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Get double points on Eurostar trips

Club Eurostar launched a double points promotion yesterday as part of its partnership with Le Club AccorHotels.

As we covered here, you can transfer Accor points into Club Eurostar, and Club Eurostar points into Le Club AccorHotels.  I don’t recommend it, because you lose value, but the option is there.

As part of this partnership, Club Eurostar is offering double points on future trips to Le Club AccorHotels members.

Here are the rules:

You need to register here before 21st October

You need to book your Eurostar tickets between 7th October and 7th November

Your need to travel between 1st November and 31st December

There is no limit to the number of trips on which you can earn double Club Eurostar points.  For clarity, there is no requirement to convert the points you receive into Accor points.

You must be a Le Club AccorHotels member to take part – although you are not asked for your number – so you should sign up via the Accor website here if not already a member.

(PS.  There is a parallel version of this promotion, whereby members of Club Eurostar can earn triple points on upcoming Accor stays.  As it is only valid when you credit hotel stays to Club Eurostar it is very niche, but you can find out more on the Accor website here.)

Hyatt Centric Liberties Dublin

Hyatt opens its first hotel in Ireland

Hyatt has opened the 234-room Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, which is the first Hyatt branded hotel in Ireland.

It is based in The Liberties, which is apparently one of Dublin’s most historic and vibrant areas dating back to the 10th century.  It is within 10 minutes walk of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Dublin Liberties Distillery and the Guinness Storehouse.

I was pleasantly impressed by the new Hyatt Centric in Madrid where I stayed last year (review), so I would have high hopes for this hotel.  For top-tier World of Hyatt members, the hotel has nine suites for potential upgrades including a Terrace View Suite overlooking the Dublin Mountains.

There is no swimming pool but there is a 24/7 fitness centre.

World of Hyatt members can earn 500 bonus points on stays until 31st December 2019.  No registration is required – full details are on the ‘new hotel bonuses’ page of here.

You can find out more about Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin on the website here.  As a redemption, it is 12,000 World of Hyatt points per night which is fair to decent value given the room rates – you should get more than my target value of 1p per Hyatt point.

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Get an 80% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

Until 18th October, you can buy IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – points with a bonus of up to 80%.

The page to buy points is here.

This is not the most generous offer IHG has had, but on the positive side it kicks in with a purchase of just 7,000 points.  These offers sometimes have a higher threshold

I wouldn’t buy speculatively with an 80% bonus as I am fairly sure that a 100% bonus will be along in a few months.  If you need to top up your account in advance of a planned short-term redemption, however, you might as well do it whilst the bonus is on.

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  1. Harry T says:

    Thinking of branching out into collecting Nectar points. What are people in the know spending them on? Trying to gauge if they are worth collecting.

    • 0.5p in 99% of redemptions – very little opportunity for arbitrage. Not none, but little.

    • Essentially each nectar point is worth 0.5p on most redemptions most of the time so it is simply dull. However, it is possible to get 1pnp value on some partners at some times which can be very useful. The most notable offers being on LNER, Ebay and Sainsburys double up events in store. Most just come up once a year if we are lucky. I save mine for LNER for which I have redeemed over £800 now I think at double value. My other redemptions have been a £209 gtech vacuum cleaner for £100 in store and £50 on ebay also at double value. Some 1p offers or better also appear on Cafe Nero, Pizza Express and cinemas IIRC. Here’s the thing though, while Nectar is dull, it is unquestionably better than Tesco Clubcard for collect large amounts of points. Anybody who believes otherwise is misinformed. You will receive many more collection offers across many partners than with clubcard. There is currently two credit cards available, one from Sainsbury and one from amex. If you can live with the small number of opportunities to get 1pnp value then nectar is better than clubcard, if not then stick with clubcard. You can search nectar with all the key words in this comment on for more details.

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