Bits: BA GUF2 changes, Kimpton now bookable on IHG points, Tesco Premium Credit Card deal

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News in brief:

Changes to BA ‘Gold Upgrade for 2’ vouchers

If you are a British Airways Gold Guest List member, you will have received an email from British Airways about changes to the ‘Gold upgrade’ benefit.

Earn 2500 BA tier points in a year and you receive a voucher known as a GUF2 in the trade.  This lets you upgrade a cash ticket by one class (more details on ba.com here).  These can be used in two ways:

Book a cash ticket via ba.com and you can upgrade to the next category if there is Avios reward availability in the higher class

Book a cash ticket via a travel agent and you can upgrade to the next category if there are cash tickets available in the cheapest ticket bucket (‘I’ for Club World, ‘A’ for First Class) in the higher class

Using a travel agent means that you have substantially better chances of finding availability to use your GUF2 voucher.  The snag is that few travel agents know how to process the upgrade – the best bet is to use a specialist such as Propeller Travel.

Under BA’s changes, you no longer need to have your travel agent process the upgrade.  You can book a standard ticket via the agent and then contact BA to upgrade the ticket.   There is a snag, however.  If BA upgrades it for you, it will only do so if there is Avios reward availability in the higher class.  You need to continue to have the travel agent process the upgrade if there are no Avios seats available in the higher class but there are I/A class cash tickets available.


Kimpton Hotels now bookable with IHG Rewards Club points

A modest three years after it bought the company, IHG has finally made redemptions at the US luxury boutique chain Kimpton Hotels available via IHG Rewards Club.

As I outlined in this article, you can also earn IHG Rewards Club points and get your status benefits recognised at Kimpton properties.

Courtesy of US blog Point Me To The Plane, we have this list of Kimpton Hotels and the points required.  These numbers are high and reflect the high $ rates charged.

What I don’t know is how these properties compare with the top InterContinental hotels.  In New York, for example, we have the Muse and Eventi at 70,000 points per night.  This is the same as the two InterContinental hotels will charge from next week.   TripAdvisor ranks the Eventi at 44th best and the Muse at 79th best compared to 103rd for the IC Barclay and 171st for IC Times Square.

Kimpton Hotels at 40,000 IHG points per night:

  • Baltimore (Inner Harbor) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore
  • Cleveland (Downtown) – Kimpton Schofield Hotel
  • Salt Lake City (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
  • Winston-Salem (Downtown) – Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Kimpton Hotels at 45,000 IHG points per night:

  • Chicago (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Allegro
  • Milwaukee (Third Ward District) – Kimpton Journeyman
  • Minneapolis (Downtown) – Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis
  • Pittsburgh (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

Kimpton Hotels at 50,000 IHG points per night:

  • Alexandria (Old Town) – Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
  • Amsterdam – Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam Hotel (here is my review)
  • Charlotte (Uptown) – Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel
  • Chicago (Downtown) – Kimpton Gray Hotel
  • Chicago (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
  • Chicago (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
  • Denver (Union Station) – Kimpton Born Hotel
  • Denver (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver
  • Manchester (Manchester Village) – Kimpton Taconic Hotel
  • Phoenix (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
  • Portland (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland
  • Portland (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland
  • Portland (Waterfront) – Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel
  • Sacramento (Downtown) – Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
  • San Diego (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
  • San Diego (Gaslamp Quarter) – Kimpton Solamar Hotel
  • Santa Barbara (Goleta) – Kimpton Goodland Hotel
  • Savannah (Historic District) – Kimpton Brice Hotel
  • Seattle (Downtown) – Kimpton Palladian Hotel
  • Seattle (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle
  • Seattle (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
  • St. Petersburg (St Pete’s Beach) – Kimpton Hotel Zamora
  • Washington DC (Dupont Circle) – Kimpton Carlyle Hotel
  • Washington DC (Dupont Circle) – Kimpton Hotel Madera
  • Washington DC (Dupont Circle)- Kimpton Rouge Hotel
  • Washington DC (Dupont Circle) – Kimpton Topaz Hotel
  • Washington DC (Glover Park) – Kimpton Glover Park Hotel

Kimpton Hotels at 55,000 IHG points per night:

  • Boston (Cambridge) – Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
  • Boston (Downtown) – Kimpton Onyx Hotel
  • Huntington Beach (Oceanfront) – Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel
  • Miami (Downtown Waterfront) – Kimpton EPIC Hotel
  • Miami (Oceanfront) – Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel
  • Philadelphia (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
  • San Francisco (Japantown) – Kimpton Buchanan Hotel
  • San Francisco (Union Square) – Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
  • Washington DC (Downtown) – Kimpton Donovan Hotel
  • Washington DC (Downtown) – Kimpton Mason and Rook Hotel
  • Washington DC (Dupont Circle) – Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC

Kimpton Hotels at 60,000 IHG points per night:

  • Austin (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
  • Boston (Downtown) – Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
  • Miami (Southbeach) – Kimpton Angler’s Hotel
  • Nashville (Midtown) – Kimpton Aertson Hotel
  • Los Angeles (Beverly Hills) – Kimpton Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills
  • Los Angeles (Hollywood)- Kimpton Everly Hotel
  • Los Angeles (Miracle Mile) – Kimpton Hotel Wilshire
  • Palm Springs (Downtown) – Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
  • Seattle (Waterfront) – Kimpton Alexis Hotel
  • Washington DC (Capitol Hill) – Kimpton George Hotel

Kimpton Hotels at 65,000 IHG points per night:

  • New York (Hell’s Kitchen) – Kimpton Ink48 Hotel
  • Sedona (Uptown) – Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa
  • Vero Beach (Oceanfront Location) – Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa
  • Washington DC (Downtown) – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Kimpton Hotels at 70,000 IHG points per night:

  • Grand Cayman (Seven Mile Beach) – Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa
  • Los Angeles (West Hollywood) – Kimpton La Peer Hotel
  • New York (Chelsea) – Kimpton Hotel Eventi
  • New York (Theater District) – Kimpton Muse Hotel
  • Santa Barbara (Downtown) – Kimpton Canary Hotel

Were you targetted for a Tesco Premium Credit Card deal?

Tesco Bank has been emailing some Tesco Clubcard customers this week offering 5,000 Clubcard points (12,000 Avios) for taking out the £150 Tesco Premium Credit Card.

If you got this offer (it is strictly for targeted people only) then this article on Shopper Points yesterday may help you decide whether to jump in.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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