Bits: 100% bonus buying IHG points (as good as it gets), BA launches Dammam, bonus Heathrow Rewards on fashion

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News in brief:

100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – is running another sale this week with a bonus of 100% when you buy over 7,000 points. 100% is as generous an offer as you will ever see for IHG points.

The deal ends on 22nd March.

The page to buy points is here.  It does not seem to be a targeted offer.

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 – 100,000 points for $10 per 1,000 points

The usual limit of 60,000 points per year has been lifted. I’m not sure if everyone gets a higher limit or not.

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 200,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates for $1000) £754.  

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 Rewards Night Faster promotion – although it makes more sense to buy 7,000 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 on 22nd March.

IHG Rewards Club 100% buy points bonus

British Airways launches new route to Dammam

Whilst probably not top of your Avios redemption wish list, British Airways has announced a new route to Dammam in Saudi Arabia.  This adds to the existing services to Riyadh and Jeddah.

It is not a non-stop service.  Dammam is being tagged onto the existing Bahrain service, which will now carry on to Saudi Arabia.

Long-term BA flyers may remember that the Bahrain service used to carry on to Doha before BA launched its own direct Doha service.

Bahrain to Dammam should be bookable in its own right as an Avios redemption and a cheap ‘fifth freedom’ cash flight.  Club World return from Bahrain to Dammam would be 80 tier points, should you be in the region and want a quick tier point run! (EDIT: a comment below suggests that BA is not going to sell this leg separately)

Don’t get too comfy though – the flight is only 54 miles …..

Flights start on 1st December using a four-class Boeing 777-200.

British Airways launches Dammam

Earn bonus Heathrow Rewards points on fashion

Heathrow Rewards is offering up to 2,000 bonus points when you buy clothing at the airport before 22nd April.

Remember that Heathrow Rewards points convert 1 : 1 into Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Miles & More, Krisflyer, Asia Miles, Emirates Skywards and various other programmes, as well as 1 : 1p of Heathrow shopping vouchers.  Regular transfer bonuses can add 50%-100% to these numbers.

The small print is a bit complex so stick with me:

Spend £40 – £79.99 on fashion and collect 100 bonus points 
Spend £80 – £179.99 on fashion and collect 250 bonus points
Spend £180 – £279.99 on fashion and collect 500 bonus points
Spend £280 – £379.99 on fashion and collect 750 bonus points
Spend £380 – £679.99 on fashion and collect 1,500 bonus points
Spend £680 + on fashion and collect 2,000 bonus points

These are participating stores:

100 points offer – Accessorize, Cath Kidston, Superdry & Jack Wills

250, 500, 750 & 1,500 extra points offer – Accessorize, Cath Kidston, HUGO, Hugo Boss, Jack Wills, John Lewis, Kate Spade, Jo Malone, Kurt Geiger, Lacoste, Paul Smith, Pink Shirtmaker, Reiss, Superdry, Sunglass Hut, Sunglasses Boutique, & Ted Baker

2,000 extra points offer – Accessorize, Anya Hindmarch, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Cath Kidston, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Harrods, Hermes, HUGO, Hugo Boss, Jack Wills, John Lewis, Kate Spade, Jo Malone, Kurt Geiger, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Pink Shirtmaker, Prada, Reiss, Saint Laurent, Smythson, Superdry, Sunglass Hut, Sunglasses Boutique, Ted Baker & Valentino

You can also earn 150 bonus points when you spend £80 on fragrance or beauty products at World Duty Free, Jo Malone, M.A.C Cosmetics, Christian Dior and Chanel.

No registration is required for these offers.  See here for more details.

If you are not already a member of Heathrow Rewards, you can earn a whopping 3,000 bonus points when you spend £150+ in one daySee this article for the registration details.

(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. Here is an interesting one. Fly from Amsterdam to many US cities such as LA, Phoenix, San Fran, Miami in business with American Airlines for under £1000 in July and August.

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