News in brief:
Exclusive HfP competition coming on Monday
On Monday we will be launching an exclusive competition with Chivas Regal whisky (an excellent choice if you’re looking for a duty free purchase!) giving away a VIP distillery tour. One lucky reader will win a trip to Scotland, including flights, hotel and spending money.
Don’t forget to visit Head for Points on Monday to enter. Over 18’s and UK residents only.
Two new Lufthansa Miles & More hotel deals with Accor and Hilton
Two new Miles & More deals have been launched for anyone looking to boost their Lufthansa balance.
Hilton Honors is offering triple Miles & More miles between 1st September and 30th November. To take part, you need to register at this page on the Hilton site and change your earning preference from ‘points and points’ to ‘points and miles’.
You are trading off five Hilton Honors points (which I value at 1.5p) for three Miles & More miles (which I value at 3p) so this is a decent deal if you have a Miles & More balance.
At Accor (Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel, Mercure etc) you can earn 500 bonus Miles & More miles with each qualifying stay. This means that your stay will earn 1,000 Miles & More miles in total.
You need to register via this page and stay before 31st October. Your Le Club AccorHotels account needs to be set to automatically convert your points into Miles & More miles.
The terms and conditions state that you will only earn Lufthansa miles if you stay at least one night at a Sofitel, Pullman or MGallery hotel, at least two nights at a Mercure, Novotel or Novotel Suites hotel and at least four nights at an ibis or ibis Styles. Shorter stays earn nothing if you take miles.
Free Etihad first class upgrades for Amex Platinum members
If you book a fully flexible business class ticket, you will be upgraded to First Class for free. This includes the amazing Etihad A380 First Class Apartment which I reviewed here.
It is valid on all routes with a First Class cabin. You need to book via American Express Travel and pay with a Platinum card.
Because you need to buy a full price, fully flexible Business Class ticket this is unlikely to be a great deal for the leisure traveller unless you were planning to pay for First Class anyway. If your company books you into fully flexible Business Class – and you can persuade them to let you book your own trip on your own credit card – this would be a great result.
You need to book by 31st December 2017 for travel at any point in 2018. Full details are on the Amex Platinum website here (log-in required).
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (August 2022)
Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.
Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
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 Etihad Guest 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 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.