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BOOK NOW: 200 IHG PointBreaks hotels (some decent!) for just 5,000 to 15,000 points

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IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) published the new list of PointBreaks redemptions last night.

These hotels can be booked for stays until 30th April.

These hotels are now bookable via ihg.com.  Popular hotels will use up their allocation of reduced price rooms quickly, so book now if you are interested.  As with all IHG Rewards Club reward nights, you can cancel without penalty at any point and get your points back.

PointBreaks is changing …..

Historically all PointBreaks rooms cost a flat 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.

This was a great deal, except for the teeny tiny fact that the selection of hotels had been getting progressively worse for the last couple of years.  If you were looking for a good deal in a major tourist centre then you were going to be disappointed – although it was handy if you wanted a weekend break in Doncaster.

This has now changed.

The 200 hotels on the list below are priced at between 5,000 and 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.

Looking at the list, the majority of HFP readers will be better off.  You won’t be saving quite as many points as before but you WILL be able to book hotels in places where you are likely to want to visit.  We are talking about good quality hotels in Helsinki, Kiev, Newark, Belgrade, Rome, Calgary, Kuala Lumpur, Berlin and (the edge of) London.

If you want a weekend break closer to home, the Crowne Plaza Five Lakes Resort near Colchester is worth a look.

The Holiday Inn Express London Wandsworth is virtually Central London, although the location leaves a LOT to be desired.  It is opposite the municipal tip for a start!  It is also nowhere near a tube station although a mainline station is only a couple of minutes away (across a monstrous road).

PointBreaks availability is very limited so book ASAP if you are interested.

You can book via the IHG PointBreaks page here or via the standard booking page here.

You will be able to book these hotels for dates up to 30th April.

If you are short of points, you can currently buy them with a bonus of up to 75% via this link.

InterContinental Kiev

You allowed a maximum of two bookings per individual hotel. Each booking can be for as many nights as you want.

Remember that if you attempt to amend your booking later by dropping a night or two the whole booking may reprice at the full rate.

Click through the link to learn more about any specific hotel:

At 5,000 points:

EUROPE

Italy
Holiday Inn Nola – Naples Vulcano Buono

Turkey
Crowne Plaza Antalya
Holiday Inn Express Istanbul Airport
Holiday Inn Kayseri – Duvenonu

MIDDLE EAST, INDIA, ASIA

China
Crowne Plaza Wuhu
Holiday Inn Shijiazhuang Central
Crowne Plaza Ordos
Holiday Inn Express Nantong Downtown
Crowne Plaza Yantai Sea View
Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan

India
Holiday Inn Express Chennai Mahindra World City

Japan
ANA Crowne Plaza Wakkanai

Malaysia
Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

UNITED STATES

Illinois
Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conf Ctr
Holiday Inn Express Rolling Mdws-Schaumburg Area
Candlewood Suites Springfield

Mississippi
Candlewood Suites Tupelo North

Montana
Candlewood Suites Sidney

New York
Holiday Inn Rochester NY – Downtown
Candlewood Suites Vestal – Binghamton

North Caroline
Candlewood Suites Wilson

Pennsylvania
Candlewood Suites Williamsport

Texas
Candlewood Suites Kenedy
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Raymondville

REST OF THE AMERICAS

Canada
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Saskatchewan
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Edmonton Arpt – Conference Ctr

Brazil
Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi
Holiday Inn Porto Alegre

Mexico
Candlewood Suites Celaya
Candlewood Suites Queretaro Juriquilla
Holiday Inn Express Culiacan
Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca Del Rio

Panama
Holiday Inn Panama Canal

At 10,000 points:

UNITED KINGDOM

Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre
Holiday Inn Express London – Dartford
Holiday Inn Express London – Newbury Park
Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester – Five Lakes
Holiday Inn Express St. Albans – M25, Jct.22

EUROPE

Germany
Holiday Inn Dresden – City South

Italy
Holiday Inn Rome – Aurelia

Kazakhstan
Holiday Inn Aktau

Russia
Crowne Plaza Moscow – World Trade Centre
Holiday Inn St. Petersburg – Moskovskye V.
Staybridge Suites St. Petersburg

Serbia
Crowne Plaza Belgrade

Turkey
Crowne Plaza Ankara
Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Florya

