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Bits: save 25% on a Priority Pass, 15% off food and drink at UK IHG hotels, half price redemptions with Miles & More

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News in brief:

Get up to 25% off Priority Pass annual membership

Priority Pass – the card that gets you access to over 1,000 airport lounges globally – is running a September promotion offering a discount on its annual membership fees.  This seems to be a way of gently introducing the increased £20 guest or additional visit fee, which used to be £15.  You can see the discounts here.

Your options are:

25% off Standard  –  now £51 (normally £69), each lounge visit costs £20
15% off Standard Plus  –  now £160 (usually £189), 10 free lounge passes, then £20. Guests £20.
10% off Prestige  –  now £305 (usually £339), unlimited lounge visits, guests £20

‘Standard’ clearly sees the greatest discount although you still have to pay £20 each time you want to visit a lounge.  ‘Standard Plus’ arguably makes more sense, because you are in ‘profit’ – compared to ‘Standard’ – after six visits.

You can buy your discounted Priority Pass membership here.

Ironically, even Priority Pass’s own top tier is not as good as the (free) Priority Pass membership you get when you take out an American Express Platinum Card, which lets you take one guest free of charge each time – and Amex Plat gives you TWO Priority Pass cards, so a family of four can all get in without paying.

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Save 15% on food and drink at some IHG properties

IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty scheme covering InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc, has launched a new dining promotion.

It is called ‘Rewards to Savour’ and offers between 10%-15% off food and beverage spend at selected IHG properties in the UK.  You get the discount regardless of whether you are staying the night or not although non-residents will not earn any points for the meal.

You can see the landing page here.  Your discount is based on your status:

10% off for ‘standard’ Rewards Club membership and Gold Elite status holders
15% off for Platinum Elite, Spire Elite and InterContinental Ambassadors

The promotion runs until 18th December. All you have to do is present your IHG Rewards Club membership card (physical or digital) at the restaurant.

You can see the full list of participating properties here but it includes:

InterContinental Park Lane
Kimpton Fitzroy London
Principal York
Principal Oxford Spires
InterContinental Edinburgh The George Hotel
Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Kimpton Blythswood Square, Glasgow
Principal Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

…as well as a variety of Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and voco properties nationwide.

Rember that you can earn IHG Rewards Club points if you book meals via the OpenTable website using the special IHG link.  Rob has used this a few times and always found the points post promptly.  The link is on the promo website here.

PS.  Here’s a handy tip.  If you staying in a IHG hotel in the UK, it is possible that the restaurant is on OpenTable as part of their IHG partnership.  Nothing stops you booking via OpenTable even though you are a guest in the hotel, and earning a few extra IHG Rewards Club points.  You can still charge the meal to your room as usual.

Selected half price mileage redemptions with Miles & More

It’s been a while since we covered it on Head for Points, but Lufthansa runs a monthly list of discounted routes for Miles & More collectors called ‘Meilenschnäppchen’.

This offer usually includes a couple of attention-grabbing deals, although you have to book and travel within a fairly short period.  The September list for discounted redemptions from the UK is here.  The headline offers are listed below, most with 50% off or more. Remember you still have to pay full taxes and fees, which can be quite high.

Flights from regional UK / European airports to Lufthansa hubs are included in the price.

Here are the US destinations on offer, which all price at 55,000 miles return in business class (was 112,000):

Los Angeles
New York
San Diego
San Francisco
Washington DC

Outside of the US, you have:

Seoul (70,000, was 142,000)
Singapore (70,000, was 142,000)
Mexico City (60,000, was 127,000)
Tehran (40,000, was 70,000)

You must book by 30th September, for travel 15th December until 31st January.  You can book here.

Note that these discounted redemptions are non-refundable.  You lose all your miles although there is ‘partial’ reimbursement of the taxes and charges.  Redemptions for children under 12 get the additional 25% discount on top, so the USA flights come down to 41,250 miles return.

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  1. Got a £10 off £30 supermarket spend on amex green, would It work to buy a Tesco gift card and use it in the filling station?

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