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Bits: bonus miles with Kaligo hotels, Emirates scraps free wi-fi

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News in brief:

New hotel deals for bonus miles

Hotel booking group is currently running a very generous Avios promotion.   You will receive 5,000 Avios with £500 of cumulative spend or 10,000 Avios with £1,000 of cumulative hotel spend when you book before 11th July (your stays can be later). Details are in this HfP article and you can book here.  Both new and existing customers can take part.

If are looking for something other than Avios, has launched two other offers which are valid with ALL of its airline partners – which means pretty much every major airline scheme going.

Offer 1 – 1,000 bonus miles with your first booking of $300 equivalent or more (click here)

Offer 2 – 20% bonus miles with your first booking (click here)

For most people, the first deal will be the most generous as long are you are spending $300+.  Remember that hotels booked via are treated as third party bookings so you will not receive any hotel loyalty points on top – it is best used for non-chain bookings or at chains where you do not have status.

Both of these offers are for bookings made by 28th June (the stay can be later) and are for new customers only.

Emirates A380

Emirates scraps free wi-fi

Emirates has always had one of the most generous wi-fi policies.  You received 10 MB for free and a further 600 MB for a token $1, although the downside of this was a relatively slow service due to the number of users.

From 14th June, it has changed its policy.  In Business Class, wi-fi will be free if you are a member of the Emirates Skywards loyalty scheme.  Importantly, you cannot sign up during the flight itself.

For Business Class travellers who are not in Emirates Skywards, and for all Economy Class passengers, the charges are:

Free – 10 MB of data

$9.99 – up to 150 MB of data

$15.99 – up to 500 MB of data

Unless you are on a very long flight, Emirates suggests the $9.99 package, on the grounds that the speed isn’t good enough for video streaming anyway.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (August 2022)

Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

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 Emirates Skywards 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 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (32)

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  • Davewhite says:

    Off topic Q regarding BA 241 voucher. I am the head of our BA family account. My wife has earned her amex BA 241 Is there any issue with her using the household account avios to redeem the 241 flights?

    • Alan says:

      No problem, it automatically pulls them proportionately from each HHA member’s account anyway.

      • Peter K says:

        Ageing with the above. She does not have to do anything special to use the Avios, it automatically takes them from everyone.

  • Innocent Abroad says:

    I wonder what the following means (in the Kaligo promotion):

    “Offer may be applied to one standard guest room per stay, Eligible Participant, based on double occupancy during the Promotional Period”

    Does it mean that if only person is staying at the room booked it is not eligible?

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