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News in brief:

2,000 Miles & More miles with a car rental

Lufthansa Miles & More is offering a generous 2,000 miles with your next car rental.  Interestingly, this offer is valid across a large number of rental companies and not just one.  More interestingly, you can earn the bonus miles once per partner so it makes sense to change companies each time you rent.

Rentals must be completed by 31st January.  Europcar has specific small print attached, the other brands do not.  Sixt is also taking part but I cannot get the link to work unless I specifically click out from the email I received.

You MUST book via the special links here to get the offer:

Targeted 50% bonus on Amex Membership Rewards transfers to Hilton

I was shocked yesterday to see that American Express Membership Rewards has brought back a transfer bonus to a travel partner.

These bonuses used to be very common, and still are common outside the UK.  We have not seen one actively promoted by Amex in the UK for a few years.

Unfortunately this deal is targeted.  If you were not emailed about it – and I wasn’t – you can’t take part.

People who got the email will receive a 50% bonus on transfers on Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors before 31st January.

This is not a bad deal.  The normal transfer rate is 1:2.  Under this deal it becomes 1:3.  Because Hilton redemption prices are now directly linked to room rate – but with a top-end cap – you can get decent value here.  I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p because that is now the floor value, give or take, when you use them for a standard redemption.

This means that you will get close to 1p of value per Membership Rewards point via this deal and that is pretty good.

I’ve no idea what the criteria is for being selected for this offer.  I have previously done Amex to Hilton transfers, although I have not currently claimed my ‘free’ Gold status as I am Diamond via the recent status challenge.

KLM introduces the KLM Flight Bundle

Back in August we wrote about the re-launch of the British Airways Flight Passsee here.  This allows you to pre-buy seats in bulk on a particular route.

The product is hugely flexible.  You pick a particular route and can then choose:

  • how many tickets you want
  • how long or short you want the expiry period to be
  • how far in advance you are prepared to book

to get to a price.  Once you’ve bought them, you are guaranteed ‘last seat availability’ irrespective of the selling price at that point.  Of course, if you have agreed to book 14 days in advance in return for a bigger discount then this is less of a benefit, but for people flying a route on a regular basis it can offer savings.

KLM has now launched Flight Bundle – see the KLM website here.  It works in an identical way, which is not surprising as it is being sold by the same company, OptionTown.  It is worth a look if you are a regular traveller on KLM.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (57)

  • Liz says:

    OT: is it ok to move Marriott and SPG pts back and forth? We both have SPG cards at the moment and both doing the NFL Sunday night Marriott promo. My plan is to transfer those Marriott pts to our SPG a/cs. Trying to plan that we both have rounded 1000’s SPG so that I can transfer hubby’s SPG pts to my SPG a/c. I plan to sit on the stash in my SPG a/c for a future churn next year with a possibility of going for a Marriott package if I can amass enough points. So could I then transfer the SPG pts back to Marriott or back to hubby’s SPG a/c if I don’t to get the 5000 SPG bonus pts.. Are there any restrictions on moving the points around in this way? I don’t need the Avios so trying to keep my options open with these SPG and Marriott pts.

    • Genghis says:

      No restrictions AFAIK. Remember the min transfers are:
      Marriott->SPG 1000k Marriott -> 333 SPG
      SPG->Marriott 1000 SPG->3000 Marriott
      So if you’re short of SPG making the increment number to transfer it might make sense to transfer 1k Marriott to SPG.

      • Genghis says:

        There shouldn’t be a ‘k’ in there…

      • Liz says:

        Great – thanks Genghis and Alan. I am trying to get my SPG accounts to a round 1000 with a few spare pts for the Marriott transfers (3000 Marriott / 999 SPG) Wish we knew how many more NFL weeks there are going to be so I could work out my balances!

    • Alan says:

      No restrictions as far as I can see – free movement with standard exchange rate and no penalties.

  • OverTheHorizon says:

    The M&M bonus is pretty pathetic tbh.

    As a guide, current gift card redemptions in UK work out at between 368 and 375 miles per £1 value, so 2000 miles is worth about £5.33 to £5.43.

    If you’re close to having enough miles to tip over a particular threshold then fair enough, but not an attractive proposition on its merits…

    I do acknowledge that M&M miles are quite tricky to earn in the UK though !

    • Rob says:

      But for Lufty First they are very valuable!

    • Bagoly says:

      And if you can be flexible on dates and destinations they have frequent offers E.g. return in Business Class to Osaka for 70k -M- + cGBP500 of fees.

  • JamesB says:

    OT but Hilton: Conrad Bangkok Residence is now available for Honors redemption. I think this is new unless my memory is playing tricks on me.

    • The Original Nick says:

      JamesB, it is new to me too. I’ve been staying there for years and it’s never been available on points.

  • Andrew says:

    Dear Bagoly
    What does your -M- notation mean please?

    (E.g. return in Business Class to Osaka for 70k -M- + cGBP500 of fees.)

  • The Original Nick says:

    O:T, I’ve just clicked on to Amex Chat. 33 minutes waiting time. Much preferred email.

    • mark2 says:

      I should be so lucky. I have tried on different accounts and different browsers and can never get a chat icon on any of them.

      • Jay says:

        Mark you can start a chat via ‘Contact Us’ if you don’t get the chat icon to appear if that helps at all.

  • Mike says:

    I’ve been targeted, but when I click the link it only comes up with 2 Hilton points for 1 Amex, not the 3 it says in the email?