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News in brief:

Amex / Park Hyatt ‘free night’ offer

Park Hyatt is, in my view, the most luxurious hotel brand which is part of major chain and which allows you to earn and redeem loyalty points.  (Sorry, The Ritz-Carlton.  But I know you are trying harder, such as in Kyoto.)

American Express is currently running a ‘buy two or three, get one free’ offer at Park Hyatt for cardmembers.  You can book this offer online which makes it easy to compare pricing with other Hyatt offers.

‘Stay 3, pay for 2’ is running at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Busan, Changbaishan, Chicago, Hamburg, Hyderabad, New York, Siam Reap and Vienna.  23 other Park Hyatt hotels are doing ‘stay 4, pay for 3’.  The new New York hotel is not taking part.

You need to book by 28th February for stays between 1st January and 31st March.  Blackout dates may apply at certain properties.  Book at using promo code DPUK.

This offer was sent to Platinum and Centurion cardmembers via ‘Departures’ magazine but there is no restriction in the rules that you need to hold one of these cards in order to book.

World of Hyatt

No1 Lounges / Avios promo over

No1 Lounges has ended its long-running deal with Avios.  This was a very generous deal, as you could earn 750 Avios with every booking for a No1 Lounges site – and you got a cash discount on the usual price too!

Existing bookings will be honoured and will still receive their Avios.

The Virgin Flying Club offer with No1 Lounges is still going.  Take a look here for details and to book.

There is a tiered earning structure, per booking:

  • 400 miles at Clubrooms
  • 350 miles at No1 Lounges
  • 200 miles at My Lounge

The special Virgin Flying Club pricing is:

  • £25 – No1 Lounges
  • £12 – My Lounge
  • £35 – Clubrooms

As this is per booking, a couple should make two separate bookings and earn two lots of miles on both.

No1 Lounges

‘How To Land A Plane’ competition winners

Last Monday we ran a competition with Quercus Books following my review of Mark Vanhoenacker’s new book ‘How To Land A Plane’ a few weeks ago.

We had five copies of the book to give away, and the five winners are:

  • Alan R.
  • Caleb W.
  • Martin G.
  • Rupert P.
  • Zoltan I.

Hope you enjoy the book.

If you were not lucky enough to win one of the five copies, Amazon is still selling the book (which is hardback) for £3.99 which is even less than the Kindle version. The RRP is £9.99 for the hard copy version so you are getting a 60% discount.

Comments (43)

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  • the real harry1 says:

    it’s once per Amazon a/c

  • Cate says:

    OT – spend 800 to get 100 GBP back On Emirates spend on Amex gold this morning.

  • KevMc says:

    OT Tesco are doing another Lego promotion:

    500 bonus CC points when you spend £30 on Lego
    1000 bonus CC points when you spend £60 on Lego
    2000 bonus CC points when you spend £120 on Lego

    This includes Star Wars Lego, which I always find is the easiest to re-sell, and is most likely to hold its value.

    Offer runs until 17th December

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T anybody else finding that recent issue Amex Gold card is setting off shop ‘theft’ alarms as you enter & leave stores? happening to me with a couple of different stores

    if I wave my wallet over the ‘line’, off it goes

    beyond embarrassment now…

    • RichS says:

      I had the same issue a while ago, seems to happen when I have too many cards in my wallet. Once I’d taken some out it stopped. Couldn’t narrow it down to any one card.

    • Jonny says:

      they must really trust you after you set off the alarm, try to split the £40 bill over 4 different cards, walk out, and set it off all over again…

    • mark2 says:

      I have never had that trouble with cards, but I bought a coat in House of Fraser the other day and they omitted to remove the security device. I walked out of HoF without a problem, but it set off the alarm when I entered Tesco and I found it in one of the pockets.

    • Alan says:

      Don’t think it’s specifically Amex Gold. Suspect just having a wodge of contactless cards does it. Happens everytime at Tesco for me. Was in this evening paying in some cash & a cheque to Tesco Bank a/c – so handy! & spending last money-off voucher on an Amazon GC 🙂 Security guy a couple of weeks ago said it’s often the car key fob that can do it too. It seems to be going off all the time so not sure it’s really that effective given staff are just inured to the sound now.

    • Choons says:

      Oh, is that what it was, I was wondering about that

  • s879 says:

    OT but Amex related. Do you get any bonus points for ordering a supplementary card on SPG Amex? I know you do on Platinum Amex. If yes, how much? Thanks.

  • the real harry1 says:

    so you can pay with Amex, right? 🙂

    shame I am a Luddite lol

    • rams1981 says:

      Nice one harry. 400 club card point on offer too with 6 x 30 litre fills (200 after first and 299 after next 5)

  • Kevin says:

    OT, I tried to book 5 nights of stay at Double Tree by Hilton (the only top Hilton within that city) in a city of China. However, I have noted the total quoted price is based on 5 nights stay rather 4 nights. Is this usual as I thought Hilton elite member will get a night free if stay for 5 nights or more?

    • rams1981 says:

      It automatically adds the discount. So if you book as 5 individual nights youre charged 80% of total.

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