Bits: Good LNER Nectar rail redemption deal, Radisson Dream Deals are back, IHG adds a voco in Dubai

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News in brief:

Good Nectar redemption offer with LNER

If you are sitting on a stash of Nectar points, there is an interesting offer at the moment which can get you 1p per Nectar point.  This is double the usual redemption rate and so well worth having.

It is targeted, but widely targeted.  You need to look at the offers section of the Nectar app or log in to the website to see if it is there.

Redeem Nectar points for an LNER trains e-voucher before 19th December and you will 50% of the points back.

This is how it would work if you had a 4,000 points balance:

Redeem 4,000 Nectar points for a £20 LNER e-voucher

Receive 2,000 Nectar points back into your account (it isn’t clear how long this takes)

You have paid a net 2,000 points for your £20 voucher which means 1p per point

LNER e-vouchers are valid for “at least” 12 months after you’ve added them to your LNER account.  They can ONLY be used on LNER Advance tickets, Standard or First.  Given how hard it is to get more than 0.5p per Nectar point, this offer is worth a look if you are a regular LNER traveller.  Do not redeem unless you see the offer in your Nectar account, however.

Radisson and Park Inn ‘Dream Deals’ are back

Radisson Blu and Park Inn have launched their latest ‘Dream Deals’ sale.  The sale covers 350 hotels across the Europe, Africa, America and the Middle East.

Participating brands are Radisson BluPark InnPark Plaza, Quorvus Collection and Radisson RED.

The home page for the sale is here.

The standard saving is 30% off Best Available Rate, although your actual saving will be lower as these are non-refundable rooms and you should really compare it to the previous non-refundable price.

You need to be a Radisson Rewards member (free to join) to get the full 30% discount – the non-member discount will be 20%. The stay must be paid for in full at time of booking.

Even better, Radisson Rewards members get 2,500 bonus Goldpoints per stay in addition to the standard 20 Goldpoints per $1 spent. We would value these bonus points at £7-£8 which makes a real extra impact on cheap one-night bookings.

These “Dream Deals” need to be booked before 21st December. You need to stay by 10th March 2019.  You can find out more about Dream Deals on the Radisson site here and on the Park Inn site here.

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

IHG’s new voco brand to open in Dubai

voco is IHG’s latest hotel brandWe discussed it in this article when it launched.

Voco is to be an ‘upscale conversion’ brand, allowing existing luxury hotels to switch to IHG without needing to undertake expensive changes to meet the brand standards demanded by Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc.  It only seems to require the hotel to put in a lot of yellow furnishings 🙂  You can learn more about the brand here.

One of the first voco hotels is the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff, which IHG acquired when it bought Principal Hotels recently.  Here is the voco St David’s website.

voci has just added a new property in Dubai.  It isn’t one I’d ever heard of, although keeping track of Dubai’s ever-changing hotel scene is beyond the ability of mere mortals.  The Nassima Royal Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road will soon be voco Dubai.

Looking at the Nassima website here, the hotel looks very smart and very funky.  Don’t get too excited by the mention of beach views – that is mainly due to the fact that it is 51 stories high and not because it is near the beach!

voco Dubai is not yet bookable, and IHG is saying that rooms will be available from 1st April.  The voco Dubai website is here but, with little information, you should use the Nassima site instead for now.

(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. I have a xmas party ticket I can’t use tonight unfortunately. Happy to forward it to someone for free, as long as you can attend!

  2. What are the options of ‘transferring’ my wife’s Amex points to my hotel scheme account? Usually I transfer them as Avios to her BA account, which is part of our family BA account, but this time I am thinking if there are other options. Is something like Amex>Her Hilton>My Hilton possible? Or via SPG?

    • 200K per year for Hilton, 100K a year for SPG/Marriott

      • Are there any downsides to doing this? And are transfers in from Membership Rewards eligible to be transferred out to another member like this? Could be very useful if so

        • Transfers from MR points are irrevocable.
          Once transferred they are the same as any other points.

        • Yes, but if the names don’t match it might trigger an audit from the said programme. I am going through similar with Krisflyer at the moment. Nothing worrying, they just said that the points will be transferred back to the original collector (had to provide the MR number to them). It does take a bit of time though for it to be completed. It’s now been 5 days and they are still not back. At least I have plan B and have left plenty of buffer time before I need to make my desired redemption.

        • Hilton and Marriott allow transfers to any other account.

  3. Any spare ticket for tonight please email me – [email protected]

  4. OT:

    Just a heads up that there may be some dodgy adverts being displayed on your site (or other issue)

    I just go put through a forwarding frenzy that ended up on a fake “Please update your flash player” website…

  5. filipino_chino says:

    Thanks for the head’s up about lner, as i am based in York, it would be nice to have a trip to london town…. £70 worth of Nectar points exchanged.. they are valid until 31st of January 2020… so lots of time to use them…

  6. Shoestring says:

    BA’s targeted Xmas offer on lounge access is back when you fly between 14 December 2018 and 6 January 2019 – if you get included (emailed), you can invite 5 guests into the lounge with you. Don’t get your hopes up if you don’t have decent status: it’s for ‘our most valued Executive Club Members’.

  7. OT – looks like my Marriott “29 Ways” points have posted. 13X50 points and 1X500 which is a bit more than I thought I’d won. Partner’s account hasn’t updated yet.

    (Sorry if this is old news but haven’t seen it mentioned).

    • Yep, mentioned it a day or so ago 😀 Seems to be a bit variable but I think more folks have got them than not.

  8. OT, just noticed that it’s not only economy passengers who have to pay more to take carry on inside the cabin, now some airline’s like Air Brussels, CSA, Aeroflot’s business class passengers have to pay the extra to. I must have been out the office when imitative came in.

  9. 5000 IHG points credited for the social media post promo

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