Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Bits: Lufthansa closes its oilandenergyclub, get triple PartnerPlusBenefit points

Links on Head for Points may support the site by paying a commission.  See here for all partner links.

News in brief:

Get a half price stay at Park Hyatt Mallorca

Hyatt Gold Passport has brought back its 30% bonus for buying points.  Until 31st August, you will receive a 30% bonus when buying 5,000 points or more.

This would work well at the new Park Hyatt Mallorca which looks very impressive (see below).  Rooms start at €680 (£570) per night for cash this month, but the equivalent 20,000 points would cost you just £280.  This is based on paying $1,128 for 61,100 points.

Alternatively, using 6,000 points per night for a suite upgrade would be a steal here.  Note that you need to book a deluxe room to be able to upgrade and pay a flexible rate, plus the hotel must have suite upgrade availability.

The link to buy Hyatt points is here.  A couple could each buy 61,100 points and have enough points for a six night stay.

Lufthansa closes oilandenergyclub

Just a couple of weeks after I wrote about it, Lufthansa has announced the closure of its oilandenergyclub presumably due to the slump in the oil market.

The good news is that benefits are being honoured until the expiry date on your membership card.  This means that members will continue to get the benefits of Lufthansa Frequent Traveller status for a while yet.

Triple PartnerPlusBenefit points to Europe this August

PartnerPlusBenefit is the small business scheme for the UK and Ireland run by 11 of the Star Alliance airlines.  This includes Lufthansa and Swiss.

I wrote about PPB in detail in this article.  It is a LOT more flexible than the British Airways On Business scheme which I reviewed here – although you’d be daft not to join On Business too if you have a VAT registered UK business.

In addition, until 31st August 2016, you will earn triple the normal amount of BenefitPoints when travelling on Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels or SWISS direct to Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Brussels, Zurich or Geneva.

The offer is valid from any UK airport they serve.  You need to register for the offer via your PPB account.

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Star Alliance miles from UK credit cards (July 2024)

None of the Star Alliance airlines currently have a UK credit card.

There is, however, still a way to earn Star Alliance miles from a UK credit card

The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to over 40 airlines at the rate of 3:1.

The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend. At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 airline miles per £1 spent on the card.

There is a preferential conversion rate to United Airlines – which is a Star Alliance member – of 2 : 1 if you convert 60,000 Bonvoy points at once.

The Star Alliance members which are Marriott Bonvoy transfer partners are: Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Singapore Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points for signing up and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

Comments (17)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Brian says:

    I noticed that Travelzoo is currently running a deal at the Park Hyatt Hamburg (which Rob rates so highly) for 255 Euros including breakfast and various extras.

    • Alex says:

      I paid £120 a night a few weeks ago just through, albeit without extras

  • Dannyrado says:

    You have to pay a specific minimum rate to upgrade to a suite at 6000 points. That minimum rate is the cash rate for any deluxe room… Which I’m sure will be eye watering. Not entirely sure it’ll be ‘a steal’ Rob!!

    • Raffles says:

      Hyatt suite upgrades are a genuine steal if:

      A deluxe room (which you need to book) is either what you would have booked anyway or is close in price to a basic room


      A flexible rate, which you must book, is close in price to a non-cancellable rate or you were going to book a flexible rate anyway

      If these align you’ve got a deal.

  • Simmo says:

    £570 a night in Mallorca? Crazy money!

    £280 a night sounds about right as it looks such a nice hotel…

    Obviously comparing Oranges and Apples but… £2000 gets you 5* All inclusive including flights for a couple for a week is available in various hotels on the island.

    • Rob says:

      £570 is a standard deal in August for high end luxury in Mallorca.

      Arguably it is cheap. I looked at the St Regis and they wanted £2,000 per night for two rooms in mid August. I assume the Hyatt will be nearer that next year. We are slumming it at the Hilton but we are still paying more than £570, albeit for a junior suite and connecting room.

      • Leo says:

        I’m at the Hilton in September – full report please!!!

        • Rob says:

          A barrister friend who I respect has been to Sa Torre numerous times and this is teh only reason we are going. They have a lot of rooms and combos which are not on the website and which you need to email them to ask about, which is what we did. Also got the standard Hilton 50% discount on a 2nd room for children which kept the cost down.

          • Leo says:

            Barrister’s recommendations mean very little to me – I say this also as a barrister 😉

  • Tom C says:

    I was not aware that for just 6k points you could get a suite upgrade. We’re flying to Fiji in 3 weeks with a 3 night layover at the PH Sydney, so this will be very useful. Cheers, Rob.

    • Stewie says:

      Tom, you can’t use Hyatt Diamond suite upgrades at PH Sydney (specifically excluded) so I think probably the same applies to the 6k/night points suite upgrade.

    • Rob says:

      6,000 per night, obviously.

      It used to be 6,000 for up to 4 nights which was insanely good.

      • Talay says:

        Yes, I used the 6000 points to upgrade to a suite in the Park Hyatt Tokyo which were (still are ?) insanely priced.

        Once my favourite hotel in the world.

  • Kevin says:

    Hi, sorry for OT, but at least hotel related. I *think* I read somewhere on HfP, that if you are Spire Elite with IHG and buy Ambassador, that your status changes to Spire Ambassador and you lasts for another year? Also you can choose 25000 points again? Basically, my Spire expires end of ’16. By buying Ambassador, can I extend that to ’17? Is that right or am I imagine that?

    • Leo says:

      Actually mine did extend till 31/12/17 though I didn’t link this to having paid for Ambassador at the time. This “extension” was never directly communicated, I just noticed the date change in my account details. Certainly no extra points.

  • Doodles says:

    OT but Hyatt related, Hyatt Place Hayes is now open and there is an opening offer for those collecting Hyatt Gold Passport points:

    In celebration of the opening of the first Hyatt Place in the UK, book now using offer code ‘HAYES’ to receive 2,000 bonus Hyatt Gold Passport points on eligible stays that include two nights or more between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.

    • Lady London says:

      …. And from that location, pay great attention to the traffic patterns if you are trying to get from (or especially to) Heathrow anywhere near the rush hour morning or evening. Make sure you have a driver who won’t get you stuck on the Hayes bypass (A312) and knows the ways round.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.