Bits: the missing No 1 Lounges code, IHG 25% discount sale, get Vietnam Airlines status with one flight

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News in brief:

That missing No 1 Lounges discount code …..

Yesterday we ran an article on a new promotion from No 1 Lounges, offering up to 30% discount.

We messed it up.  We thought that the discount code was automatically applied when you went to the special sale page, but it wasn’t.  Code GIFT2019 was needed too.

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.  You need to use code GIFT2019.   Sorry for any inconvenience yesterday.

No 1 Lounges gift vouchers

Save 25% on IHG bookings with their new sale

IHG is currently running a ‘Cyber Sale’ that takes 20% off Best Flexible rates, plus an extra 5% if you are an IHG Rewards Club member (which you will be!).

However, as these sale rates are non-cancellable and non-refundable, you should really be comparing them to the existing Advanced Purchase rates.  Your saving might not be as high as 25% but prices are definitely lower than the usual Advanced Purchase rates.

The sale is open from now until 17th December, for stays until 31st May 2020.

Don’t forget that IHG is running TWO bonus points promotions at the moment:

the current Accelerate promotion runs until year end and gives you a variety of targets to earn bonus points – you can read our full article here or register here.

the second promotion is IHG’s new 4x promotion, which lets you earn up to quadruple points on your next four stays. You can register here or read our article.

You can find full details of the sale on the IHG site here.

PS.  Not all hotels seem to be showing the sale rate.  If you don’t see the Cyber Sale rate, you may see an offer for ‘double points on member rates’ instead.  This is also worth a look.

LotusMiles instant status

Get SkyTeam Elite status with one Vietnam Airlines trip

If you enjoyed our recent reviews of Vietnam Airlines, this offer may be of interest.

The Vietnam Airlines frequent flyer program, Lotus Miles, has a new promotion to earn instant status.  You can get SkyTeam Elite in two ways:

Lotus Miles Gold with a business class flex roundtrip to Vietnam (booking class J/C)

Lotus Miles Titanium with a premium economy roundtrip to Vietnam

Confusingly, Gold is a higher status than Titanium. Flights must be booked and flown from the UK, Germany, France or Russia. You must complete the journey before 31st May 2020.

To be clear, Lotus Miles Gold and Titanium BOTH translate to SkyTeam Elite.  This includes priority services but does NOT give you SkyTeam lounge access across the full alliance.  Lotus Miles Gold card holders DO get access to Vietnam Airlines’ own lounges, however.

The only Vietnam Airlines status level which gives SkyTeam Elite Plus status – which would get you alliance-wide lounge access – is Platinum, which is not available via this deal.

There is some sense in making use of this offer if you are planning a trip to Vietnam – especially if you don’t want to connect – since Vietnam Airlines is the only airline to fly direct from the UK to Vietnam. If nothing else, you’ll get some additional benefits – albeit not lounge access – across all of the SkyTeam airlines which includes Delta, Air France and KLM.

You can read our review of long haul business class on Vietnam Airlines here and premium economy here.

You can see the full details on the landing page here.

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  1. Wilber Lu says:

    for the gold card with vietnam air – if i have already made the booking – how do i claim this?

    • Did you book within the offer dates? I’d reach out to Vietnam. We’ve now included a link to the landing page in the article.

      • Wilber Lu says:

        i emailed the lotus miles email and they already confirmed i can get it – amazing! thank you for point this out otherwise i would have missed out

  2. OT as Bits: will my Platinum Amex car insurance work with Zipcar hire (as I don’t fancy paying £750 excess they offer as standard)? Thx!

  3. Erm, there is nothing confusing about Gold being a higher status than Titanium – just because Marriott doesn’t understand what a precious metal is and you’ve bought wholesale into Bonvoy’s marketing doesn’t mean it’s correct!

    • Travel Strong says:

      Although Vietnam also put Titanium above Silver – it’s anarchy, complete disregard for metals markets!

  4. Another OT – I’m looking to spend a night near the London Stadium… HI and HIX are both at 35k points, Staybridge is 40k. It’s only for one night, so having the facilities doesn’t really matter too much, any opinions on which is the nicer hotel?

  5. Sussex Bantam says:

    Wildly OT again – do you get Heathrow Rewards points for purchases made landside at LHR ? I’m £11 spend short of Premium membership so the easiest way to fix this would be to stop at M&S on the way out of T5…

  6. OT HSBC:
    Has anyone applied for a supplementary on their World Elite? What is the process?

  7. The Savage Squirrel says:

    OT Capital On Tap transfers to Avios are down at the moment and have been for some days. Support just cites technical issue. Worth bearing in mind if you were hoping to use the (excellent!) instant conversion time to quickly jump on an open seat.

  8. Andrew G says:

    OT – is it possible to book a return flight using a 241 voucher plus a paid for internal flight (USA) on one ticket? If yes, can this be done online or will it require a call to BA with all the fun that that normally entails?

    • I would be very surprised if this was possible, there’s usually no way of combining redemption and cash bookings.

    • Lady London says:

      I would call BA if you are using the 241 on a cash ticket and you are also paying cash for the internal flight. There would be a lot if advantages in having it all on one ticket but as @Anna says it has to be all Avios or all cash to be on one ticket.

      If it is all cash though or all Avios then you should be able to get the telephone fee waived as this is something you can’t do online.

  9. TUI also fly direct to Vietnam LGW-PQC, so Vietnam Airlines aren’t the only direct flight 👍😎 There is a charter airline alternative 👌

  10. Spaghetti Town says:

    OT: Anyone know any good forums for day trading discussions?

    • HFP!

      • …but Rob will not be pleased.

        • Spaghetti Town says:

          Would be a bit of extra site traffic for Rob 😀

          • Shoestring says:

            not ADVFN! they might be OK for proper stocks but for day trading stocks the quality of comments is appalling, if you want some training in hyping no hope penny stocks or dissing their prospects, you now know where to go lol

            I tuned in for a laugh when my wife & I were going for the penny stocks in the DM competition, we both won £500 as weekly winners 🙂

          • Spaghetti Town says:

            I say day trading… it’s not always day trading. Just dabbling with free trade because it’s nice and cheap 🙂

  11. another OT
    Took advantage of the Air China business class offer FRA to Melbourne in R class in July 2020
    I have no *A membership and unlikely to gain further miles/status
    Are there any *A schemes with good transfers out to eg hotel points
    Looked at “where to credit” but didn’t seem to address this situation
    Thanks in anticipation

    • Lufty lets you use your points towards a hotel booking. SAS has specific hotels (mainly Radisson) which can be booked for a fixed number of points – I once did a night at The Mayfair. Lots more too I assume if you dig.

      Remember that SAS and Singapore can be topped up with Amex points.

      • Are LH hotel redemptions still working? My partner has been trying to redeem for guftcards but they still appear to be blocked. The order can be placed but is never filled.

        • Lady London says:

          There was a comment a couple of weeks ago that said they might have stopped because of a court case in Germany where their argument hinges on miles being worth nothing.

          • Correct. Someone is claiming that miles are emoney, and so LH must cash them out for, well, cash if requested. LH is claiming that miles have no financial value. In order to do this, they have stopped all transfers in and out because those DO prove miles have a cash value, eg redeeming for a gift card or letting you buy hotel points and transfer them into M&M miles.

          • Thanks, knew about this but tried anyway in hope things might have changed. Just assumed it would be the same for their hotels and car scheme.

      • SAS also let you pool all points together with your family and friends

    • Lady London says:

      Are you sure you can’t use a *A Gold membership even just to status match, as that trip will take you quite close in some schemes.

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