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Bits: IHG 20k bargain in Amsterdam, Melia triple Avios extended, £80 Opodo discount code

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News in brief:

IHG redemption bargain in Amsterdam

The changes to IHG Rewards Club redemptions are now live with top InterContinental hotels costing 70,000 points per night.  Still no email to members to let them know, of course.

If you are looking for somewhere to get good value for your points, take a look at the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam City Hall (website here).

Due to open on 1st July, this is currently available for just 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.  Many new IHG properties do this in order to fill rooms in the first quiet few months. 20,000 points is excellent value for a centrally located property in a major European capital, and as a new hotel should be modern and in good condition.  As with all Holiday Inn Express hotels, you will get free breakfast.

Cash rates for the hotel in July are currently €222 – which is about right for central Amsterdam at peak tourist season – so you’re getting 1p per IHG Rewards Club point.  That is a very good result.

There is a risk that the opening date slips back.  In general, hotel groups will usually move guests to another hotel in the chain if an opening is delayed, rather than unilaterally cancelling.  If you had enough points you could also book another hotel as back up and then cancel that one nearer the time.

Note that IHG is currently offering a 75% ‘buy points’ bonus – see the link here, if you are targeted it will show – which would actually make sense here.  $529 gets you 80,000 points which is four nights, so £95 per night.

You can find out more on the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam City Hall website here. Hat-tip to Ric @ Loyalty Traveler.

Melia extends its ‘triple Avios’ promotion – get 9 Avios per €1

Over Christmas I ran a long article on changes to way that you earn Avios when staying at any of the Melia hotel brands – see here.

Melia has moved from giving a fixed number of Avios per night to a variable reward of 3 Avios per €1 spent.  This means that your food and drink spend now counts towards your earning.

It was offering triple Avios for stays booked by 30th December.  This offer has now been extended – you will get triple Avios (9 Avios per €1) for Melia stays booked by 30th January for stays by 15th March.

Do read my original article before booking as it covers all of the small print.

Remember that American Express Platinum cardholders get automatic Melia Gold status in Melia Rewards which gives you additional benefits on your stays.

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New Opodo discount code released

Opodo has released a new discount code as its January sale continues.

For bookings made until 25th January via this page of the Opodo site, code SALE2 gets you:

£25 off a £450 return flight booking or

£80 off a ‘flight and hotel’ package costing £900 or more

All flights must depart from the UK.  You can book via this link.

(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.)

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  1. Rob Payton says:

    Thanks Rob… This tip for New HIX Amsterdam, just saved me a fortune – booked 4 nights over the IBC Conference in September( When the city is always sold out) for 80,000 points total. Rooms are selling at 330 Euros giving me a 1.4p per point redemption value by my necktop computer maths.

  2. I’m getting “Sorry, “SALE2″ is not a valid code” for a £474.62 flight booking departing London.

    Is it working for anyone?

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