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Extra British Airways Holidays discounts

As well as running its ‘£100 one way flights’ offer this week, BA Holidays is also offering extra discounts.

Until midnight on Thursday, you can save an extra £100 on selected flight + hotel or flight + car packages in the sale.  There is a minimum spend of £2,500 per booking and only selected destinations are included.  The list of destinations is changing each day, so if you don’t see your choice today then check back tomorrow.

Details are on the same page of as the ‘£100 one way flights’ offer, ie this page.

Have a VIP basketball experience in New York with IHG Rewards Club

If you are heading to New York this Spring, IHG Rewards Club has some interesting VIP basketball packages on offer to watch the Brooklyn Nets and the Long Island Nets, both at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.

The packages generally include:

  • Two Premium Seats
  • Two passes to the Billboard Lounge
  • Two New ERA custom caps
  • Special Entry through the Calvin Klein VIP Entrance

Here are the games currently on offer and the points required.  These are not auctions – you can instantly redeem for the tickets.

  • Monday 4th February (11.00) – Long Island Nets vs Fort Wayne Mad Ants – 45,000 points
  • Monday 4th February (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks – 50,000 points
  • Friday 8th February (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls – 75,000 points, includes $150 dining credit
  • Thursday 21st February (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trail Blazers – 50,000 points
  • Monday 25th February (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs – 85,000 points, includes role of Honorary Captain
  • Wednesday 27th February (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards – 85,000 points
  • Friday 1st March (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Charlotte Hornets – 65,000 points
  • Monday 4th March (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Dallas Mavericks – 65,000 points
  • Wednesday 6th March (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers – 50,000 points
  • Monday 11th March (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Detroit Pistons – 50,000 points
  • Saturday 30th March (18.00) – Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics – 85,000 points, includes role of Honorary Captain
  • Monday 1st April (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks – 50,000 points
  • Wednesday 3rd April (19.30) – Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors – 45,000 points
  • Wednesday 10th April (20.00) – Brooklyn Nets vs Miami Heat Experience – 65,000 points, includes $150 dining credit

You can redeem your IHG Rewards Club points for all of these games at the IHG Auctions website.

30% bonus when you buy Hyatt points

Until 22nd February Hyatt is offering a 30% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points.  The minimum purchase for the bonus is 5,000 points.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as the ones in Paris or Sydney, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

The new-ish Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca – photo above – is another location where buying points makes sense.   Prices for cash are a little scary – rooms from €470 in August, or €495 if you want a cancellable one.  A redemption at 20,000 points per night ($360) would be a good deal, saving over 30%.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

(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. OT – any news with UK version of new Marriott Bonvoy card?

  2. Quick OT
    I’m considering asking for a Marriott Platinum challenge, Just need to know will a rewards stay (T/Package 7nights) count towards the 16nights needed? Or just cash bookings.

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