Bits: IHG ‘buy points’ bonus, 250 free Shangri-La points, 25% cashback with Gett, WOW Air going bust?

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Last day for 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – is running another 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, 30th November.

The page to buy points is here.  It does not seem to be a targeted offer but different people get a different level of bonus, either 80% or 100%.

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) £470.  

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 TODAY (actually, 5am on Saturday UK time).

IHG Rewards Club 100% buy points bonus

Get 250 free Shangri-La Golden Circle points and get a free drink in The Shard

Shangri-La Golden Circle has launched a new promotion to encourage you to download their app.

Full details are on the Shangri-La website hereYou will receive 250 points if you download the app and log-in before 28th February.  Non-members will get the bonus if they download the app and use it to open a new Golden Circle account.

Whilst you obviously won’t get a free room or be able to do an airline miles transfer with just 250 points, you CAN use them for a $25 credit towards eating or drinking in Shangri-La Hotels, which includes The Shard in London.  Details are here.

If you are Jade member of Shangri-La Golden Circle, which you can get for free via American Express Platinum, you get a higher rate of $1.25 per 10 points which means you’d get $31 of free food and drink (EDIT: The Shard only gives the standard rate of $1 per 10 points to Jade members).  Be aware that I’m not sure exactly how the process works and whether you need a Golden Circle plastic card in your hand in order to make an instant redemption.

Shangri La The Shard

25% cashback with taxi app Gett

American Express has launched a new cashback offer with taxi app Gett which operates in London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Coventry, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.

The offer may or may not be showing under the ‘Offers’ section on the Amex app or website for one of your cards.  You need to ‘save to card’ if it is.

Once you’ve done that, you will receive 25% cashback on all of your Gett rides between now and 31st January.  The cashback is capped at £50 per card.

If you’re not already using Gett, if you sign up via my referral link here (click) you will receive £3 off your first five rides.  The offer may vary for cities outside London.

Gett Amex offer

WOW Air going bust?

(EDIT: overnight on Thursday, a US venture capital group announced – subject to due diligence – that it would invest in WOW.  Whilst not guaranteed, if this goes through it should take the pressure off for a few months.)

If you have a booking with WOW Air, you need to keep a very close eye on it.

The airline appears to be on the cusp of going bankrupt.  Icelandair has walked away from its agreed deal to buy the airline (we wrote about that here) and on Wednesday the airline handed back two A330 and two A320 aircraft to their lessors.

Whilst the airline is still flying as of today, you should start to research a back-up plan if you have tickets.  This may include, for example, booking Avios redemptions on the same routes which can be cancelled for £35 if WOW does survive.

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Comments

  1. OT Bit: Anybody got any thought on when BA new year peak dates will end in January 2020…Sunday 5th or 12th? I need to book outward flight by 13 December 19 to get get off peak but I need to guesstimate which date will get me a month away with an off peak return flight.

    • Shoestring says:

      It’s back to state school on Monday 6th January 2020. So BA will go off-peak somewhere around 7th, 8th January. Definitely not as late as the 12th.

      • Shoestring says:

        6th, 7th I should have said.

        Definitely peak for 5th Jan though

        • Thanks for this Harry, inclined to trust your judgment on this as I know you keep a close eye on T-355 and school vacations. My dilemna is do I play it safe and fly on FRIDAY 13 December to get an off peak return a month later or do I do the risky thing and fly December 11…hold on a minute 🙂

  2. OT: Curve linked to HSBC and IHG cards both got declined at FX physical store. Is that normal? Was charging £103 to it.

    • Memesweeper says:

      Yes. I’ve given up trying to buy foreign cash with Curve, it just doesn’t work.

  3. WOW have a new investor…

  4. For all Jersey residents…A Shop Small is now available,quite a few retailers,I believe the number has actually increased compared with last year,about 60 in total.Last Monday a chat agent has raised a tech issue ticket when realised that after 3 months of promoting it..there wasn’t a Shop Small map for Jersey!!!Glad that has been sorted,seen the sign on the doors on a few of the participating retailers when passing by St Helier’s High Street today!Happy Shop Small Jersey,thank you Amex!

  5. Does anyone know when the 250 bonus Shangri-La points will be credited to your account? Just logged into the app, but didn’t see an achnowledgement and my points balance hasn’t changed.

  6. Nice offer although once again I can’t login to my Golden Circle account. ID & password saved in LastPass so definitely correct. Reset password says account details not recognised, now waiting for them to sort – this is the 2nd or 3rd time this has happened for me, anyone else noticed similar issues?

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