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The final bits of news in brief for the year:

Do you have Golden Circle points expiring today?

If you earned a pile of Shangri-La Golden Circle points from their big 2013 promotion, they will be expiring today if you failed to use them.

It is worth remembering that you can order a dining voucher today and it will be valid for six months.  That gives you a little bit of leeway.  Don’t let them die without a fight!

Alternatively, convert them to Avios.  Until midnight today (UK or Singapore time?) the minimum airline conversion has been cut to just 1,000 points so you may well have enough.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa (and other Star Alliance partners) matching BA sale fares from Dublin

Before Christmas I covered some of the excellent British Airways business class fares to North America currently available if you are willing to start your trip in Dublin.  Fares are available for under £800 return.

Lufthansa has matched this with its own sale out of Dublin.  If you are focussed on Star Alliance instead of oneworld, this could be an opportunity to top up your miles or earn status more quickly.

Here are the headline prices which should allow routings on Lufthansa or SWISS.  SWISS business class is generally seen as being better than Lufthansa if you get offered the choice, especially in terms of seat:

Dublin to …. (all prices business class, return)

  • New York €1,119
  • Boston €1,129
  • Honolulu  €1,769
  • Los Angeles €1,399
  • Seattle €1,399
  • Miami €1,279
  • Detroit €1,339
  • San Francisco €1,339
  • Atlanta €1,319
  • Denver €1,399
  • Calgary €1,499
  • Vancouver €1,499
  • Toronto €1,319

You need to book by 2nd February and travel between 19th March – 18th April or 1st July to 31st August.  Saturday night stay required.

The Lufthansa booking site is here whilst the SWISS site is here.

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List your AwardWallet three month Premium trial codes (for new users only)

If you signed up for AwardWallet after my article yesterday, you may – or may not – have been lucky enough to grab a free six month code for their Premium service.

If you are a new member you are, in any event, eligible for a three month trial of Premium.  You need a code from an existing member but my batch has run out.

Feel free to post your AwardWallet three month trial codes under this article if you want to give them away to HFP readers.

If you joined AwardWallet yesterday (if you didn’t, you can use this link to join) and didn’t get a six month code, you can use a code from a fellow reader to try Premium for three months.

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