News in brief:
Luxury Travel Diary auctions ending soon
The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped us a line about a new wave of its auctions that are closing within the next 48 hours.
Most of the items offered tend to go for far less than the standard retail price. Included are hotel stays, travel equipment and various gift vouchers.
Interesting options closing either today or tomorrow include:
7 Nights In A 5-Star Chalet For 10 People In Chamonix France (not in main ski season)
It’s worth taking a look at the different auctions. Not everything will work for you, either in terms of location, length or dates, but you’ll probably find something of interest if you poke around as there are about 110 different items.
Bargains at the new InterContinental Perth City Centre
InterContinental is about to launch a new hotel in Perth, Australia. It is currently due to open on 15th October.
The InterContinental Perth City Centre website is here. It looks impressive. The building used to be the Rydges Perth hotel but has had a top-to-toe refurbishment. See the images above and below.
As often happens with IHG hotels, it is discounting reward nights whilst the hotel builds up occupancy.
You can currently book the InterContinental Perth for just 35,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.
The cash price is around A$350 per night (£205) which makes this an excellent points redemption. Even better, the 35,000 points rate is available for any night currently open for booking, even in 2018. If you plan to visit Perth and have some IHG Rewards Club points it might be worth locking in a reward night now, as the price is likely to jump to 50,000 or 60,000 points per night when the hotel is open.
PS. Anika will also be checking out the brand new InterContinental Ljubljana in a couple of weeks, so look out for that review. The editorial budget won’t stretch to Perth unfortunately …..
Etihad launches a business class sale
Etihad has launched a business class sale – you must book by 27th September for travel by 30th November.
Headline deals from London are (all flights are via Abu Dhabi):
- Abu Dhabi £1613
- Bangkok £1610
- Kuala Lumpur £1811
- Melbourne £3014
- Mumbai £1711
- Singapore £2060
Similar prices are available from Edinburgh and Manchester.
These are not ‘bargain basement’ fares but, given that you get to start in the UK and are flying a top quality product (at least from Heathrow with the A380) it is not a bad deal.
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.