Bits: last chance for a discount on SPG and IHG points, £20 Best Western gift card on your next stay

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News in brief:

Last chance to get a 35% discount buying Starwood points

Tomorrow, 31st May, is your last chance to pick up Starwood Preferred Guest points at a discount.

You can currently buy Starwood Preferred Guest points at 35% off in a new offer – the link is here.  30,000 SPG points will cost you $682.50 (£516).

30,000 SPG would convert into 90,000 Marriott points.  This could be a good deal when you remember that NO Marriott or Starwood hotel will cost more than 60,000 points per night if booked between August and December (stay whenever in 2019).

This is also a way of buying airline miles in schemes that do not sell miles directly, such as Lufthansa Miles & More.  Starpoints transfer at 1:1 to most airlines and you receive a 5,000 mile bonus when converting 20,000.  You need to do the maths but buying SPG points at 35% off could work out.

You need to do that via this page before 31st May.

Buy Starwood Preferred Guest points at a discount

…. and your last chance for an 80% IHG Rewards Club bonus

You can also, until 31st May, 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. It is also worth buying if your IHG Accelerate promotion has a ‘buy points’ target you need to hit.

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Get a £20 Best Western gift card with your next stay

Best Western has launched a promotion giving guests a £20 Best Western gift card if they stay at a Best Western property this Summer.

You must register on this special promotion page before booking which means existing bookings are excluded from this promotion.

The £20 Best Western gift card will be awarded for stays between now and 3rd September 2018 and is limited to one per person.

(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. O/T – Any advice on best available Hotel Redemption in Hong Kong for 5/6 nights (I’ll be using my Amex MR points)

    • In general (and this is not necessarily a HK recommendation) best value is anywhere that has a really good Marriott / JW Marriott. These are capped at 45k Marriott points which equals 15k Starwood points which needs 30k Amex.

      If you have Amex Plat you’ll also have SPG Gold which matches to Marriott Gold which, until August, means free lounge access and 4pm check out.

    • Roberto says:

      I would say that you wont really get the best value from MR.. I appteciate that if you are long then its “cost effective” but I gave never come across a great hotel deal unless I am using their own points .

      Cash is king with regards to hotels in my mind and in saying that i found great value with shangri la this year in a horizon club room in HKG durring the (black friday) sale..

      • I assumed he meant converting MR into hotel points. Just using them via Amex Travel is crazy, I agree.

    • Alex W says:

      @VJ the best value is a Marriott hotel & air travel package. This gets you 7 nights plus up to 120,000 miles in your preferred scheme. I am aiming for 1.5p value per MR point this way. Even if you have to check out after the 6th night you should still achieve over 1p per Amex MR point.
      Ideally you need at least 180,000 MR points converted via SPG to 270,000 Marriott points.

      • grex9101 says:

        How likely is it that the Marriot travel packages will disappear come August?

        • Alex W says:

          It’s been announced that they are staying. However the prices have not been announced yet. I would not be surprised if they become more expensive either in August or January.

      • Genghis says:

        We’ve 7 nights at JWM in Oct booked this way.

  2. Leigh says:

    OT: Is there a way to buy foreign currency with Amex or Curve card? Thanks in advance.

  3. Never bought starpoints before and would appreciate some reader advice… toying with the idea of buying 2 x 30,000 starpoints for £1032 which convert to 180,000 marriott rewards points, then topping up with an extra 20k via membership rewards to make 200,000 for a travel package comprising a Cat 1-5 7 night voucher and 50,000 Avios or VFC miles – if valued at 1p/mile it would make the effective cost for a 7-night voucher approx £510 – is this worthwhile? Or would there be a better use of 180k/200k Marriott rewards points?

    • Jonny says:

      If you wish to purchase a travel package you should think about targeting the maximum avios amount, so 270k points to give you 120k avios.
      That said I’m a bit cautious at the moment on purchasing a travel package myself as Marriott haven’t issued any guidance what will happen to it post 1 August (when new chart comes into effect) and personally I would rather wait to see what happens.

  4. BrianN says:

    Hey any idea of there is an expiry date o the the gift voucher? Also do you think we could use it on stays abroad in a different currency or would it have to be a UK stay? Thanks

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