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Kenya
InterContinental Nairobi

Lebanon
Crowne Plaza Beirut

Oman
Crowne Plaza Duqm

ASIA

China
Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Xiaolan
Crowne Plaza Hangzhouonethousandislandlake

India
Holiday Inn Express Chennai Old Mahabalipuram Road
Crowne Plaza Kochi
Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport
Crowne Plaza Pune City Centre

Indonesia
Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali
Holiday Inn Cikarang Jababeka

Laos
Crowne Plaza Vientiane

Malaysia
Holiday Inn Resort Penang

Mongolia
Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar

Nepal
Crowne Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee

Vietnam
Crowne Plaza West Hanoi Residences

UNITED STATES

Alabama
Holiday Inn Express Atmore
Holiday Inn Guin

Arizona
Holiday Inn Express Peoria North – Glendale

Arkansas
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bryant – Benton Area
Crowne Plaza Little Rock

California
Staybridge Suites Corona South

Connecticut
Crowne Plaza Danbury
Crowne Plaza Stamford

Delaware
Crowne Plaza Wilmington North

Florida
Candlewood Suites Pensacola – University Area

Georgia
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Sw – Peachtree City

Illinois
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morton Peoria Area
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago North Shore – Niles
Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook
Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills

Indiana
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Evansville North

Iowa
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Northwood
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines-Northwest

Kansas
Holiday Inn Express Wichita South

Louisiana
Holiday Inn Alexandria – Downtown
Holiday Inn Covington
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Lafayette North
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Baton Rouge -Port Allen
Candlewood Suites Slidell Northshore

Maryland
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chestertown
Holiday Inn Express & Suites College Park-University Area

Michigan
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Farmington Hills – Detroit
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Southgate – Detroit Area
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Three Rivers

Minnesota
Candlewood Suites Bemidji
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Cloud

Mississipps
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Magee

Missouri
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Independence-Kansas City
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Maryville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Plains Southwest

Nebraska
Candlewood Suites Kearney
Staybridge Suites Omaha 80Th And Dodge

New Hampshire
Crowne Plaza Nashua

New Jersey
Holiday Inn Express Bordentown – Trenton South
Crowne Plaza Edison
Crowne Plaza Saddle Brook

New Mexico
Crowne Plaza Albuquerque

New York
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Batavia – Darien Lake
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kingston-Ulster
Holiday Inn Express Rochester – University Area

North Carolina
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Raleigh Ne – Medical Ctr Area
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wilson-Downtown

North Dakota
Candlewood Suites Dickinson
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dickinson
Candlewood Suites Minot

Ohio
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kent State University
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medina
Holiday Inn Express Lordstown-Newton Falls/Warren
Holiday Inn Express Salem

Oklahoma
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Blackwell
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oklahoma City North
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oklahoma City North
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Stillwater – University Area
Crowne Plaza Tulsa – Southern Hills

Pennsylvania
Staybridge Suites Stroudsburg (East) Poconos
Holiday Inn Lansdale
Candlewood Suites Pittsburgh-Airport
Crowne Plaza Reading
Holiday Inn Express Wilkes Barre East

South Dakota
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Vermillion

Texas
Crowne Plaza Northwest-Brookhollow
Candlewood Suites San Angelo Tx
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites San Antonio Northwest

Utah
Holiday Inn South Jordan – Slc South
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Vernal – Dinosaurland

Virginia
Staybridge Suites Chantilly Dulles Airport
Crowne Plaza Hampton-Marina
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlottesville – Ruckersville
Holiday Inn Express Quantico – Stafford

Washington
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham

Wyoming
Holiday Inn Riverton-Convention Center

REST OF THE AMERICAS

Canada
Candlewood Suites Calgary Airport North
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Edmonton-International Airport

Colombia
Crowne Plaza Barranquilla
Holiday Inn Bucaramanga Cacique
InterContinental Cali
InterContinental Medellin

Panama
Holiday Inn Express Panama Distrito Financiero

Mexico
Staybridge Suites Irapuato
Staybridge Suites Silao

Holiday Inn Express Pachuca

At 15,000 points:

UNITED KINGDOM

Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross
Holiday Inn Express London – Hammersmith
Holiday Inn Express London – Wandsworth
Crowne Plaza Felbridge

