News in brief:
Cathay Pacific flash sale
Cathay Pacific is running a three day flash sale this weekend, albeit only in Economy.
You can’t argue with £469 to Hong Kong, however. Bangkok is the same price and Manila is just £439. Auckland is £749, not bad for Economy although you’d be mad to book that when yesterday it was £1,300 in Qatar Airways Business Class (that sale is now over).
You need to book by 13th November for travel by 19th June.
Book Heathrow Express tickets in the air with Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic will soon become the first European airline to offer wi-fi on 100% of its aircraft.
In a new deal with Heathrow Express, which I can imagine will soon be emulated by hotel and car hire groups, you can access the Heathrow Express website for free in-flight in order to book tickets. Access to Virgin’s wi-fi is usually chargeable, with passes starting at £2.99.
Shangri-La Golden Circle conversion bonus
If you are sitting on any Shangri-La Golden Circle miles which are due to expire on 31st December, you can currently get a 25% bonus if you transfer them to selected airline schemes. Asia Miles is offering a 50% bonus.
The minimum transfer has also been reduced to 1,000 points, which makes it easier to empty your account.
Participating airlines are Air China, Air France / KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Lufthansa, Singapore, United and Virgin Australia.
Remember, though, that you can also turn your points into vouchers for food and drink at Shangri-La hotels. If you are in London, it means that 1,000 points gets you a $100 voucher which you can spend in their hotel in The Shard. This is CLEARLY better than taking 1,250 Avios instead!
If you stay at Shangri-La hotels on a regular basis, remember that you can get instant mid-tier Jade status in Golden Circle by taking out an American Express Platinum charge card.
Hotel offers update – September 2021:
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Marriott Bonvoy (‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus to 25th September), Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 30th September), IHG Rewards (‘mystery’ bonus, usually 100%, to 8th October) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 31st October).