Bits: HFP Marriott promo update, Malmaison UK hotel deals, good Enterprise / Virgin promo and competition

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News in brief:

Marriott / HFP bonus points promotion update

Yesterday we launched an exclusive HFP promotion with Marriott, offering 10,000 bonus points when you book a weekend stay which includes a Thursday or Monday night.

One hotel listed in the article – Aloft Munich – was removed by Marriott at the last minute.  The other participating hotels we listed, such as Hotel Arts Barcelona pictured below, are correct.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

If you missed our article yesterday you can read about this special deal here.

Hotel Arts Barcelona special promotion

Good Malmaison UK hotel deals for advance bookings

We don’t cover UK boutique hotel chain Malmaison much on HFP because it does not partner with any airlines or operate as part of any major loyalty scheme.  They did have a Virgin Atlantic deal at one point but it ended 2-3 years ago.

At the moment, Malmaison is running a decent advance booking promotion for its hotels.  If you can commit to a pre-paid booking at least 90 days in advance, there are substantial discounts available.

You can find details here.

There are participating properties – generally decent – in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Cheltenham, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Reading.

The Oxford hotel, picture below, is famous for being based in a converted prison!  Thanks to Shoestring for this.

Malmaison Oxford advanced booking discount

Good Enterprise / Virgin Flying Club deal – and win a family travel kit

If you are doing a short car rental, the best Virgin Flying Club reward deal is via their Hertz partnership.  As you can see here, you earn 1,000 Virgin Atlantic miles on most Hertz rentals, however short.

For longer rentals, there is currently a better Virgin deal available with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Enterprise is offering 300 Virgin Flying Club miles per day when you rent a car from them.  The maximum mileage you can earn is 3,600 miles per rental.

This offer is valid at Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in the UK, Europe and North America.   Whilst the landing page doesn’t mention any terms, the Virgin Atlantic site says that it is valid for rentals booked by 30th November for rentals completed by 31st December.

You need to book via this Enterprise / Virgin joint site to earn miles.

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

Enteprise Virgin Flying Club triple miles

Enterprise and Virgin Flying Club are also giving away a family travel kit, including an iPad,  two pairs of children’s headphones and a year’s subscription to Disney Life.  Simply email the answer to this question:

What year was Enterprise founded?

A – 1946
B – 1958
C – 1957

to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Enterprise competition September 2018’.  You need to add your name, your Flying Club number and answer (hint: it’s 1957) in the body of the email and send it by 1st October 2018.  One entry 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. Do you ever pay the yearly fee when churning the Gold Amex (£140 fee is free in the first year but is that only for the first time you hold the card?).

    • No, first year free each time.

    • May be worth paying one month of it for the 10000 MR for spending 15K in the previous year, works out to about 1.5 MR/£ for £12

      • Or, might not be worth doing that and binning it as soon as you reach your £3000 spend (or immediately after you receive your referrer points for referring your partner) to start the 6-month clock for a new card. Horses for courses

  2. Rang Amex CS about still missing Marriott / SPG points from monthly transfers today. Advised back office aware of many issues and making their way through all outstanding. Expect 2-4 weeks to see points in accounts.

    • Don’t think there’s any point asking Amex as it is definitely a problem on Marriott’s side. But I need to make sure they are giving me 33000 points instead of 11000 as the signup bonus…

  3. Lady London says:

    I would shop around and consider other bookings for Hertz points unless I really needed IHG. I’ve tested IHG’s headlined “we get you 35% bonus off Hertz car rentals” a few times now. It never came to more than 10% off. Which I can get anywhere. So I haven’t prioritised IHG for booking Hertz.

    Europcar had a really good tie-up with Accor that has yielded nice numbers of points in some countries. I know Australia was one (as in hertz dot com dot au) but think I’ve seen the odd excellent promotion with Europcar for Accor points in Europe too.

  4. That’s a pity, the aloft Munich in particular would have been nice and probably booked if still on the list ….

  5. O/T – does anyone know how much fuel surcharge/ taxes should be from São Paulo – London one way?

    I thought surcharges were banned from Brazil…

  6. can I sign up for both amex BA cards ( free one & fee paying one) card and get both sign up bonuses?

  7. Shoestring says:

    O/T amazingly cheap Ryanair deal just popped up

    They *never* go as cheap as this on our route from Bristol out to the place in the sun! First movers obvs get the cheap fares then it goes up.

    • Need to get to Frankfurt (flying onwards on JAL) in January, so thought the sub £10 fare looked inviting. Until I checked where Frankfurt-Hahn airport is. About 120km from Frankfurt by road according to Wikipedia. That takes the record for me for taking the proverbial by naming an airport after a town that is nowhere near. Can anyone come up with another airport further from the town it is supposed to serve?

      • Shoestring says:

        Frankfurt-Hahn is probably a bit of an outlier (+ literally!) Obvs Luton/ Stansted are just as easy to get to central London from as Gatwick & not *so* much worse than Heathrow. In other countries it’s luck of the draw, out at our place in the sun everybody uses the same airport. Take Paris, for example – Beauvais is about 50 miles outside the city centre, so not too bad; or Barcelona – same airport as everybody else.

  8. OT, booked car hire via BA Avis website, how long does it take for Avis to credit my BAEC?

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