EUROPE

Finland
Crowne Plaza Helsinki
Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre
Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard

France
Holiday Inn Nice

Georgia
Crowne Plaza Borjomi

Germany
Crowne Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz
Holiday Inn Express Munich – Messe

Italy
Crowne Plaza Venice East – Quarto D’Altino

Switzerland
Holiday Inn Express Luzern – Neuenkirch

Ukraine
InterContinental Kiev

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Lebanon
InterContinental Le Vendome Beirut

Saudi Arabia
Crowne Plaza Riyadh Minhal

UAE
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

ASIA

Japan
Ana Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

Taiwan
Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park

UNITED STATES

Illinois
Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk

Kansas
Holiday Inn Express Kansas City – Village West

Massachusetts
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires
Holiday Inn Express Plainville – Foxboro Area

New Jersey
Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown
Holiday Inn Express North Bergen – Lincoln Tunnel

New York
Holiday Inn Plattsburgh (Adirondack Area)
Crowne Plaza Syracuse
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Watertown-Thousand Islands

North Dakota
Staybridge Suites Fargo

Pennsylvania
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Erie (Summit Township)
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – King Of Prussia
Holiday Inn Express Grove City (Outlet Center)
Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty

South Dakota
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt Rushmore/Keystone
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sioux Falls At Empire Mall
Holiday Inn Spearfish-Convention Center

Texas
Crowne Plaza Suites Arlington – Ballpark – Stadium
Hotel Indigo El Paso Downtown
Crowne Plaza Houston Near Reliant – Medical

REST OF THE AMERICAS

Brazil
InterContinental Sao Paulo

Canada
Holiday Inn Calgary-Macleod Trail South
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary South-Macleod Trail S
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Regina

Colombia
InterContinental Cartagena De Indias

Dominican Republic
InterContinental Real Santo Domingo

Mexico
Holiday Inn Guadalajara Expo
Holiday Inn Cuernavaca
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cuernavaca
Crowne Plaza Puebla
Holiday Inn Hermosillo
Holiday Inn Express Tuxpan

Panama
InterContinental Miramar Panama

Venezuela
InterContinental Tamanaco Caracas

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Comments

  1. Given that all pointbreaks used to be 5000 points, the relatively small number of 5000 point properties on this new list is notable.

  2. Paul Giddings says:

    My partner and I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Five Lakes last summer and it was, quite frankly, a dump. So much so in fact that my partner and I checked out the same day we arrived. No wonder it’s only 10,000 points per night.

  3. Snapped up 2 nights at Crowne Plaza Vientiane. Already had a reward booking so saves some points!

    Looks like the nicest Crowne Plaza in the world. Almost IC standard rooms judging by the photos.

  4. The Hammersmith HIX is arguably better than Wandsworth if you want to be “in London”. Bit of a drag to the tube, particularly with bags – but then you’ve got 3 lines, including to Heathrow, once you are there. Buzzier neighbourhood as well.
    Felbridge Crowne Plaza is worth looking at if flying from Gatwick. It’s on the north west edge of East Grinstead. If you don’t drive then you’re looking at a taxi to/from East Grinstead station (1hr from Victoria) and to/from the airport.

    • The issue is 15k points.
      Even with point inflation I would still value these at £60 minimum.

      On most days that has got to be beatable by cash, potentially in a better location.

      • Michael Jennings says:

        Yeah, the advantage of everything in a sale being 5000 points is that this is so cheap that any hotel in the sale you can make work for you is a bargain – pretty much always. At 15,000 you are going to want to check cash prices, and alternative hotels, etc etc, except in a few cases. (Those three hotels in Helsinki are undoubtedly bargains, for instance).

      • £60 has to be beatable to be cash? On most days? In central London, and in a better location?

        As someone who stays in London often, this doesn’t sound plausible.

        • Lady London says:

          With reach of Central London in reasonable locations without too long a journey, Yes you’d definitely check cash options against 15,000 points. IHG isn’t the only chain out there and many of their hotels are fine for cash most of the time. So are other people’s hotels.

          If you’re looking for something during the Easter holidays or other peak period though, yes 15,000 points is worth considering.

