News in brief:
Amazon Prime Day – big discounts today only
Amazon Prime Day has returned for the third time.
What started as a one off event for Amazon’s 20th birthday two years ago, is now an established annual event where Amazon makes certain items available at big discounts to anyone who is an Amazon Prime member (or who is happy to sign up for a free 30 day trial).
Like last year we were given advance notice of some of the deals yesterday. Full details, including how to join Amazon Prime for a free trial, and some sample offers can be found here at Shopper Points.
Amazon’s major electronic products are hugely discounted:
Whilst not strictly travel related, the following deals looked pretty good and will be available all day today:
- GoPro HERO5 £244.99 (RRP £381.05)
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4 £529.99 (RRP £878.75)
- Trunki Ride-on suitcase £25.99 (RRP £39.99)
There are also lots of Lightning Deals available throughout the day. I am not allowed to give out pricing details on these so you’ll have to look at the Amazon Prime Day site to find out. As an example, from 23:34 (odd time, I know) Eve mattresses in various sizes are available for a very good price.
If you can’t find anything to buy today, you can buy a £50 gift card via this link and you will get a promo code for a £5 bonus.
If you do decide to buy anything, and you visit Amazon via this link, HFP gets a small commission and you can consider your annual HFP subscription paid …..
Our Shopper Points article is here if you want to know more.
75% bonus when you buy Club Carlson points
Club Carlson, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is offering a 75% bonus when you buy points, however few or many points you buy.
The link to buy points is here. The offer runs until Friday 14th July.
This deal does potentially offer value if you redeem in the right places on expensive nights, although the fall in the value of the £ makes buying points in $ to use in the UK far less attractive than it was.
The maximum number of points you can purchase is 70,000 (40,000 + 30,000 bonus) for $280. That is £217.
The key London hotels such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – a new London property with a pool and next to the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium etc – are 70,000 points per night, so £217. Rob reviewed the hotel here.
The May Fair (which Rob reviewed here, and didn’t like much) is also 70,000 points. The new Park Plaza Waterloo, which we covered the other day, is 50,000 points which is $203 (£157).
At the more prosaic end of the scale, there are various Park Inn budget hotels around the UK for 9,000 points per night. Under this promo, 9,000 points would cost you just £22 based on the pro-rata price of 70,000.
Remember that you can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at the 1:3 rate if you need a few extra points for a planned redemption. To be honest, if I had the Amex points I would use those rather than buy points even with a 75% bonus. You are getting almost 1p per Membership Rewards point compared to buying the points directly.
You can buy points via this page of the Club Carlson site.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)