News in brief:
35% discount when you buy Starwood Preferred Guest points extended
I had this written as a ‘last chance to buy’ piece. And then, at 10pm, Starwood went and extended the deal until 14th July.
The good news is that the bonus is NOT staggered. As long as buy more than 5,000 points, you get the full 35% off.
At the top end, 30,000 points will cost you $682.50 (£529). Assuming that you convert them to airline miles with the 25% uplift for moving chunks of 20,000 at a time, these can be converted to 37,500 airline miles in the majority of programmes.
This works out at 1.4p per airline mile. This is not a great deal most of the time (you can often pick up Avios for 1.0p) but it might make sense with some other programmes. You cannot buy Lufthansa Miles & More miles at all, directly, so being able to get them for 1.4p may well work for some people.
30,000 Starwood points would also convert into 90,000 Marriott Rewards points. If you are working towards a Marriott Travel Package redemption – and they are outstanding value as this article explains – then buying the full 30,000 Starwood points may well make sense.
The rules are straightforward – points post within 24 hours, maximum purchase of 30,000 points per year, your SPG account must be 14 days old to participate.
If you are interested, you can buy SPG points via this link. But you no longer need to jump in today ……
Heathrow to open an airside gym in Terminal 2
Heathrow Airport has announced plans to open the world’s first wellness and fitness studio in an airport.
FlyFit, based in Terminal 2, opens this autumn and will offer passengers both instructor-led and interactive strength, restorative yoga, and cardio classes.
The FlyFit team will provide rental workout clothing, shower facilities and healthy food options. If the concept works you can expect it to be rolled out to other terminals.
Europcar launches flash sale
Europcar is launching a flash sale today for UK rentals which runs until 4th July.
The following codes, when used on the Europcar UK site here, will give you a discount on your next UK rental:
- 10JULY17 for £10 off £60
- 20JULY17 for £20 off £120
- 30JULY17 for £30 off £180
- 40JULY17 for £40 off £240
- 60JULY17 for £60 off £360