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Bits: Iberia competition winner, bonus, get 10% off Melia hotels

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News in brief:

HfP reader wins Iberia’s Facebook competition

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned a competition that Iberia was running on Facebook to win 120,000 Avios points.

There were only 188 entries when I wrote about it, so I was fairly sure that – after a couple of thousand HfP readers had entered – the winner would be from here.  I was right – reader Ed was the winner.  Well done!

He already has the 120,000 Avios in a new Iberia Plus account but, due to the rules of the scheme, he can’t transfer them to BA for 90 days!

Kaligo 350 2

Get 1,000 extra miles with

Hotel booking site is running a ‘new user’ promotion until 8th May.

If you are a new user of (defined as ’email, loyalty account, billing address and payment card not previously used’) and spend over $300 equivalent, you will receive 1,000 additional airline miles.  This is on top of whatever base miles you receive for your booking.

What is interesting about this offer is that it applies to ALL of the airline partners has.  This may be an opportunity to pick up a bonus in a niche programme where you are collecting, such as Alaska, Aeroflot, ANA, Asia Miles, China Eastern, China Southern, Malaysia, Etihad, Eva Air, KLM / Air France, Garuda, Hawaiian, JAL, LATAM, United, Jet, Turkish, Alitalia, Air China, PINS, Qatar, Royal Jordanian, Thai, Saudia, Ethiopian, Airberlin, FlyDubai etc etc.

You need to book via this special landing page to get the 1,000 miles deal.

Remember that bookings are treated as ‘third party’ bookings and so do not earn points or status benefits with the hotel’s own loyalty scheme.  It is best used if you are booking an independent hotel or a chain hotel where do not have status and are not collecting their own points.

Gran Melia Palacio De Los Duques Madrid Bed Bath

Get 10% off Melia hotel bookings

Spanish hotel group Melia has launched a 10% discount code, valid until the end of the year at all of their 350 properties.

You need to book via this landing page and enter code 0393-MELIA10 in the Promotional Code box.

We’ve reviewed some impressive new Melia properties recently including INNSiDE Manchester (review), INNSiDE New York (review) and Gran Melia Palicio de Los Duques in Madrid (review and photo above).  Remember that Amex Platinum cardholders receive Melia Rewards Gold status as one of their benefits.

How to get MeliaRewards Gold status from American Express

How to get MeliaRewards Gold status from American Express (July 2024)

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE MeliaRewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Hilton Honors Gold and Radisson Rewards Premium status.

We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

You can discover the benefits of MeliaRewards Gold status on the Melia website here. It includes three vouchers per year worth 20% off any booking.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

Small business owners may want to consider American Express Business Platinum instead:

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

(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.)

Comments (41)

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  • the real harry1 says:

    make that 312 Avios with the 25% bonus

  • Steve says:

    Iberia Competition – Congratulations Ed (Gemma). Nice to see a HFP reader was able to win (though I would have had a better chance if I had not told Rob ).

    Note that as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations Iberia also have an ongoing competition with 2 x 25,000 Avios monthly prizes and a grand prize of a blank ticket. Details and entry can be found at:

    • Ed says:

      Thanks guys, Thanks also for sharing it Steve. As per the above I am not on Facebook. Had considered reactivating my account just to enter but decided against it. Do not normally win anything so goes to show no harm in it. Will take a look at the other competitions. Cheers ed

  • Billy says:

    I have a lot of time for Kaligo, have found them to be excellent. Also like that they show the pricing of rivals as occasionally they are not always the cheapest.

  • Jo says:

    Re Kaligo
    Just beware when you book through Kaligo (or similar sites such as Rocketmiles) that when you book a double room it appears there is no guarantee what room type you will get (twin or double bed). It is double occupancy only with room type allocated by the hotel. We’ve just been caught and advised by the hotel it is to do with the block booking which often allocates you to the spare twin rooms as they are more likely to be free than doubles. Just glad we found this out on a one night booking!

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