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News in brief:

Free breakfast at Marriott properties when you pay with Visa

Marriott has launched a new promotion with Visa offering free breakfast at 250 hotels across Europe, including the new JW Marriott Venice below.  Many Marriott-owned brands are covered as well as Marriott itself.

You need to book by 10th September for stay by 11th September and pay for your stay with a Visa card.  You need to check pricing when booking as some Marriott promotions do result in higher prices than you would usually pay.

Full details are on the Marriott UK site 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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

JW Marriott Venice main building

Triple Nectar points with Expedia

Until Wednesday, Nectar is offering triple points when you book a hotel, flight and hotel or flight and car package on Expedia.  I covered this in more detail on Shopper Points yesterday if you want to learn more.

HFP in the Express

HFP got a plug on the Daily Express website last week.  You can read the article here.  Any errors are due to the fact I did the interview in the Virgin Clubhouse and was more drunk than usual for 3pm ….!

Comments (22)

  • Neil says:

    Interested to know how drunk you were on the day in question and now drunk you normally are at 15:00? To you adhere to the notion that a magnum of claret is the ideal lunchtime accompaniment for two gentlemen. Provided they have had a bottle of Champagne beforehand? 😉

  • Leo says:

    You’d have to be drunk to talk to the Express.

  • Talay says:

    There is a simple reason why housing around Heathrow is relatively cheaper than other equidistant suburbs of London and as a consequence, I find it reprehensible that the masses should be held ransom by someone who knew there was an airport next door and now wants to complain about the noise.

    Personally, I would go for a nuclear option and add capacity to both Gatwick and Heathrow with, if required, say up to 6 runways at each and end the discussion for all time.

    We certainly don’t need a £40bn train to shave 15 minutes off a journey to somewhere we have no intention of going and if they want to come south they can fly or add 30 minutes to their journey time !

    • Andy says:

      Nothing to tempt you up North then? I assume the train will run a service in both directions.

    • xcalx says:

      “We certainly don’t need a £40bn train to shave 15 minutes off a journey to somewhere we have no intention of going and if they want to come south they can fly or add 30 minutes to their journey time !”

      Nice to know that the journey back up North will be 15 mins quicker!

  • hmmm, the article needs some work … “You can still accrue airmails without credit cards”. Airmails?!?

  • danksy says:

    Change of topic – The Marriott deal offers genuine value – great find!

    Rob – I appreciate the SPG implications, however do you plan running a feature on Marriotts reward system (point savers Vs Hotel points?)


  • Genghis says:

    Raffles – I’ve decided that I would like my wife and I to experience Singapore Airlines Suites Class from Frankfurt to New York. We do not have any KrisFlyer miles but each churn credit cards. Do you have any advice on how many points it is one way (i.e. redemption cost) and what the best ways are to accumulate KrisFlyer miles (Amex transfers, SPG transfers – any others?)? TIA.

    • Liz says:

      We have just opened a Kris Flyer account so that we can transfer our upgraded platinum MR pts and hopefully upcoming referral points to it as well. We want to do a one way business class flight from Singapore to Brisbane in a few years and need 55k each to do it – planning on using these pts then cancel and do again in 6 mths. Any other tips would be great.

    • Rob says:

      Looks like 67,500 each Saver and 130,000 eachs Standard. Not sure how easy 2F is as a Saver but easy to join Krisflyer and check.

      15% discount for online booking so under 60k each.

      SQ is 1:1 with Amex MR.

      If the US$ exchange rate picks up, you can use the IDC trick to get a big bonus on your SQ points – this is what I did when we flew SQ:

      Can’t remember if HSBC is an SQ partner off the top of my head?

  • harry says:

    Spotted – British Airways bosses were this week told to ask staff to “volunteer” to take unpaid (FT)leave