Bits: HfP discount at Ski Solutions, good Oman Air deals from Paris inc Maldives, Etihad UK sale

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News in brief:

HfP exclusive discount at Ski Solutions

If you are reading our articles via desktop or receive the daily emails, you will have noticed advertising this week for Ski Solutions.  Run by a regular HfP reader, this is a ski holiday company with 30 years’ experience in arranging tailor-made ski holidays across Europe and North America.

Ski Solutions works with all the leading chalet, apartment and hotel operators.  Selling ski holidays is all they do and their team claims a combined 280 years of collective experience in the sector.

I wanted to flag a special promotion they’ve launched for our readers in case anyone is currently looking to book their ski holiday.  Until 16th September Ski Solutions is offering 5% off when quoting ‘headforpoints’ when booking.  The Ski Solutions website is here.

Val D isere

Etihad UK deals

Etihad has launched a one week long promotion with special fares from the UK to Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Lead prices from Heathrow in Business are:

Kuala Lumpur from £2256

Seychelles from £2923

Melbourne from £2983

Some of these destinations are currently cheaper with British Airways (our article about the BA sale is here) with the Seychelles being around £1,000 more on Etihad.  That said, the Etihad Business Class Studio – website here, Rob’s review here – is way ahead of Club World.

The Economy fares look better with London to Brisbane from £650, London to Beijing from £436, London to Hong Kong from £447 and Manchester to Dubai from £334.

Flights have to be booked by 8th September for travel between 22nd September 2018 and 30th June 2019, with departures from either Heathrow or Manchester.  Etihad’s website is here. In addition, if you are not already an Etihad Guest member, you can sign up here and receive 500 bonus miles.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Etihad no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Oman Air sale

God Oman Air deals from Paris

Oman Air is also running a sale this week.  There are Business and Economy deals out of Heathrow – see their website.

Bigger bargains, however, are from Paris Charles du Gaulle.  These prices are return, Business Class:

  • Abu Dhabi / Bahrain / Doha €1399
  • Bengaluru €1449
  • Bangkok €1299
  • Guangzhou €1599
  • Chennai / Delhi / Mumbai €1349
  • Dubai €1099
  • Hyderabad / Jaipur €1699
  • Kuala Lumpur €1599
  • Male €1449
  • Manilla €1599
  • Zanzibar €1599

Clearly not everyone wants to fly UK – Paris – Muscat – Maldives, even if it is €1449 (£1310) in Business Class plus the cost of getting to Paris.  The saving does mean it is worth a look though.

Whilst Oman Air is not in any major airline alliance, you can credit flights to Etihad GuestThe earning chart is here.  You can top them up with American Express Membership Rewards points for an Etihad redemption or redeem them for cash via PointsPay.

There is a virtual tour of their Business Class product on their website here.

These prices are valid until 16th September.  Annoying the airline website does not list valid travel dates anywhere.

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  1. For CDG to BKK these are on the oman website terms
    Maximum Stay:1 Month
    Sale Validity :From 03Sep18 to 16Sep18
    Travel Validity :From 03Sep18 to 31May19
    Refund:Refundable with charges
    Blackout Date:NO

  2. rams1981 says:

    God Oman deals – truly blessed

  3. Hi, I just booked the return leg of my summer holiday next year and wanted to share, for those of you that like holidays of the more active / barking mad variety…

    The current plan is to head to Chamonix at the start of the school holidays to hike the Tour de Mont Blanc (circular hike around the base of the mountain, taking about a week and a half and gaining about 10km in altitude in the process – but staying in refugios serving 3 courses of French, Italian and Swiss food included in the price) and visit a friend who lives there, then slowly make my way to Zurich (via a couple of spas, because I suspect I’ll need it – Pre Saint Didier and Villa Honegg and quite possibly the mad furnicular railway nearby). There I will be using up my stash of M&M miles flying in First via Frankfurt (thus making use of the Swiss First facilities in Zurich, as well as the First class terminal in Frankfurt) to Mexico City. I’m not 100% sure whether I want to head to Baja California for a multi-day kayaking trip, or the Yucatan for Tulum and the cenotes, we’ll see. After a week or so, I plan to head to Costa Rica, for a couple of weeks of wildlife photography in a couple of National Parks (any recommendations gratefully received…), before flying home in Business with my Iberia miles from the mad promotion earlier this year.

    That’s after 2 weeks in the Philippines at Easter flying in Cathay Pacific First (well, to and from Hong Kong at least, business after that), and a week in Mallorca during May half term, to get the Iberia miles!

    Huge thanks to Rob and Anika for making all of this possible (and also for the brilliant advice from the many people who comment here), there’s no way I’d be able to make such good use of my teacher holidays on a teacher salary without them!

  4. Good Typo!

  5. Shoestring says:

    £100 statement credit on £400 – Microsoft

    • also £200 off £600 spend on Amex Travel offer available on Platinum as of this morning.
      Wasn’t available last night!

  6. Amex Travel has appeared again for me, £200 back on £600 spend. Hire car and hotel needed for South Africa next year, am I right in thinking that hotels count as long as they are not part of the fine hotels and resorts collection?

    • Shoestring says:

      There’s also £50 credit on £200 (Amex Travel)

    • Anything that is pre-paid counts. FHR is only excluded because it is not pre-paid.

    • Does anyone have experience of Amex Travel offers working as a cumulative £600 spend across several bookings?

    • How can you get this offer on sup cards?

    • Andrew S says:

      Appeared on my platinum companion credit card, not the charge card strangely. On my supplementary card of a gold charge card in the £200 get £50 back form too.

      • I have such rubbish offers on all my and hubby’s cards. In fact I have only one offer on my SPG card and it’s for flowers……not that he’s going to buy me any as we are heading off in F to Denver on a 241 at the weekend. I could do with a Trailfinders and Amex Travel offer and less of the sunglasses, shirts, golf, cafe Nero and a whole lot that are totally unusable .

  7. Domino’s Spend £20 get £5 back…..on BAPP

    • Shoestring says:

      Could work out well as there are always loads of BOGOF deals etc, the Amex £5 would stack with any other deal you use.

  8. Does the upgrade from Gold credit card to Platinum still work for the 20k bonus points on a £1k spend?

  9. Rob, any idea when we’ll have news on the new marriott credit card? I’m sure there was a link on the marriott page in July saying it was launching in August but since then the link seems to have disappeared…

    • That was the plan, yes. I asked both Marriott and Creation (both of whom I am close to) about this before I went away and got no response.

      • Thanks Rob, hopefully there might be some news on it soon then. Seems strange to trail it on the website and then suddenly remove it…

  10. OT re Amex Plat / Marriott / Spg

    Not had many dealings with Marriott before, who and how would be best to contact for the below.

    Recently got the plat card and linked it to my Marriott account to get gold status. Upon checking the amex benefits page they appear to have created another account for me for which I obviously don’t have a password etc so need to get access to this and then merge

    • You can see the Marriott account Amex is linked to in the Plat Benefits page on the Amex site. (Same for Hilton, Shangri-La etc etc that are linked)

      Then go to the Marriott site and use the ‘forgot password’ link?

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