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News in brief:

Save 5% on ski holidays with SNO

Long term readers will remember that, last year, we arranged an exclusive reader discount with ski holiday company SNO.

I’m pleased to say that SNO has agreed to offer Head for Points readers an exclusive 5% off discount code again this winterTheir website has some good half board hotel packages at the moment, including the Hotel San Giovanni (pictured) in Livigno, Italy, which currently comes with a free lift pass.

You can claim a 5% discount from the brochure price of all SNO holidays using the code SNOHFP.  You can find all SNO hotel deals here – you need to book by telephone 020 7770 6888 to claim your 5% discount.

It’s back – earn 18,000 Avios with a subscription to The Economist

British Airways and The Economist have brought back their special offer for taking out a subscription.  As you can see at this link, you can earn up to 18,000 Avios with a new one-year subscription.

Here are the two options on offer if you are a UK resident:

Print only or digital only:  £179 with 15,000 Avios (1.19p per Avios)

Print and digital:  £215 with 18,000 Avios (1.19p per Avios)

Subscribing to The Economist could make sense just for the Avios bonus even if you have little intention of reading it in detail, although there are occasional opportunities to buy points for nearer 1p each.

There are even better deals when looking at other countries.  A digital only subscription for someone with a Canadian address snags you 15,000 Avios at 0.78p per point (C$199 / £116). Pricing in the Eurozone is unfortunately poorer than in the UK, with 1.6p per Avios on digital-only subscriptions in Belgium, France and Germany.

As always, if you are self-employed you may be happy writing off the subscription cost as a business expense which would sharply reduce your price per Avios even further.

This offer runs until 31st January.   Thanks to Michael for spotting this.

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Park Hyatt Kyoto opens – an excellent redemption

Japan has become an increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years, and the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympics will have made even more people interested.

(If you’re a committed Head for Points reader, you will be most interested by the opportunity to redeeem a very small number of Virgin Flying Club miles for the amazing new ANA Business Class and First Class seats!)

When I was in Kyoto in 2017, I stayed at the exceptionally classy The Ritz Carlton, which I reviewed here.  That hotel was a game changer in terms of how people saw The Ritz Carlton, which had started to lose some its shine in recent years.

Park Hyatt has now come to Kyoto.  Park Hyatt Tokyo became world famous for its role in Lost In Translation, and big things are expected from this hotel.

As a World of Hyatt redemption, you are – unsurprisingly – looking at the highest possible rate of 30,000 points per night.

This is still excellent value, however.  This hotel is exceptionally expensive – £1,000 per night in late March and over £2,000 per night in late April.  You are getting 3p-7p per point compared to my standard valuation of 1p.  Even when you go slightly ‘out of season’ in May it is coming up at £700+.  Remember that Hyatt guarantees that reward nights can be booked as long as ‘standard’ rooms are bookable for cash.

This would be an EXCEPTIONAL deal when Hyatt next runs a ‘buy points’ bonus, where you tend to pay around 1p per point.  The last 40% bonus ended three weeks ago but I’m sure another deal will be along before too long.

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Comments

  1. Shoestring says:

    Wealthify are running a refer a friend scheme where you both get £50 bonus if the friend invests £500 for 3 months.

    *Money for nothing* if you go for a Cautious fund (they’re ranked 1-5 in terms of Cautious-Adventurous) – my Wealthify/ Cautious is up 1% after 6 months, which is what I’d expect. No need to start an ISA, you can invest in a General Investment Fund. My link reveals my name & I’m too shy but I’m sure somebody else will stick up a link if people are interested – HarryT?.

    *This is much better than the original MSE offer, ie invest £400 for 6 months to get £40 bonus*

    • Thanks for this Shoestring, I’m sure when you posted this originally, Harry T jumped in and posted his referral link, but I can’t find it now, did I imagine it?

      There is a limit to the amount of referral bonus receivable per account so maybe he’s already maxed it out.

  2. If purchasing the economist via a Canada address what happens about payment with a UK card? Does it divert to a third party payment page that allows us simply to enter the proper UK card payment details including address? I recall in the past some people had problems obtaining their avios, if we have to chase them up diesn’t using a Canadian address then become a problem?

    • Lady London says:

      I think I might have used my Canadian friend’s address but I only did this offer once a little while back. Am certain I paid with UK card and other with continuing drip of Readers Digest like marketing from them that hasn’t quite stopped despite requests, no problem getting the Avios.

      If I was worried things had changed I think I would use C$ via Revolut and send the hard copies to a care home, hospital or university. It’s not a problem to change to a different delivery address in another country mid-sub.

    • Harry T says:

      I used a random Alberta address to buy a digital only subscription – it didn’t ask for another billing address when I used my Curve card to pay. Worked out at 0.82p per Avios due to the 5% tax. My Curve card hasn’t been charged yet but I appear to have an active subscription. When I activated my account, I could put that I was in the UK.

    • Thanks to both Lady London and HarryT. Previously I would not have considered buying avios at over 0.5p but times are changing so I think I’m in at 0.82. 2-4-1 departures exINV make it more bearable.

      • Harry T says:

        I’m looking at heading out of Inverness for my first 241 – it’s not too far from Newcastle, relatively speaking. Do you book an open jaw and return to Edinburgh or do you just book a return to and from Inverness?

        • Out INV back EDI so you can opt for NCL. Unless you are departing on the evening flight you will be wanting a hotel in Inverness. Be warned they go sky high spring through autumn. HIX is no longer a good option as the airport bus no longer stops at the adjacent retail park unless that has changed again. Better with city centre travelodge or premier inn. Best result fro your place would be around £200/couple so still worth doing considering you get a scenic train ride thrown in.

          • Marriott is opening a hotel in December literally a 5-10 walk away from the airport. Cash prices look highish but I found it to be reasonable on points.

  3. Harry T says:

    OT: AirBnB Avios offer:
    Good opportunity to earn some extra Avios for new AirBnB customers.

    “Make your first booking with Airbnb to collect 1,000 bonus Avios. That’s in addition to 3 Avios per £1/€1/$1 spent.
    Book by 15 December 2019.”

    Here’s the link but obviously it would be best to use Rob’s British Airways affiliate link in the side bar and head to the Executive Club offers page:
    https://www.britishairways.com/travel/executive-club-offers/execclub/

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