Bits: 8000 Flying Blue miles with one hotel stay, prepaid seating on Comair, Club Carlson Radisson RED triple points

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News in brief

8000 Flying Blue miles with one PointsHound booking

Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France programme, is offering a very generous 8000 Flying Blue miles with your first hotel booking via PointsHound.

Full details can be found here.

Apart from being a first-time PointsHound customer there are few rules – you need to book for two or more nights and book, but not stay, before 30th November.  If you have a Flying Blue account this is well worth a look.

Remember that bookings via PointsHound are treated as non-qualifying and will NOT earn you points in any hotel loyalty programme.  You may also be denied your status benefits.

Flying Blue Pointshound

Prepaid seating now available on Comair through

Comair is a British Airways franchise based in South Africa and operating across the region.  The planes are in BA colours, the staff wear BA uniforms and you earn Avios and tier points as you would on a ‘standard’ British Airways flight.  You can also redeem Avios on Comair flights, although you cannot book them using a 2-4-1 British Airways American Express voucher.

If you do not have British Airways status, Comair is now finally letting passengers choose their seats – but it’s not for free.  From 27th October Comair passengers have been able to pay a small fee to secure their preferred seats when booking their flight.

Comair charges passengers R64 for flights shorter than 90 minutens and between R80 and R144 on flights longer than 90 minutes.


Club Carlson Radisson RED triple points until February

Club Carlson launched a major double points offer this week which we will cover in detail over the weekend.

In the meantime, if you are heading to Brussels, to celebrate the opening of the second Radisson RED property Club Carlson has launched a promotion giving you triple gold points.

Radisson RED is a new contemporary Rezidor brand which focuses on music, art and fashion.  It has plans to gradually expand with a couple of new properties already in the pipeline including one in Campinas which will open towards the end of this year.

Until 28th February 2016 guests staying at a Radisson RED will earn 60 instead of the usual 20 points per $.  You are restricted in where you can use this deal though – the first Radisson RED opened in Brussels earlier this year with a second one in Minneapolis to open imminently.

You need to register online on this page to qualify for this promotion.  Full T&Cs can be found on this website.

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  1. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Would that be 95 points per dollar at a RED for a Concierge member, combining both promotions?

    • Yes, assuming they combine (and they probably would).

    • “Members registered for both Double Points and “Triple Points with RED” Promotions who complete an Eligible Stay at a Radisson RED hotel during the Promotion Periods will qualify for the “Triple Points with RED” promotion only. “

  2. OT: Hence Bits thread. Intercontinental Hotels will no longer provide Club Access to those who are upgraded to rooms which would usually attract access so it seems – at least this is what the IC Bali told me this morning quoting new T & C’s as from September 16. I had missed this “enhancement”.

    * New Ambassador T&Cs
    InterContinental® Ambassador Benefits: A room one category higher than purchased will be assigned upon check-in to InterContinental Ambassadors. InterContinental Ambassadors will be entitled to a late check-out time of 4:00 pm. Ambassadors receive fresh fruit and water in their room on arrival, with mineral water replenished daily. Ambassadors receive a personalised welcome letter and in-room gift. Ambassadors are entitled to one free Pay-TV film per stay (where a cost is applicable). Ambassadors are charged Single Rate for Double Room Occupancy. When staying on Reward Nights, all Ambassador and Royal Ambassador Privileges apply with the exception of upgrades, free Pay-TV film per stay, 24-hour guaranteed room availability, 8:00 am early check-in and complimentary mini-bar beverages (where a cost for these benefits is applicable). A Rewards Night booking must be booked under the IHG Rewards Club account of the member for him/her to enjoy the benefits.
    The Club InterContinental Experience or Club Lounge access will not be given to Ambassadors as this is not a benefit that is included in Ambassador Status.

    They have offered me access for a fee of $50 per night for 2 people.

    • I had this in Abu Dhabi a year ago. Bit of a joke as the rooms are often identical apart from club access. Some hotel do not even have dedicated club rooms and just code it in to a normal room key.

