Bits: Montreal Avios bargains, 100% bonus buying IHG points TODAY, an email arrives

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News in brief:

Montreal becomes an Avios bargain with Aer Lingus

We told you last week that Aer Lingus is launching Montreal and Minneapolis for Summer 2019.

What I didn’t spot at the time is that Aer Lingus is NOT fudging Avios pricing to Montreal!

This is what I mean.  Dublin to Boston is 2,993 miles.  This was a generally agreed fact at Aer Lingus when it was a British Airways Executive Club partner.  However, when Aer Lingus launched its Avios programme 18 months ago, Boston mysteriously moved.  Aer Lingus suddenly decided that it was over 3,000 miles from Dublin.  This meant that the cost of an Avios redemption in Business Class on a peak date jumped from 75,000 Avios to 120,000 Avios.

Dublin to Montreal is 2,973 miles.  And, for once, Aer Lingus is not disputing this fact.

Montreal, which starts on 9th August 2019, is correctly pricing up in the cheaper Avios Zone 4.  This means that an Economy redemption using Avios is just 10,000 Avios each way off-peak and 12,500 Avios each way peak.  Taxes will vary depending on whether you book on avios.com (£188 return) or with BA via the telephone (should be under £100).

A Business Class redemption to Montreal will be just 31,250 Avios each-way off-peak and 37,500 Avios each-way peak.  That said, Aer Lingus only usually makes one Business Class seat available and even that isn’t yet showing for Montreal.  You can book Economy redemptions however.

Hat-tip to Inside Flyer.  You can read more about the new Montreal and Minneapolis routes on the Aer Lingus site here.

Aer Lingus Montreal with Avios

IHG new ‘buy points’ flash sale TODAY – up to 100% bonus

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – is running a flash sale with a bonus of up to 100% when you buy over 5,000 points. 100% is as generous an offer as you will ever see for IHG points.

The deal ends TODAY, Thursday 20th.

The page to buy points is here where you can see if you are selected for this offer.  I was, despite not having received any email from IHG.

The standard prices, before the bonus, are:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 25,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points
  • 26,000 – 60,000 points for $10 per 1,000 points

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 120,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates for $600) £456.  

At the top end of the IHG Rewards Club portfolio, you have InterContinental properties which top out at 60,000 – 70,000 points per night. That’s what you would pay for InterContinental Le Grand in Paris or the InterContinental Amstel in Amsterdam pictured below.

You should look at this if you have a ‘buy points’ target for the latest Accelerate promotion – although it makes more sense to buy 5,000 and get the bonus than buy 1,000 for no bonus.  If you are topping off your account, it is also a good deal irrespective of the exact cents per point cost.  The maximum number of points you can buy per year is 200,000 (ie 100,000 plus the 100,000 bonus if you were offered the maximum 100% extra).

You can buy via this link.  The offer ends tonight, Thursday 20th September.

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

An email I received ….

Finally, if you were wondering how the general public approach their miles and points – and where the programmes are making real money – take a look at this email I received earlier in the week.  Whenever I appear in the media as I did recently over the BA data breach I tend to hear from a few people like this who are outside our usual sphere of readers.

I won’t comment but as a HFP reader you probably know that this situation is wrong on so many levels.  If this person had contacted me before doing the transfer things would have been so much different:

Hello Rob

I’m completely new to the world of points. I have just transferred 421,000 Amex points gathered over 24 years to BA Avios to book a trip to the USA for my wife’s 70th birthday.

I’m travelling on 02.10.18 BAXXX to New York, currently booked in as Economy. There appears to be no availability in premium Economy or Business class which how we’d like to travel.

We are travelling in the US and then returning to have six days in Washington before flying back on BAXXX Business Class to Heathrow.

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Comments

  1. O/t: a referral from wife’s ba blue to a bapp for me. This should result in a referral bonus for her and me? 4K for her and 1k additional for me??

  2. OT: I cannot recall if anybody mentioned it already but just noticed avios has disappeared as a pay out partner at TC leaving only BA.

    • swhostring says:

      Not worth mentioning! avios.com (as was) is no longer extant, is pining, he has expired & gone to meet his maker, he is pushing up the daisies, ceased to be, has shuffled off the mortal coil. This is an ex-points scheme.

      Hence only BAEC these days.

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