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Bits: Up to 30% off No 1 Lounges, bid for an IHG NYE party in Manchester, 20% off Radisson conversions to miles

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News in brief:

Save 30% on No 1 Lounges gift vouchers

No 1 Lounges has launched a Christmas offer, with up to 30% discount on lounge passes.  You can buy here.

There are two options:

you can buy a pass for a specific lounge, if you know where you will flying from, for up to 30% discount, or

you can buy a £20 or £50 gift voucher at up to 30% discount which can be redeemed against any lounge booking

Vouchers can be used until 31st December 2020 so you shouldn’t have any trouble using them.  Note that the £20 and £50 vouchers must be used in one transaction, so you should only buy these if you are likely to be travelling with other people.

Whilst this offer is presented as a gifting offer, you are free to buy vouchers for yourself and save up to 30% on your No 1 Lounge, My Lounge and Clubrooms visits next year.

The offer runs until 26th December and you can buy here.  If it asks for a code, use GIFT2019.

Here are links to our reviews of No 1 Lounges:

No 1 Lounges gift vouchers

Bid for an IHG New Year’s Eve party in Manchester

I recently ran a review of Principal Manchester, IHG’s new luxury hotel in the City (see the hotel website here).  It is soon to be rebranded as a Kimpton, but irrespective of the name on the door it is a very expensively refurbished hotel with a very modern feel, despite the Victorian building.

IHG Auctions is currently auctioning an interesting New Year’s Eve package at the hotel.  The current bid is a paltry 7,000 IHG Rewards Club points, which I’d value at £28 based on 0.4p per point!

This is what you get:

After last year’s sell out success we invite you to ‘Come As You Are’ and join us on Dec 31st as we count down the bongs to 2020 in style with a whole host of familiar faces & fantastic folk. Expect a funk-soul-disco-classics style house party in The Public Bar from Manchester’s longest standing musical institution and very special guests Funkademia! In the basement you will find a non-stop exotic discotheque with a genre jumping soundtrack courtesy of some specially selected Refuge resident & regular DJs 8pm till 3am

Package includes:

1 night stay at The Principal Manchester [on 31st December]  for 2 people in a deluxe double room including breakfast and a welcome bottle of prosecco

4-course sharing menu for two with a bottle of house wine

Entry for 2 people into the Refuge party and a bottle of champagne pre-midnight

This seems like a pretty decent deal to me.  Given the usual cost of New Year events and indeed the usual cost of a room at this hotel, I think it would make sense up to around 70,000 points.

The IHG Auctions home page is here.

PS.  If you’re a fan of 1980’s pop, Hilton Honors is auctioning a fun VIP package for the Let’s Rock concert at the SSE Arena at Wembley on 13th December.  How could you say no to all this?  Note that it comes with a hotel stay, meet and greet and VIP suite access.

Get ready to rock this winter with the Let’s Rock – Retro Winter Tour playing in Wembley, December 13, 2019. The iconic SSE Arena will host the lively show celebrating the best of the ’80s with Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw and more! You’ll have exclusive access to the VIP suite both before and after the show-enjoy a welcome drink, finger buffet and the best seats in the house. Meet the stars of the show, Tony Hadley and Nik Kershaw, during a Meet & Greet, then dance the night away at the exclusive afterparty. When the party wraps, head to Hilton London Wembley for a one-night stay.

WHEN: December 13, 2019
WHERE: SSE Arena | London, UK

This experience for two (2) includes:
– Meet and Greet with Tony Hadley & Nik Kershaw
– Reserved premium seats to Let’s Rock – Retro Winter Tour, December 13, 2019
– Soundcheck sit-in
– VIP suite access before and after the show
– Welcome drink & finger buffet
– Exclusive afterparty with DJ
– One night at Hilton London Wembley, December 13, 2019, with breakfast

You can bid here.  The current bid is 80,000 Hilton Honors points.

Radisson Rewards 20% rebate on airline transfers

20% discount on Radisson Rewards conversions to airline miles

Radisson Rewards is running a promotion to encourage you to transfer your points to airline miles.  You should ignore it.

As you can see on this page of their website, you will get a 20% points rebate if you transfer your points to miles before 13th November.

The transfer rate from Radisson Rewards to most airlines, including Avios, is 10:1. With this promotion, the rate is 8:1.  It still stinks.

I would value a Radisson Rewards points at 0.33p, and you can easily do better at peak times.  I generally value airline miles at 1p.

On the basis, a ‘fair’ ratio between Radisson Rewards and airline miles would be 3:1.  Since I accept that the scheme does not want to encourage you to transfer to airlines, since it costs them ‘real’ money, I would have accepted 5:1.

