Bits: 300 free RED by Dufry points – but Avios confusion, 20% bonus buying Etihad miles, new Hyatt in Venice

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News in brief:

Get 300 free RED by Dufry points in 30 seconds

We did a long piece yesterday on RED by Dufry, the loyalty scheme which covers the duty free stores at 27 UK airports – plus Eurostar and Eurotunnel – as well as many other European airports.  You can read it here.

As was pointed out in the comments, you can get 300 free RED by Dufry points by simply adding the promo code RED300POINTS to your account.

Open the app, click ‘My Profile’ in the top right corner, click ‘My Profile’, scroll down to ‘Promotional code’ and add RED300POINTS.  Importantly, you must then scroll down to the bottom of the page to click ‘Save Changes’.

The 300 points go on instantly.  You can’t exchange these for anything but you are moved closer to Gold status which usually requires 2,000 points.

There is confusion over Avios earning

There is some confusion over whether you do now earn Avios for purchases made outside Spain. The restrictive wording on the Iberia Plus website is no longer there, and the addition of US chain Hudson to the list of Dufry brands which earns Avios made me think it was now global.

If you look at the terms of the Avios offer on the Spanish Dufry site, however, it implies that this is only a Spanish offer.

I would trust the T&Cs over the Iberia website, so you should assume that I was wrong in the original version of the article yesterday and that Avios earning is not yet global.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

20% discount when you buy Etihad miles

Up to 20% bonus when you buy Etihad Guest miles

Etihad Guest has launched another bonus when you buy miles.

The bonus is staggered:

Buy 6,000 – 20,000 miles = 10% bonus
Buy 21,000 – 40,000 miles = 15% bonus
Buy 41,000 – 60,000 miles = 20% bonus

I won’t go through the numbers in detail as this is not of broad interest to HFP readers.  Etihad Guest miles have a hard expiry – you can’t stop them expiring after two years, it is ‘use it or lose it’ – so if you need to buy some more before you can spend what you have then this is as good a time as any.

The offer runs until 31st May.  You can find out more and buy at this page of the Etihad site.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Etihad no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice

Hyatt opens in Venice

Last week we looked at the new IHG hotel in Venice, the Hotel Indigo Venice (website here) which is now open and bookable for points or cash.

Hyatt has also just opened its first property in Venice, on the nearby island of Murano.  It is based in a building was once a glass making factory.  Like the Hotel Indigo the new Hyatt Centric Murano Venice is a refurbishment of an existing hotel, in this case LaGare Hotel Venezia which was part of MGallery by Sofitel

At just 12,000 World of Hyatt points per night, this could be a good value redemption at peak times.  Pricing is all over the place at the moment but some weekends are well over €200 per night.

The hotel website is here.

PS.  Still to come in August is Marriott’s new The St Regis Venice, website here.

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Comments

  1. Used a referral from upthread, if anyone hasn’t already registered feel free to share the love

    https://sso.dufry.com/register?referralId=2816194

  2. Luciana says:

    Hi! I haven’t been able to find where to link the Iberia number in the app. Anybody else??
    thanks

  3. Rob, I tried to enter the code but it said that this promo had been applied before. I think you wrote about this already relatively recently – I know that you like to churn material here – but you could have mentioned that to avoid confusion…

    • Didn’t churn this one – I took it from the HFP comments on the day of the original article. It is aimed at Aegean customers.

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