Bits: Avios confirms you can keep your 2nd Lloyds upgrade voucher, Hyatt drops home rentals but Marriott expands

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News in brief:

Avios confirms that you can keep your 2nd Lloyds upgrade voucher

On Friday we explained how many Lloyds Avios Rewards cardholders had unexpectedly received a 2nd annual upgrade voucher in their avios.com account.  Click here for that story.

Avios has now made a statement on social media about this.

The bad news is: it was a mistake

The good news is: you can keep the voucher

See the message below, sent to a HFP reader:

Hyatt stops offering home rentals – but Marriott expands!

Just seven months after adding it to World of Hyatt, the Oasis home rental group has been dropped as a partner.

Oasis is a collection of:

….. over 2,000 personally vetted homes in prime neighborhoods worldwide like Rome, Barcelona and Punta del Este (Uruguay). Enjoy the authentic feel of a residence with the hotel-like amenities you are accustomed to like in person check-in and checkout, fresh linens, luxury toiletries, internet and a personal concierge. Whether you’re traveling with your family, have a longer stay in mind or need a little more space, consider Oasis home rentals to meet your travel occasion needs.

World of Hyatt members would earn 5 points per $1 spent at Oasis plus late check-out benefits.  Nights also counted towards Hyatt status.  You could also redeem Hyatt points for Oasis stay credit.

Hyatt launched this partnership after buying a minority stake in Oasis.  The company has now been taken over and Hyatt sold its stake at part of this process.  All ties with World of Hyatt were broken immediately although benefits will be honoured on existing bookings.

Coincidentally, Marriott Rewards has just announced that it is increasing its foray into home rentals.  The initial trial with Hostmaker to offer London rentals (we wrote about it here) seems to have been a success and the partnership is expanding into Paris, Rome and Lisbon.  Stays earn Marriott Rewards points and stay credit.  You can find out more here.

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Comments

  1. I’ve got one sitting there valid until October 2019. I’m still confused at what’s happening with Avios.com – will this voucher still be redeemable in, say, March 2019 and will you still be able to do so via the website?

  2. OT just booked MAN-MAD business using Avios IB express 15000 x 2 looks like the only benefit is choice of any economy meal for free.
    1 can I cancel within 24 hours for full refund of avios and cash.
    2 anyone done this flight and is business booking a waste.

  3. Ronster says:

    Good evening everyone.

    Hope your all well.

    Can anyone tell me if the Lloyds upgrade voucher, can ONLY be used by the primary credit card holder?

    Can the additional card holder also use the voucher for an upgrade?

    Thanks

    Ronster

    • can be used for a BA return for one person (only the named Avios account holder)

      OR

      for two one-ways (on same flight) for two people

    • It doesn’t need to be the person traveling, I’ve booked in other people’s name before

      • Ronster says:

        Hi Lev.

        When making this booking for someone else did you ring BA or can it be done online?

        Thanks

        • I booked for someone else by phone.

        • By phone! Was a month ago (it was a voucher in my dads name which I used for myself)

        • Ronster says:

          Hi Lev

          Thanks for that

          But unless the terms and conditions have changed recently, only the primary card holder can cook an upgrade return ticket. Just spoke to a manager at Avios Customer services.

          Did you book it calling BA?

          Thanks

          Ronster

  4. Does anyone know if I book dub ord jfk with the first leg on EI, this booked on the AA website, would this earn BA tier points? Thanks.

  5. Rob,
    Thanks for the heads up on this one.
    I’ve a requirement to get to Cairo next month and redeemed my voucher for an upgrade to club (ABZ-CAI) This route switches to an A321 for the winter timetable and with no WTP it’s a great deal at 20k avios and £370 in taxes. The BA cash fare for the exact dates was £3542 !

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