        • For this level of ‘central’ London (I wouldn’t call it central London, but it’s not Heathrow either) yes I’d say so – beatable with cash.

          If you are willing to go off chain, unquestionably.

  5. I’ve said some unkind things about the Holiday Inn Express Wandsworth in my time but never that it’s “opposite the municipal tip” because it isn’t. The recycling site is 100 metres up the road. It’s actually between the B&Q car park and the BP petrol station, which has an M&S mini food store BTW, opposite Homebase on the other side of the Old York Road bypass, and 100 metres or so from the 24h Mcdonalds on the Wandsworth Bridge roundabout. The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway, a 10 minute bus ride away on a good day, 40 minutes or more on a bad day, and the number 44 bus will take you all the way into Central London if you want to take the scenic route. Alternatively take the train 4 stops to Waterloo from Wandsworth Town Station just across the road, or 3 stops to Victoria, changing at Clapham Junction.

    • Also Wandsworth Town is one of those small village like areas in London that have become an estate agents dream. Decent restaurant choices and a good Young’s pub.

      • Agreed, although only been through it once despite my many tip and Roche Bobois trips (and a mattress run to the HIX once).

  6. Crowne Plaza Venice East – Quarto D’Altino is not in Venice or even very near.

    • It’s in la città metropolitana di Venezia which is in la provincia di Venezia, just like the Newbury Park one is in London.

    • But its right next to the train station and you can park.

  7. TBH I find this a devaluation of the Pointbreaks offer, and while there might be a couple of decent properties, there really is nothing to get excited about, and most of them now require more points than before.

  8. Ed Chrome says:

    I had never used points break before but the attraction of a UK hotel break with a pool etc. for 5,000 points a night was enough to make me take out the IHG premium card.

    Shame these have disappeared for the UK.

  9. wetboy1uk says:

    Some decent hotels! – someone like to point out where? I always like to loo on headforpoints to see what offers are out there but I must agree with some peoples previous posts – there never seems to be a bad word said against IHG even when they devalue and their offers are poor as opposed to BA where they get slagged off quite often

    • Not sure what you were expected? IC Park Lane for 15,000 points? IHG is basically selling you a Central London HIX for £60 a night, pretty much any night you want it between now and the end of April. If that isn’t a good deal I’m not sure what is, assuming you’re happy with a HIX.

      • Would you pick at HIX at £60 over – say – a Premier Inn at £40?

        Especially if the HIX is opposite the tip, I’m not sure that I would!

        • No £40 Premier Inns in Central London!

        • Rob, try searching!

          I found Premier Inn London Clapham at £42.50 on 5 March

          To save time, next post you’ll point out it’s not very central. After that I’ll then point out that neither is the HIX! 🙂

        • Charlie says:

          The problem with this low pricing at Premier Inn, is that it’s usually only for 1 night, like a Sunday. The Saturday or Monday, or any other day that week is often double.

          Yes, if you are staying in London on exactly Sunday 5th March for 1 night only, then of course take the Premier Inn. But any stay outside these parameters and your point in invalid.

    • The alternative of course is to have no points break offers. While they may be relatively obscure I think we should be grateful for the choice they present. Hilton, for example, don’t offer points break offers ever – for that alone IHG deserves some credit.

      • Michael Jennings says:

        Hilton do have hotels that are 5,000 points all the time, though.

      • Well I’m not sure grateful is the best term after all we are paying for a product from a service provider. IHG haven’t released these properties out of the goodness of their hearts but because they don’t think they’ll get enough paying customers through the door. They are selling you something at a reduced price because they can’t shift them just like a shop sells off stuff at a reduced price at the end of the day. Now If they released space at a top IC’s like Hong Kong or IC Madrid then I would consider them in a better light but they won’t because they know in this quater they can probably can fill them with cash paying customers.

        As for Hilton well they often release 5000, 10000 and 15,000 point properties which, with your diamond status, include breakfast and executive lounge access.

      • william merrett says:

        Agree that the hilton 5k properties are outstanding value, especially if you are gold/diamond on a 5 for 4.

        For balance though there are lots and lots of IHG’s at 10k points all year round, no black out dates and if you choose the right option when you renew ambassador you get a 10% rebate on all points stays up to 100k rebate per year. Plus IHG points are incredibly easy to buy ad hoc.

