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News in brief:

100% bonus on Etihad Guest transfers

Etihad Guest has launched a special offer for Heathrow Rewards members (the loyalty scheme which gives points for Heathrow Airport shopping, parking in the official Heathrow car parks and for Heathrow Express trips).

Until September 30th, you will receive a 100% bonus when you convert your Heathrow Rewards points into Etihad Guest miles.

Three people who convert will also win an additional 50,000 Etihad miles.

The offer shows on the Etihad Guest page of the Heathrow Rewards website.   Remember that, if you have the UK Etihad credit cards, you also get a free upgrade to the Heathrow Rewards ‘Premium’ tier which doubles your earning to 2 points per £1 if you register here.

Premium tier members now get FREE super-fast wi-fi at Heathrow – 500% faster than the speed that everyone else gets.

Track your luggage with Smart Tags

HfP reader Kerry sent me some information about Smart Tags, his new luggage tracking business, and I am happy to give it a mention as it looks interesting.

Smart Tags attach to your luggage like standard luggage tags.  They include a QR code, however, which is personalised to you.  If the bag is lost, anyone who scans the code using a smartphone with QR reading software on it will see your contact information.

Importantly, you can control what information is shown.  You may be happy with your full name and address or you may just want a mobile or email address to come up.  It is up to you.

There are NO on-going costs with Smart Tags.  You pay a one-off fee of £10.95 including postage for two tags and the tracking code will continue to work ad-infinitum.

Comments (21)

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  • James67 says:

    Presumably the link to join HR via Etihad website and get a1k bonus on first spend over £25 is still active also. Would be nice if the bonus got doubled too but I doubt it.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, that offer runs until the end of the year. The Lufthansa offer is better though – 2,500 points for 2 x £50 spends (as longs as you would do 2 x £50 spends).

      • James67 says:

        Thanks Rob, I’ll stick with Etihad one as I’m currently aiming dor another 3100 miles with them.

  • Nick Burch says:

    In other Etihad news, I got an email today saying that if I booked a Business class ticket, they’d give me a free 1 night stopover in a 5* hotel in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, First class and I’d get two nights. Seems to be valid on any booking class. http://www.etihad.com/en-gb/plan-and-book/book-stopovers/premium-stopovers/

  • Nick Burch says:

    Anyone know how sturdy the Smart Tags are? I’ve been finding that the BAEC tags only last a few trips, before airport baggage systems destroy them…

  • ankomonkey says:

    Regarding the Smart Tags, my wife bought a suitcase in Japan several years ago that had a permanent equivalent to this built into the case, so it can’t come off without destroying the case.

    • Joemcluskey says:

      My TUMI bags have it as well. But you would need to open the case to find and scan the barcode.

    • mkcol says:

      My CabinZero bag has similar, but on the outside by the handle. If anything they’re a bit too discreet & you’d possibly not know they were there if you didn’t know they existed.

  • A says:

    Aren’t smart tags the same as Okoban? You

  • mark2 says:

    On the subject of Etihad, has anyone ever managed to redeem on Alitalia?
    The points look enticing at 12,000 return to Italy, but there is no mention of additional costs which make me think they are high. It also appears to require returning from the same place (which we rarely do). Has anyone done it please, as I have 27,000 points from the recent credit card promotion and want to go to Italy next year?

    • James67 says:

      If you do a search here or FT it will not take you long to realise that EY partner redemptions are closest to the biggest joke in the frequent flyer industry.

      • Rob says:

        AA is generally OK as I understand it, agree on the others!

      • mark2 says:

        Thanks, as I suspected.
        I’ll just use some Avios!

        • James67 says:

          If you doubt you will reach a useful Etihad balance you could always cashout your 27k for £100+ of pointspay or useful shopping vouchers. That would free up equivalent cash allowing you to book revenue flights of choice or reduce avios outlay via cash and avios if you are avios-poor at the moment. If you could get your balance up to around 33k then you can get about £150 of value in this way. Obvioysly not as good as redeeming for flight but a decent alternative if earning substantive further miles is unrealistic.

    • Phillip says:

      Oman Air redemptions are also OK!

  • Tim says:

    I don’t really see the point of the Smart Tags. Whatever information you wish to make public to someone reading one, you might as well publish on a free luggage tag. Then someone doesn’t have to have a QR code app to get in touch with you.

    • jeff says:

      I totally agree. Smart tags are a complete gimmick. However…thats not to say the business of selling them will not be successful. eBay being the perfect example, people often believe they’re getting a ‘deal’ simply because they’re buying from eBay – when very often prices of equivalent goods from major retailing stores are more competitive. A fool and his money are easily parted!

  • Martin Gostling says:

    Avery have a website where you can create QR code labels with your personal contact information. They will then print and send you a packet of labels for a fee. I have not tried it myself but here is a link in case anyone is interested.
    http://www.avery.co.uk/avery/en_gb/Demos/Software-Demos/Creating-Barcodes-Using-Avery-Design–Print-Online.htm

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