News in brief:
Redeem your Avios points from Humberside Airport
Great news for anyone living near Hull, Grimsby or Scunthorpe. From next Friday 15th April, British Airways is launching flights from Humberside Airport.
OK, it isn’t quite as exciting as that. It isn’t British Airways directly, it is BA franchise SUN-AIR of Denmark – although the plane will be painted in BA colours and the flights will earn Avios and tier points.
Secondly, you can only fly to Denmark – to Aalborg (see below) and Billund (home of Legoland). The service is being underwritten by Siemens who need to be able to move staff between their wind power operations in the UK and Denmark.
Flights will only operate on Fridays and Sundays, using a single-cabin Fairchild 328 jet with 32 seats.
Out of the UK to Billund, there is 16.55 on Fridays and an 18.45 on Sundays. The Sunday flight goes via Aalborg.
Flights to Humberside leave Billund at 15.10 on Friday and pick up in Aalborg at 16.00. There is also a direct Billund service inbound on Sundays. A weekend break in Billund is therefore possible but not to Aalborg.
Flights are bookable, for cash or Avios, at ba.com.
Win 60,000 Avios in a Melia Hotels competition
You don’t need to be on Facebook to enter. Simply visit their page – the answer is Berlin – and submit your details. The closing date is the end of April.
The INNSiDE in New York has just opened, details here, and is worth pricing up if you are heading out there. Rates will be very competitive for the first few months and obviously you will be getting a brand new room.
If you recently gained Melia Rewards Gold status via your Amex Platinum card, this will also be a chance to put your new status to work.
Park Plaza Country Hall – just £129, today only
Until midnight tonight (Saturday), Park Plaza hotels is selling the Park Plaza County Hall in London for just £129.
This rate is valid for stays until 6th June. The rate appears to be available every day so if you are locked into a high rate for a London stay over the next few weeks it might be worth taking a look at this. You can add breakfast for an extra £10.
You can only book this rate by going to the Park Plaza website and using the promotional code PARK. Rates will be substantially higher – over £100 higher on some nights I checked – if you do not use the PARK code.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)
Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.
These cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with four free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.
Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Premium status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)