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Bits: Small Luxury Hotels leaves Avios, win a 1-year pass for Plaza Premium’s LHR lounges

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News in brief:

Small Luxury Hotels leaves Avios after launching its INVITED loyalty scheme

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a consortium of 520 luxury hotels in 80 countries. These are primarily independent properties, many of which are well known in their respective markets.

Last Autumn SLH decided to beef up its own loyalty offering.  The previous scheme,called The Club was replaced by INVITED.  The details of how INVITED works are here.

Clearly taking their cue from the stupid tier names used by the new World of Hyatt programme (Discoverist, Explorist, Globalist), SLH now calls its tier levels Invited, Inspired and Indulged.  

What is interesting is that you get decent benefits just for joining.  As an ‘Invited’ level member, which is what you get for signing up, you will receive free continental breakfast, early check-in if available, late check-out if available and free wi-fi.

If you are not already a member of INVITED, this link for American Express cardholders lets you join at ‘Inspired’ level.  This usually requires one previous stay so it is useful if you only have a one-off Small Luxury Hotels trip.  ‘Inspired’ gets you all the benefits of ‘Invited’ plus a birthday gift and a one-category room upgrade if available at check-in.

Whilst there has been no announcement, it seems that the launch of INVITED has led to Avios – and other airline partnerships – being dropped.  You can no longer earn 500 Avios per stay when you visit a Small Luxury Hotels property.

The full list of remaining British Airways hotel partners is here.

Win a 1-year Plaza Premium Heathrow lounge pass

Heathrow Rewards is giving away two one-year passes to ALL of the Plaza Premium lounges in the airport.

Most importantly, because you cannot get access via Lounge Club or Priority Pass, is the new Plaza Premium lounge in Terminal 5.   You will also be able to get into their other facilities – T2 departures, T2 arrivals, T3 arrivals, T4 departures and T4 arrivals.

The winner will get unlimited visits until 31st March 2019.  Unfortunately no guests are allowed.

You can enter via this page of the Heathrow Rewards website (log-in required).  The closing date is the end of March.

PS.  Remember that you CAN access the Terminal 5 Plaza Premium lounge with an American Express Platinum charge card, even though it is not in Priority Pass.  Simply show your card at the entrance.  You can also bring in a guest.

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  1. OT: Anybody got any ideas and experience with respect to AsiaMiles standard award availability? I am currently working on a Marriott travel package and thinking AsiaMikes might be a better option than BA for me as their Zone D covers 5000-7500 miles for 70000 miles one way J for CX plus one other carrier. Unlike BA, I would hope this puts almost all of seAsia including KUL and SIN in the same zone but I will need to check that to be sure.

  2. Can anyone actually log into their SLH invited account at the mo?

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