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Bits: great 1-day Air China sale, new Amex £50 Hilton cashback deal, SPG / Jingle Bell Ball

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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 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.

PS.  Caffe Nero has also launched a cashback deal.  It is a bit off-topic for HFP but I mention it because it is available for ALL Amex-issued Amex cards so you can definitely register.  You will get 10% cashback on all Nero purchases until 6th December. (EDIT: works if it is not showing online.)

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.

Comments (96)

  • Robbo says:

    Thanks for he heads-up on the Air China fares, I just booked 3 tips using the link from you page, I hope his s one of the suppliers you received commission from.

  • thehornets says:

    This week’s Marriott Rewards 1,000 pointer:

    Answer: 11 players #rewardspoints

  • Love2Travel says:

    O/T: Trying to book a BA reward flight from London to Zurich. What is my checked baggage allowance as I am really confused and can’t find an answer? If I try and book with cash, it gives an option of paying £30 for each checked baggage and I am not keen on paying for 2 x return (£120). When I do a dummy run to redeem Avios, it shows 1 x 23kg included as default but then shows a link to baggage policy. Can anyone confirm I won’t have to pay for checked baggage (1 per person ofcourse) if I redeem my Avios. Thanks a lot.

  • Ben says:

    I wouldn’t recommend Air China. I flew then recently and you are forbidden to use any personal electronic devices for the entire flight (and they strictly monitor this). This means no personal entertainment other than the seatback IFE which was a tiny, buggy screen with very poor selection. My flight was 2.5 hours and I was very bored – I cannot imagine a long day flight – you would be climbing the walls.
    No menus in J and the champagne was served in a large shot glass.
    I wouldn’t recommend.