        Add in points breaks and I personally think they can be a fantastic deal. It depends on your travel patterns but last year I had 4 separate stays in IHG hotels where an event was on at the location and paid at most 1/3 in points what the advance cash rate was, and that was valuing the points at what they can be purchased for.

        For reference an excellent resource (I assume its accurate but not checked):
        http://www.awardomatic.com/

    • I’d say the Holiday Inn Nice is decent. Hard to find chain hotels there, so it’s a bargain at 15K points. When I stayed there once, they upgraded me to the suite at the top, and this was on a points booking. Likewise Crowne Plaza in Berlin – also worth staying at for that price.

      Remember also that points bookings can be cancelled for free, so the cash rate you compare with should be the flexible one.

    • @Rob I’m not seeing the Hilton Taba anymore on their site. It keeps trying to sell me Aqaba. Has it been removed from Hilton?

  10. OT – Any initial thoughts on Curve? Has anyone received the card yet?

    • still sitting at 4927 people ahead of me, applied 2 weeks ago….and invited friends to join to jump the queue lol

      • The queue seems to be moving slowly these days!

        • I got in initially when there were about 50k people ahead of me just over two weeks ago. I didn’t refer anyone and jumped about 40k places mid-January. I think I read that they’re sending out a batch of cards mid-February so hopefully we’ll all be in that batch.

  11. OT – has anyone booked an open jaw flight with BA for cash (e.g. into New York, home from Miami)? Does BA charge a huge premium for this like with one way tickets?

    • I’ve bookedinto New Orleans and out of New York in CW and that seemed to be the same price as a normal return (and definitely not the crazy one-way pricing).

    • Anna, in my experience BA usually seem to charge the average of the return prices for the two different routes when you book an open jaw, at least in economy.

      • Thanks both of you, did you have to call them to do this?

        • Cash open jaws can be booked online. Only redemptions need to call.

        • No, online should work fine. Just choose the multi-city option and put the two flights in with their dates. You can check dates for the best prices ahead of time by pretending to book separate returns to the two places. Then just halve them for each one way and add the two together and this is what it should cost.

        • ????

    • For a normal open-jaw, typically this would be priced up as two half round trip fares, not two one-way fares.

  12. O/T as no bits today, OH applied for Amex Gold 5 days ago, via a plat referral by me. Gold card arrived today, added to OH amex a/c and he applied for supplementary card for me. The 3000 bonus points were in his MR account within minutes of the supplementary application. The bonus 18000 points were in my MR account today too, now transferred to Hilton for the targeted 50% bonus points. I am impressed.

    • Did you see an offer for the supplementary?
      I’m newly good too referred from plat by OH. He’s closed his account now and want to make him supplementary on mine. Called Amex and they said no offer currently?

  13. We have booked into Vancouver and out of Toronto with them as after pricing up it was cheaper to book it as flight and hotel (holiday sale) than just flights alone. You don’t have too book a hotel for the full stay for it to work, we’ve only a couple of nights via BA, the rest we’re booking ourselves. You need to spend time searching and comparing!

    • Good idea, we’re you able to book it online?

      • Were – stupid auto correct!

      • Yes booked online a couple of weeks ago. Think it depends on a lot of factors such as number travelling, time etc. We are going peak school holiday in August & I noticed with a holiday booking the 16 YO is classed as a child (U17) but flight only is adult. If that makes a price difference with holiday I’m not sure!

  14. Anyone got any experience of the IC Nairobi? I was considering it for part of a trip next month but ended up choosing something else in the end. Might have to reconsider now as the decision was mostly based on price!

  15. Completely off topic:
    Does Curve have a hard stop built in to limit cash withdrawal to a certain amount per month?

    I use mine for business expenses and had a cash withdrawal failure today (I have never withdrawn more than a few tenners here and there before).

  16. O/T:

    Have flights booked (one way) on WTP via BA 241 (voucher was running out!). Now CW is available for same dates, are they able to amend my booking onto CW? Not sure that cancelling and rebooking would work as I’m sure my 241 has now expired! Anyone had similar experiences?

