Bits: Flybe launches London City to Newcastle, do a tandem skydive with Hilton, IHG removes promo points cap

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News in brief:

Flybe launches London City to Newcastle

Flybe, via its franchise partner Eastern Airways, has announced a new route from Newcastle to London City Airport.

Starting on 7th January, flights will leave Newcastle at 08.05 and 17.50, with return services from London City at 09.45 and 19.30.  There is no service on a Saturday and a single evening service on a Sunday.

You can earn Avios on these services at the standard Flybe rates.  I am not sure if, due to the franchise nature of this route, it will be available as a redemption – nothing is showing at the moment.

Flights can be booked at flybe.com.

Eastern Airways launches Newcastle to London City

Do a tandem skydive with Hilton!

If you have been thinking that the current options of spending your miles and points are a bit, well, dull, Hilton Honors has the answer.

Via their Hilton Auctions platform, you can bid to do a tandem skydive:

Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush as you jump from 15,000 feet – the highest you can skydive from in the UK. After 20 minutes instruction, you are ready for the rush of freefall and a 5 minute canopy ride. Tandem skydiving allows you to experience the thrill of freefall skydiving without any extensive training as you will be accompanied by an experienced instructor who will also be your own personal cameraman to film and photograph your experience.

This package for two (2) includes:
– Tandem Skydive Experience, including 20 minute instruction
– Video and pictures of your skydive experience
– Dinner at The Grill Restaurant
– One night stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort (Yorkshire) including breakfast

There are no bids so far!  The minimum acceptable bid is just 45,000 Hilton Honors points.  Place your bid here.  The hotel website is here.

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points 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 Hilton Honors points.  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.

Hilton Honors Skydive

IHG Rewards Club removes the cap on its current double points promotion

IHG Rewards Club is, until 31st December, running a promotion offering double base points on every stay, starting with your second stay.

Our article on the IHG double points offer is here (ignore the closing date which has now been extended to 31st December) and you can register here.

The offer was capped at 15,000 bonus points over the course of the offer.  However, the IHG home page now says:

Double Points now UNLIMITED!

Now earn unlimited double points for stays at IHG hotels until 31/12

The registration page still mentions the 15,000 points cap, but it seems safe to say that this will be corrected ASAP and that heavy stayers can continue to book IHG hotels knowing that they will receive a bonus.

(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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Comments

  1. Neil Vernon says:

    I can’t see how it is possible to complete the “Double Your Stay” challenge on the IHG Q3/Q4 Accelerate to get the bonus for completing all the challenges.

    Do I just have to wait for time to go by?

    Or do I have to actually earn the 15,000 bonus points that was the original maximum (I am almost there but would prefer to direct my remaining stays this year to Hilton)?

    Does anyone have any guidance?

    • Do you have a ‘complete x of y targets for bonus’ type of challenge? I don’t, just 4 independent ones so nothing depends on how many double points I earn.

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