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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.

So, in that case, I only need to remind you that Starwood is offering a 35% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 14th July, which is the new extended deadline. The link to buy is here.

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 ……

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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.

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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

Comments (27)

  • Alex says:

    HfP: “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.”

    I think you’ll find it’s 35,000 airline miles! 30,000 SPG points = 20,000 + 10,000 which when bonused is 25,000 + 10,000 = 35,000. The 25% uplift doesn’t apply to the second non-complete chunk. Of course if you were to combine the purchased points with an existing balance you would get 50,000 airline miles (two lots of bonused 20,000 SPG points).

    • Genghis says:

      … and thereby the 30k SPGs you purchased would get you 37.5k airmiles prorata

    • Rob says:

      I was assuming that you left the 2nd batch until you got to 20,000.

  • Hugo says:

    Great news on the gym! I was just doing a 2hr lay over in T2 yesterday and thinking it would have been the ideal time to do a workout, not sure how useful the instructors will be though, if it were me I would rather just have the equipment and machines available and do my own thing (plus you usually only get the most out of an instructor when they know you and what you do)

  • Dan says:

    “world’s first wellness and fitness studio”

    Isn’t there a gym at SIN and also at the spa complex in DOH?

    • Dave says:

      I thought of SIN too when I read that, but I think that’s just a room full of exercise machines, without a studio for any sort of classes. I’d always choose the pool over the gym in SIN anyway!

    • daftboy says:

      I believe there’s also a gym concept rolling out to some US airports (possibly Cincinnati?), but that might be landside.

  • Cate says:

    What’s redemption availability like on Lufthansa? Not keen on Marriot package but Lufthansa’s first looks very nice.

    • Rob says:

      I’m reviewing LH F next week if I find the time to write it up. Availability if booked via Miles & More is excellent. You CANNOT book LH First via any other Star Alliance airline except within 14 days of departure, which isn’t very helpful unless your schedule is flexible.

      • Cate says:

        Hmnn…may have to buy one ticket for Mr Cate and wait for the 14 days to kick in for a redemption. Looking forward to your review Rob. Many thanks for being spot on the money again!

  • JK says:

    Also re Europcar, they are still doing the one-way hires for £,1 https://www.europcar.co.uk/deals/one-way-uk.step

    This has to be the cheapest way to get to the airport. I booked for our August Gatwick departure, saved £60 taxi fare / more for 2 weeks parking…

  • ahop says:

    OT: Virgin upgrade voucher. Only applicable for one person if £10k is spent on the white card, but is that for one person on a return flight or could it be for two persons one way?

    • Scallder says:

      ahop – can be either one return or 2 x one ways for 2 people.

  • idrive says:

    OT: urgent anyone knows if the Amex discount on travel booked via AmexTravel ending today is cumulative or must be in one shot?

  • idrive says:

    Excellent!! thank you very much!

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