    • Your 241 hasn’t expired, because you have to fly the outbound before the expiry date. Give BA a call, they should be able to sort you out. £35 pp cancellation fee to pay, plus the extra tax due on CW. (it will be a cancellation fee because it will be a cancel and rebook).

      • Of course, had a panic as I remember when I booked a while back about expiration but it must have been just after I was flying.

        Thanks for clearing that up – now to wait for my Amex reward points to hit my BAEC and hope they don’t get booked!

  17. Off topic:

    My wife and I are moving back to New Zealand (in August) and have just booked a 2-4-1 First redemption on BA to HKG.

    We have enough Avios (70,000 plus only £100 in taxes) to book Economy flights (tough gig I know after being in First from LHR!) as follows (HKG to SYD to CHC).

    The BA flight is booked and ticketed already (using Avios and BA AMEX 2-4-1 voucher).

    I am planning on booking the QF flights (HKG to SYD to CHC) early next week when some Tesco points hit my BAEC.

    Could you please confirm if it will be possible to “link” our 2-4-1 First redemption with the QF flights (booked via Avios) from HKG to SYD to CHC? Even if they are booked are different times on the BA website? Should I call to book the QF flights in order to get them “linked”?

    The flights will look like the below:

    LHR to HKG (BA27) arrives into HKG at 1640 (First Class, AMEX 2-4-1 voucher & ticketed already)

    HKG to SYD (QF128) departs HKG at 20:00 arrives into SYD at 06:55

    Accordingly, we may have 3 hours 20 minutes between flights (if the flight is on time from LHR).

    These bookings may be on separate e-tickets, requiring us to clear immigration in HKG, collect baggage and check in as normal for the QF flight.

    Even allowing for a 1 hour delay from LHR (the HKG flight is an evening departure) we should still arrive into HKG with 2 hours 20 minutes to spare.

    We would then have the day in Sydney to relax before our connecting flight:

    SYD to CHC (QF139) departs SYD at 17:55.

    Unless I am missing something, do I need to put through a separate Avios booking for the QF flights online but this will mean we are required to grab our luggage in Hong Kong, check in for QF, clear immigration etc? BA flies into Terminal 1 and so does Qantas so that should help things.

    Many thanks in advance for your assistance,

    1DES1

    • I don’t think you will be able to link the bookings because of the 241. That means that BA will refuse to interline your luggage, so you will have to pick it up and check in again in HKG. Might be worth giving them a call to check before you book the onward flights. If you have two separate bookings already made then you definitely won’t be able to link them.

    • You can’t link such separate bookings in any meaningful way.

      A friendly agent might offer to put a note in each booking referring to the other, but this gives you zero additional protection if any flights on your first booking are delayed or cancelled.

      If you misconnect, you’d be a no-show for the start of the journey on the second ticket, and dealt with however that airline’s agents feel like it on the day. “Buy a new walk-up ticket” is the worst case there.

    • I’ve rechecked at Hong Kong, going from BA to Cathay. Had 3:05 to do this, the time from getting off the BA A380 to being in the Wing lounge was approx. 40 minutes. Ample time for a shower, meal and a few bevvies in the lounge before getting the next flight. No fasttrack security at Hong Kong but it’s a very efficient airport.

      Supposedly you can ask at the transfer desk for your luggage to be retagged but not having been to Hong Kong before and having an urgent appointment the next day in Seoul I chose to kept it simple.

      • Many thanks – Matt, SHD and Gavin – I appreciate your comments.

        I have not yet made the second booking (HKG – SYD – CHC).

        I will call BA and see what they have to say. In any event, it sounds like it will definitely be separate bookings with re-checking of baggage required / clearing of immigration at HKG.

        It is irritating I will not be able to interline the baggage (despite them both being booked through Avios and they are both OneWorld Carriers). I think this is a new BA policy?

        I have just looked at the T&C’s of the Qantas Avios redemption which states the below:

        “Time/date changes permitted up to 24 hours before your first flight, subject to availability, for a service fee (£35).”

        “You can cancel this booking at any time up to 24 hours before outbound departure and receive a full refund, minus a service fee (£35).”

