Bits: new Accor / Avios promo now live, Radisson and Park Inn sale on, triple Shangri-La points

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News in brief:

New ‘6000 Avios’ Accor promo now active

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the new Accor (Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel, Pullman, Mercure etc) promotion.  You can earn 6,000 Avios or €120 of vouchers for completing 3 x 2-night stays.

Today is the first day that stays count towards this promo.  If you need to book a few two-night hotel stays for the coming weeks then take a look at my original article on how to take part.

The flagship Sofitel St James is pictured below.

Radisson and Park Inn Dream Deals sale now on

Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza have brought back their regular Dream Deals sale.

Until 25th February, you can save 25% on stays in 500 hotels across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Member of the Radisson Rewards rewards scheme will get a higher 30% discount and 2,500 bonus Gold Points per stay.   I tend to value a Gold Point at around 0.33p so the bonus points are worth an extra £8 or so on top of your sale discount.

The Radisson Blu page is here, the Park Inn page is here and the Park Plaza page is here.

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

Shangri La The Shard

Triple Golden Circle award points with the app – a 30% rebate!

A month ago we wrote about an offer of 100 free Shangri-La Golden Circle points for downloading their new app.

This was actually a two-part offer.   To be honest, until a reader flagged it with us, I hadn’t realised how generous the rest of the deal could be.  As well as 100 points for downloading the app and logging in, you will get:

  • Double Golden Circle points when booking via the app
  • Triple Golden Circle points when booking via the app and using mobile check-in or check-out

Triple Golden Circle points is a great deal.  The standard earning rate is 1 point per $1 spent but this would increase to 3 points per $1 under this promotion, plus any status bonus.   Taking the food and drink redemptions as an example, 1000 points gets you a $100 voucher.  This means that you are getting a 30% rebate on your spending via that route.

The idea of spending $1,000 of company money at a Shangri-La in Asia and receiving a $300 food and drink voucher for the Shangri-La in The Shard in London is certainly attractive ……

More information about the app is on this site.  Full T&Cs are here.  The offer applies to stays until 30th April.

(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. OT – Heathrow Rewards premium question. I don’t suppose spend at Heathrow using Instant Rewards or Airport Shopping Vouchers count towards the £750 spend target to reach premium?

    • Oddly it might do, since HR usually awards points based on the gross value of transactions irrespective of how you pay. No promises though.

      • Thanks! I’ll give it a go and let you know. Perhaps there’s a way for my random Lufthansa and Emirates miles to contribute (somewhat indirectly) to increased Avios earning!

  2. OT – I have a small balance of 3k miles with AF/KLM Flying Blue expiring in a week. Any advice on burning them? Thanks

    • Might be able to use them with pointshound if miles and cash is possible. Top up with MR points to get enough for a European flight.

  3. OT- My Norwegian flight LGW-SIN is now moving from evening to morning next day. Kinda nice because my way out was LGW and return was LHR.
    Any other tips to travel east on the cheap? Ideally connection on Europe so I could start on LHR. Appreciate any tips, cheers

    • Pangolin says:

      Ryanair now flies to Amman, Jordan, if you consider that east!

      Other than that, Norwegian to SIN is about as cheap as it gets currently, notwithstanding special promos that crop up from time to time.

      If you were willing to fly from WAW via a hop from LHR then LOT Polish airlines regularly offers fairly cheap economy flights (they offer Promos every Wednesday if you sign up to their news letter).

      The other thing is to check out the Chinese airlines (Air China, China Eastern) to places like Beijing and Hong Kong, etc.

      • Pangolin says:

        I would have mentioned Scoot also but if you look below you’ll see that someone has ninja’d me on that.

  4. Class, ow or rtn, how much is cheap?

    • Y, £200 is a good fare. Guess norwegian is still winner at this price point, can’t see anywhere close.

      • Eurowings used to fly cheap from DUS-DMK I think so have a look to check if they still do. Doubt you will find it that cheap though. A couple of years ago I got BKK rtn EDI-BKK for just over £300 on a breaking deal and was able to upgrade the return.with miles from 2 credit card signups and a family account.

      • SQ’s LCC arm Scoot is launching TXL-SIN this summer for under €200 ow (they also operate ATH-SIN)

        • Good spot, do they have a premium product?

        • Lady London says:

          Yes they do. At least relatively. Had some excellent pricing emailed to me for this route. So suggest you sign up for their emails.

        • Thanks LadyLondon, I will take a look. If it’s a daytime flight I can live with PE.

        • Lady London says:

          Not sure the relatively better product is anything like PE though – think it’s more a premium bundle.

  5. Harry Hv says:

    Warning – Scoot no longer exists, it used to be great but now it’s been taken over by Tiger Airways which is an Oriental equivalent of Ryanair only less reliable.and a history of safety violations. Their 789 cabin is interesting, two long aisles and no connecting passage in between, not even at the entrance doorway – if you’re on the far side you must clamber over mid-row passengers to reach your seat, or to reach the toilet. So if you really want to risk Tiger, never select seats in the middle section!

    • Other way around- Scoot (owned by Singapore Airlines) has taken over Tiger – but that is only the short haul fleet – the long haul fleet is all brand new 787 delivered to Scoot -same as Norwegian

      No idea what you are talking about – there is a cross over at row 10 at the entrance and then you can just use the facilities on your side. If you are seated in the middle middle seat you could go either way !

      Anyway…. the premium cabin is pretty good – but is v small on the 787-8 they are using to Europe so isn’t super cheap

      They also have a small mini cabin that doesn’t allow children – a bulkhead seat in row 4 is what I’ve gone for . There is a bit of a trick – if you buy the “PlusPerks” package you get the extra leg room + extras cheaper than just buying the seat. No seat back TV, you can pay to stream from their system to your device

      The problem is this (and most Singapore flights) from Europe leave in the morning so you need to go to Berlin the night before. This isn’t a major issue to be honest- hotels there are cheap and it’s easy getting to the airport on the bus

    • Pangolin says:

      Way off the mark.

      Scoot is part of SQ and they are also being used to replace Silk Air services on selected routes (like Langkawi).

      If you’re flying SIA to SIN then you have LHR as an option.

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