cheapest, you are paying $7.18 per 1,000 points. This is still more expensive than they would cost by doing the ‘cash and points and cancel’ trick. This involves doing a ‘cash and points’ redemption – 5,000 points + $70 instead of 15,000 points – and then immediately cancelling.
It might, just might, be helpful if you require a specific number of points to empty out an account. The problem with the ‘cash and points and cancel’ trick is that you need to buy in multiples of 10,000 points to get the $7 price. This promo allows you to buy exactly what you need. The link to buy is here.
Double or triple Heathrow Rewards points
Until 30th April, Heathrow Rewards is offering double points on purchases between £125 and £499 and triple points on purchases over £500.
It is only valid at fashion retailers, specificially Alexander McQueen, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Case Luggage, Cath Kidston, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Gucci, Hackett, Harrods, Hugo Boss, Jack Wills, John Lewis, Kurt Geiger, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Mont Blanc, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Reiss, Rolling Luggage, Salvatore Ferragamo, Smythson, Sunglass Hut, Ted Baker, Valentino and Zara. It excludes Bulgari, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Harrods Signature stores.
Don’t forget that you can get 1,100 Heathrow Rewards points for signing up via this Etihad-sponsored promotion. Etihad Guest is also offering a 100% conversion bonus when you transfer your Heathrow Rewards points before the end of April.
Decent redemption deal at the Aloft in Liverpool
Starwood Hotels recently opened a branch of the modern boutique Aloft chain in Liverpool. It is housed in the historic, neo-baroque, Royal Insurance Building in the city centre, picture above.
It has been classified as a Category 2 hotel by Starwood Preferred Guest. This means that it costs 4,000 SPG points per night during the week and just 3,000 at weekends.
Pricing is all over the place but seems to be around £80 midweek and often well over £100 on a Saturday. This makes it an EXCELLENT use of SPG points.
Even better, ‘cash and points’ appears to be permanently midweek at just 2,000 points + $35. This is even better value, giving you around 3p per Starwood point.
You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into Starwood Preferred Guest at the rate of 2:1. You would be getting at least 1p per Amex point if you redeemed at the Aloft. You can also get the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card (review) which has a £75 fee but a sign-up bonus of 10,000 SPG points.