Bits: Hilton Asia flash sale, free Ritz-Carlton Doha stay with Qatar Airways, £100 off £500 United spend with Amex

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News in brief:

Hilton launches a South East Asia flash sale

Hilton is running an Asia / India / Maldives flash sale until Monday 19th November.  See here for details.

It includes hotels such as the Millennium Hilton Bangkok pictured below.  You might also want to take a look at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Bangkok which looks very impressive.

The deals are valid for stays up to 30th June 2019

The headline saving is ‘up to 35% off’ the standard flexible rate – albeit these bookings are non-refundable, and not all hotels offer 35% – so it is worth looking to see if any existing Hilton bookings you have should be rebooked. It may also be worth cancelling redemptions and rebooking for cash if the rate is low enough.

If you book a sale rate, you will also get a 25% dinner discount during your stay.  Alcohol and room service dinner orders are excluded, however.

If you are tempted by this offer, please also remember:

to register here for the new ‘double and triple points’ promotion which runs until 3rd January

to claim your Hilton Honors status match here from any other hotel status you may have

Full details of the Asian flash sale can be found on this special page of hilton.com.

HIlton Asia Sale

Qatar Airways offering free stays at The Ritz-Carlton in Doha

It is not uncommon for airlines to offer free stopovers at their hubs.  It IS rare, however, for economy passengers to be offered a five star hotel and on flights with are point-to-point.

For a limited period, Qatar Airways will give you a free stay at the luxury The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Doha, including breakfast, when you book a London to Doha flight.

You can find out more about the hotel here and there is a picture above.

The offer is ONLY valid when you book UK-Doha-UK.  It is NOT valid if Doha is a stopover on the way elsewhere, eg UK-Doha-Bangkok.

You can:

Book an “Economy Flexi” or “Economy Value” Economy Class ticket and get one or two free nights

Book a “Business Value” or “Business Flexi” Business Class ticket and get your choice of 1-3 free nights

Book a “First Value” or “First Flexi” First Class ticket and get your choice of 1-4 free nights

The key dates are:

Booking validity: 12 November 2018 to 2 December 2018

Travel validity: 13 November 2018 to 31 March 2019

Full details, including the terms and conditions and how to book, are on this page of the Qatar Airways website.

Get £100 off a £500 United Airways flight with American Express

If you are planning a trip to the United States, there is an interesting new cashback offer available via American Express.

You will receive £100 cashback when you spend £500+ on a United Airways flight before 9th December.  You must book via united.com and the offer is restricted to the first 20,000 people to register.

If you are targeted, the deal shows under the ‘Offers’ section of your online statement.  I doubt it is available on your British Airways American Express card, however!  Thanks to Saif for this.

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Comments

  1. BlueHorizonuk says:

    BA just dumped 50,000 extra Club World seats into availability

    Additional reward seats will be available on direct one-way and return British Airways operated flights in the Club World cabin only, for travel between 16 December 2018 and 31 March 2019

    between London Gatwick and Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando Las Vegas, San Jose (Costa Rica), New York JFK and Mauritius and between London Heathrow and Abuja, Accra, Amman, Atlanta, Austin, Bahrain, Baltimore, Bangalore, Beijing, Beirut, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Calgary, Cape Town, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Moscow, Nairobi, Nashville, New Orleans, New York JFK, New York EWR, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, CA, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Seychelles, Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tokyo NRT, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.

    • BlueHorizonuk says:

      Book by December 2

      • Thanks, just checked a couple of destinations and it looks wide open on some routes. I don’t understand the Dec 2nd date though?

        • BlueHorizonuk says:

          You have to book by 2nd December and fly between 16 December 2018 and 31 March 2019

        • I get that but reward availabilty is usually there until it’s used up rather than having a time scale imposed. I guess a cash sale in December would need availabilty.

        • I assume they mean that any of the 50k seats which go unsold will be removed on 3rd December?

  2. Far too expensive for Qatar flights. Non peak time they want approx £800. For that much you can get a packaged holiday with Emirates

    Btw: is there a way to cover travel insuramcr for a flight booked prior to receiving amex (e.g part bill amex card so its eligible for travel insursnce)

    A refund of an airline ticket is unlikely so can additional cost count towards being an amex transaction

  3. OT,
    I have a few Etihad guest points to burn and would like to use them on American Airlines, is this as straight forward as finding the availability on AA.com and ringing Etihad?

  4. United offer.
    I booked over £500 on United with my amex plat.I had the offer but it was not saved first. Do I have any hope?

  5. Shortly after the stay or purchase is complete, my benefits “account” is credited with the percentage of the value in WOW Points. This is sometimes the cost and sometimes the pre-VAT and delivery cost. It all depends on the retailer.

    Those points can then be used (1p per point) to either buy goods or transfer cash to my current account.

    For my most recent Hilton Purchase, I got 3000ish WOW Points. I used 2700 of those points to buy a £30 Starbucks Gift Card.

    • Ah cheers Andrew. Sounds very different to the scheme I’m on where discount seems to equate to you spending set amounts on buying “a gift card”

  6. & back O/T….the Qatar Airways / comp Ritz Carlton nights is also appearing on the Qatar Airways.com Ireland website (ie Dublin-Doha direct on B787-8). Best economy pricing is for 5N trips in period 25 Jan-29 Mar ’19, currently pricing at €543 / £480. This is for fare bucket ‘Economy Promo’. If booking to get the hotel deal probably best to double-check with Qatar first that this fare bucket aligns with the T&Cs of the Ritz deal which vaguely states ‘Offer cannot be clubbed with Qatar Airways exclusive promotional fares’ whatever that really means.

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