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News in brief:

40% bonus when you buy Hyatt Gold Passport points

The new ‘World of Hyatt’ loyalty programme is gearing up to launch and this might be the last mention of Hyatt Gold Passport on Head for Points.

Until 17th February, you can get a 40% bonus when you buy Hyatt Gold Passport points.  The deal is targeted but widely available as far as I can tell.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as the ones in Tokyo, Paris or Sydney, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

The new Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca, photo below, is another possibility.   Prices are scary in August (rooms from Euro 680, or Euro 850 if you want a cancellable one) so a redemption at 20,000 points per night ($336 of bought points) would be a VERY good deal.

Importantly, Hyatt has ‘last room availability’ for reward nights so if the cheapest room category is available for cash, you can have it for points.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

Interesting 2-4-1 deal at the two London Jumeirah hotels

The Dubai-based hotel group Jumeirah operates two hotels in London.  Both are situated in Knightsbridge and are literally 30 seconds apart; I think you can even cross-charge.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower is just off Sloane Street and overlooks Cadogan Square.  It is a ’60’s tower which has been smartly refurbished – I had a night there a couple of years ago.  Jumeirah Lowndes is a contemporary boutique hotel just around the corner.   Both are very high-end properties.

Until 22nd March, you can book two nights for the price of one between Thursday and Monday.  The rate can only be booked via this page.

You need to be a member of the Jumeirah Sirius reward scheme to take advantage of this deal, but membership is free.

The 2-4-1 deal is priced off the Best Available Rate.  The good news is that these special rates are cancellable, the bad news is that it is not strictly 2-4-1 if you compare it with non-refundable rates on the same night.  That said, it is still excellent value.  Suites are included.

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Air France launches flights to The Maldives

Finally, Air France is launching flights to The Maldives from 1st November.

This is a toe in the water exercise with just two flights per week this winter.  If you have a stack of Flying Blue miles this might be an interesting redemption option, especially as the British Airways flights to Male are hard to get on Avios.

You can check times and pricing on the Air France site here.

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (October 2022)

Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card.  However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

These cards earn Membership Rewards points:

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (33)

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  • Brian says:

    OT – a couple of new Amex offers, including one for participating Amex Invites restaurants – £10 statement credit for spend of at least £10! I imagine the restaurants are mostly too expensive for one to get a free meal, but it’s definitely worth a look for those in London.

    • Genghis says:

      I saved this morning. Camino (Spanish tapas) do a few breakfast items / tapas which could come to perhaps just over a tenner.

    • Gin and Tonic Please says:

      Won’t let me save to my card – though I’m in the US at the moment so might be linked to that. Otherwise only thing I can think is that they’ve already reached the limit.

      • Rimas says:

        Won’t let me save it too and I am in UK..

        • the real harry1 says:

          I saved it x2 about 3pm so it is/ was still working

          • Crafty says:

            Having tried and been denied as above all of yesterday, this has now disappeared from both our cards. Pulled early, or 10k more fortunate than us on the technical glitch, I wonder.

  • n says:

    disappointed with the lack of stacking opportunity á la Naked Wines!


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