News in brief:
Excellent Air China deals out of Germany – today only
Air China is having an ’11/11′ event this weekend. All European destinations are running 20% off deals – except for Germany. From Germany there are some very aggressive fixed fare deals.
We’re talking, departing Frankfurt, Munich or Dusseldorf in Business Class:
€1,118 – Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Phuket, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur
€1,336 – Peking, Shanghai, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Xi’an, Shenyang
€1,632 – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland
In reality, it seems that fares to Australasia actually pop out cheaper, eg €1,465 is available to Auckland.
Travel dates are 1st December 2017 – 2nd March 2018, 16th March 2018 – 16th April 2018, 24th April 2018 – 16th June 2018, 20th July 2018 – 24th August 2018.
Air China is part of Star Alliance so you could (depending on which booking class the ticket books into) earn miles and status credit with Lufthansa Miles & More or one of the other Star programmes. Use wheretocredit.com to find the most generous programme.
I know very little about Air China, so do some research on what planes are flying which route and what kind of seating if will offer. A typial Air China business class is pictured below. For anyone who missed the Qatar Airways sale last week, this offers a bit of compensation.
These deals end today. The Air China Germany site, in English, is here.
Hilton ‘£50 back on £250 spend’ cashback deal
A new Hilton cashback offer has appeared on a lot of American Express accounts. To see if you are targetted, visit the Amex website and take a look under the ‘Offers’ tab on the online statement page for each of your cards.
You will receive £50 cashback when you spend £250 or more at selected UK and European Hilton, Doubletree, Waldorf-Astoria, Curio and Conrad hotels before 31st January. (Hilton Paris Opera is pictured below and Hilton Paris Opera.)
Not all hotels are participating. Make sure that you check the list of hotels on the Amex website before booking – it is only UK and European hotels, and not all of them. In theory you also need to book ‘pay at checkout’ rates to get this deal. In reality, pre-paid rates will probably also trigger it.
In the past, these offers have been triggered by cumulative spend. There is no mention of this – so you are not guaranteed to receive it if the £250 is not hit in one transaction – but you might be lucky.
Jingle Bell Ball tickets available via SPG Moments
SPG Moments, the ‘experiences’ redemption option inside Starwood Preferred Guest, has added some great packages if you’ve got any 8-15 year old children.
Tickets are available to the Capital Radio ‘Jingle Bell Ball’ at the O2 on the 9th and 10th December. There are different acts each night, with headliners across the two events including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Liam Payne and Rita Ora.
It will cost you 25,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points for a pair of tickets to either night. Your tickets are in the private SPG Suite, where full food and drink hospitality will be provided.
You can redeem for tickets via the SPG Moments site here. As of 8pm last night there were six pairs left for the 9th and three pairs for the 10th.
Do NOT transfer points into Starwood from American Express Membership Rewards for this – it will take 2-3 days and these will go quickly. You can transfer Marriott Rewards points into SPG as that conversion (at 3:1) is instant.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
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.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(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.)