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News in brief:

Earn 3,000 bonus World of Hyatt points with Small Luxury Hotels of the World

As we have covered a few times this year, World of Hyatt has been slowly drip-feeding properties from the Small Luxury Hotels of the World consortium into its ‘system’.

This is an ‘earn and burn’ partnership with, to be honest, the real value being on the ‘burn’ side in my view.  Small Luxury Hotels are primarily leisure focused properties and many are in areas where you won’t find any high-end chains.

Another 56 Small Luxury Hotels were loaded on hyatt.com this week, taking the total of over 300.  There are two new additions in the UK which are now bookable with World of Hyatt points:

  • Stoke Park (image below, as seen in Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies)
  • Great Fosters, Egham

If you book a paid stay at a Small Luxury Hotel via hyatt.com, you will receive:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily complimentary continental breakfast for two guests
  • Room upgrade (one category at check-in if available)
  • Early check-in (noon, based upon availability at check-in)
  • Late check-out (2:00pm, based upon availability at check-in)

You also receive World of Hyatt points – but only on your room rate, not dining or spa – and night credit towards status.

Until 2nd March 2020, there is an additional carrot.  You will receive 3,000 World of Hyatt points, which I value at around £35, with every SLH booking made via Hyatt.  

You MUST register in advance via this page of the Hyatt website.  Registration closes on 31st January and you must check-out by 2nd March.  The offer only applies to cash stays, not reward bookings.

It’s not necessarily a free ride, however.  I have seen numerous reports of some SLH hotels offering cheaper rates via their own websites than via hyatt.com, so make sure you compare – although you need to factor in the free breakfast and potential upgrade that you get via hyatt.com, plus the 3,000 bonus points.

Full details of the Hyatt / Small Luxury Hotels partnership can be found here.

Stoke Park joins World of Hyatt

Fly Finnair business class to Singapore for £1,100

Finnair – a British Airways partner – is currently selling Business Class flights from Oslo to Singapore for as low as NOK 13,360 (£1,100) return.

As well as Finnair’s excellent service, this is also a way of picking up some British Airways Executive Club tier points and Avios.  You would earn 360 tier points for the return trip (40 for Oslo – Helsinki and 140 for Helsinki – Singapore, each way).

Helsinki to Singapore is an A350 route as far as I can see, which means that you would get the excellent new Finnair Business Class seat which I reviewed here.

It isn’t as lucrative for tier points as a Qatar Airways deal, so you should look at those too.  Because Scandinavia to Doha is over 2,000 miles, triggering long-haul tier points, a return Business Class flight from Scandinavia to Singapore via Doha on Qatar Airways would earn 560 BA tier points (140 + 140 + 140 + 140) return.  That is 90% of a British Airways Executive Club Silver card.

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency.  This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.

You can find out more about Finnair’s A350 on its website here.

Finnair A350 business class deals

Have a look at Etihad too …..

Etihad is currently running its own aggressive deals out of Oslo and Stockholm.

Deals are available around the £1,100 – £1,300 mark (business class) to:

  • Bangkok
  • Hong Kong
  • Jakarta
  • Manila
  • Phuket
  • Seoul
  • Singapore

Sydney and Melbourne are also available for around £1,800 return.  Here is £1,858 return to Sydney (click to enlarge):

Etihad business class deal to Australia

Etihad business class deal to Australia

You need to travel outbound by 25th June, although there are blackout dates between 2nd-12th January and 12th-26th April.  No return flights are possible before 28th December or between 27th March and 12th April.

There is a snag though.  Etihad does NOT fly from Stockholm or Oslo to Abu Dhabi.  You cannot route Stockholm – Abu Dhabi – XXXXXX.  You will be flying Stockholm / Oslo – [somewhere in Europe] – Abu Dhabi – XXXXXX.  Let’s not forget that you need to get from the UK to Stockholm or Norway too!

You don’t earn Avios or British Airways tier points with Etihad although Etihad Guest is not a bad loyalty scheme.  You can top up your miles using American Express Membership Rewards points.  Here is my review of Etihad A380 Business and you get the same excellent seat on the Boeing 787, just without the bar.

Let’s be frank – these are excellent fares on an excellent airline but you need to love your flying to book them!  You can book via the Etihad website here.

Thanks to German site travelwithmassi for this.

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Comments

  1. Unless things have changed in the last 12-18 months, £1000-1100 is/was the typical fare from most regional airports in Scandinavia outside Finland to most of their Asian destinations. Posted this here a few times in the past because it rendered waiting for Qatar Airways sales ‘pointless’ unless one was after the TP.

    • So what’s a good price now? I imagine Qatar business class is better though.

      • Don’t know, I’ve stopped tracking. Imagine they have gone up though as the used to be around £1500-1600 from EDI but this year have been around £2000. Their sales also seem both fewer and less impressive these days. ExRegions LH group now seems to be the ones most worth tracking for good deals.

        • Lady London says:

          KLM too, I think for travel from the region’s. Seen some stonking deals this year Transatlantic and Asia. QR seems to have been kept out of Transatlantic by the incumbents unfortunately.