    • Has this not always been the case? I am always upgraded to a club room but never get club access unless I pay the ipgrade. That seems fair to me: let’s not forget that ambassador is available to anybody with $200 and that fee is recouped anyway through the free night. Giving away lounge access too would be overly generous I think . $50 per night looks like a very fair price to me- surely breakfast alone would cost that much?

      • It’s always been the case, just not written down. I imagine some hotels made/make exceptions as they see fit.

        IC O2 certainly didn’t give me access as an AMB when they updated me to a riverview suite. I did specifically ask at checkin, and was very politely declined.

      • Like Tangey said, It has alway been the case. I think the wording was slightly different in the T&C, was something like only RA will get free access to club if upgraded to a room that comes with Club access.

      • I think probably property specific – I did get club access at IC Bangkok in March on an AMB booking. The text I cut and pasted above was included and highlighted in an email from reservations. Earlier this year the IC Bali told me something entirely different i.e. that if I booked the room below club room I would get upgraded to this with full club package including airport transfers. I’m not saying that $50 is a bad deal for 2 people to access club facilities – just that it’s apparently a rule now that all ICs are applying.

      • Yes but it is only relevant when a guest is moved TO club room, not on any booking, and I would have thought there is some connection between lounge capacity and club room numbers?

        (In stark contrast to the situation at Hiltons)

        • Not really, if you sell your club rooms many hotels will keep marketing them and stick a coffee machine and bathrobe in a normal room.

  3. O/T interesting quirk of Amex/Hilton offer of £50 off £250 that’s kicking about at the moment. The offer seems to have activated on my card having spent £199 a month ago and £80 last week. Didn’t expect it, but seems to have activated the £50 statement credit.

    • I think this is more common than we realise – I dug out the BA offer Ts&Cs recently to check exactly this, and buried in the text is the word ‘accumulative’, which implies that multiple bookings will count 🙂

  4. OT: Looking for cheap way to get 2 lounge passes for Manchester Airport for next week.
    any ideas much appreciated.

  5. RussellH says:

    OT Too:

    Got 4 816 bonus IHG points yesterday thank to HfP – brilliant!

    Got an e-mail from IHG this morning:

    Subject: You have received bouns IHG points

    Body text: Choose your Ultimate Summer from just €49 for stays between 17 June to 7 September …

    There is an HTML attachment about HfP.

    This is the second time I have had this. Anyone else?

  6. Concerto says:

    Damn, I forgot to click through for a non refundable booking I made yesterday for Nuremberg (EUR149). My brain was wired to making the bookings through the app because of an Accelerate task and I forgot about the HFP offer.

    • RussellH says:

      Can you use HfP together with App bookings for Accelerate?

      • Genghis says:

        No. The HfP offer is decent though as it allows you to get the IHG best rate and still get cash / points back.

  7. Peter K says:

    Another OT. I want to use some avios plus cash on a hotel booking. Would the £100 off £500 at trigger if I hit the GBP spend though it’s not a flight?

  8. Anyone know if the stay actually needs to be consumed when booking with Rocketmiles? There are some cheap rooms in Turkey loaded on the site.

    • Sorry that should be Pointshound ….not rocketmiles

    • Alistair Todd says:

      I’d also like to know the answer to that. Anyone?

      • Alistair Todd says:

        Ah, OK. Terms state “completed” bookings, so looks like you do have to show up.

        Earning Award Miles

        Flying Blue members may choose to earn Award Miles at participating hotels and resorts subject to following conditions:

        • Award Miles will only be earned on completed hotel booking that are paid in full by a credit or debit card.

        • Award Miles will post to valid Flying Blue accounts 2-4 weeks after checkout from qualifying hotel stays (posting time varies by hotel)

  9. the real harry says:

    O/T I guess many of us have Tesco credit cards…

    We’re giving our Credit Card customers a little extra help this Christmas
    Use your Tesco Credit Card in store and at between 1st November and 31st December 2016 and we’ll give you 0% interest on those purchases until your March 2017 statement. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply

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