10:1, however, is a joke and 8:1, after the 20% rebate, is only slightly better.  You are still giving up 2.5p of free hotel room for 1p of airline miles.

Don’t forget the 35% Avios transfer bonus though ….

Until 2nd December, you will receive a 35% bonus on Radisson Rewards transfers to Avios.  This also covers transfers from IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Bonvoy, Shangri-La Golden Circle, Melia Rewards and Best Western Rewards.

We wrote about the 35% ‘hotels to Avios’ bonus here.

This still doesn’t change the maths much, however.  Not even a 20% rebate and a 35% bonus makes ‘Radisson to Avios’ transfers good value!

Imagine you had 10,000 Radisson Rewards points, which should get you at least £33 of free hotel room.

Transfer them to Avios and you would receive 1,000 Avios plus a bonus 35%, for a total of 1,350 Avios.  When you received your 2,000 rebated Radisson Rewards points in a few weeks, you could convert those into a further 200 Avios.  Your total Avios earnings would be 1,550.

This means you are turning £33 of free hotel points into (assuming 1p per Avios) £15.50 of free flights.  You are still losing 50% of the value.  It is only worth doing if you really, really won’t use those Radisson Rewards points.  Personally I would consider topping them up via American Express Membership Rewards – a generous 1:3 conversion rate – and redeeming them for a nice hotel.

If I still haven’t talked you out of it, the landing page for the 20% ‘points to miles’ transfer rebate is here.

How to Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

How I earned 7,000 Heathrow Rewards points (= 7,000 Avios) with a £135 Rocketmiles hotel booking
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  1. OT. I did a referral and though the application was accepted I did not get the referral bonus. Used chat to talk to an agent and the answer is that the referral bonus takes up to 10 weeks to be credited even if normally much quicker.
    Anyone with similar experience?

    • That is a lie. The rules do say that, but it has never actually happened. They post immediately (ie within 72 hours of acceptance) or not at all.

    • Jill (Kinkell) says:

      My husband had a long protracted tussle with Amex earlier this year over my son not getting his referral points. Amex stated hubby hadn’t used the link…which ,of course he had ( well, why wouldn’t you!”) Eventually a senior CS listened to all calls, looked at all letters/emails and eventually son got the points. But is was a real demonstration of persistence!

      • Two people I referred for Plat Business have had issues. It’s weird because historically they have worked literally 99.9% of the time.

        • It was a referral for a business card and like for like in this case so no fiddling with selecting other cards

        • Suggests amex are already tampering with their systems. Did you get your referral bonuses or did you all miss out?

        • The Savage Squirrel says:

          Their IT here seems ropey in this area (even more than normal). An agent stated I had the standard 40k BusinessPlat bonus on a recent signup, but I actually received the recent offer one of 60k (correctly) while any sort of Email/counter/anything-to-show-it-even-exists has never appeared in my account.

        • I referred my mum earlier this year and never got the points. She did use the link. I didn’t chase it up but probably should have. Definitely getting less reliable than it used to be.

  2. Shoestring says:

    The 737 Max jet should fly again in January, Boeing said yesterday.
    The aircraft maker said that it expected the US Federal Aviation Administration to rescind an order grounding the jet next month, with commercial flights resuming in January after pilots receive additional training.

    [3 months of The Times & The Sunday Times for £1/ month & no further obligation, if anybody’s interested – thought I’d give it a try after all these years since it went behind the paywall 🙂 ]

  3. I’d bid on a M&G with Tony Hadley, but on 13 December, I’ll be sleeping off the effects of a long, cold day in the village hall.

    • Thankfully I will be out of the country and hopefully under the influence of mulled wine for the 4 days prior to the election!

      • Lucky you, I used to be fascinated by politics but now I’m so utterly disgusted by both the politics and the media that I’ve stopped watching the news and ignore all coverage online.

        • Lady London says:

          +1. Everybody I know seems to have stopped watching anything since May of this year.

      • Lady London says:

        IS there an election ?

  4. I haven’t had a survey from Curve but I have been invited to join “Curve Experts”. I’m pretty sure they don’t really want my Curve expertise though!

  5. OT: Anyone’s Barclays account switch happen in less than 7 business days?

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Applied online and they wanted us to go in branch to verify salaries etc. Went in branch and told that we need to book an appointment.

      Next available appointment? Early December. Told them I won’t bother.

      Poorly run promotion.

    • Charlieface says:

      Account switch under the standard Current Account Switch Service is 7 working days minimum for all banks

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