        Presumably if you try and change the booking within 24 hours this is not possible and you forfeit the Avios redemption? If that occurred, we would require a new tickets on the day? I’m just thinking worst case scenario here if the BA LHR to HKG flight was delayed beyond say 2 hours which meant we missed the final check in time for QF to SYD in HKG. I might just overnight in Hong Kong to build a bigger buffer in, problem with that is the lack of Avios availability for QF (HKG – SYD – CHC).

        Best,

        1DES1

        • I suggest you call Qantas as well to get their take on this as well before booking, i.e. on what would, or might, happen if your incoming BA flight was late. It is possible they might have some sort of fast track process in Hong Kong that could help a bit for instance, especially since you will be arriving in First. They are really quite a sensible airline. Not sure I’d use that word to describe BA. Yes, it is now Oneworld policy but apparently driven by BA.

          I suppose you’ve already looked at any other options from HKG to CHC that might give you more leeway, such as via Brisbane or perhaps even Melbourne?

        • Lady London says:

          I think you should stay overnight in Hong Kong anyway and schedule your onward QF flight out of Hong Kong the following day.

          It’s true that Hong Kong is a very efficient airport and excellent chance that there are no problems. But if there are any problems then you could be in a very bad (and potentially expensive) position indeed. How about booking a ticket with QF with conditions similar to the ones you quote above, but in 24hrs time or less? Then if you land on time maybe take advantage of the changeability and ask to change flights to earlier one.

          Why can;t you just go Hong Kong to NZ directly? did you consider Adelaide or Brisbane and not just MEL/SYD?

        • Lady London says:

          PS if you can only get to SYD then a few months ahead, cash fares across the ditch (SYD-AKL) can be very cheap indeed with a choice of about 5 airlines. Close in they seem to get horrendous.

        • Hi Lyn & Lady London,

          I just called BAEC and got their take on this. BA has suggested we pay the £35 per person change fee (£70 total) to amend the existing 2-4-1 First Redemption and add on the new QF flights (as soon as I have enough Avios in my BAEC).

          BA (i.e. the call centre) thought that this would mean we can have all bookings under one PNR and all flights will be protected in the event of any delays and we can then check in all of our luggage from LHR to CHC.

          I will report back with how I get on!

          The Tesco points will hit by Avios account this Saturday plus I need to wait until I get some additional BA AMEX Avios on Monday 5th February and will get this all locked in then.

          There are still 5 seats appearing online as Avios available (BAEC) so fingers crossed they don’t disappear between now and Monday morning.

          I have looked at other options (specifically HKG to SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/AKL/CHC but only one other option is really feasible (QF118 HKG to SYD departs at 2325 which is an option if we missed QF128 at 2000). Unfortunately, the later flight (QF118) does not appear as an option at BAEC but it does appear on the QF website as being available.

          To make matters even more confusing, the reward availability HKG to SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL is non-existent unless you also booked SYD to CHC as another option. No idea why this is the case.

          HKG to CHC or AKL direct is non-existent for the dates we are looking at. Perhaps Cathay Pacific will release some space closer to the time but that is an unknown at this stage. They don’t tend to have any flights available inside BAEC for this route so perhaps Cathay is just stingy even with Economy Redemption.

          Thanks again for all of your help and I will post back with how I get on 🙂

          1DES1

        • Sometimes there is an issue with Cathay availability showing online. The BA call centre can usually book it for you.

  18. Is there a way on this site to see what articles you have historically commented on?

    • I can do it, you can’t.

    • John Munn says:

      You could try putting this into google:

      site:headforpoints.com “PAL says:”

      doing that, I got 13 results.
      This assumes no one else with the name PAL has commented

  19. Sapiens says:

    OT – is it possible to refer myself from platinum amex to BA amex to receive 18k points?

    Thanks

    • A few people have done so and been successful.

      • Sapiens says:

        Interesting thank you. Is there any special technique that you are aware of?

        Cheers

    • I’d love to know if any HFP readers in uk that have had success with that recently? Reading on forums, It seems to work on canada and US self referrals.

    • Jonathan says:

      I tried, referring myself from my platinum charge card to BAPP and got no referral bonus.

      • Jonathan says:

        I take it back, the 18k referral points posted today.

        • Hi jonathan. Thats great. How long did the bonus points take to post after you were acceoted for new BAPP card?

  20. OT – Can i downgrade from BAPP to free BA Amex online or do i have to ring up?

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