          • AF/KLM is our go to airline for cash flights, not so good as LH this year but more connection options.

      • aston100 says:

        On Qatar, from ARN / GOT / OSL to BKK:
        £1250 – £1300 seems to have been the going rate for bookings made this year for travel in summer 2020
        Unable to find under £2k from the UK. In fact, for BKK in summer next year, the cheapest I could find was approaching £3k.

        • There was an article on here a few days ago for LH at around £1350 exUK. Consider buying Alaska miles on sale for outward flight only or for return using AY or CX. Always seems to be sonebody doing really cheap one way business class flights back to Europe from BKK. Esoecially true of the less obvious carriers like Aeroflot, Oman Air, Kuwait, Sri Lankan.

    • Not sure if that had something to do with GBP depreciation. Fuel costs are in USD, so airlines had to push fares up to retain margins. With gbp appreciating again, we might see fares moving lower.

      • Might being the operative word. The UK market has not reacted negatively to the higher prices in sterling and the Middle Eastern airlines are flying with high load factors. So the chances of getting cheaper fares is low.

  2. The Original David says:

    That’s a niche Finnair image you’ve found: an A350 wearing a livery that was replaced in 2010, even though their first A350 wasn’t delivered until 2015. Can you not find anything more recent?!

    • When they are in the system they rarely come out! That picture is very sharp (as CGI) which is why we use it.

  3. OT as bits – Curve. I tried to withdraw 200 pounds from different ATM yesterday (London) for 6 times via IHG black and Virgin as the selected cards with no luck and no in-app decline notification. Was there a change in policy I missed? (I know that they “discourage” withdrawals from the credit cards in their T&C, but those went through in the past). I had about 450 pounds withdrawn via ATM from Curve in 2019 so far if it matters.

    • I got a few ATM withdrawals declined when I first got Curve, though it hasn’t happened for a while. I would suggest trying again today or tomorrow. IHG especially are very strict about daily and weekly use limits so check you haven’t gone over the £200 per day/£700 per week.

    • Creation just totally blocked my card yesterday (along with access to my online account) over a £2.20 Curve transaction on a coffee shop. So, yeah, it might Creation being Creation? Funny enought they never blinked at ATM or Brighton transactions worth hundreds of pounds!

      • Lady London says:

        @Rui what was Creation’s explanation?

        • They didn’t say. Just asked if it was me doing transaction of £X value a Y retailer using a Curve card (they specifically mentioned that the transaction was through Curve). I said yes, and that was it.

  4. In regards to the EY sale if you use code AMXD0918 that will give you 15% off
    Works on all classes
    E.G. ARN-ICN in first for £2k

  5. Joseph’s mum says:

    OT – about to book a 2-4-1 redemption (my first!) , wanted to go Heathrow to Bangkok but outbound route is unavailable for the dates I need . Singapore and Kuala Lumper are available so we plan instead to stay a night there then fly into one of the Thai Islands (haven’t decided yet which) and do Bangkok on the way back. Any advice/ views please on which is the better option re both airports and things to do for a day/night? Thanks in advance!

    • aston100 says:

      Doesn’t BA use some of it’s worst aircraft for LHR – BKK?

      • Changing to 788/9 from next July. A seat map for a 789 is loaded but F is blocked for both cash bookings and redemptions. The current 772s are getting the new club suite I believe but will likely be deployed elsewhere as BKK is showing 787 from July onwards.

    • memesweeper says:

      I did this, and hopped to Krabi airport from Singapore with what was then called Tiger (now part of Scoot I think), and from Krabi to a fabulous if remote island (Koh Jum). Need to leave enough time in Singapore in case your BA flight is delayed. Nicer planes on the Singapore route than Bangkok. Note a train to Trang is a good alternative to flying from KL (and a faff from Singapore) to the southern Thai islands.

    • If you want to save a few Avios check if Hong Kong is available, the flights to Phuket aren’t too expensive but Samui can work out a pricy connection. In Bangkok I prefer to stay by the river and there’s a good variety of hotels down near Taksin bridge which has good transport links to many places in the city.

    • Delhi on BA plus Air Asia or another LCC could also work for you. Or consider Shanghai, it’s easy. Even Tokyo or Osaka on BA and then Air Asia X to BKK or JAL with avios or Flying Blue to BKK or HKT. You could consider redeeming First to Tokyo for example. Fon’t ve afraid if Air Asia, they are great.

  6. Suzanne Tait says:

    Amex have told me that you only get 2 points per £1 on foreign airline spend because it’s only one or the other. Can you point me in the direction of the T&Cs where it says otherwise ?

    Thanks

  7. http://www.expedia.com/Activities special coupon valid today MYSTERY50, takes $50 off $100 spend on activities. Its expedia.com and you pay in USD but you can buy UK attractions (which include lounge passes). Some very good deals if you look around.

  8. Etihad does offer ARN or OSL through LHR (or others) to Asia but critically you can route Asia to AUH to LHR and then …… not get the last leg 🙂

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