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Bits: IHG 80% ‘buy points’ bonus, ViaVan launches £3 London rides, 25% American Airlines transfer bonus

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News in brief:

New IHG Rewards Club ‘buy points’ bonus

Until 31st May, you can buy IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – points with a bonus of up to 80%.

The page to buy points is here – log in and see what is available.

This is not the most generous offer IHG has had, and it is also staggered which is unusual:

  • Buy 5,000-19,000 points, get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 20,000+ points, get an 80% bonus

The annual cap for buying points has been raised to 100,000 points which equates to 180,000 points with the bonus.  The cost is $1,000 (£700).

We have seen 100% bonuses recently, but if you need to top up your account in advance of a planned redemption, you might as well do it whilst the bonus is on.  As this offer runs until late May it is clear that nothing better will be here before June at the earliest.  It is also worth buying if your IHG Accelerate promotion has a ‘buy points’ target you need to hit.

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ViaVan launches in London with £3 Zone 1 rides

ViaVan, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and US start-up Via, has launched in its ‘shared journey’ service in London.

From what I can gather, it is basically ‘UberPOOL with a minibus’.  A ViaVan will be heading in roughly one direction, say from Wimbledon to Central London, and will pick up people from ‘near’ their homes or wherever they are along the way.  Each passenger will be dropped off ‘near’ their final destination.

All rides will be shared.  The upside is very aggressive pricing – during the launch period, all rides inside Zone 1 will be priced at a flat £3.

I am pretty sure that this is not a service for me, but you may think differently.  There isn’t much of a website – see here – but full details are in the app.  Thanks to Nick for this.

25% American Airlines transfer bonus

American Airlines is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer certain hotel points into AAdvantage.

If you have an American Airlines AAdvantage account, or are looking for a home for a large pile of hotel loyalty points you feel you may never use, this promotion may be of interest.

Until 31st May, American Airlines is offering a 25% bonus when you convert points from the following schemes:

Best Western (usually 5:1)

IHG (5:1)

Radisson (10:1)

Marriott (rate varies by quantity)

Starwood (1:1)

Marriott’s ‘hotel and air’ Travel Packages are excluded – only straight transfers of Marriott Rewards points will get the bonus.

A 25% bonus is never enough to make a bad deal into a great deal, but if you had been thinking about topping up an American Airlines account then this is a decent option.

Key uses of AA miles include NO FUEL SURCHARGES on transatlantic flights as long as you are on an AA plane and their generous redemption rates (85,000 miles return in Business or 125,000 in First) from Europe to the Middle East on BA, Etihad (yes, they have an Etihad partnership) or a oneworld airline.

You MUST pre-register or you will not receive the bonus.  Full details and registration can be found on the American Airlines website here.

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Comments

  1. The £3 fare is only within zone 1? What about a fare zone 1 to LHR T5?

    • Rob MC says:

      When you go on the app the area that you can travel in is highlighted. I believe the zone 1 is only for the £3 fare.

      • Lochlann says:

        It’s showing as to or from zone 1 for me – I’m about 50 yards out of the service area so £3 is a bargain!

  2. Lochlann says:

    Rebecca was the lucky random choice for my ViaVan promo code. Mine’s lochlann8q2

  3. Hugo Goodson says:

    ViaVan Worked really well when I used it today – 2 minute walk to pick up and then about 5 min wait with drop off exactly where I wanted it – my promotion code is hugo7j2 and that will get you 6 free shared rides.

  4. Another promo code! This one gets you £20 of free credit that can be split between as many rides as you like. Code is MARK4G6 and download link is http://bit.ly/2BX6Amq

  5. Paul says:

    Just used Jtz’s code above, mines if anyone would be so kind as to us is: paul3a4

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